Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena--lightning. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the United States, an average of 51 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States.
Often, these injuries and deaths are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning. Lightning Awareness Week exists to help bring these issues to light and to ultimately help save lives.
This week, we wanted to provide you with lightning safety tips, educational/training resources and address many myths about lightning. Click below!
Below you'll find some additional information about thunderstorms and lightning:
Owlie Skywarn, the National Weather Service's go-to-owl for safety and preparedness information, needs your help spreading the word about lightning safety this week! It's important to "HootOUT" about lightning safety to as many people as possible.
Click on the Tweet #LightningSafety button below to share important information about #lightningsafety and #preparedness.