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Snow Will Persist in the Northeast and Great Lake States

Heavy Lake Effect snow will continue to the lee of the Great Lakes for the next couple of days. Snow will also return to the Northeast by Tuesday as another front moves in. Bitter cold wind chills can be expected in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Freezing temperatures will even impact central Florida. Meanwhile, elevated fire weather conditions will persist in southern California. Read More >

With an elevated fire weather threat today, here are some tips to help prevent wildfires!
It's quite chilly this morning with temperatures in the teens and 20s across most of the region, with a few spots in the lower 30s.
Did you know that the shortest day of the year is just a few days away? On that day, we (North & Central TX) will have approximately 10 hours of daylight. This is around 4 hours less daylight than on June Solstice. The Winter Solstice (when we start the astronomical winter) will be on Thursday December 21st, 2017.

 
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Lightning Intro
Did you Know
Lightning Safety
Myths vs. Facts

Lightning, on average, causes 93 deaths and 300 injuries each year. In Texas alone, 34 people have been killed by lightning during the last nineCounty Area Map Showing Lightning Injuries and Deaths years. 184 injuries and nearly 23 million dollars (est.) in damages can also be attributed to Texas lightning since the beginning of 1995.  

So if lightning causes so much death and destruction, why is it called the underrated killer? 
Because often we fail to follow safety precautions, especially when we are caught outdoors, where most lightning deaths and injuries occur. Did you know that if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning? 

Protect yourself and others from the underrated killer by reading more of our did-you-knows, myths versus facts, and lightning safety tips.

Texas Lightning Stats from Jan 1, 1999 through Mar 31, 2000

 

Texas Lightning Stats

Year

Killed Injured Damage
2004 3 58 .74M
2003 4 5 3.6M
2002 2 5 .97M
2001 1 6 1.4M
2000 5 19 .20M
1999 3 11 2.5M
1998 2 11 .88M
1997 3 34 6.4M
1996 6 7 4.4M
1995 5 28 1.7M

 

How To Estimate Lightning Distance
(miles from strike)

5 Second Rule PictureCount the seconds between the lightning and the thunder, then divide by 5.