Posts Categorized: News

Map of Lightning Strikes in Close to Real Time

Approximately 25 million lightning strikes occur in the United States each year; slightly less that one per second. You can see what this means at blitzortung.org. Using data collected from detectors around the country, the website’s map emits a click and flashes a circle every time lightning strikes. The colored dots indicate where lightning has… Read more »

Summer Sports and Lightning Safety

Summer brings baseball, soccer, boating, golf, and other outdoor recreation… plus increased thunderstorm and lightning. Because most lightning deaths and injuries occur outdoors, this is a good time to review lightning safety guidelines, especially if you coach a team or are responsible for the safety of participants and spectators. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association states:… Read more »

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM REQUIRES LIGHTNING PROTECTION

Sophisticated building owners overwhelmingly require lightning protection for their buildings. The University of Virginia, for example, states in its Facility Design Guidelines, “The most recent edition of NFPA 780 shall be used to evaluate lightning protection systems, and to determine if a system is required. For new facilities, roof replacements, and solar array installations the A/E… Read more »

Standard for Presidential Libraries Includes Lightning Protection

With Barack Obama’s departure from the White House, work on the newest Presidential Library moves forward in earnest. It is being designed in accordance with “Architectural and Design Standards for Presidential Libraries” published by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Guidelines include: 3.61.4 Lightning protection: Lightning protection must be evaluated in accordance with NFPA 780. Buildings in… Read more »

Lightning Protection featured in New Magazine

Building Enclosure Magazine was launched in 2016 as a source for authoritative news and information on walls, roofs, and the things that separate a building’s inside from its outside. It is geared towards architects and other building industry professionals and is published by BNP Media. Two articles about lightning protection systems (LPS) have appeared in… Read more »

LPS Installer Wins Award for Innovation

Adam Smith, Vice President of BASE Lightning Protection, received a Finny Award from the Lightning Protection Institute for his innovative through-roof penetration assembly. His design used a through-roof penetration device from East Coast Lightning Equipment. The device connects a rooftop lightning conductor cable through the roof deck to the inside of the building where it… Read more »

Lightning Strike via Computer and Headphones

In an interview on National Public Radio, author Rowan Hisayho Buchanan tells that while writing her novel, Harmless Like You, “I was editing the sort of final, final draft of the novel to send out before publishers, and it was night time. And suddenly my vision went white, and I had this incredible pain in… Read more »

Lightning Warning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Slogan, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”, has helped countless people understand how to protect themselves from lightning. But this slogan doesn’t resonate with those who can’t hear. Realizing there was a gap, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and organization serving the deaf and hard of hearing have introduced a new slogan based on… Read more »

LIGHTNING IN PARADISE

Planning a vacation in Hawaii? Watch out for lightning! While lightning activity in the Islands are less frequent than in other parts of the US, consider this: “In May 2011, O‘ahu experienced a particularly impressive storm with an estimated forty thousand cloud to ground lightning strikes over a 30 hour period. In March 2012, lightning… Read more »

LIGHTNING STORMS ARE HUGE

Lightning is so rapid that it is hard to recognize how much area a strike can cover. While we usually see one strike a time, the reality is that lightning can occur along the entire front of a thunderstorm. These videos from NASA illustrate this: Massive lightning storm over Northern Alabama. 3D lightning observations over… Read more »