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Posted on: March 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Lightning Safety

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Lightning Information & Safety

At any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress somewhere on Earth. This amounts to 16 million storms a year! In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million
cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it is also extremely dangerous. 

Tragedies in school sponsored athletics are unfortunately a growing trend as well. When thunderstorms threaten, coaches and officials must not let the desire to start or finish an athletic activity or event cloud their judgment when the safety of participants and spectators is in jeopardy. 

For more lightning facts and safety information go to the NWS Lightning Awareness page.

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