National Lightning Safety Awareness
It is "officially" Summer and we are definitely feeling the heat. During the summer months, there is an increase in pop-up thunderstorms. According to the NOAA National Weather Service, approximately 1,800 thunderstorms occur at any given time. This results in roughly 16 million thunderstorms a year.
The National Lightning Safety Council was established in hopes of promoting lightning safety and awareness. Each year they recognize National Lightning Safety week as a great way to educate the public. This year the awareness week occurred June 24th - 30th, but the information is still relevant.
Since starting in 2001, U.S. lightning fatalities have dropped from approximately 50 per year to 30. It's believed the reduction is due to a better awareness of the dangers.
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ARC Electric Company E-news, June 2018)