How does lightning occur?
Lightning occurs between two charges within the cloud or between the cloud and the ground. This is like a static electricity sparks you see but much bigger. Heavier negatively charged particles sink to the bottom of the cloud. When positive and negative charges grow large enough, it creates a giant spark.
Tips for Lightning safety indoors
Stay off from corded telephone, computer, TV cables, wiring and other electrical equipment that have direct contact with electricity
Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, shower and faucets.
Stay away from doors, windows, and stay off porches.
Never lean against concrete walls and do not lie on concrete floors.
Stay indoors for 30 min. after you last seen a lightning and heard a thunder, lightning can struck as far as 10 miles or 16 kilometers away.
Did you know?
Lightning is around 27,000 degrees Celsius
That is six times hotter than the surface of the sun.
Risk Reduction tips Outdoors
Never lie flat on the ground
Never shelter under an isolated tree
Stay away from lampposts
Immediately get out from ponds, lakes, river, and other bodies of water
Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain, ridges or peaks.
Stay away from objects or materials that easily conduct electricity such as barbed wires, power lines, windmills etc.
Did you know?
Any time there are over 2,000 thunderstorms occurring worldwide, each producing over a 100 lightning strikes a second. That’s over 8 million lightning bolts every day
Is it a FACT or a MYTH?
1. “Lightning never strikes the same place twice.”
FACT: lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if its tall, pointy,or isolated object.
2. “Its not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, I’m safe from lighting.”
FACT:Lighting strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.
3.“When outside a thunderstorm, we should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry”
Fact:Being under the tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to be wet than to get dried and be fried.
4. “Structures with metal or metal on the body like jewelry, cell phones,watches, or any gadgets attracts lightning.”
Fact:Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. Don’t waste your time removing metal, because metal does not attract lightning, but it does conduct it.
5. “rubber tires on a car protects you from lightning by insulating you from the ground”
Fact: It is the metal roof and metal sides that protects you, NOT the rubber tires. When lightning strikes a vehicle it goes through the metal frame to the ground.
National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration