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    • Yes, the color denotes since the time the strike occurred when the map was created. I have updated the post to reflect the legend. Thanks for the comment…..

    • First, my apologies for the delayed response. We have been keeping very busy, but your comments are important to us!

      ODF has changed the way we do lightning maps. Starting this year, we have purchased lightning data directly from Vaisala, a weather observation and monitoring company. The result is more accurate and more reliable data for our firefighting resources. An unfortunate tradeoff is that we are no longer at liberty to share this proprietary data with the public as per the terms of our licensing agreement.

      However, I can tell you have lightning has been consistent and uniform throughout Jackson and Josephine County for the past several days, with the largest concentration of strikes occurring in NW Jackson County by Prospect and Butte Falls.

      If you’re curious, I encourage you to seek out lightning tracker services that are in the public domain. The National Weather Service of NOAA is an excellent resource. Blitzortung.org is a free, public lightning tracker project with cataloged historic data and real time tracking ability. Weatherbug.com offers a similar service.

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