Lightning Safety Tips

A message fromWAM

A normal day playing soccer in the rain could be your last. When you hear thunder roar go indoors and make the right choice. Be aware or be scared.

Things to wacth out for are:

*Power lines

*Wires on the ground

*Tall trees in a lightning storm

Some interesting facts are:

■Every year, the Earth experiences an average of 25 million lightning strikes during about 100,000 thunderstorms. That’s more than a hundred lightning bolts per second.

■An average instance of lightning lasts about a quarter of a second and consists of 3-4 strikes.

■You can hear thunder from about 12 miles from the starting point.

■Lightning bolts travel at speeds of up to 60,000 miles per second.

■The average length of a single lightning bolt is 2-3 miles.

■A single lightning bolt travels through twisted paths in the air that can be as wide as one of your fingers or between six and ten miles.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Will lightning strike in the same place twice?

A: No, lightning never strikes in the same place twice

Q: What’s the difference between thunder and lightning?

A: Lightning comes down close to the ground thunder is a sheet of lightning that flashes along the clouds

Lightning Safety

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Stay safe around lightning and make the right choice.

A mesage from WAM