How do we count lightning strikes?

August 27, 2008 8:25:39 PM PDT
Lightning strikes are detected by a sensor, which "looks" for lightning radially outward from a central point.

Erica's Answer:

In other words, lightning is detected the same way a radar device detects precipitation. In the 6abc weather center, we receive lightning data on StormTracker6 Live via an Internet connection.

- Erica