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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Pueblo, CO
600 AM MDT SUN JUN 18 2017

Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the week of June 18 through
June 24 as Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week.  Lightning
strikes the ground in our state over a half million 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 for Colorado.
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 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

Steve Hodanish
Senior Forecaster
NWS Pueblo, CO



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