Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Summer is the peak season for lightening events and the National Weather Service has designated June 19-23, 2017 Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

  • Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach 50,000 degrees F.
  • Lightning strikes somewhere on the Earth 100 times per second.
  • In 2016, New York State had 116,010 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

“When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”.  Most people are struck by lightning before or just after a storm.  If you hear thunder, go indoors.  Seek shelter in a building or hard-topped vehicle. Don’t go outside until 30 minutes or more after hearing the last thunder.

Visit for educational information on lightening awareness and safety.

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