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Severe Weather Awareness: Lightning

People have been struck by lightning more than 20 miles away from a storm, in clear skies. The rules for lightning safety have changed in the past five years.

Lightning is one of the risks we’re always watching for in the field. A car is a pretty safe place to be when it’s hit by lightning, because the current follows the metal around the car and into the ground. It’s a lot like a Faraday Cage.

Cage de Faraday

Lightning is today’s Severe Weather Awareness topic. Here are some myths about lightning:

The NWS has produced some great graphics about lightning and protecting yourself. I’m going to let those speak for themself.

I did want to let one slide stand alone because it reflects a change in the advice for lightning safety outdoors, and it seems a lot of our youth softball & baseball leagues, soccer leagues, and other organized spring recreational activity sponsors don’t take enough heed.

If you can hear thunder you can be hit by lightning. I feel strongly that those responsible for our children need to stop games/meets at the sound of thunder.

When thunder roars, go indoors
Image in the public domain. Courtesy of the NWS.

Have a fantastic Thursday! It should be pretty today across the state.

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Grey skies with a few showers will be the weather story to finish out the workweek, but the payoff is a beautiful weekend. We are also closely monitoring what appears to be the first significant severe weather threat of the season for the state.

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