Posts Tagged: lightning education

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 »

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 lightning safety slogan… 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 »