Lightning is one of the risks we’re always watching for in the field. A car is a pretty safe place to be when it’s hit by lightning, because the current follows the metal around the car and into the ground. It’s a lot like a Faraday Cage.

Cage de Faraday

Lightning is today’s Severe Weather Awareness topic. Here are some myths about lightning:

Lightning Myths

Lightning Myths. Courtesy NWS, image is in the public domain.


The NWS has produced some great graphics about lightning and protecting yourself. I’m going to let those speak for themself.

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I did want to let one slide stand alone because it reflects a change in the advice for lightning safety outdoors, and it seems a lot of our youth softball & baseball leagues, soccer leagues, and other organized spring recreational activity sponsors don’t take enough heed.

If you can hear thunder you can be hit by lightning. I feel strongly that those responsible for our children need to stop games/meets at the sound of thunder.

When thunder roars, go indoors

Image in the public domain. Courtesy of the NWS.

Have a fantastic Thursday! It should be pretty today across the state.