Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Goodland KS
602 AM MDT Sun Jun 18 2017

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the week of June 18
through June 24 as Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week.
Lightning frequently occurs across the High Plains as well, so in
association with this week, NWS Goodland will conduct a High Plains
Lightning Awareness Week for all the citizens of the Tri-State
Region.

Lightning strikes the ground millions of times each year and with
many of us participating in outdoor activities, we need to learn how
to protect ourselves from lightning hazards.

Lightning is also responsible for about half of the wildfires in
Colorado each year. When lightning or other conditions are conducive
to a high wildfire threat, the National Weather Service will issue
Fire Weather Watches or Red Flag Warnings.

During this week a series of statements will cover a variety of
topics related to lightning and wildfires.

Monday......Lightning overview.
Tuesday.....The science of lightning.
Wednesday...Outdoor lightning risk reduction.
Thursday....Indoor lightning safety.
Friday......Lightning medical issues for survivors.
Saturday....Lightning and wildfires.

Here are a couple of web sites that contain additional lightning
information.

NOAA`s lightning website which contains abundant information on
lightning safety can be found at:

www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

Lightning information specific for the State of Colorado can be
found at:

www.weather.gov/pub/lightning

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