Safety Reminder from Mel Coker...
Watch out for Spring and Summer Lightning Storms
Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena - lightning. Lightning is a serious danger. In a ranking study of cloud-to-ground flash densities by state for 1996-2004, South Carolina ranks #5.
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Lightning Casualties In The U.S. By Location Or Activity - Top 4:
1.) Open areas (including sports fields); 2.) Under trees; 3.) Water related activities (swimming, boating, fishing); 4.) Golfing
Most Dangerous: Month: July; Time of Day: 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Day of week: Sundays (more people outdoors); Sex: Male (higher rates of outdoor exposure)
Top 5 Most Dangerous States (NOAA Storm Data 1999-2008)
Absolute (based on deaths): Florida, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina. South Carolina is #8.
Per Capita (based on deaths): Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Florida. South Carolina is #9.
Of the victims who were killed by lightning in 2009:
- 100% were outside
- 82% were male
- 71% were males between the ages of 10-50
- 21% were doing yard work
Safe(r) Places: home, permanent building, automobile
Unsafe places: near metal or water, under trees; on hills, near electrical/electronics equipment
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COOL Lightning Links:
National Weather Service - Lightning Safety & Awareness
Lightning Safety for You and Your Family
Personal Lightning Safety
StrikeStar - U.S. Lightning Activity Last 60 minutes
Michael Bath's Lightning Photography website
Lightning Strike Densities by State (SC is #5)
Used with permission by Michael Bath