International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies



Reference EN 50536:2011/A1:2012
Title Protection against lightning - Thunderstorm warning systems
Project Number 23987
Abstract/Scope This European Standard provides the basic requirements of sensors and networks collecting accurate data of the relevant parameters informing in real-time about lightning tracking and range. It describes the application of the data collected by these sensors and networks in the form of warnings and historical data. This European Standard applies to the use of information from thunderstorm warning systems (which are systems or equipment which provide real-time information) on atmospheric electrical activity in order to monitor for preventive means. The scope of this document is providing: – a general description of the available lightning and storm electrification hazard warning systems; – a classification of thunderstorm detection devices and properties; – guidelines for alarming methods; – a procedure to determine the thunderstorm information necessity; – some examples of possible preventive actions (only for information). A non-exhaustive list of activities to which this European Standard might apply is given below: – people in open areas: maintenance people, labour, sports or other open-air activities, competitions, crowded events, agricultural activities, farms and fisheries; – wind farms, larger solar power systems, power lines, etc.; – occupational health and safety prevention; – safeguard sensitive equipment: computer systems, electric or electronic systems, emergency systems, alarms and safety; – prevention of losses in operations and industrial processes; – prevention of serious accidents involving dangerous substances (e.g. flammable, radioactive, toxic, and explosive); – prevention in determined environments or activities with special danger of electrostatic discharges (e.g. space and flight vehicle operations); – operations in which the continuity of the basic services is needed to be guaranteed (e.g. telecommunications, the generation, transport and distribution of energy, sanitary services and emergency services); – infrastructures: ports, airports, railroads, motorways and cableways; – civil defence of the environment: forest fires, land slide and floods; – managing traffic (e.g. airplanes.) or wide networks (e.g. power lines, telecommunication lines) may also benefits from having early detection of thunderstorms. The following enumerated aspects are outside of this European Standard: a) lightning protection which is covered in their corresponding European and National standards and regulations; b) other thunderstorm related phenomena such as rain, hail, wind, etc.; c) satellite and radar thunderstorm detection techniques; d) this European Standard does not address any details on lightning and/or storm electrification hazard preventive actions.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2012-10-26
Current Stage code deadline 2013-09-19
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Reference Document  
ICS 07.060 - Geology. Meteorology. Hydrology
91.120.40 - Lightning protection
Keywords Storm; Detection
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date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2012-09-19
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2012-10-26
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2013-03-19
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2013-09-19
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2015-09-19


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(1) Date of ratification (dor) date when the Technical Board notes the approval of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), from which time the standard may be said to be approved

(2) Date of availability (dav) date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat

(3) Date of announcement (doa) latest date by which the existence of an EN (and HD for CENELEC), a TS or a CWA has to be announced at national level

(4) Date of publication (dop) latest date by which an EN has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

(5) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn

(6) This list of normative references is purely indicative. The only official list of normative reference is the list of the published standard.