Single branched strike                    Lightning Safety Awareness Week        Lightning Strike with Fireworks  

June 23 - 29, 2013


Each year in the United States, more than 400 people are struck by lightning. On average, between 55 and 60 people are killed; hundreds of others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most of these tragedies can be avoided with a few simple precautions. Lightning Safety Awareness Week is about educating you about what you can do to help protect yourself and your family. Lightning safety is a small inconvenience that can save your life!

The National Weather Service collects information on weather-related deaths to learn more about how to prevent these tragedies. 
Many lightning victims say they are caught outside... waited too long before seeking shelter...or went outside again too soon. Others were struck inside homes or buildings while using electronic devices or corded phones. With proper training, many of these tragedies can be prevented.

Over the last decade, the average number of lightning deaths have been dropping...but the numbers are still too high. Lightning Safety Awareness Week is intended to inform the public about the dangers of lightning, and teach safety measures that everyone can practice to reduce their risk of being a victim of a lightning strike.


  When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Each day this week, the focus is on a different aspect of lightning.  Click on the picture above the subject to access information on that days highlight!


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Credit: Lee Allen, Eldorado, IL Credit: NOAA Credit: NOAA Credit: NOAA Credit: James Gluba, Bloomington, IL
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           Video of lightning strike in Decatur in 2004.  Video by Paul Hadfield.          
Videoclip of lightning 
 Decatur on May 24, 2004.
Courtesy of SWOP observer
Paul Hadfield

Lightning in Forsyth in 2005.  Photo by Paul Hadfield.
Lightning in Forsyth, IL  
June 13, 2005. 
Photo by Paul Hadfield.

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Lightning and rainbow in Bloomington.  Photo by James Gluba.
Lightning and rainbow.
Photo by James Gluba, Bloomington, IL

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