"Lightning injures 540 people annually"
June, July, and August are the peak months for lightning-related fatalities in the United States and injures more people annually than Tornadoes and Hurricanes combined.
Are your prepared? Enjoy your summer, but keep these Lightning Safety tips in mind:
- If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to get struck. Lightning bolts can strike up to 10-miles from the base of a thunderstorm.
- Many lightning injuries occur when people leave shelter too soon after a thunderstorm has passed. Avoid tragedy and wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike before resuming outdoor activities.
- Lightning follows the path of least resistance. If you cannot find indoor shelter, stay low to the ground and away from tall objects (like trees). Your vehicle is usually the safest choice if stranded outdoors.
Rounding out the Summer Heat Collection, the new Heat Index layers tell you the summary of "How Hot It Feels" outside.
- White: Below 80°F - Not significant risk for heat-related illnesses.
- Yellow: 80°F to 100°F - Caution: fatigue is possible with prolonged exposure and activity. Continuing activity could result in heat cramps.
- Orange: 100°F to 110°F - Extreme caution: heat cramps, and heat exhaustion are possible. Continuing activity could result in heat stroke
- Red: 110°F to 120°F - Danger: heat cramps, and heat exhaustion are likely; heat stroke is probable with continued activity
- Pink: 120°F or higher - Extreme danger: heat stroke is imminent
This is critical information for anyone participating in summer-time activities: sports, camping, hiking, etc. Even keeping tabs on elderly friends and family members, especially at risk from heat-related illnesses.
The Heat Index layers can be found under the Surface Weather category in the Layer Browser.
The dog days of summer are here! Grab a cold drink, relax, and check out these latest new features in Weather Defender:
Relative Humidity Layers
Relative Humidity Plots
Just when you think it couldn't get any hotter, we throw some humidity into the mix. But seriously, RH Plots show you the level of moisture in the air--the fuel of thunderstorm development.
Contoured plots of the RH Plots above for easier visualization and spotting potential areas of thunderstorm formation.
Wind Chill Layers
Wind Chill Plots
Wind Chill in July? No, you probably won't be making use of this layer for a few months. But we're just trying to do our part to cool you down this summer.
Wind Chill Contours
At-a-glance visualization of those scary-cold temps.
Here's how to add these new layers to your map:
1. Unlock your map by clicking the padlock icon in the upper-right of the Map Layers window (or the Lock icon on the Map toolbar)
2. On the main toolbar, click Map > Add Layer
3. In the Layer Browser, click the Surface Weather category
4. Find the corresponding layer (RH Plots/WC Plots, etc) and click Add To Map