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Lightning is the leading cause of weather-related personal injuries. This site contains links to lightning organizations and resources.

Colorado 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.

Lightning-Associated 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 lightning.

Lightning Safety Group
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 Institute (NLSI)
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 advanced technology and scientific methods available to achieve this goal.

Project 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 2001 Homepage
"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.

National 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."

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