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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT SUN JUN 19 2016

...JUNE 19TH THROUGH 25TH IS NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS 
WEEK...

THERE IS A LOT OF LIGHTNING IN ARKANSAS. FROM 2006 THROUGH 2015...
THERE WERE MORE THAN 850 THOUSAND CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES 
PER YEAR LOCALLY...AND 16.0 LIGHTNING STRIKES PER SQUARE MILE. THIS 
MADE ARKANSAS A TOP 10 STATE FOR LIGHTNING ACTIVITY NATIONALLY.

FROM 1959 TO 2015...THERE WERE 126 FATALITIES DUE TO LIGHTNING
IN ARKANSAS. THIS WAS THE TENTH HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY.   

THE MOST RECENT LIGHTNING FATALITY IN ARKANSAS OCCURRED LAST YEAR
ON JUNE 13TH JUST OUTSIDE OF GARFIELD /BENTON COUNTY/ ON BEAVER LAKE. 
A YOUNG MAN WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WHILE FISHING. IN 2014...THERE WERE 
TWO LIGHTNING DEATHS...AND BOTH OCCURRED UNDER TREES.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF LIGHTNING DEATHS OCCUR OUTDOORS DURING THE SUMMER. 
EIGHT OUT OF TEN VICTIMS ARE MALE. NO PLACE OUTSIDE IS SAFE WHEN THERE 
ARE THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AREA. IF YOU HEAR THUNDER...LIGHTNING IS CLOSE 
ENOUGH TO STRIKE YOU. GO INDOORS OR INTO A METAL TOPPED VEHICLE WITH 
THE WINDOWS UP. STAY IN PLACE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES AFTER THE LAST SOUND 
OF THUNDER.

ONE WAY TO KNOW WHAT TO DO IS TO REMEMBER THIS PHRASE: WHEN THUNDER 
ROARS...GO INDOORS. EACH DAY THIS WEEK...A DIFFERENT TOPIC WILL BE 
COVERED TO INCREASE LIGHTNING AWARENESS.

MONDAY...LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY: AN INTRODUCTION.

TUESDAY...LIGHTNING'S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES.

WEDNESDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

THURSDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK AND ON-THE-GO.

FRIDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME.

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THIS WEEK IS HEADLINED ON THE LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE
AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/LZK/.

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