WFO Denver/Boulder

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOULDER CO
600 AM MDT Sun Jun 23 2013

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed this week as COLORADO LIGHTNING Safety 
Awareness WEEK for 2013.  Lightning strikes the ground in our state 
over a half million times each year and with many of us participating in 
outdoor activities...we need to learn how to protect ourselves from lightning 
hazards. 

Lightning is also responsible for about half of the wildfires in Colorado
each year.  When lightning or other conditions are conducive to a high 
wildfire threat the National Weather Service will issue fire weather watches 
or red flag warnings.   

During this week a series of statements will cover a variety of topics 
related to lightning and wildfires.  

Monday...Lightning Overview for Colorado
Tuesday...The Science of Lightning
Wednesday...Outdoor lightning safety
Thursday...Indoor lightning safety
Friday...Lightning medical issues for survivors
Saturday...Lightning and wildfires

There are several web sites that contain additional information.
Information on national lightning safety week is available at:
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov 

Information on lightning statistics in Colorado is available at:
http://www.weather.gov/pueblo/ltg.php 

Glancy
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Boulder  



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