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Dangerous Heat in the West; Flash Flooding Possible Across the Southern US

Dangerous heat is expected across areas in Texas and from Washington through California. Several daily high temperature records are expected to be either tied or broken in the West. Monsoonal showers and thunderstorms may result in flash flooding and debris flows over the Southwestern U.S. through Friday. Locally heavy rain is expected from thunderstorms in the Southeast. 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!

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