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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT MON JUN 23 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THIS WEEK...LIGHTNING
SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.

THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON VERMONT
CONTAINING INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

...LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY - AN INTRODUCTION...

IN THE UNITED STATES...THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 25 MILLION CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES EACH YEAR. EACH ONE OF THESE FLASHES ARE
A POTENTIAL KILLER. LIGHTNING IS A DEADLY SURGE OF ELECTRICAL
CURRENT RESPONSIBLE FOR 50 DEATHS AND HUNDREDS OF INJURIES ANNUALLY
IN THE UNITED STATES. LIGHTNING FATALITIES HAVE OCCURRED IN EVERY
STATE OF THE COUNTRY AND IS ONLY SURPASSED BY FLOODING AS THE
DEADLIEST NATURAL HAZARD.

REMEMBER..."EVERY" THUNDERSTORM CONTAINS POTENTIALLY DEADLY
LIGHTNING THAT CAN STRIKE THE GROUND. THUNDERSTORMS ARE A COMMON
OCCURRENCE ACROSS VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW YORK...WITH 20 TO 30 DAYS
WITH THUNDERSTORMS ANNUALLY AT ANY GIVEN LOCATION IN THE NORTH
COUNTRY.

SEVERE WEATHER...SUCH AS THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS
IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES AN HOUR...LARGE HAIL OR FLOODING RAINS ARE
INFREQUENT AND TORNADO OCCURRENCES ARE RARE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY.
HOWEVER...THERE IS STILL ONE COMPONENT OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT IS
PREVALENT IN "ALL" THUNDERSTORMS...LIGHTNING!!!

THUNDERSTORMS CAN OCCUR ANYTIME OF THE YEAR AND CAN EVEN BE
ASSOCIATED WITH HEAVY SNOW. HOWEVER...THE GREATEST FREQUENCY IS
GENERALLY LATE SPRING TO EARLY FALL DUE TO THE WARMER TEMPERATURES.

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS ARE KEYS TO REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. PEOPLE NEED TO BECOME AWARE OF THE TYPE OF
BEHAVIOR THAT PUTS THEM AT GREATER RISK OF BEING STRUCK BY
LIGHTNING, AND WHAT THEY CAN DO TO REDUCE THAT RISK.

ALL THIS WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON WILL AIR
SPECIAL MESSAGES ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH LIGHTNING FACTS AND
SAFETY INFROMATION TO REDUCE THAT RISK.

.TODAY...INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTNING AWARENESS WEEK
.TUESDAY... LIGHTNING SCIENCE AND FACTS
.WEDNESDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY...OUTDOORS
.THURSDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY...INDOORS
.FRIDAY...LIGHTNING FACTS VS. MYTHS

ADDITIONAL LIGHTNING INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET
AT THE FOLLOWING SITE: WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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