User Login    
 + Register
Weather : The Facts About Lightning
Posted by Randy on 2013/7/25 15:36:06 (483 reads) News by the same author

If you hear thunder, lightning is near. Just because it’s not raining, doesn’t mean you aren’t in danger. Most people are struck by lightning before or after the thunderstorm.

Click to see original Image in a new window


Understanding lightning can help you make safer decisions when storms threaten.

If you hear thunder, lightning is near. Just because it’s not raining, doesn’t mean you aren’t in danger.

Most people are struck by lightning before or after the thunderstorm. Lightning kills more people in the U.S. than tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Outdoor sports have the fastest rising lightning casualty rate.

The National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports top activities for lightning deaths are in open fields, under trees, water related activities, golfing, open vehicles, using the telephone and using radio equipment.

To reduce your risk of injury or death, follow the 30/30 Rule and use the Flash to Bang Calculator.

30/30 Rule: If you hear thunder within 30 seconds after seeing the flash, move indoors quickly and stay inside until 30 minutes after the last thunder.

The Flash to Bang Lightning Distance Calculator: If you see lightning, count the seconds until you hear thunder, then divide by 5. This is the distance in miles the lightning is away. Any distance less than 10 miles puts you in danger. Seek shelter immediately.

There is no place outside that is safe in or near a thunderstorm. The safest shelter is inside a building with wiring and plumbing.

You can be injured inside your house. Stay away from windows, doors, plumbing, appliances, electronics or anything that conducts electricity.
Use cell phones or cordless phones. Most people injured by lightning are talking on a corded phone.

Do not take a shower, bath or hot tub if you hear thunder or for 30 minutes after.

Unplug computers and electronics. Don’t rely on surge protectors. Lightning rods will not prevent getting hit, but should direct current to the ground along a preferred path.

Picnic shelters/pavilions, baseball dugouts, carports, porches and buildings with exposed openings are not safe (even if grounded).

An enclosed vehicle with metal roof and sides (automobile, van or school bus) is the next best alternative if no safe building is available.

Roll up the windows and avoid contact with the radio, CB and ignition. Convertibles (even with the top up), golf carts, mowers and vehicles with open cabs are not safe.

If you are caught outside and you feel your hair stand on end, squat down, tuck your head as low as you can and cover your ears.

Do not lie flat on the ground. When lightning strikes the earth it can be fatal up to 100 feet away. Minimize height and contact with the ground.

Stay away from tall trees, poles, wire fences, clotheslines and metal pipes. Lightning does not always strike the tallest object, only the tallest object in a particular area.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/7/4 12:40:10 - Princeton Woman Dies, 3 Injured During Early Morning Accident In Mercer County
2015/7/3 6:30:16 - Scammers Target Chillicothe Residents
2015/7/3 6:24:26 - Gallatin Woman Arrested On Multiple Charges After Injury Accident
2015/7/3 4:51:14 - Bridge South Of Gallatin Set To Close For 3 Weeks
2015/7/3 4:44:53 - Fireworks Go Off At Dark Tonight In Trenton
2015/7/3 4:28:38 - Miss Missouri Comes Home
2015/7/3 4:00:00 - Man's Obituary Simply Reads "Doug Died"
2015/7/3 4:00:00 - Police: Woman Dies In Boone County Courtroom
2015/7/3 3:59:53 - French Mother Gets 9 Years In Prison For Killing 8 Newborns
2015/7/2 8:58:03 - Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Receives Grant From Union Pacific
2015/7/2 8:49:30 - Trenton Park Board Meets
2015/7/2 8:45:38 - Tri-County Board Of Education Approves Budget
2015/7/2 6:35:02 - Teen Receives Serious Injuries, Demolishes Vehicle In Accident Near Green City
2015/7/2 4:43:49 - Macon Officials Dedicate Solar Farm
2015/7/2 4:38:49 - Police: Missouri Man Kills Self During Standoff
2015/7/2 4:29:07 - Missouri Public Service Commission Rejects Plan For Multistate Wind Power
2015/7/2 4:12:53 - Police: Bomb Found In Car During Springfield Traffic Stop
2015/7/2 4:09:03 - New Law In Effect Allows Kansans To Carry Concealed Weapons Without Permit
2015/7/2 4:03:37 - School Charges Mother $77,000 For Access To Emails Involving Son
2015/7/1 7:36:28 - Chillicothe Man Injured When Pool Carries Him Out Of Pickup
2015/7/1 6:37:47 - Clerk Accused Of Shooting Teen Allegedly Over Theft Of Cookies
2015/7/1 6:31:57 - Boy Found Chained To Porch With Chicken Around Neck Speaks Out For First Time
2015/7/1 5:28:17 - Public School Application Asks If Child Was Born By C-Section
2015/7/1 4:45:45 - Mom Arrested After Boy 4, Left Tied On Leash To Bush
2015/7/1 4:36:46 - Death Of Boy Pushed In Swing For 3 Days Ruled Homicide
2015/7/1 4:30:00 - Former Circuit Clerk From Northeast Missouri Enters Plea
2015/7/1 4:24:53 - Teens Storm Georgia Wal-Mart In Wild Rampage Of Destruction
2015/6/30 6:31:13 - Mosaic To Offer Reduced Cost Sports Physicals
2015/6/30 4:47:08 - Son Arrested After Argument Over Spoiled Meat
2015/6/30 4:34:11 - Woman Gives Birth Alone On Back Road, Is Stranded With Newborn For Three Days



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM