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Fri, 05/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured Bud Young  0.0  Charleston WV 
 USA 
  weeding outside  N/A  Garden,Ground Strike,Outside,Yard 
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia Bud Young is recovering at Charleston Area Medical Center. The Sissonville man experienced an unusual occurrence last Friday. He was hit by lightning. "It was like the whole top of that mountain was coming off. It just hit, just one place and flash," Young said. In fact, since 1993, Young has been struck by lightning four times. The odds against that happening to you just once is estimated at three million to one. "Doctor told me if you ever get hit once, you're more apt to get hit again," Young said. Young said he's never played the lottery before. But when asked if perhaps his knack for beating the odds could be used to win a jackpot, he said he's open to considering the possibility. That's something his nurses are thinking about as well, when asked if they have talked with Young about the lottery. "Not until today," Pamela Cummings, a CAMC registered nurse, said. "But now that we think about it, that would be a good idea for him to play." However, Bud and his nurses are still a longshot to win big money. The odds of capturing the Powerball jackpot are about 175 million to one. Despite the excitement surrounding a record jackpot, the West Virginia Lottery wants you to pump the brakes before you mortgage the house to buy a bunch of tickets. "Play responsibly, stay within your means," Randy Burnside, with the West Virginia Lottery, said. "If you have disposable income and a couple extra bucks and you want to take a chance, go for it." Young said he doesn't believe in luck. He said surviving multiple lightning strikes can be credited to something else. "There's no such thing as luck, I don't think," Young said. "It was the grace of God." Young said his doctors expect him to be released from the hospital in the next couple of days.
Wed, 05/08/2013 12:00 PM Injured Chris Plowman  0.0  Malden Ma 
 USA 
  outside on phone    Indirect,Outside,Porch,Telephone 
Never answer the phone during a thunderstorm  just ask this guy 1 day ago We've all gotten shocking phone calls, but never quite like this. Chris Plowman of Malden, Mass., stepped outside when he got a phone call during a thunderstorm late Wednesday night. He heard a loud noise, and then couldn't see anything for 30 seconds. He was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital with an irregular heartbeat. Doctors told him he had been struck by lightning and was lucky to be alive. He was out of the hospital the next morning. There is now a burn mark in Plowman's front yard from the strike, just a few feet from where he was standing Wednesday night. "If I would have stepped out another foot or two, I wouldn't be talking to you," he said. [Source]
Wed, 05/08/2013 01:00 PM Injured Lightning strike injures 39 at Fatherâ¬"s Day part  0.0  Schwerin  
 Germany 
      Indirect,Outside 
Lightning strike injures 39 at Fatherâ¬"s Day party in eastern Germany 0 Share to Facebook Share on Twitter Add to PersonalPost Save to Kindle Share via Email Print Article More By Associated Press, Published: May 9 BERLIN  A lightning strike has injured 39 people, eight of them severely, at a Fathers Day party in eastern Germany. More than 500 people were attending Thursdays event in a village near the city of Schwerin when lightning struck a group of trees and a nearby switch box on the village fairground around 1 p.m. Photos of the day Australian prime minister visits New Guinea, Victory Day, Jerusalem Day, NASAs ionosphere study and more. Wednesday's gallery Latest stories from Foreign China wrestles with stubborn air polluters Steven Mufson MAY 10 Companies violate regulations as rapid growth promises a surge in energy use  and pollution. Battle for Russiaâ¬"s political future plays out in provincial courtroom Kathy Lally 7:13 PM ET In Kirov, many dont notice the trial of Alexei Navalny despite implications for democracy and its institutions. Last-minute entries reshape Iranâ¬"s presidential field Jason Rezaian 3:27 PM ET Ex-president Rafsanjani and top Ahmadinejad aide Mashaei announce their intent to run. World Digest: May 11, 2013 6:23 PM ET A roundup of news from around the world. Pakistanâ¬"s Sharif claims victory in historic vote Richard Leiby 5:53 PM ET Wealthy businessman who served as prime minister in the 1990s appears to be headed to an unprecedented third term. Police spokesman Joerg Bruhn said many visitors at the fairground suffered burns and were treated for shock. Two rescue helicopters were called to the village of Dabel as well as several ambulances. On Fathers Day in Germany, men traditionally go on day trips or simply get together to drink lots of beer, without their families. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sun, 05/05/2013 12:00 PM unknown Study Says Cosmic Rays Grease Lightning  0.0   
 USA 
      Science 
Nobody knows exactly what triggers lightning bolts. Now, two Russian researchers say that these discharges of a billion volts or more could be caused by the interaction of cosmic rays  high-energy particles from outer space  with water droplets in thunderclouds. Cosmic rays are created deep in space by powerful events such as star collisions, gamma ray bursts, and supernovae. These cataclysms accelerate charged particles  mostly protons  to very high energies. The rays zoom across space, and those that strike the upper atmosphere of Earth generate invisible but highly energetic air showers of ionized particles and electromagnetic radiation. The idea that these air showers could cause lightning when they pass through a thundercloud has been around for two decades. In 1992, Russian physicist Alexandr Gurevich of the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow suggested that the high-energy particles produced by a cosmic ray strike ionize the air in thunderclouds, creating a region with a lot of free electrons. The thunderclouds electric field accelerates the electrons almost to the speed of light, boosting them to very high energies. Then the electrons collide with atoms in the air, generating even more electrons as well as X-rays and gamma rays. This avalanche of high-energy particles in the cloud  which Gurevich calls runaway breakdown  provides ideal conducting conditions for lightning. Researchers worldwide have debated Gurevichs idea ever since he introduced it, says Joseph Dwyer, a lightning scientist at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne who was not involved in the study. But Gurevich hasnt found concrete evidence that cosmic rays are the culprits. Radio waves could provide a clue, Dwyer says: Cascades of electrons at the onset of a lightning strike should produce radio waves. The cosmic ray community has known that cosmic rays make radio waves, and when there are thunderstorms around, its been seen that you get more of these radio pulses, Dwyer says. But no one has yet closed the loop and really shown that the air showers going through a thunderclouds electric field making these runaway electrons are the things that are doing it.
Sun, 05/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning strikes kill 3  0.0  Luzon 
 Philippines 
       
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union  Three persons were killed by lightning in three separate incidents in Northern Luzon last Friday. Police identified the victims as Jimboy Antonio, 16, of Barangay San Andres, Santiago City, Isabela; and Rick Castillo, 13, of Barangay Rizal, Santiago City, both helpers of a duck farm, and Norman Bautista, 21, of Victoria, Tarlac. Richard Coloma, the owner of the duck farm in Santiago City, said Antonio and Castillo were pasturing ducks in the middle of a rice field when a sudden downpour occurred and hit by lightning. Bautista, meanwhile, was about to go back to shore after swimming in a beach in Lingayen, Pangasinan when a lightning bolt struck him. (Freddie G. Lazaro)
Fri, 05/03/2013 12:00 PM Killed 35 dead up 40%  0.0   
 Cambodia 
       
PHNOM PENH, May 2  Lightning strikes had killed 35 people in Cambodia in the first four months of this year, up 40 percent compared with the 25 deaths over the same period last year, a disaster control official said Thursday. Besides the dead, lightning strikes injured 24 others during the January-April period this year, said Keo Vy, chief of the Cabinet of the National Committee for Disaster Management, adding that most victims lived in rural areas. Since mid-March this year, there have been strong rains with lightning and thunderstorms, he told Xinhua over telephone. Just one day on April 28, lightning bolts killed up to 8 people in different places. Meanwhile, he appealed to people to be more cautious to avoid dangers from lightning. People should stay in their houses when there are torrential rains with storms and lightning, he said. Cambodia has one of the highest rates in the world of deaths by lightning at 7.8 deaths per million people, he said, adding that last year, lightning bolts killed 103 Cambodians and injured 72 others. Lightning strike becomes more common in Cambodia, which occurs every year from March to November.
Thu, 05/02/2013 12:00 PM Killed Pfc. Jaymar Tumarong  0.0  Tungawan Zamboanga Del Sur 
 Philippines 
  standing guard    Military,Outside 
Lightning kills army sentinel in South RP Friday, May 03, 2013 01:17:51 AM ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR (Mindanao Examiner / May 2, 2013)  An army sentinel was killed and another wounded following a lightning strike on a military post in Tungawan town in Zamboanga del Sur province, police said. Police said Pfc. Jaymar Tumarong was killed while Pfc. Jemar Destrajo has been rushed to the hospital in the town of Ipil for medical treatment. Destrajo suffered burns in the body. It said the duo, members of the 6th Special Forces Battalion, was guarding their post when lightning hit them. (Mindanao Examiner)
Thu, 05/02/2013 12:00 PM Killed Edgar  0.0  Pagadian city Zamboanga Del Sur 
 Philippines 
  fishing on a boat    Boat,fishing,Work 
Filipino fishing boat hit by lightning, 1 dead Friday, May 03, 2013 12:47:46 AM A typical trawler in Zamboanga. (Mindanao Examiner Photo) PAGADIAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / May 2, 2013)  One fisherman was killed when lightning hit their trawler at sea off Zamboanga del Sur province in the southern Philippines, police said. It said the victim, who was only identified as Edgar, fell into the sea after being hit by the lightning. His body was never found despite efforts by the crew of the fishing boat Wingston. The boats operator, Reynaldo Torres and two others reported the incident to the police in Tabina town. Torres said the boats communication system and antenna were both damage by the lightning strike and this was also confirmed by the police during an inspection of the trawler. (Mindanao Examiner)
Wed, 05/01/2013 12:00 PM unknown Thunderstorms Generate Mysterious 'Dark Lightning'  0.0   
 USA 
      Science 
May 01, 2013 Have you ever heard of "dark lightning?" Few people outside the scientific community have, but it is something real that is actually quite powerful - and possibly dangerous. A group of scientists in Florida has been learning about this mysterious natural phenomenon: We all know what thunderstorms are, and how much havoc their violent winds, torrential rains and lightning strikes can cause. But over the past 10 years, scientists have learned of an even darker side to thunderstorms: they can generate powerful bursts of electromagnetic energy known as Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes, or TGFs. A few years back, a spacecraft started seeing these bursts of gamma rays coming up from the Earths atmosphere," said Joseph Dwyer. "It was very strange. The Earth is not supposed to make gamma rays. If you want to study gamma rays you usually look for places like black holes and supernovas. We figured out eventually that these gamma rays were coming from ordinary thunderstorms. Professor Joseph Dwyer and his colleagues at the Florida Institute of Technology have been researching so-called dark lightning for several years. Dwyer says that while the phenomenon is quite different from what we see flashing brightly in the sky during a thunderstorm, the two types of high-energy events can be produced by the same storms, but in different ways. Normal lightning is very hot," he said. "Its about five times as hot as the surface of the sun and because of that emits a lot of light. But, compared to the gamma ray energy scale, its downright cold. So normal lightning is not hot enough to make the kind of gamma rays weve been seeing and so we needed some other explanation. What we now think is going on is that a thunderstorm acts like a gigantic particle accelerator. Strong fields inside the thunderstorm accelerate electrons to almost the speed of light and then they make the gamma-rays. A tremendous amount of energy is released in dark lightning, yet its powerful discharge is silent, and almost completely invisible to the unaided eye. Scientists have been concerned that since these gamma-ray bursts can originate at the same altitudes where commercial aircraft fly, they could damage the planes and jeopardize the safety of airline passengers. But Dwyer points to a couple of factors that minimize those dangers. First of all, pilots do their best to stay away from thunderstorms," said Dwyer. "Thunderstorms are dangerous places; we all know that already, so no additional warning is needed. And the second piece of good news is dark lightning appears to be relatively rare, maybe one out of every thousand normal lightning flashes would be dark lightning. So combining those two, people should not be worrying about this. Dwyer notes that astronauts peering down from Earth-orbiting spacecraft have reported that these gamma-ray producing storms occur most often around the equatorial regions of the planet. Dwyer says that could be because storms in those areas tend to be taller, higher-altitude thunderstorms, so their gamma-rays are bursting closer to space - and more visibly to the astronauts - since theres less atmosphere for the light to pass through. Dwyer says that in general, any thunderstorm should be capable of generating dark lightning. He says he and his colleagues are still not certain whats happening inside a thunderstorm that makes one storm more likely than another to generate the gamma-ray discharges, so more research on dark lightning is needed. It would be very nice to have instruments that were specifically designed to measure what were interested in studying," he said. "Now, were talking about something thats happening right over our heads that could affect people, that may be relatively common and so it would be very interesting to learn more about this. The researchers say new data from special Earth-observing satellites will help them better understand dark lightning. And while studies of the phenomenon continue, Professor Dwyers research has found no evidence yet that the mysterious gamma-ray bursts in thunderstorms pose any direct threat to public health or the environment.
Wed, 05/01/2013 12:00 PM Injured 19 injured  0.0  Chirang  
 India 
       
19 injured as lightning strikes Assam's Chirang district PTI May 1, 2013, 05.49PM IST Tags: Lightning| Chirang CHIRANG (ASSAM): At least 19 people were injured and several houses damaged on Wednesday as lightning struck Assam's Chirang district, officials said. Lightning struck several villages in Bengtol area, injuring at least 19 people, they said. Eight of the wounded have been admitted to Bongaigaon Civil Hospital and the rest to Bengtol public health centre. A number of houses were also damaged in the lightning, which was accompanied by torrential rainfall, they said.
Wed, 05/01/2013 12:00 PM Killed Wehrle Robert  52.0  Chowwara Kerala 
 India 
      Outside 
Thiruvananthapuram: A 52-year-old German national was struck dead by lightning while he was on a stroll at the beach at Chowwara near here, police said on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Wehrle Robert from Regensburg, Germany, police said. He had arrived with his wife on April 21 for ayurvedic treatment at a resort at nearby Vizhinjam. According to local people, he fell down after being struck by lightning last evening. His wife was beside him at the time. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where was declared dead by doctors. The body was later shifted to a private hospital and the German Embassy officials were informed of the death, police said. PTI
Tue, 04/30/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 2 in Oman storms  0.0   
 Oman 
      Outside 
Muscat: Two expatriates were killed in lightning strikes on Monday as thundershowers lashed vast areas of the Sultanate in a continuing wet weather spell that is entering a record-breaking second week. One of the deaths occurred in the oilfield region of Fahud near Ibri in Dhahirah governorate, while the other was reported at Saham along the Batinah coast. A third person, also an expatriate, is believed to have suffered serious burns in a similar lightning strike in the same area. The fatalities mark a day of torrential downpours that had the emergency and disaster relief apparatus of the Sultanate operating at full-stretch. The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) handled a total of 120 emergencies over the course of Monday and, for the first time, had to tackle a spate of fires linked to electrical short circuits. Since the onset of the current rainy spell on April 23, a total of 320 people have been rescued, mainly from flooded wadis or inundated homes, the Authority said in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA). Dozens of people were evacuated to safety on Monday as flooding threatened homes in Samayil, Bahla, Ibri and Saham, among a host of other places. The capital city, Muscat, bore some of the brunt of Mondays intense downpour which, accompanied by gusting winds, brought traffic to a complete halt along key carriageways. Streets turned into rivers as motorists braved driving rain to get to their destination after work. Much of the city was buffeted by winds with speeds ranging from 25 to 40 knots when the skies opened up late in the evening, the Met Office said. More rain has been forecast across northern areas of the country over the next days as residents endure what experts have described as one of the longest spells of wet weather ever to hit Oman, outside of a tropical storm, in modern times.
Mon, 04/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured 3 at construction site ( 1 of 3)  0.0  Bee Cave TX 
 USA 
  construction site  N/A  Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
Three workers were taken to Brackenridge Hospital Monday afternoon after being struck by lightning, according to Austin/Travis County EMS. TDI Construction Services is working on a Cielo Apartment complex at the location of the strike in Bee Cave. A supervisor at the site said the storm rolled through in about five minutes. They heard a loud boom and then heard over the radio three men were down. The strike injured two construction workers and a catering truck operator, who was the most seriously injured. The worksite is still operating. According to a tweet from Austin/Travis County EMS, the men had burns to their feet and singed hair. Two of the workers are in critical condition.
Mon, 04/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured construction worker (3 of 3)  0.0  Bee Cave TX 
 USA 
  construction site  N/A  Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
EMS: Three injured in lightning strike COMMENT(1) 9 39 84 240 By Julie Chang and Ciara O'Rourke American-Statesman Staff 6:44 p.m. update: All three people struck by lightning earlier Monday afternoon were in stable condition by the evening, said Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Warren Hassinger. 5 p.m. update: Two construction workers and a food truck employee were injured Monday by a lightning strike near Bee Cave, officials said. Steve Wilkins, the project manager for the Cielo Apartment Homes complex on RM 620 near Falcon Head Boulevard, said the injured people were in or near the food truck, which was parked at the bottom of a hill. Wilkins said he did not see the incident but went to the scene shortly afterward and said the victims look stunned. All three were conscious, he said, with two standing and one on the ground. He said the storm was brief  about five minutes  but was very intense with lightning. He said all of the workers had gone through safety training, including for lightning storms, and that all of the workers took cover. I care about all my men, he said. We work on safety constantly. 4:15 p.m. update: The three construction workers taken to the hospital with lightning-strike injuries were at a taco truck at an apartment complex under construction when they were struck, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Medics said their shoes and socks were blown off, the agency said. Earlier: Three workers were struck by lightning at a construction site at 3501 FM 620 South, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Medics are taking two of the workers in critical condition to University Medical Center Brackenridge, the agency said. A third worker is being taken to the hospital separately with less severe injuries. EMS described the workers injuries on Twitter as burns to feet and singed hair. Travis County sheriffs office spokesman Roger Wade said the lightning strike was at an apartment complex under construction off Bee Cave Parkway, near the Galleria. This story has been updated to correct the location of the incident.
Mon, 04/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured van opreator  0.0  San Antonio TX 
 USA 
  leaving van    Indirect,Outside,Work 
VIA Driver Struck by Lightning By: Fox S.A. Staff Authorities are confident lightning struck a VIA van operator during Monday night's storms. The driver had just finished his shift and parked his van back in the yard at 800 Myrtle when he was hit. The driver was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in stable condition.
Mon, 04/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured 3 at construction site ( 2 of 3)  0.0  Bee Cave TX 
 USA 
  construction site  N/A  Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
Sun, 04/28/2013 03:00 PM Injured Brandi Saucier  0.0  Walker LA 
 USA 
  holding camper doorknob  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Tree 
Hello, its Brandi and we spoke a few minutes ago. I was struck indirectly on Sunday April 28 around 3 pm. I was holding onto my camper doorknob when I heard the loudest sound I had ever heard. Immediately I saw and felt the lightning charge/bolt and was thrown away from the camper. My only immediate effects were a sore jaw ( probably from clenching) and tingling in my right arm.
Thu, 04/25/2013 04:30 PM Injured Mohd Ashraf Yusof  17.0  Gua Ular Bernama 
 Malaysia 
      Outside,Taking Shelter 
BALING: A youth was hurt when he and five friends were struck by lightning in an incident in a cave at the foot of Gunung Pulai near Kampung Tok Bandar here this evening. Mohd Ashraf Yusof, 17, was injured on the head while the others experienced numbness all over their bodies in the incident at Gua Ular at 4.30pm. During the incident, the six youths - five including Ashraf of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Syed Abu Bakar here - were taking shelter from a heavy thunderstorm. The other five victims were Mohd Bukhari Ramli, 17, (non-student) Mohd Azri Ahmad, 17, Mohd Amin Azman, 15, and Mohd Azam bin Md Nor, 16 and his brother Mohd Nizam, 13. "We were sitting on the ground when lightning struck and our bodies became numb. One of us made a call of the Azan (call to prayers). "We also immediately, helped Mohd Ashraf who was lying on the ground with his whole body shivering," Mohd Bukhari told reporters here today. At Press time, Mohd Ashraf was still receiving treatment at the Baling Hospital. -- BERNAMA Read more: Youth hurt in lightning strike - Latest - New Straits Times http://www.struckbylightning.org/news/sbl20132504124130_youth-hurt-in-lightning-strike-1.264385_localLinksEnabled_false.htm#ixzz
Thu, 04/25/2013 03:00 PM Killed Lightning kills mother of two  40.0  Tirappane  
 Sri Lanka 
       
Lightning kills mother of two Gayan Rajapaksa A mother of two working in a paddy field in Tirappane with a group of farmers, died after being struck by lightning on Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Ramani Sanjeewani, 40, of Hidogama, Anuradhapura. The group had been working in the field during a heavy thunder shower. The woman who was thrown on the ground , was rushed to the Anuradhapura Hospital by neighbours and the Grama Niladhari of the area. She was pronounced dead on admission to hospital
Tue, 04/23/2013 10:00 AM Killed Connnie Lou Wake  54.0  Pomona MO 
 USA 
  in yard under trees  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Tree,Under Trees,Yard 
Missouri woman dies after being hit by lightning April 25 POMONA, Mo.  A 54-year-old southwest Missouri woman is dead after apparently being struck by lightning. Order Reprints More News Missouri bill affecting KC school takeover stalls in deadlocked committee Former Grain Valley elementary school teacher sentenced for abusing his students Missouri anthem gets mixed review from lawmakers (video and poll) Missouri woman dies after being hit by lightning Prosecutors accuse 25-year-old man of trying to run over KC officer Read more News Howell County authorities say Connie Lou Wake died Wednesday. Authorities say Wake's son called the Howell County sheriff's office Wednesday morning to report he found his mother unresponsive in the front yard of her home east of Pomona. Pomona is about 100 miles east of Springfield. The Ozarkareanetwork reports that emergency responders found Wake dead when they arrived. The sheriff's office says no foul play is suspected. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/04/25/4202050/missouri-woman-dies-after-being.html#storylink=cpy
Tue, 04/23/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning claims five lives  0.0  Kathmandu  
 Nepal 
       
KATHMANDU, APR 22 - At least five persons died and more than 20 others were injured in separate incidents of lightning in various parts of the country in the past 24 hours. Tara Singh Malla and Ramkali Dangi died of an electric shock after a bolt of lightning struck an electricity pole at Ghanteshwor VDC in Doti on Saturday night, according to police. Fifteen others were injured in the incident. Dev Singh Mall told the Post over telephone that half a dozen cattle were perished in the tragedy. Similarly, our correspondent from Kailali said one Tika Devi Chaudhary died while her husband and son were injured after being struck by lightning at their residence in Bahuniya on Saturday night. The injured are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Tikapur, police said. In Nuwakot, 11-year-old Jasamaya Tamang died and two others were injured in a similar incident on Sunday. Lightning struck them while they were staying at their house. Likewise, lightning claimed the life of Lok Bahadur Limbu at Patigaun-5 in Morang on Saturday, said police. (With inputs from district correspondents)
Tue, 04/23/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightening kills 11 in four districts  0.0   
 India 
       
RELATED VIJAYAWADA: At least 11 persons were struck dead by lightning in separate incidents in Prakasam, Guntur, Nellore and Krishna districts on Monday. The sudden and unseasonal rains for the third consecutive day in Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore, Nalgonda and Visakhapatnam districts brought no respite to farmers. According to information reaching here, a woman working in the groundnut fields in Arepalle village of Cherukupalli mandal in Guntur district was killed due to lightning in the morning. The victim was identified as Peruboina Ademma, 45. Two more deaths were reported from Guntur district. Koteswaramma, 48, of Kollimarla village of Kakumanu mandal and Raghavamma, 50, of Varagani village in Pedanandipadu mandal were struck dead by lightning. The situation was particularly worse in Prakasam district with gales blowing at 100 kmph uprooting huge trees and electric poles in many villages in Purchur, Addanki, Inkollu, Pangulur mandals. Struck by lightning, four persons died. They were identified as Pallerla Anjamma, 60, of Krishnamrajupalle village of Korisapadu mandal, N Venkatesh, 35, of Kothakota mandal in Mahbubnagar, who came to Venkatapuram of Addanki mandal, B Singa Rao, 60, a shepherd of Kolalpudi village in Martur mandal and also a 30-year-old man in Srirampuram colony in Ongole town. In Nellore, three persons were killed due to lightning. One of them was identified as Sanjeeva Reddy of Perumudi village in Balayapalle mandal. While the other two were from Dwarakapuram in Naidupet mandal, and Jangaladharuvu village of Sangam mandal. A farmer, Dulapudi Siva Nancharaiah, 39, also met with similar death at Chagantipadu village of Thotlavallur mandal in Krishna district. Four others were injured in the incident. The victims were reportedly engaged in a borewell drilling when lightning struck. The sudden rains coupled with heavy gales left the locals panic-stricken in Darsi and Markapuram mandals. Sources said power supply was disrupted in 40 villages in Inkollu, Addanki and Purchur mandals. Heavy rains were also reported from Atchampet, Rompicherla, Vinukonda, Narasaraopet, Guntur and Nagaram areas in Guntur district. Heavy rain also lashed Gudivada and Nandigama mandals in Krishna district. Farmers were badly hit due to the sudden rain as almost all the crops were affected as the rains spread over all the areas in the coastal districts. While paddy and mango nurseries were damaged in Krishna district, cotton, chilli and pulses were damaged in Guntur and Prakasam districts. Share your views
Mon, 04/22/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills three in Jaipur  0.0  Jaipur Rajasthan 
 India 
       
Three men were killed and four others got injured when lightning struck them at two different places, police said today. Iqbal (70) and Rakesh (26), an executive at a finance company executive, were standing near a water reservoir in Amber locality when lightning struck them yesterday, police said, adding three persons were also injured in the incident. In a similar incident, Mukesh Kumar died when he was hit by lightning at Naila road in Kanota area of the district. He along with his friend Rajesh had taken shelter under a tree when the incident occurred last night, the police said, adding, that Rajesh was injured in the incident. A few places in the state received rainfall due to Western Disturbance since yesterday. Mount Abu recorded a maximum of 19 mm rainfall till morning since yesterday whereas Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Jaipur and Dabok recorded 8, 7, 4. 3 and 3.3 mm rainfall, according to the MeT Department. The MeT Department has predicted more rainfall at a few places during the next 24 hours. Read More
Sun, 04/21/2013 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed, over 15 injured  0.0   
 Nepal 
       
Thunderbolt claims 3 lives, over 15 injured Three people died and fifteen others were injured in separate incidents of lightning strike in the country on Saturday night. In Kailali, Tika Devi Chaudhary, 26, of Bainiya-2 VDC, Mainapokhari died after lightning struck her house last night. Tika Devi, who had fallen unconsicuous after being struck by thunderbolt, died while receiving treatment at a local healthpost. Two other got injured in the incident. Police said the injured are Tika devis husband Jhosuram Chaudhary, 29, and their 13-year-old son Nirajan Chaudhary. In a similar incident in Doti, two people breathed their last after being struck by lightning following a heavy downpour in the district. The deceased have been identified as Tara Singh Malla, 60, and Ramkali Dangi, 55 both from Ghanteswor -3, Ghoradi of the district. Both of them died while being rushed to Dhangadi in an unconscious state for treatment. Likewise, more than 15 people from the same village as the deceased got injured in the incident. Nepalnews.comN
Tue, 04/16/2013 12:00 PM unknown Energy Education Council   0.0  IL 
 USA 
  bad safety info    Bad Safety info 
Tips to Stay Safe when Lightning Strikes Posted: Apr 16, 2013 7:26 PM EDT An electricity expert said, don't be fooled by the blue skies. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat. Erin Hollinshead, the Assistant Director of Energy Education Council said, "The 30-30 rule would be after you see lightening or hear thunder count 30 seconds and if there's not another one that occurs in that 30 seconds, then it's safe to go back outdoors." Hollinshead added, lightning can strike ten miles ahead of the storm front. Just by looking up at the sky and not seeing clouds, that does not mean that you are in a safe location. To help keep you safe when bad weather heads to Central Illinois, she told WAND's Brigette Burnett a few tips. She said, do not seek shelter under trees, canopies, picnic or rain shelters. Never stand near light, power or flag poles or even other people. Stay away from computers, tv sets, take off headsets and stop playing video games.
Mon, 04/15/2013 03:00 PM Killed Six farmers die in Bone lightning strike  0.0   
 Jakarta 
  taking shelter in hut    Ungrounded Shelter 
Six farmers die in Bone lightning strike The Jakarta Post, Makassar | Archipelago | Mon, April 15 2013, 4:05 AM A- A A+ Six farmers were killed and three others injured when lightning struck their hut in Bone, South Sulawesi. Selli village chief Saharuddin said that the nine farmers took shelter in the hut after a rainstorm struck on Saturday afternoon when they were working in the field. According to the survivors, around 30 minutes later, they heard thunder and saw a lightning bolt strike the hut. Six farmers instantly collapsed, Saharuddin said. No wounds found on the dead bodies, while the hut was destroyed, Saharuddin said, adding that the bodies were later taken to the local puskesmas community health center for autopsies before burial in their hometowns on Sunday. Meanwhile, the three surviving farmers suffered minor injuries and have returned home after receiving treatment at the community health center
Thu, 04/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured man   0.0  Chelsea MI 
 USA 
      Indirect 
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - As inconvenient as the road closure was along Halsted Road between 13 Mile and 14 Mile roads in Bloomfield Hills, it positively paled in comparison to what happened to a Washtenaw County man. The man was struck by lightning near Cassidy Lake and Waterloo roads in Chelsea. He's going to be OK. It has been a long, gray and dreary week in Metro Detroit. Moreover, it has been cold. It was round two of rain Thursday night. Dante Cochran was thinking positively, at least. He was wearing a parka, and a pair of shorts. Wishful thinking or bad planning? "I was looking forward to warm weather today. I'm a native to Michigan but I'm still not used to the weather," he joked.
Thu, 04/11/2013 10:25 PM Injured Edward Mooney  0.0  Valley Cottage NY 
 USA 
  closing window in house    Indirect,Indoors 
Edward Mooney was struck by lightning when he tried to close a window in his living room. (April 11, 2013 10:25 PM) A Rockland man is lucky to be alive tonight after a lightning strike sent him flying inside his home. Edward Mooney, of Valley Cottage, says he and his wife, Lisa, were having dinner at their home yesterday when a thunderstorm hit. When Mooney tried to close a window in his living room, he was struck by lightning and flung six feet across the room. Mooney says the lightning also passed... Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner®, Comcast®, customers with acccess to News 12.
Wed, 04/10/2013 12:02 AM Injured vendor  0.0  Cassidy Lake MI 
 USA 
  unknown     
lightning at Chelsea-area boot camp By Kyle Feldscher Crime and courts reporter Comment Now Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services 0 Posted on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 1:22 p.m. One person was struck by lightning at the Cassidy Lake Special Alternative Incarceration Facility Wednesday afternoon as thunderstorms rolled through Washtenaw County. Huron Valley Ambulance spokeswoman Joyce Williams said one person was struck by lightning while at the boot camp, 18901 Waterloo Road in Lyndon Township, northwest of Chelsea. Emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the camp at 12:02 p.m. Officials at Cassidy Lake said the person was a vendor, not a staff member or an inmate. The vendor was taken to the hospital for precautionary purposes, according to the official. Williams said the person was taken to Chelsea Hospital in stable condition. The facility is meant for prisoners and probationers as an alternative to prison and has been in operation since 1988. Inmates are usually at the facility for 90 days before being released to probation or a halfway house
Wed, 04/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured person ( 4 of 4 )  0.0  Swanton OH 
 USA 
  in garage working on truck  N/A  Garage with door open,Ground Strike 
Wed, 04/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured person (3 of 4 )  0.0  Swanton OH 
 USA 
  in garage working on truck  N/A  Garage with door open,Ground Strike 
Wed, 04/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured person ( 2 of 4 )  0.0  Swanton OH 
 USA 
  in garage working on truck  N/A  Garage with door open,Ground Strike 
Person hospitalized after struck by lightning Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:51 PM EDT Updated: Apr 10, 2013 9:44 PM EDT By Mackenzie Miller - email FULTON COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - A local dispatch says a person was sent to the hospital after being struck by lightning. The incident happened in the 1700 block of County Road D in Fulton County, on the northern edge of the Maumee State Forest. According to a witness at the scene, four people were working on a truck in a garage when lightning struck the area around them. Three people were shocked and one man was severely injured. Lucas County dispatch says the man was transported to the hospital by Providence Township Life Squad. His condition is unknown at this time. Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved
Wed, 04/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured person (1 of 4 )  0.0  Swanton OH 
 USA 
  in garage working on truck  N/A  Garage with door open,Ground Strike,Outside,Road 
Person struck by lightning during strong storms in Lucas County by Amulya Raghuveer Posted: 04.10.2013 at 4:31 PM Amulya Raghuveer Amulya is the Director of Digital Content and Community Relations at WNWO. read more » Friend Amulya Follow Amulya Contact Amulya Amulya's feed Read more: Local, Weather, News, Struck by Lightning, Person by Struck Lightning, Lucas County Dispatch, County Road D, Maumee State Park Share on favoritessavesendprint 0 0 SWANTON -- Strong storms brought heavy rain and thunder to the area Wednesday, sending one person to the hospital after being struck by lightning. According to Lucas County dispatch, the unidentified person was struck by a lightning rod on County Road D in Fulton County, near the Maumee State Forest. The area, just south of Swanton, was hit hard by heavy storms Wednesday afternoon. The person was sent to an area hospital. The extent of injuries has not been released.
Wed, 04/10/2013 12:00 PM unknown Radiation Bombards Plane Passengers Via 'Dark Ligh  0.0  FL 
 USA 
    N/A  Science 
Radiation Bombards Plane Passengers Via 'Dark Lightning': How Dangerous Is It? 0 Comments inShare Print Email Matthew Klickstein First Posted: Apr 10, 2013 11:37 AM EDT TagsRadiation, Dark lightning, Planes, Gamma rays Lightning strikes near the space shuttle Endeavour resting atop launch pad 39A during thunderstorms at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 10, 2009. Credit:Reuters If you're ever flying in a plane through the clouds on a stormy night and wonder if those lightning bolts could feasibly endanger the flight, you've got something new to worry about. It turns out that, according to scientists, a certain invisible kind of lightning called "dark lightning" regularly hits plane passengers with gamma rays without their even knowing it. RELATED ARTICLES Inspiration Mars Mission To Use Human Feces As Radiation Shield New Radiation Shield Discovered And Destroyed 12,000 Miles Up Japan Government Names Radiation Physicist as New Atomic Regulator Head FCC May Take up Issue of Cell Phone Radiation "However," LiveScience adds, according to researchers, "these outbursts do not seem to reach truly dangerous levels." Like Us on Facebook More than 10 years ago, researchers discovered that "brief but powerful bursts of gamma rays" are produced by thunderstorms. These "terrestrial gamma-ray flashes" are the "highest-energy form of light," according to LiveScience, and can be so bright that they blind satellite sensors hundreds of miles from origin. The problem with all these fascinating facts is that the terrestrial gamma-ray flashes tend to occur at the same height that commercial airlines often fly. It has been difficult to determine whether or not the radiation from these gamma rays can have an adverse effect on passengers, as scientists still have little information on exactly what these gamma rays are all about. Scientists do believe that antimatter is "hurled" into space from these flashes. "We know in detail how black holes work at the centers of distant galaxies, but we don't really understand what is going on inside thunderclouds just a few miles over our heads," said Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the Florida Institute of Technology. The provenance of these gamma ray flashes is referred to as "dark lightning" because although computers can be used to help detect this "extreme form of lightning," the blasts produce so little light it's hard to see them with the human eye. "I find it amazing that it took us two-and-a half centuries after Ben Franklin to find out that there is another kind of lightning inside thunderstorms," Dwyer told LiveScience. So, is this "amazing" dark lightning dangerous to passengers flying through the clouds when the gamma ray blasts are occurring? "Doses never seem to reach truly dangerous levels," Dwyer noted. "The radiation from dark lightning is not something that people need to be frightened about, and it is not a reason to avoid flying. I would have no problem getting on a plane with my kids." Along with colleagues Ningyu Liu and Hamid Rassoul, Dwyer detailed the team's findings at a conference of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna on Wednesday, April 10. Like what you're reading? Follow @profklickberg. 'Dark lightning' zaps airline passengers with radiation NASA An artist's impression of a terrestrial gamma-ray flash, called "dark lightning," originating from a thunderstorm. The gamma rays (pink), in turn, generate electrons and positrons (yellow and green), their antimatter counterparts, which get blasted into space. By Charles Choi LiveScience "Dark lightning" that is almost invisible within clouds may regularly blast airline passengers with large numbers of gamma rays, scientists find. However, these outbursts do not seem to reach truly dangerous levels, researchers added. More than a decade ago, researchers unexpectedly discovered thunderstorms could generate brief but powerful bursts of gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light. These so-called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes are so bright that they are able to blind sensors on satellites many hundreds of miles away. Advertise | AdChoices Worryingly, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes can occur near the same altitudes at which commercial aircraft regularly fly. Attempts to discover whether these flashes pose a radiation hazard to airline passengers have been hampered by a poor understanding of the cause of these flashes. Past research has also found these flashes hurl beams of antimatter into space. [The 5 Real Hazards of Air Travel] "We know in detail how black holes work at the centers of distant galaxies, but we don't really understand what is going on inside thunderclouds just a few miles over our heads," said researcher Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the Florida Institute of Technology. Extreme lightning Now computer models suggest the flashes are caused by an extreme form of lightning. Although they may blast out large numbers of gamma rays, they generate very little visible light, leading scientists to call the phenomenon "dark lightning." "I find it amazing that it took us two-and-a half centuries after Ben Franklin to find out that there is another kind of lightning inside thunderstorms," Dwyer told LiveScience. Normal lightning involves slow electrons that carry electric current to the ground or within clouds. In contrast, dark lightning involves high-energy electrons. These electrons slam into air molecules, producing gamma rays. In turn, these gamma rays generate electrons and their antimatter counterparts, known as positrons. These high-energy particles collide into still more air molecules, generating more gamma rays, ultimately explaining many of the properties of the gamma-ray flashes that scientists have detected from thunderstorms. Ordinary lightning arcs from one spot to another to reduce the voltage growing within clouds. Dark lightning does so as well, and since much higher energy particles are involved, it reduces voltage far more quickly, so the electric fields within them "can collapse in a few tens of microseconds," Dwyer said. Dark lightning and radiation Armed with a model that potentially explains these gamma-ray flashes, Dwyer and his colleagues analyzed how much radiation airline passengers might receive from them. Near the tops of thunderstorms, at about 40,000 feet (12,200 meters) in altitude, the scientists calculated that radiation doses are comparable to about 10 chest X-rays, or about the same dose people receive from natural background sources of radiation over the course of a year. [Infographic: Earth's Atmosphere Top to Bottom] Advertise | AdChoices However, near the middle of the storms, at about 16,000 feet (4,900 meters) in altitude, "the radiation dose could be about 10 times larger, comparable to some of the largest doses received during medical procedures and roughly equal to a full-body CT scan," Dwyer said. Although airline pilots already do their best to avoid thunderstorms, "occasionally aircraft do end up inside electrified storms, exposing passengers to terrestrial gamma-ray flashes," Dwyer said. "On rare occasions, according to the model calculations, it may be possible that hundreds of people, without knowing it, may be simultaneously receiving a sizable dose of radiation from dark lightning." The average cruising altitude of a passenger jet ranges from about 30,000 to 40,000 feet (9,150 to 12,200 m). This means that commercial airliners may pass through the potentially dangerous altitude of 16,000 feet (4,900 m) twice per flight. Still, Dwyer noted the radiation risk posed by these flashes is minimal. Pilots already avoid thunderstorms. In addition, the flashes behind the biggest doses of radiation are probably much less common than normal lightning. Moreover, the plane would have to be in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time to see such high doses. "Doses never seem to reach truly dangerous levels," Dwyer noted. "The radiation from dark lightning is not something that people need to be frightened about, and it is not a reason to avoid flying. I would have no problem getting on a plane with my kids." Dwyer and his colleagues Ningyu Liu and Hamid Rassoul detailed their findings Wednesday at a meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna.
Tue, 04/09/2013 01:40 PM Injured man outside front end loader (1 of 2)  0.0  Brownsville WI 
 USA 
    N/A  Construction site,Indirect,Near Struck Vehicle,Outside,Work 
Two men struck by lightning near Brownsville Apr 9, 2013 | 0 Comments A A Written by The Reporter Media staff FILED UNDER Local News BROWNSVILLE  Two men working in Brownsville Tuesday afternoon were struck by lightning from a thunderstorm that moved through the area. Emergency personnel were called to Lomira Drive at 1:40 p.m., according to the Dodge County Sheriffs Department. The men were working on a front-end loader when the lightning struck, said Dodge County Sheriff Patricia Ninmann. One man was inside the equipment and the other was outside when the lightning struck. The man standing outside the front-end loader was transported by Mayville EMS to Froedert Hospital with undisclosed injuries. The male inside the machinery did not sustain any injuries. Brownsville First Responders, Fond du Lac Paramedics and Dodge County Sheriffs Department assisted. Ninmann urged individuals to be aware of sudden changes in weather and the dangers of lightning. Text Size:AAA Man struck by lightning says bolt seared through him MILWAUKEE In a WISN 12 News exclusive, a Fond du Lac man recalls the force of being struck by lightning during Tuesday's stormy weather. TWO MEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IN DODGE COUNTY Two men are struck by lightning in Brownsville in Dodge County. MORE Hermilio Antonio-Angel was on the job at Halquist Stone in Brownsville on Tuesday afternoon when his first clue of trouble was the sound of a huge rock falling. He said the bolt seared through him, injuring his neck, his entire right side and shooting through his foot like an explosion. Antonio-Angel is being treated at Columbia St. Mary's Regional Burn Center in Milwaukee. He credited his family, faith in God and emergency workers for his recovery. Read more: http://www.wisn.com/news/south-east-wisconsin/ozaukee-washington/Man-struck-by-lightning-says-bolt-seared-through-him/-/10151118/19735374/-/w8wpbg/-/index.html#ixzz2QOO0hFaC
Tue, 04/09/2013 01:40 PM unknown man inside front end loader  0.0  Brownsville WI 
 USA 
      Construction site,In a Car or Vehicle,Work 
2 Struck by Lightning in Dodge Co. Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2013 --- 2:52 p.m. Press Release from the Dodge Co. Sheriff's Department: The Dodge County Sheriffâ¬"s Department reports two individuals were struck by lightning at 1:39 p.m. on April 9, 2013, while working on Lomira Dr., in Brownsville, WI. One male subject was transported by Mayville EMS to Froedert Hospital for injuries sustained by the lightning strike. It is unknown at this time the extent of his injuries. The other male subject, who was inside machinery at the time, did not sustain any injuries. Brownsville First Responders, Fond du Lac Paramedics and Dodge County Sheriffâ¬"s Department assisted. Sheriff Ninmann states with the upcoming storm season you should be aware of the possible sudden change in weather and the possibility of lightning that could result from the storm.
Sat, 04/06/2013 12:00 PM unknown How a lightning sensor works  0.0   
 USA 
      Education,Science 
Part 2 of redOrbitâ¬"s exclusive 6-part series Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com  Your Universe Online In the first installment of this series, we explored how the Maryland-based company Earth Networks positioned itself as the world leader in ground-based weather sensor data collection through the mass deployment of their weather station sensor network. Typically, private sector weather companies like The Weather Channel or Accuweather rely on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for data collected via their network of satellites, radars and surface weather stations. Where Earth Networks stands apart is through their operation of the largest independent global sensor network. And the operation of this network was significantly improved with the addition of the Earth Networkâ¬"s Total Lightning Network (ENTLN) only a few years back. The companyâ¬"s decision to monitor lightning was arrived at after decades of research on the subject indicated that an increase in the flash rate of intercloud (IC) lightning was predictive of imminent severe weather and possible tornadic activity. Robert Marshall, CEO and co-founder of Earth Networks, explained how NASA has employed the use of a lightning detection network at the Kennedy Space Flight Center in Florida since the 1970â¬"s. However, the network they have utilized is a VHF network that, due to its limited geographic range, would be cost prohibitive to deploy on a large scale While a cloud to ground (CG) lightning flash has a much more powerful amplitude, the challenge with detecting and measuring IC flashes exists due to their higher frequency and lower amplitude. It was only through innovation in the realm of measurement electronics that it became possible. â¬SThe technology didnâ¬"t exist several years ago to do it until we did it,⬝ Marshall told redOrbit. â¬SThe technology has changed so much in the last decade. There are a number of things that made this possible, what we do today, that was not possible 10 years ago,⬝ he continued. Marshall explained that each weather station is outfitted with two high-speed digital signal processors that record 24 million samples every second. Along with the ubiquity of Internet connectivity over the past decade and the low-cost associated with the production and deployment of each unit, Earth Networks quickly amassed the largest lightning sensor network on the globe. Currently, the company operates more than 700 units and expects to exceed 1,000 lightning sensors by the yearâ¬"s end. HOW A LIGHTNING SENSOR WORKS redOrbit asked Marshall specifically about the impetus behind taking the company in the direction of focusing on lightning monitoring. â¬SSo, itâ¬"s really more about early warning,⬝ Marshall replied. â¬SThe research indicated there is an opportunity for total lightning that looks really valuable. Strategically, several years ago, we were looking for what else we could add on to our weather stations to really give us some valuable data and allow us to develop some valuable products. What could we add to the basic weather station? And thatâ¬"s when we came up with the lightning sensor.⬝ In order to understand how the ENTLN functions will require an example familiar to anyone who has ever listened to the AM band on their radio. During a thunderstorm, an AM radio within range of a lightning strike will be disrupted by crackling. This is due to the fact the AM band is amplitude based. The crackle is the AM bandâ¬"s recognition of the passing electromagnetic pulse being emitted from the lightning flash, propagating out in all directions at the speed of light. Much like the AM band, the lightning sensor is an antenna that is able to detect amplitude. The moment the electromagnetic wave hits the antenna, a sophisticated high-speed electronic array housed by the weather station measures the wave and transmits the data back to Earth Networks Germantown, Maryland facility. As the wave travels out from the lightning strike it hits different lightning sensors at different times. Identifying a particular wave among several sensors in different locales allows the sophisticated algorithms used by Earth Networks to calibrate it and measure its strength. In a particularly active thunderstorm, however, one might think it would be nearly impossible to distinguish one wave from another. Yet each wave presents its own shape signature, making it possible for Earth Networkâ¬"s computers to identify each unique lightning through a process known as cross-correlation. The genius of the ENTLN, however, is in what it does next. Once the wave has been registered by the antenna, measured and transmitted by the electronics array, the algorithm is able to use the data from multiple sensors to pinpoint the exact place on (or above) Earth via triangulation. Comparing the method employed by ENTLN to current satellite technology, Marshall claimed, â¬SA satellite canâ¬"t tell whether itâ¬"s a ground flash or a cloud flash or exactly where it is, but they are pretty good at figuring out there was lightning that happened in those spots.⬝ The limitation to satellite technology, with respect to ENTLN, is that satellites utilize optical sensors. â¬SThe way we do it is very, very different,⬝ concluded Marshall. If ENTLNâ¬"s capabilities stopped at simply collecting the vast amounts of data it receives every second of every day, the network would be no less impressive. However, as Marshall mentioned previously, translating that data into real-time early warnings was the driving force behind the development of their total lightning network. Counted among their clients are both private corporations and municipalities. Earth Networks provides them with a live weather product that collects data from the sensors and displays the information directly to them. City and county governments utilize this in order to better inform citizens in the immediate area. Additionally, individuals who have the companyâ¬"s app on their GPS-enabled smartphone receive the sensor data in the form of an alert when there is an increase in the rate of IC lightning in their area. The name for their alert, Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (DTA), was coordinated with the National Weather Service (NWS). This was done â¬Sto make sure we didnâ¬"t confuse the public because no private company really does this,⬝ explained Marshall. â¬SThe NWS is the official source for warnings. We didnâ¬"t want to call it a warning.⬝ However, when a DTA is issued, it is because of the signature increase in lightning activity that often predicts an increase in high winds, hail and possible tornadic activity. Each alert is automatically generated by the system and updated every 15 minutes. In the next installment in the series, weâ¬"ll explore the false alarm rates of ENTLN compared to NWS. Additionally, we will learn about a new visualization tool that promises to be beneficial to some of the more impoverished nations on Earth that are unable to implement a full radar system. Source: Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Topics: Technology Internet, Meteorology, Atmospheric sciences, Weather, Disaster Accident, Earth Networks, Lightning, Weather station, Tornado, National Weather Service, Wireless sensor network, Storm, Thunderstorm, Lightning detection, Robert Marshall
Sat, 04/06/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning deadliest natural disaster 129 killed l  0.0  Kathmandu  
 Napal 
       
Lightning deadliest natural disaster 129 killed last year MoHA yet to come up with an awareness safety programme on lightning Added At: 2013-04-06 10:19 PM Last Updated At: 2013-04-06 10:19 PM RUDRA PANGENI KATHMANDU: Eleven people were killed after lightning struck them on one single day, on March 21, in different districts and 33 more had sustained serious electrical injuries around the country. Usually, the number of people killed by lightning increases in the months between March and June, especially before the onset of monsoon in the country. Over 129 people have lost their lives in the past one year, the number being at the top of the chart of deaths by natural disasters and the year before that, lightning had claimed 103 lives, the third highest on the chart. By contrast, the total number of deaths in floods were 126 and those killed in landslides stands at 113 in the year 2011-12. Shriram Sharma, an expert on lightning and lecturer of Physics at the Amrit Science Campus, suggests that people should prefer to stay in indoors during thunderstorm or take shelter under large trees or in an open ground. He said when lightning strikes any human being it causes internal burns and cardiovascular arrest. But the government or for that matter, any other organisation are least bothered about the alarming rate of deaths, said Sharma. Government has so far done nothing to mitigate the human and property loss by raising safety awareness. People are killed due to lack of awareness, he regretted. The Ministry of Home Affairs pays Rs 40,000 as relief to the family of the person killed in lightning, but that is not enough. It should take necessary steps to save peoples lives, said Sharma. Various programmes are organised annually to raise awareness and cope with natural disasters like earthquakes, floods and landslides. Government needs to mull over organising similar programmes to reduce the number of deaths by lightning, he added. Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, Joint Secretary at the MoHA, said the government is studying the seriousness of the disaster and programmes will be set thereafter. Interestingly while tsunami that has not been relevant in Nepals context, is included in the social studies textbooks for Grade VIII and X, but lightning has not mentioned in textbooks. The archeological structures in Patan, Bhaktapur and Basantapur Durbar Square are highly vulnerable to lightning as the structures have nothing to pass the electrical charge. Safety tips " Remain away from tall trees, electrical poles during thunderstorm " If you are in an open ground, rush indoor or walk bending your body " Remain at the centre of the room and do not touch walls and pillars in concrete houses " Switch-off electrical appliances " Do not use telephone during lightning
Thu, 04/04/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 people  0.0  Bhopal Seoni district 
 India 
       
Lightning claims 2 in Seoni TNN Apr 4, 2013, 06.23AM IST Tags: Lightning| Gwari village BHOPAL: Lightning claimed two lives in Seoni district on Wednesday morning. Police sources said two people identified as Shuklal Kakodia, 45, resident of Balpur and Phul Singh, 40, resident of Gwari village, were seriously injured after being struck by lightning on Tuesday evening. The two, who were admitted to community health centre, Dhansaur on Tuesday night, both succumbed to burns early on Wednesday morning, said sources. Strong winds caused damage across Seoni district on Tuesday night. Two power transmission towers were damaged after they fell down in Barela village of the district, sources. At the same time, several trees have also fallen down due to strong winds all across the district. Hailstorm was also observed in more than 2 dozen villages of Lakhnadaon and Ghansaur development blocks wherein standing crop in a total of around 721 hectare of land has been affected, said sources.
Tue, 04/02/2013 07:00 PM Injured man walking  0.0  Austin TX 
 USA 
      Indirect,Outside,Walking 
Man struck by lightning along trail in Southwest Austin Was alert and breathing when crew arrived Updated: Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013, 5:48 AM CDT Published : Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013, 8:46 PM CDT AUSTIN (KXAN) - A man walking along a trail in Southwest Austin was struck by lightning as powerful storms moved through the region on Tuesday. A call came into the Austin Fire Department around 7 p.m. for the incident at the Shops at Arbor Trails near Mopac and William Cannon Drive. The man was alert and breathing when emergency crews arrived. He was transported to the hospital. Photos: Storms sweep through Central Texas Tuesdayâ¬"s storms packed heavy rains, hail and lightning as they rolled through Austin and the surrounding region. The heavy rains caused flooding in several areas, and widespread hail damage was reported in the Hill Country. The storms also caused power outages in the area.
Wed, 03/27/2013 12:00 PM Injured Alexander Mandon Buried Alive As 'Cure' After Bein  0.0   
 Colombia 
       
Video, Alexander Mandón Buried, Alexander Mandón Lightning, Lightning Strikes, Man Buried Alive, Man Buried Lightning Strikes, Man Struck By Lighting Four Times, Man Survived Lightning Strike, Latino Voices News The saying lightning never strikes the same place twice apparently does not apply in Alexander Mandón's case. The 20-year-old Colombian has been struck by lightning four times since September. So to "cure" his electrical attraction, a local indigenous doctor recommended that Mandón be buried alive in an upright position, Spanish-language publication "Noticias Uno" reports. Burying Mandón allows the surrounding dirt to absorb any inappropriate electrical charges in his body, according to the indigenous healer. The first attempt was unsuccessful, since Mandón was not positioned the correct way. So, residents of Mandón's native town Sampués, a community more than 300 miles north of Bogotá, tried again. In a video of the burial, several people work to cover Mandón in dirt. Ultimately, the group entombs Mandón's entire body, except for his head. Mandón's faulty "electrical charge" has been a heavy burden on the 20-year-old. He was struck by lightning for the third time while serving in the Colombian military. His commander became concerned about the risk and discharged Mandón, "Colombia Reports" notes. However, the lightning strikes did not stop there. Following his return home to Sampués in northern Colombia, Mandón was struck by a bolt, yet again, outside a cantina where he once worked. Mandón's fourth lightning strike left him trembling and struggling to walk, leading Mandón to seek out the traditional medicine doctor. While it would be difficult to determine whether the treatment worked, Mandón plans to stay inside for the foreseeable future. Lightning strikes, which can contain as many as 100 million electrical volts, can cause cardiac arrest or serious injury, including severe burns and brain damage, National Geographic reports. Though the electrical discharges do kill (in 10 percent of cases), surviving a strike remains more likely. In 2011, South Carolina resident Melvin Roberts survived his sixth lightning strike. ALSO ON HUFFPOST:
Tue, 03/26/2013 03:00 PM Killed Pham Quoc Tri  37.0  Nam N'Jang commune Dak Nong province 
 VietNam 
      Cell Phone,Outside,Under Trees 
Man struck by lightning while using cell phone under a tree VietNamNet Bridge  A man was found dead at the foot of a pine tree, after a loud explosion when it was about to rain. Next to the body of the victim was a broken cell phone. At 15h on March 26, Pham Quoc Tri, 37, in Nam N'Jang commune, Dak Song district, Dak Nong province, his wife and their son worked as hired laborers in the garden of a farm owner. When Tri was fertilizing pepper trees, it showed signs of coming rain. Everyone heard a huge explosion, then the shout for help of Tris son. They saw Tri lying under the root of a pine tree, with a broken cell phone next to his body. Tris son said his father was struck by lightning and asked people for help, but the victim died. Police of Nam N'Jang commune said, in addition to the lightning marks on the tree, the authorities also found his broken phone. It is highly possible that the victim was struck by lightning while using the phone under the tree. According to local people, Tris family is very poor. Two of his three children had to quit school to work with their parents as hired laborers. Experts recommend that people do not use, do not even bring the cell phone with them when going in rain or thunderstorms because lightning always chooses the easiest path to the ground. When someone stands and uses the phone, he will create a path of less resistance.
Sun, 03/24/2013 12:00 PM unknown narrow bipolar pulse  0.0  Osaka  
 Japan 
      Education,Science 
High within towering thunderclouds, a distinct form of intracloud lightning, known as "narrow bipolar pulse" discharges, can occur. Like other forms of lightning, narrow bipolar events (NBE) can be either negative or positive discharges. These events are known for their high-powered, short-distance electrical discharges that produce strong emissions of very high frequency radio waves. Previous research has found that since NBEs take place at relatively high altitudes, it is possible to detect them remotely using satellites. To be able to use the detection of narrow bipolar events to measure cloud behavior or storm dynamics, however, requires a better understanding of the relationship between cloud properties and NBEs. Using a high spatial resolution radar array and a low frequency lightning location system, Wu et al. measured the properties of the NBEs produced by 10 storms near Osaka, Japan, during the summer of 2012. From the sampled storms, the authors identified 232 instances of positive narrow bipolar lightning and 22 negative discharges. The authors find that positive narrow bipolar discharges are typically located deep within the cloud, either in or surrounding the region of deepest convection. Negative NBEs, on the other hand, almost exclusively occur near the cloud tops, with altitudes from 14 to 16 kilometers (about 8.5 to 10 miles). Based on their observations, the authors suggest that there is a critical cloud heightaround 15 kilometers (9 miles) altitudebelow which negative narrow bipolar discharges will not occur. As a result of this finding, the authors suggest that the detection of negative NBEs could be used to estimate cloud top height remotely. Or, barring that, they say that the mere detection of negative NBEs can be used for a quick rough assessment of thundercloud height, and hence of its likely severity. Title: Spatial relationship between lightning narrow bipolar events and parent thunderstorms as revealed by phased array radar, Ting Wu, Yuji Takayanagi, Satoru Yoshida, Tsuyoshi Funaki, Tomoo Ushio and Zen Kawasaki: Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/grl.50112, 2013
Sat, 03/23/2013 03:30 PM Killed Muhamad Zawawi Zolkefli  13.0  Jalan Air Itam George Town 
 Malaysia 
      Outside,School 
GEORGE TOWN: A Form One student died after he was struck by lightning at a bus stop. It is learnt that Muhamad Zawawi Zolkefli (pic), 13, was waiting for the bus to go home with a group of friends when the incident happened at about 7pm while it was raining yesterday. The bus stop was located opposite his school, SMK Methodist Boys School in Jalan Air Itam. When met at the Penang Hospital mortuary, the boys father, Zolkefli Md Rodzi, 40, a Federal Reserve Unit personnel, said Zawawi only started taking the bus to and from school to his home in FRU quarters, Rifle Range, recently. I rushed to the hospitals emergency ward after my friend told me what happened but the doctor informed me that he died on the spot. We are in shock over the loss, but we redha (accept it with an open heart) because life and death is determined by Allah, he said of his son, the eldest of four siblings. Zolkefli said the body of his son was not burnt but there were blue-black marks on his chest. He also said some of Zawawis friends were injured. Zawawi will be buried at his fathers village in Kampung Petani, Kubang Semang, Bukit Mertajam, at 10am today.
Fri, 03/22/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed  0.0  Shantipur  
 Napal 
       
Lightning kills two in Ilam Two persons were killed after being struck by lightning in Ilam on Thursday. Manjeet Subba, 18, of Mangalbare and Mekh Bahadur Tamang, 60, of Shantipur-3 were killed in separate incidents, RSS said. nepalnews.com
Mon, 03/18/2013 12:00 PM unknown ESE technology   0.0   
 USA 
  ESE does not work  N/A  Science 
Some companies dont wait for lightning to strike Posted on March 18, 2013 at 6:57 am by Jeannie Kever in Natural Gas, Oil, Oil field services Comments(0) | E-mail | Print Lightning storm over Albuquerque, N.M. (Roch Hart/Barcroft Media) Back in Ben Franklins day, no one worried about lightning causing a chemical tank to explode or shutting down the electronic controls to a nuclear reactor. Technology has raised the stakes since Franklin invented the lightning rod  lightning-sparked fires caused more than $1 billion in insured homeowners losses in 2010 alone, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The costs can be even higher for the oil and gas industry; a 2006 study published in the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries found lightning strikes are the most common cause of accidents involving storage tanks at refineries and petrochemical plants. For the guys whove been around for 30 or 40 years, its not if, its when theyre going to get hit, said Matt Jones, project manager for Ashley Automation & Technology, an industrial electrical firm that works mostly in the oil fields. And while lightning is hardly the only risk for oil and gas production and other facilities, its a big one, said David Miller, director of standards for the American Petroleum Institute. Know-how: NASA exes bring deep understanding of risk to energy industry The fact that the institute first issued standards for protecting facilities against lightning in 1953 and has updated them seven times since then is evidence of the concern, Miller said. Strikes in Houston In the lower 48 states, the risk is highest in Florida and lowest along the West Coast. The Houston area receives more lightning strikes than anywhere else in Texas, according to Richard Orville, a Texas A&M professor who established the National Lightning Detection Network. The lightning rod is still the most commonly used protection around the world, updated with modern materials but still based on Franklins design from the 1700s. Jones said there is also growing interest in a decidedly more modern technology as companies try to protect themselves from the elements. Roy Carpenter was an engineer for NASA contractor Rockwell International when he came up with a different way of guarding rockets against lightning. Lightning rods work by drawing lightning and sending the charge through a conducting wire into the ground. Carpenters system aims to prevent a strike altogether by disrupting the electrical charge, essentially making conditions less favorable for lightning to develop. After leaving Rockwell, Carpenter started the company that is now Lightning Eliminators & Consultants. Roy Carpenter died in 2007, but the company is still in business, based in Boulder, Colo. Carpenters son, Peter Carpenter, is chairman of the board. Skeptics of system While the system has its skeptics, energy companies make up a growing share of its clientele. Twenty years ago, it wasnt as big a deal, but now oil and gas plants are so technical, company president and CEO Avram Saunders said. Lightning rods attract lightning and send it into the ground. If you had a multimillion-dollar facility, would you want to attract that much energy? Saunders said several companies along the Houston Ship Channel use the system, including some units at Exxon Mobil Chemicals Baytown plant. The company did not respond to requests to discuss the system. The Tennessee Valley Authority installed the system over a portion of its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama in 1999 and will use it at another nuclear plant now under construction, said Rick Brehm, the authoritys program manager for electromagnetic interference and instrumentation and control systems. Brehm said the authority chose to add the protection to a 600-foot-high stack, camera towers and guard towers at Browns Ferry, areas that previously had been protected by lightning rods but still had been damaged by lightning. When we lose security equipment, its not just the dollars of the equipment, but having to staff security officers to cover the area, so we were paying personnel costs as well as equipment costs, Brehm said. An internal study tallied lightning strikes within a 500-meter, three-mile, six-mile and 120-mile radius of the stack for the three years before and after the system was installed. Oil storage tanks: Better security needed to stop deaths In the years after the installation, lightning strikes within 500 meters of the stack dropped by 80 percent, Brehm said, while they held steady in the wider area. He said theres no sign the stack has been struck by lightning since the system was installed. But such studies have done little to sway some in the lightning protection mainstream, including Bud VanSickle, executive director of the Lightning Protection Institute. His organization, which certifies companies to install lightning protection systems, supports lightning rod systems because they work, VanSickle said. Apollo program Peter Carpenter has heard all the criticism. He was a child when his father designed the charge transfer system as a Rockwell engineer on the Apollo program. The rockets launched from Florida, making lightning strikes a constant worry. It seemed odd to him that they were using technology that went back to Ben Franklin to protect men going to the moon, Peter Carpenter said. Jones, the project manager for Ashley Automation & Technology, said his company began using Lighting Eliminators system at customers request but now recommends it. Jones said much of the current oil field expansion is funded by private investors, who are more concerned about protecting gas processing units, oil drilling pads and other investments from lightning strikes than major oil companies may have been in the past. They dont want to lose their $5 million to a lightning strike, he said. They see it (lightning protection) as an insurance policy.
Mon, 03/18/2013 12:00 PM unknown Death, Injury by Lightning Strike in Cambodia Can   0.0   
 Cambodia 
      Education 
Death, Injury by Lightning Strike in Cambodia Can Be Reduced By The Cambodia Daily - March 18, 2013 By Kenneth Wilson Cambodia has one of the highest rates in the world of deaths by lightning. At 7.8 deaths per million people, (2007 to 2011) the measure is exceeded by only a few other countries, for example, South Africa, at 8.8. Global location plays a pivotal role and countries located in tropical and subtropical regions have higher death rates because these areas have more storms. Some other countries have reported yearly death averages of: Thailand, 2.6; Vietnam, 1.2; Japan, 0.1; China, 1.3; U.S., 0.2. Cambodias high number of 7.8 was the average for deaths in five years as reported by the National Committee for Disaster Management: 165 (2011), 114 (2010), 140 (2009), 95 (2008) and 45 (2007), then divided by the average population over the same years, which was 14.4 million. For 2012, no final death report has been made, although the death count for the first nine months was 100. It is important to stress that these figures are only as good as the reporting, collation, and dissemination thereof. Since the beginning of time, mankind has attributed lightning deaths to everything from supernatural forces to superstition, and now even global warming. Certainly one factor, the frequency of seasonal storms, is a very real contributor, but perhaps the most important factor is the lack of awareness of protective measures, which if taken, would greatly reduce risks, deaths, and injuries. Here in lies the problem that Cambodia faces: One of not only educating those who work outdoors, but those who are likely to administer primary first aid, and medical staff. As shown from data collected for years around the world, as far back as the 1800s, the number people killed by lightning decreased over time as countries moved from rural to more urbanized settings. The decrease is logical given the dwindling numbers of people working outdoorsin fields, on boats, in forestsand the increase in people work inside factories or office buildings. The latter provides protection not afforded when exposed to the elements of a storm. Numerous surveys of weather-related deaths have shown that lightning deaths are ranked in the top two overall but the loss of life is only a part of the complex picture. Since injuries from lightning arent recorded in Cambodia, a comparison to the global ratio of injury to death, at proximately 10:1, cannot be made. However, if such statistics were assembled, the number of injuries here would far exceed death rates due to lightning. Injuries from lightning range from cardiac arrest and burns to neurological damage or paralysis. These, in turn, affect quality of life through increased medical treatment costs, mental disabilities, and dependency. Beyond the actual loss of life or injury, there are additional damages: loss of income, dead livestock, destruction by fire and crop damage. All of these directly affect not only the individual, but their immediate and extended families as they cope with losses. So what can be done? The answer is both simple and complex: Simplebroad and repetitive education of those working in rural environments, basic first aid training for those in the immediate area and specific training for doctors. The complex issue is to increase public awareness of risk factors and injury prevention and improve weather communications and forecasting. The wet season is once again approaching and there will be preventable lightning deaths and injuries occurring in Cambodia. It is time for the NCDM and the government to put more effort toward effectively reducing these avoidable tragedies. Dr. Kenneth Wilson, adjunct professor at Texas State University, teaches at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and has opened research laboratories in Cambodia. © 2013, The Cambodia Daily. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in print, electronically, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without written permission.
Thu, 03/14/2013 12:00 PM unknown Several Northern Valley towns, schools getting clo  0.0  NJ 
 USA 
      Science 
Several Northern Valley towns, schools getting close to sharing lightning detection equipment THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013 BY MARC LIGHTDALE STAFF WRITER NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE PRINT | E-MAIL HARRINGTON PARK  Four of the seven councils and four of the sending school boards that make up the Northern Valley Regional High School District are onboard to adopt the Strike Guard Lightning Detection System. While the municipalities Harrington Park, Closter, Norwood, and Northvale are behind the system, the other three communities were still in the midst of determining what to choose, and the Harrington Park, Norwood, Northvale, and Demarest school boards are onboard for Strike Guard. The Closter school board is not onboard currently. Old Tappan, according to Superintendent William Ward, is supportive of the project's goal, but the board is waiting to receive the final cost figures to make a decision about funding. Haworth Board of Education could not be reached by publication. Meanwhile, the Northern Valley High School regional district is waiting to hear from its attorney before the board decides whether to join in Strike Guard or go with Thor Guard, another detection system. Representatives of the boroughs of Haworth, Demarest, and Old Tappan, who are not fully onboard, said they like the idea of lightning detection in general, but they still need to iron out the details and figure out the financing before they make a final decision. "All the towns have the proposal from Commercial Recreational Specialists presented to Dr. Fried who has funneled the information to all of the original towns. Now we are determining which towns would like to participate or not," said Rich Wills, vice-president of CRS. "It's really up to each town and the board of education's decision." Haworth Mayor John Dean DeRienzo said while the council is supportive of the system in general, they had yet to discuss it as of March 5. "So we're probably going to do it but we need to look at the numbers in more depth," DeRienzo said. Old Tappan's Borough Administrator Patrick O'Brien said the borough has appropriated money but the council has yet to vote on the matter. They have not chosen a particular system at this point although they support lightning detection in general, he said. Demarest Mayor Raymond Cywinski said the council members are still working out the details. "The finance committee doesn't have the budget ready," Cywinski said. "The recreation committee still wants to make sure that the budget will support the item." At the Northern Valley Regional High School District, Business Administrator Joanette Femia said there is no decision as of March 5. Fried said he felt good about the prospects of the project. "How well this was received by everybody, it would hard-pressed to see a negative," Fried said. "What it means for the Northern Valley is that we've put together a consortium that protects the Northern Valley. It's taken a few months of work, work of Mayor [Paul] Hoelscher and myself, to put an umbrella over the community as far as lightning is concerned." Fried said Strike Guard is "user-friendly and informs the public that fields are close to lightning." Another benefit, Fried said, is it has a secondary system that lets people know when the field is clear to resume playing. The detection system picks up on light waves and can pick up lightning at 20 miles, 10 miles and 5 miles away, which is significant because it allows the officials to get a better gauge of how close lightning is. If the seven municipalities go with this system, Wills said they will each save approximately $12,000. The total cost for the two main bases are $41,500, tentatively at Northern Valley Demarest and in Norwood, while the total cost is approximately $130,000 for all of the seven towns including the school districts. "I do think it's reasonable," Fried said. "These systems cost tens of thousands of dollars, to do it as shared services, we are able to diversify the costs of the main systems across multiple stakes holders." "For people attending games at Highland, it protects them and ensures their safety," Fried said. Wills provided the budgetary estimates, adding that it's not final. Wills had a meeting set up with Haworth to finalize those locations and the numbers. It takes four weeks to receive all of the equipment and seven to 10 weeks for installation, Wills said. The towns hope to have the systems implemented by April or May, Fried said, in case of storms during little league or recreational soccer and other sports. An advantage of Strike Guard is that the system doesn't give off false alarms, and has been tested by National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA] and the National Weather Service, Wills said. "It gives everybody the early warning, to leave the facilities in an orderly fashion," Wills said. "The system is designed to give people three, four, five, and six minutes of time to gather up their belongings and [go into] a shelter or inside." Email: lightdale@northjersey.com or call 201-894-6706.
Thu, 03/14/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lightning system in Ridgefield Park  0.0  Ridgefield Park NJ 
 USA 
      Science 
Lightning system installed in Ridgefield Park THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2013, 10:03 AM BY STACEY ROSENFELD STAFF WRITER RIDGEFIELD PARK PATRIOT PRINT | E-MAIL RIDGEFIELD PARK - As Village residents venture outdoors with the approaching spring weather, and organized sports teams take their place on fields across Ridgefield Park, a lightning detection system will serve to keep citizens safe. The Ridgefield Park Department of Public Works (DPW) installed lightning detection systems in three Village locations during the summer of 2012. Fortuitously for Village residents, Ridgefield Park's advocacy for such a system pre-dated an incident in Northeast Bergen County on Sept. 7, 2012, where Viktor Ovsyankin, 71, was struck by lightning while attending a soccer game at the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest. Ovsyankin died later that day. The Ridgefield Park lightning detection system is present in Veteran's Park, the little league field and at the Village pool. Another system, installed and managed by the county, is present at Overpeck Park. The combination of these systems covers the field areas used by the high school football, baseball, softball, soccer and track teams, according to Ridgefield Park superintendent, Christopher Onorato. These are the same fields utilized by the Village's recreation department. Alan O'Grady, superintendent of the Ridgefield Park DPW, said, "These lightning detection systems can detect lighting up to 20 miles away. The alarm will activate when it detects lightning in the covered area. When the system is activated, there will be a flashing strobe and an audible alarm that will sound. The strobe light will continue to flash until the threat of lightning has passed and the area is deemed is safe. There will be another blast of the audible alarm and the strobe light will turn off when the threat has passed." According to the DPW, there are signs posted in the detection system area that contain instructions. "If this system is activated, the police department should not be called unless there is an emergency related to the alarm, such as an actual lightning strike," O'Grady advises. Joe Taibi, Athletic Director and Supervisor of Physical Education of Ridgefield Park Jr. Sr. High School, said, "Standard operating procedures have been outlined for all our coaches to follow when any lightning detectors go off." "As soon as the siren sounds, all fields and dug outs must be cleared. Students and coaches must go inside the school building or into cars and/or busses," he explained. "When a safe horn - a series of three blasts - sounds, it is safe to return to field," he said. "As an athletic director, it takes any of the risk out of the equation. Sirens sound, and athletes and spectators must clear the field. It is very straight-forward," Taibi said. Taibi shared that the lightning detection alarm has never sounded during one of the highs school's athletic events. He also clarified, "In athletic events where lightning detectors are not in place - officials must suspend play at the first notice of thunder and or lightning and note the time. Fans and athletes must be evacuated. Only after 30 minutes of elapsed time with no notice of thunder and or lightning, can play be resumed." Email: rosenfeld@northjersey.com
Thu, 03/14/2013 12:00 PM unknown River Edge Signs Off on Open Space Funding for 201  0.0  River Edge NJ 
 USA 
      Science 
River Edge Signs Off on Open Space Funding for 2013 The borough officially allocated its $143,765 Open Space funding last week By Eamon Harbord Email the author March 14, 2013 Email Print Comment Upload Photos and Videos Through its 2013 Open Space funding allocations, River Edge will now be able to move forward with purchasing a lightning detection system while setting money aside for the future lighting replacement program at the Kenneth B. George fields. The Strike Guard Lightning Warning system which is already installed at Oradell's borough fields, would cost approximately $28,000 to place sirens at the Kenneth B. George fields, the Little League field and Veteran's Memorial Park. A flashing light and siren would be installed on a utility pole at each of the three locations with the main transister and receiver system housed at Fire Company 1. The system issued a warning signal once a lightning strike is detected within a 10-mile radius of the borough.  The remaining Open Space funding would be divided between the Beautification Committee, Green Team, 9/11 Memorial Gardens, Dept. of Public Works, Shade Tree Commission, Historic Commission and Environmental Committee. About $40,000 is going to be set aside for the future lighting replacement at KBG field. The borough is planning to set aside a portion of Open Space funding for the next three years and then seek a matching grant to handle the lighting project. The lighting replacement project is estimated to cost up to $325,000. One item not included in the this year's Open Space funding allocations is the removal of several white pine trees near the tennis courts that have caused sap damage on the courts. The borough will pay for the sap removal from the courts and has offered to cover the cost of planting holly bushes near the tennis courts so long as the Recreation Commission can locate available funding for removing the white pines. The 2013 Open Space Trust Fund allocations are as follows: Beautification Committee - $1,500 Recreation Commission - $39,363 (maintenance borough parks) Recreation Commission - $67,268 (lightning detection, Carl Etter's salary/wages, field maintenance) Green Team - $1,500 9/11 Memorial Gardens - $1,500 Dept. of Public Works - $9,500 (field maintenance) Shade Tree Commission - $14,550 Historic Commission - $950 Environmental Committee - $1,000 Recreation Commission - $6,000 (Cherry Blossom Park) The DPW request, unlike past year's to cover salary and wages for employees, is for park maintenance items including grass seed and pesticide chemicals and maintenance of the department's mowers and trimmers used in the parks. Previously voters defeated the Open Space Trust Fund ballot question in 2011 after much of the funding had been used to cover the salary and wages of three DPW workers who oversee park maintenance. Residents had a change of heart and restored the funding this past November after the total 2012 allocations of $22,000 were split between several groups. The Trust Fund allows for one cent per each $100 of a homeowners taxbill to be set aside for the preserveration of open space in the borough. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for our daily newsletter. Related Topics: River Edge and open space funding 2013

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