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Expert Analysis: What you need to know about lightning

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Lightning is the second leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S., right behind flooding. One of the main reasons is because it’s nearly impossible to predict where and when lightning will strike. Here are some quick facts about lightning.

- The most lightning fatalities occur in the month of July.

- Almost 65 percent of lightning fatalities occur while doing outdoor leisure activities.

- Lightning is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.

- If you hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning.

- Rubber does not protect you from lightning.

The best way to stay safe is to know what to do and when to do it. Here are some quick tips.

- Be aware of approaching storms.

- Wait 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder before you go outside.

- Stay away from tall, isolated objects.

- Cancel or postpone outdoor events if lightning is apparent.

Check out my short WMC expert analysis video below for more detailed information on lightning.

The good news is research is being done to understand how lightning occurs, and some day that may lead to lightning warnings, similar to thunderstorm warnings. We do provide lightning alerts on our WMC Weather App. Just search Storm Track 5 and download it to your apple or android device. Be sure and turn on the lightning alerts under the settings option.

Click here to download for Android.

Click here to download for iPhone.

Spencer Denton
WMC Action News 5 Morning Meteorologist
First Alert Storm Tracking Team
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Twitter: @sdentonwx

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