Lightning Safety Awareness Week: June 18-24, 2006

Lightning is the Nation’s Underrated Killer!

"When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!!"

In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year.  Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it is also extremely dangerous.  During the past 30 years, lightning killed an average of 67 people per year in the United States based on documented cases.  This is more than the average of 65 deaths per year caused by tornadoes and the average of 16 deaths per year caused by hurricanes.  However, because lightning usually claims only one or two victims at a time, and because lightning does not cause the mass destruction left in the wake of tornadoes or hurricanes, lightning generally receives much less attention than the more destructive weather-related killers.  While documented lightning injuries in the United States average about 300 per year, undocumented injuries caused by lightning are likely much higher.

To learn more about lightning safety, visit the National Weather Service web site for Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  Other excellent resources for lightning information can be found on-line at the National Lightning Safety Institute, at the National Weather Service Lightning Safety web site, or at NWS Pueblo’s Lightning Resource web page. 

During Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the NWS office in Goodland, KS will issue a series of daily Public Information Statements which will highlight the dangers of lightning.  This information will also play on local NOAA Weather Radio - All Hazards stations transmitting from Bethune and Wray Colorado, Gem and Lenora Kansas, and Trenton Nebraska.

Enjoy the outdoors this summer, be safe and remember to stay abreast of the latest weather conditions in your area. 


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