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Lightning Resource Center
- This site is intended to serve as a resource for lightning information
for the state of Colorado. Topics covered include lightning facts,
safety, statistics, links, and photographs.
Deaths -- United States, 1980-1995
- A lightning strike can cause death or various injuries to one or
several persons. The mechanism of injury is unique, and the manifestations
differ from those of other
electrical injuries. In the United States, lightning causes more deaths
than do most other natural hazards (e.g., hurricanes and tornadoes),
although the incidence of
lightning-related deaths has decreased since the 1950s. The cases
described in this report illustrate diverse circumstances in which deaths
attributable to lightning
can occur. This report also summarizes data from the Compressed Mortality
File of CDC's National Center for Health Statistics on lightning
fatalities in the United
States from 1980 through 1995, when 1318 deaths were attributed to
- An ad hoc "Lightning Safety Group" convened at the 1998 American
Meteorological Society Annual Conference outlines recommended appropriate
actions for individuals to take under various circumstances when lightning
threatens. The guidelines are presented at this site.
- National Lightning Safety
- A non-profit group involved with consulting, engineering, education,
and research activities relating to lightning. Compiles annual economic
losses from lightning from various sources, as well as fatalities,
symptoms suffered by victims, and economic costs.
- Storm Prediction Center
- The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is part of the National Weather
Service (NWS) and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction
(NCEP). Its mission is to provide timely and accurate forecasts and
watches for severe
thunderstorms and tornadoes over the contiguous United States. The SPC
also monitors heavy rain, heavy snow, and fire weather events across the
U.S. and issues specific products for those hazards. It uses the most
and scientific methods available to achieve this goal.
Safeside – Lightning
- This web site of the Weather Channel and American Red Cross's Project
Safeside includes a section about lightning. Topics include are you at
risk, what to do if a warning is issued, lightning myths, preparation, and
information about what to do after a storm.
- Lightning Safety
- "Whether you see lightning or hear thunder, you need to seek safe
shelter. Thunderstorms, and the lightning they can bring, are not
something to take lightly. As we enter the peak season for outdoor
activities, it is especially important to learn how to protect yourself
and your family." This site from the Virginia Department of Emergency
Management (VDEM) includes VDEM resources such as lightning news releases,
statistics, sports-related policies and reports, and survivors' stories,
as well as links to other Internet sites related to lightning.
- Lightning Kills,
Play It Safe
- "Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather
phenomena – lightning. Safeguarding U.S. residents from dangerous
lightning is the goal of NOAA's new public awareness campaign –
"Lightning Kills, Play it Safe." The campaign is designed to lower
lightning death and injury rates and America's vulnerability to one of
nature's deadliest hazards." The campaign's web site includes lightning
facts, survivor stories, photos, and more.
Weather Service, Melbourne, Florida Lightning Information Center
- "This internet site is intended to serve as a resource of lightning
information for east-central Florida. Becoming more educated about
lightning, along with some basic safety rules, can help you and your
family avoid needless exposure to the dangers of lightning."