This is Lightning Awareness Week
UPDATED June 21, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week across the U.S. and WeatherBug is here to remind you to stay safe this summer and "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors."
Lightning strikes more than 200 people each year, with about dozens of people dying. As of June 21, there have already been seven lightning fatalities in the U.S. this year.
Additionally, WeatherBug now offers its state-of-the-art lightning detection network and alerting system. The WeatherBug Total Lightning Network (WTLN) is a nationwide array of sensors linked together by WeatherBug. It is the first integrated lightning detection system capable of instantaneously detecting both intercloud and deadly cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.
The WTLN`s unique ability to detect intracloud lightning, a precursor to possible deadly cloud-to-ground lightning, can offer up to 5 to 30 minute warning of danger. WeatherBug uses this network to issue unique WeatherBug Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (WDTA), which provides the latest information on developing thunderstorm dangers for any location in the U.S. These alerts appear in all WeatherBug products.
Earlier this year, WeatherBug`s mobile app for Android and iPhone unveiled Spark Lightning Alerts, a GPS-based lightning detection feature providing you the location of the closest lightning strike, so you can Know Before the storm hits. Click here
for the link to download.
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Story Image: WeatherBug user Donna K. took this photo of lightning off the Myrtle Beach, S.C. coast.
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