Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS St. Louis, MO
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
923 AM CDT Thu Jun 26 2014
...Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week...
This week is Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week. Temperatures are
on the rise and thunderstorms can often develop at any time in the
hot, humid air. Now is a good time to remind yourself of the dangers
posed by summer weather, primarily excessive heat and lightning.
When it comes to thunderstorm hazards, large hail, damaging wind gusts
and tornadoes tend to get the most attention. However there is one
deadly thing that all thunderstorms produce, and that is lightning.
The 30 year average of lightning deaths in the United States is 52.
Missouri was fortunate in 2013 with only 1 reported lightning death
and 2 injuries. However there were three deaths in 2011 which tied
with Utah for the most in the country.
At any given moment there are 1800 thunderstorms in progress
somewhere on earth. In the United States there are an estimated 25
million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. Lightning can
strike as much as 10 miles away from the rain area of a
thunderstorm, which is about the distance that you are able to hear
the thunder from a storm.
So when you hear thunder...there is a simple remedy.
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!