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Storm Tracking Across the Plains; Powerful Pacific System is Approaching

Some heavy rain and possible flash flooding may affect the Central Plains through Thursday. Meanwhile, wintry weather conditions will spread through portions of Central and Northern Plains. A powerful storm system is forecast to approach the Pacific Northwest, then spreading inland and down through California through the end of this week. A series of storms will impact Alaska into the weekend. Read More >

Lightning Safety Awareness Week 

June 19-25, 2022

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! 


Lightning over northwest Macon County, 7/23/2016.  Photo by Paul Hadfield.
Lightning near Rushville, 5/22/2019. Photo by Paul Hadfield.


Lightning Safety

  • There are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year in the United States, nearly 800,000 of which occur in Illinois alone. 

  • Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it is also extremely dangerous – it is the underrated killer.

  • Each year in the United States, more than 1,000 people are struck by lightning.

  • The 10-year average was around 55 fatalities each year when Lightning Safety Awareness Week began in 2001. The 10-year average has now dropped to around 23 deaths per year. 

  • Visit the NWS Lightning Safety Awareness web page for more information


  When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning


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