Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
634 AM EDT TUE JUN 24 2014

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 BINGHAMTON
NY CONTAINING INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

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
THAN OTHERS.

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.
   DO NOT HESITATE.

QUESTION OF THE DAY - IF WATER ACTIVITIES ARE SO DANGEROUS,
WHY DON`T ALL THE FISH IN A POND OF 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
BE KILLED BY A LIGHTNING DISCHARGE.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED LATER THIS WEEK.

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 AT:

HTTPS://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV (ALL LOWER CASE).

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT DAVID NICOSIA WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
FOR NOAA/S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON AT 607-770-9531 X 223
OR VIA EMAIL AT DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV

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