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Section 5

Lightning and Thunder

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm: Florida, Section 5: Lightning and Thunder.


Investigate

To view lightning-strike maps, visit the following web sites:

U.S. Lightning Map, NOAA
Examine a lightning density map.

Experimental 0-3 Hour Convective Weather Forecast Products, NOAA
Click on “CG ltg” and select a region of the U.S. to examine a current probability of lightning strike map.

Free Lightning Explorer, Vaisala
Examine a display of recent lightning activity across the entire continental U.S.

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Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about lightning, visit the following web sites:

    A Lightning Primer, NASA
    Reviews characteristics of lightning and looks at the history of lightning research.

    Lightning Information Center, NOAA
    Provides information about lightning and its related hazards.

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Resources

To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Lightning and Thunder

A Lightning Primer, Global Hydrology and Climate Center, NASA
Reviews characteristics of lightning and looks at the history of lightning research.

Thunderstorms and Lightning...the Underrated Killers!, NOAA
Reviews the hazards associated with thunderstorms, including winds, rain, hail, and lightning. Also reviews the development of thunderstorms, where thunderstorms are likely to occur, and how to remain safe during a thunderstorm.

Weather Safety: Lightning, NOAA
Explains the dangers associated with lightning and ways to avoid thunderstorm threats.

Preparedness Fast Facts - Thunderstorms, Red Cross
Reviews the hazards associated with thunderstorms, including winds, rain, hail, and lightning and how to remain safe during a thunderstorm.

Lightning Safety Tips

Thunderstorm and Camping Safety, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology
Includes tips on protecting oneself from lightnig associated with thunderstorms while in the outdoors hiking or camping.

National Lightning Safety Institute, NLSI
Provides personal as well as structural lightning safety tips.

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