Meanwhile, the Atlantic basin looks fairly quiet with no tropical activity expected over the next 5 days. Stay tuned...
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According to NOAA's NWS, there have been 5 lightning fatalities so far this year. Note that 3 of those deaths have occurred in Florida, which is considered to be the lightning capital of the United States.
According to NOAA's NWS, lightning kills an average of 47 people each year in United States! Over the last 10 years, 310 people have died from lightning and what is interesting is that nearly 79% have been males!
Did you know that lightning is nearly 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun? Here are a few interesting myths and facts from NOAA's NWS regarding lightning:
Myth: If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.
Fact: Crouching doesn't make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors. See our safety page for tips that may slightly reduce your risk.
Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it's a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit an average of 23 times a year
Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often 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.
Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.
Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.
Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.
Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!
Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.
Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!
See more on lightning including safety tips HERE:
According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY 2017 tornado count is 1157 (through July 11). Note that is the most active year for tornadoes since 2011, when there were 1,623 tornadoes. Keep in mind there was a major tornado outbreak in the Gulf Coast region from April 25-28, 2011 that spawned nearly 500 tornadoes, some of which were deadly. That outbreak is known as the Super Outbreak of 2011 and has gone down in history as one of the biggest, costliest and one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in history.
2.) Much above-normal temperatures for much of the northern Rockies and northern to central Great Plains, Sat-Tue, Jul 15-18.
3.) Excessive heat for parts of the western Corn Belt, middle Mississippi Valley, and lower Ohio Valley, Tue-Wed, Jul 18-19.
4.) Heavy rain for parts of the Southeast, Sat-Sun, Jul 15-16.
5.) Flash flooding possible for parts of the southwestern U.S., Sat-Wed, Jul 15-26.
6.) Much above normal temperatures for parts of the upper Yukon Valley, Sat, Jul 15.
7.) Excessive heat for parts of the middle Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley, Thu, Jul 20.
8.) Slight risk of much above-normal temperatures for parts of the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, 9.) Great Plains, middle and lower Mississippi Valley, Southeast, and mid-Atlantic, Thu-Wed, Jul 20-26.
10.) Severe Drought across parts of the Great Plains, Arizona, California, and Hawaii.
Record Heat Possible in the Northwest
Record Heat in the Mid-Atlantic Thursday?
Break in humidity Thursday, but sweaty by Saturday
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas
Average Low: 64F (Record: 50F set in 1990)
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 20th): ~18 minutes
2.5 Days Before Last Quarter