Lightning Strike data is now available from coast to coast in Weather Defender Commercial Edition! Formerly customers had the ability to view one 300-mile quadrant of lightning at a time, which works great for close-up views, but not for national-level views. The new update allows users to view lightning strikes across the entire United States at the same time.
To view more local detail, simply zoom in to an area of interest and higher resolution lightning strike data will load automatically:
This update is provided in the full Commercial Edition license and is immediately available to those customers (no software updates required).
To learn more about Weather Defender Commercial Edition and other enhanced capabilities for organizations, please contact us today.
Or call 1-800-960-4586 ext 1
"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.
"As a summer camp that happens to be located in Tornado Alley, we take threatening weather very seriously. We trust Weather Defender to help protect our staff and the 1,500 kids we host each summer from severe weather. Whenever lightning or tornadic storms are nearby, we receive weather alerts directly on our cell phones so we always know what is coming and when it's time to take action."
David C. Coker
Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries