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!
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 1161 (through July 12). Note that is the most active year for tornadoes since 2011, when there were 1,626 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.) Heavy rain across portions of the Great Lakes and the Upper Mississippi Valley, Tue-Thu, Jul 18-Jul 20.
3.) Excessive heat across portions of the central and northern Plains, the Mississippi Valley, the Tennessee Valley, the Great Lakes, and the Ohio Valley, Tue-Thu, Jul 18-Jul 20.
4.) Much above-normal temperatures across portions of the central and northern Plains, the northern Rockies, the Middle and Upper Mississippi Valley, and the Northern Great Basin, Sun-Wed, Jul 16-Jul 19.
5.) Flooding possible across portions of the central and southern Rockies, the central Great Basin, and the Southwest, Sun-Thu, Jul 16-20.
6.) Flooding possible across portions of the Great Lakees and the Ohio Valley.
7.) Flooding occurring or imminent across portions of the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley.
8.) Flooding possible across portions of the Central Rockies, the Central Great Basin, and the Southwest, Fri-Thu, Jul 21-27.
9.) Slight risk of much above-normal temperatures for portions of the Plains, the central and northern Great Basin, the northern and central Rockies, the Mississippi Valley, California, and the Pacific Northwest, Fri-Thu, Jul 21-Jul 27.
10.) Severe Drought across California, Hawaii, the Northern Plains, and the Southwest.
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas
Average Low: 64F (Record: 50F set in 1930)
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 20th): ~20 minutes
1.5 Days Before Last Quarter