EA Technology has been granted planning permission to erect a new lightning detector pole in Newborough Forest, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, to enhance the accuracy of its system for plotting electrical storms as they develop across the British Isles.

The company's lightning location system is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and has been operating for more than 20 years to provide early warnings of lightning strikes. The pole (a passive receiver that only detects and locates emissions from lightning strikes) will replace one of six already located across the United Kingdom, which detect lightning strikes as they happen and triangulate their position to an accuracy of within 100 m (328 ft). The system plots up to 100 strikes per second and provides real-time maps of how electrical storms are developing and moving.

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