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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CDT TUE JUN 24 2014
...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...
The National Weather Service has declared the week of
June 22nd through 28th, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.
This is the second in a series of five public information
statements to be issued by the National Weather Service
office in Little Rock containing information on lightning
and lightning safety.
Today's topic is LIGHTNING'S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES.
If you're outside when a thunderstorm is in the area,
you're at risk of being struck and potentially killed or
seriously injured by lightning. However, there are some
activities that lead to more lightning deaths and injuries
In the past eight years, leisure activities led to almost
two thirds of the lightning fatalities in the United
States. Water-related activities, and particularly fishing,
contributed most to the fatalities. Since 2006, 30 people
who had been fishing died as a result of lightning.
Boating and beach activities also contributed significantly
to the death toll. In most cases, victims simply waited
far too long before starting to seek shelter.
When it comes to water-related activities, there are
several important things to remember...
* Always have a plan so that you can get to a safe
place before the storm arrives.
* Head to that safe place immediately if you see any
signs of a developing or approaching thunderstorm.
Question of the day: If water activities are so dangerous,
why don't all the fish in a pond or lake get killed when
lightning strikes the water?
When lightning strikes water, most of the discharge occurs
along the surface of the water. Since most fish swim well
below the water surface, they are safe. However, people
normally swim along the surface of the water and can easily
killed by a lightning discharge.
Here's a list of topics that will be covered later this
WEDNESDAY – Lightning Safety and Sports Activities.
THURSDAY – Lightning Safety At Work.
FRIDAY - Lightning Safety Around The Home.
For additional information about lightning or lightning
safety, visit NOAA's Lightning Safety Awareness web site