WeatherBug Advises Vigilance, Caution To Stay Safe from Fall Lightning
According to WeatherBug meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli, it is critical to stay alert during fall activities. Lightning and severe storms can happen at any time, and WeatherBug (http://www.weatherbug.com
the company that operates the largest weather observing and lightning network, is emphasizing the need to exercise caution and remain alert to stay safe during fall storms.
According to WeatherBug meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli, it is critical to stay alert during fall activities. “Severe weather and lightning strikes can occur with little or no warning, and often these storms can develop very rapidly and catch people off-guard. It does not have to be raining either – lightning can jump out ten miles from a thunderstorm, putting people at risk even if it is sunny overhead. The best advice is to get inside immediately as soon as you hear thunder.”
To stay safe while enjoying fall activities, people should remain vigilant by monitoring local broadcasts, websites and computer applications through the use of weather monitoring and alerting tools. Especially during power outages and on-the-go, mobile phone applications and weather radios play critical roles in providing weather condition information and potentially life-saving alerting.
As images captured on the WeatherBug Total Lightning Network™ during a recent lightning event in southwest Utah show, fall weather conditions can change rapidly, putting people in potential danger. Skies can change from partly cloudy to overcast and stormy in 30 minutes or less. Within a 15-mile radius, over 500 lightning strikes were recorded within a four-hour period. Many of these strikes were in-cloud lightning, an important clue that can indicate a strengthening thunderstorm. In this image, Cloud-To-Ground (CG) lightning strokes are shown in yellow, while the In-Cloud (IC) lightning pulses are shown in magenta.
Prinzivalli points to the “secondary severe weather season” during the fall months that often brings severe, and sometimes very sudden, weather conditions that can produce lightning. “During the fall months, we still have some heat and humidity left over from the summer. The important ingredient is the jet stream—the fast, energetic winds aloft—that migrates southward from Canada. This brings weather additional fuel to ignite dangerous lightning storms.”
This lightning may be in the form of in-cloud and cloud-to-cloud activity, which may not be visible to those on the ground. However, these conditions could result in dangerous cloud-to-ground strikes that put people at risk.
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