Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Riverton, WY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
810 AM MDT FRI JUN 27 2014

...LIGHTNING-RELATED INJURIES AND DEATHS...

LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES. DID YOU KNOW THAT
LIGHTNING IS THE SECOND GREATEST CAUSE OF WEATHER FATALITIES BEHIND
ONLY WINTER WEATHER IN WYOMING?

FROM 1995 TO 2013...THERE HAVE BEEN 8 REPORTED FATALITIES AND 70
INJURIES IN WYOMING FROM LIGHTNING. UNFORTUNATELY WYOMING IS RANKED
NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION FOR LIGHTNING DEATHS PER CAPITA.

OVER HALF OF ALL LIGHTNING-RELATED CASUALTIES OCCUR WHEN PEOPLE ARE
OUTDOORS PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL PURSUITS.
MANY OF THESE INJURIES CAN BE PREVENTED BY PROPER EDUCATION ABOUT
LIGHTNING RISKS AND SAFETY MEASURES...LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEMS...
SAFE PLACES FOR PEOPLE...AND LIGHTNING SAFETY PLANS FOR COACHES...
PARENTS...AND REFEREES AT OUTDOOR GROUP ACTIVITIES.

NWS OFFICES IN RIVERTON AND CHEYENNE HAVE TEAMED WITH POWDER RIVER
COAL AND UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING ATHLETICS TO HEIGHTEN AWARENESS OF
THE DANGERS POSED TO ATHLETES AND SPECTATORS BY LIGHTNING. THESE
STATEWIDE ORGANIZERS OF LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK ASK THAT
SPORTS PROGRAMS ACROSS WYOMING DO THE SAME THIS SUMMER AND "PLAY IT
SAFE" WHEN LIGHTNING APPROACHES. A WYOMING LIGHTNING SAFETY
BROCHURE AND POSTER ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON.

UNLIKE HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL INJURIES...LIGHTNING SELDOM CAUSES
SUBSTANTIAL BURNS AND TENDS TO BE A NERVOUS SYSTEM INJURY. EARLY
ON...SURVIVORS MAY COMPLAIN OF INTENSE HEADACHES...RINGING IN THE
EARS...DIZZINESS...NAUSEA...VOMITING AND OTHER TYPES OF SYMPTOMS.
SURVIVORS OFTEN COMPLAIN OF FATIGUE...BECOMING EXHAUSTED AFTER
ONLY A FEW HOURS OF WORK.

FOR YOUR LOCAL FORECAST OR MORE INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING
AWARENESS...GO TO THE NWS RIVERTON HOMEPAGE AT:

WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON

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