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Thu, 04/04/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 people  0.0  Bhopal Seoni district 
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 
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   
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 
      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  
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 
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  
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.
Mon, 03/18/2013 12:00 PM unknown ESE technology   0.0   
  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   
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 
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: or call 201-894-6706.
Thu, 03/14/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lightning system in Ridgefield Park  0.0  Ridgefield Park NJ 
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:
Thu, 03/14/2013 12:00 PM unknown River Edge Signs Off on Open Space Funding for 201  0.0  River Edge NJ 
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
Wed, 03/13/2013 12:00 PM unknown City council gives nod to system upgrade  0.0  Norman OK 
City council gives nod to system upgrade By Joy Hampton The Norman Transcript NORMAN  Kids playing rec sports in city parks will be a little bit safer during stormy weather in the future. The Norman City Council approved a $70,665 purchase from WXLINE for new lightning detection systems for Griffin, Reaves and Westwood parks. Parks Director Jud Foster told city council members that replacing parts on the existing systems had become difficult because of the age of those systems. Council members approved funding in this years budget for the replacement of current lightning detection and warning systems installed in 2000 at the parks, according to city staff notes. These systems monitor atmospheric conditions and automatically sound warnings when storm conditions become unsafe. The old systems had become unreliable and obsolete. During any given athletic season, there are hundreds of people at these parks, out in the open, according to staff notes. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, lightning can strike up to 10 miles from a thunderstorm. All thunderstorms produce lightning, and each lightning strike is a potential killer, said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of the NOAA National Weather Service, in a press release issued to Little League. NOAA said that about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur in the United States each year. According to U.S. Youth Soccer, about 400 children and adults in the U.S. are struck by lightning annually. Requests for proposals and other research indicates that the WXLINE proposal is the lowest cost available. Council members also approved $53,580 to provide fleet management service analysis. Norman owns and operates a fleet of 855 vehicles and equipment, with an annual operating cost of $5 million, according to city staff reports. The average fleet age is 9.9 years, and fewer than 30 vehicles are being replaced each year. An internal management audit indicated that the service analysis will provide vital information on what the most cost-effective options will be for the future of Normans fleet management. Council member Dave Spaulding questioned whether city staff might be better equipped to do the analysis in-house. We are creatures of habit, and the programs and replacement programs we use to manage the fleet here in Norman have been developed over the last 20 or 30 years and are very entrenched, Public Works Director Shawn OLeary said. Weve got to find news ways of doing things. OLeary said firms like Mercury do this for a living and bring a fresh set of eyes and minds to help craft solutions that would fit Norman. OLeary said current practices are not sustainable long term and city staff needs help thinking beyond current practices. The council also approved $44,800 to Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams Inc. for design and consultant services for the council chambers audio visual upgrade. Council member Greg Jungman voted no on renewing a plat for St. James Place, a proposed subdivision between State Highway 9 and Cedar Lane, just west of Classen Boulevard. The preliminary plat had expired. Jungman made the no vote as a stand against approving plats while Norman remains under a water crisis. Developers said build-out will occur over a decade. In other city business, developers of the University North Park presented a map of ongoing development and a proposal for an iconic tower visible from Interstate 35 and from Robinson at the entry to the Legacy Park town center. Development partner Robert Collett made the presentation during the non-voting city council study session.
Mon, 03/11/2013 12:00 PM Killed Durga Basnet  48.0  Deusa VDC-6 Solukhumbhu 
BHANU BHAKTA NIRAUALA SOLUKHUMBHU, March 11: One woman died while few others were injured after being struck by lightning at Deusa VDC-6 of Solukhumbhu district on Sunday night. 48-year-old Durga Basnet died on spot while Bishwa Bahadur Khatri and Nar Kumari Khatri of Deusa VDC-6 were injured in the incident. Khatri duo are receiving treatment at local health post. In yet another incident, Chandra Kala Rai and Sujata Rai were injured after being struck by lightning at Basa VDC of the same district, Superintendent of Police Sudan Singh Basnet of Solukhumbhu Police Office said. Himal FM of Salleri-8 has stopped its transmission after the lightning damaged repeater tower of the station. It has been reported that property worth Rs 100,000 of the station has been damaged. Published on 2013-03-11 15:11:17
Mon, 03/11/2013 12:00 PM Killed 2 killed  0.0   
Bolt kills two Two people have died after being hit by lightning in various part of the country within the last 24 hours. Durga Basnet (48) of Solukhumbu and Sumaya Gurung (22) of Saurpani VDC-9, Gorkha, died after they were struck by lightning on Sunday, police said. Basnet's daughter-in-law Yasoda Basnet and her neighbours Bishwa Bahadur Khatri and Nar Kumari Khatri were also injured in the incident.
Sun, 03/10/2013 12:00 PM unknown Weather researcher hopes to capture elusive images  0.0  Wichita KS 
Weather researcher hopes to capture elusive images of lightning striking the ground By Stan Finger The Wichita Eagle Published Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 8:58 p.m. Updated Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 11:05 p.m. commentsEmailPrintReprints Photos «1 of 2» Stan Finger/The Wichita Eagle | Buy this photo Weather researcher Tim Samaras talks about the huge camera behind him that he is using to capture photos of lightning. Jim Hill/Courtesy of Jim Hill Jim Hill shot this lightning strike in 2011 when storms entered the Wichita area. Gallery: Wichita and Kansas weather photos Finger on the Weather blog Get the latest warnings and forecasts on our enhanced weather page Severe storms researcher Tim Samaras will be taking a special camera with him on his hunt for lightning this spring and summer. The camera doesnt fit in his pocket. Or the back seat of a car. Its about 6 feet tall and weighs 1,600 pounds. He needs a 16-foot trailer to haul it around. But it can take as many as 1.4 million frames per second. That makes it the fastest, highest-resolution camera in the world. With it, he hopes to give us a never-before-seen look at lightning as it strikes the ground. They say a picture tells a thousand words, Samaras said. Were not exactly sure what were going to see ... My guess is it will probably shed some light on some of the interaction between the ground and the storm that weve never seen before. The images could provide the most detailed look at the physics of lightning ever recorded. On average, lightning kills as many people as tornadoes. Five people in Kansas have been killed by lightning since 2002, according to data posted online by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It makes sense, Samaras said, that what scientists learn about lightning strikes could lead to increased safety, fueled by innovations. The imagery may actually evoke more questions than answers, he cautioned. A lot of the discoveries are actually accidental. When youre looking at something nobodys seen before, one doesnt know what to expect. Samaras has actually been using the camera for government contracts since 1980. But the Cold War relic was deemed unneeded a few years ago and relegated to a surplus auction. Samaras found himself competing with scrap metal dealers for the camera, which he bought for $600. National Geographic agreed to help finance the conversion of the camera from analog to digital, which Samaras called very complex and not without setbacks. But some technical problems that plagued shooting efforts last year appear to have been corrected, he said, so he enters this storm season with high hopes. His ideal scenario would be a stationary or slow-moving thunderstorm that steadily produces lightning. He has put a turret atop the truck so he can spin around 360 degrees and point anywhere I want, he said. At least, thats the hope. The key is getting the truck in the right place at the right time. The camera shutter is activated by the flash of lightning, and takes 80 images  which then takes 20 minutes to download onto the two computers before it can be prepared for another shot. Samaras plans to roam Tornado Alley throughout spring in search of promising storms before breaking off into Oklahoma to focus on lightning research in late May and early June in conjunction with the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. Ill take a break from tornado chasing to do lightning chasing, he told a crowd at the recent national storm chaser convention in Denver, where the truck and camera were on display. Its a risk he admits can be very painful, if theres a high risk over South Dakota while hes hunting thunderstorms in Oklahoma. But its worth the effort, he said. Im the only guy on the planet thats trying to photograph this point in time, he said. We hope that the imagery that we see will resolve some of the mystery of a lightning strike as it comes toward the ground. Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or Follow him on Twitter @StanFinger. Read more here:
Fri, 03/08/2013 12:00 PM unknown WeatherBug Debuts HTML5 Mobile Lightning Widget fo  0.0   
WeatherBug Debuts HTML5 Mobile Lightning Widget for Developers at SXSW WeatherBug's Spark is the First Widget to Show Where the Nearest Lightning is So You Can Know Before(TM) AUSTIN, Texas & GERMANTOWN, Md., Mar 08, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Just in time for severe weather season, WeatherBug is unveiling its new Spark(TM) HTML5 Mobile Lightning Widget for app developers at South by Southwest(R) (SXSW(R)), March 9-10 in Austin, Texas. Available at no cost to all mobile app developers and designed for easy and quick integration into existing apps, WeatherBug's Spark Mobile Lightning Widget makes it possible for developers to offer additional and potentially life-saving features to mobile apps aimed at users who enjoy spending time outdoors. Anytime people are outdoors, weather matters -- and keeping safe from lightning, which can strike more than 10 miles out from a storm, is critical. WeatherBug's Spark HTML5 Mobile Lightning Widget is the only product and mobile developer tool that reports the nearest lightning strike, minute-by-minute and mile-by-mile, based on a user's GPS location on their smartphone. The new widget is based on Spark, an exclusive feature coming soon to WeatherBug's iPhone and Android apps. Spark is the only mobile tool that can detect both cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning and is made possible by WeatherBug's unique and proprietary Total Lightning Network(TM) -- the world's largest network for detecting lightning in the clouds and strikes that hit the ground. TapTools LLC is the first developer integrating the Spark HTML5 Mobile Lightning Widget. Taptools' Trail Tracker GPS, a popular iPhone and iPad app designed for outdoor enthusiasts for tracking their entire trip whether biking, hiking, skiing, walking, running or even driving. Says TapTools' Founder, Eric Mitchell, "Our users love to be out on the trail and on the road, and we're integrating WeatherBug's Spark Lightning Detection to give people peace of mind and an added measure of safety. With just a click within our app, they'll know how far away lightning is from their location to help stay out of harm's way." "Until now, there has been no systematic way to get information on lightning detected near you," says Amena Ali, Chief Marketing Officer, Earth Networks - WeatherBug. "We are thrilled to bring this innovative capability not only to our own apps, but also to mobile developers in the U.S. via our Spark Mobile Lightning Widget. Spark is a perfect fit for apps used by outdoor enthusiasts, including runners, cyclists and golfers, and even travelers. We've made our widget available for free and designed our Spark API to work seamlessly into existing apps on iOS and Android, so developers can give their on-the-go users this new and important feature and increase the value of their apps at the same time." Spark is an ad-supported service that is free to developers and partners. Developers can learn more and integrate Spark Lightning by registering at or emailing Follow WeatherBug on Twitter @WeatherBug and Like Us on Facebook at About Earth Networks- WeatherBug For 20 years, Earth Networks(SM) has been Taking the Pulse of the Planet with the world's largest weather observation, lightning detection, and greenhouse gas monitoring networks. The company's popular WeatherBug(R) website, desktop application and mobile apps for smartphones provide real-time neighborhood-level weather and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations and markets, including energy and utilities, agriculture, schools, sports and recreation, emergency operations and government entities, to safeguard lives, prepare for weather and climate events and improve business operations. Founded in 1993, Earth Networks ( is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with locations in Mountain View, Calif.; New York, NY; Milan, Italy and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: SOURCE: Earth Networks - WeatherBug
Sun, 02/24/2013 12:00 PM Killed 8 killed, 11 injured  0.0   
RELATED KANPUR: At least eight persons were killed and 11 injured in separate incidents after rains accompanied by lightning lashed the region on Saturday. A 36-year-old woman died while her two minor daughters suffered serious burns when they were struck by lightning in Chitrakoot district on Saturday. The incident took place at Barcha Arethi village when Chunni Devi and her daughters Chunki (13) and Vandana (6) were working in the fields. At around 1 pm, it started raining heavily. Amidst heavy downpour, lightning struck the trio, district official Sunder Lal said. The injured have been admitted to PHC in Pahari area of the district. Elsewhere, an 11-year-old girl Anju sustained serious burns in Shivrampur village of the district. In Etah district, two people died and five others sustained severe burns after being struck by lightning. According to police officials, lightning struck Kastiyana, Khiriya, Nagla Meera and Ranosa villages where a minor girl Renu and a youth Veerpal were killed while Preeti, Shiva, Khusbu, Vandana and one Padam Singh sustained serious burn wounds. Similarly, 50-year-old Pradeep Tewari, a native of Alampura in Kalpi area of Orai district was killed in similar incident. The victim had gone to feed the cattle. In Kannauj's Chaurachand village, a 22-year-old Chotey Lal Rajput died while his four siblings -- Arvind Rajput, Kishor Rajput, Ramnaresh Rajput and Ramesh Rajput -- were injured after being hit by lightning. The injured have been admitted to district hospital. Meanwhile, three persons were killed and two others sustained burn injuries after being struck by lightning in Unnao district. While Pushpa, 35, a resident of Ghalibpur, was killed, her two minor daughters Ruchi (10) and Gita (12) suffered burns in lightning. In Champapurwa area, 45-year-old Bablu alias Rajkumar died in lightning. In yet another similar incident reported from district's Shankerpur Sarai area, 15-year-old Ram Bilas, who was working at a construction site, was killed after being struck by lightning. Share your views
Mon, 02/18/2013 12:00 PM Killed 1 dead 1 injured  0.0  Soweto  
 South Africa 
A young girl who loved the sound of rain now lives in fear of her life after being struck by lightning. SAVE & SHARE 0 inShare EMAILPRINT Siphokazi Tolashe, 15, was walking home from Protea Glen Secondary School, in Soweto, on Monday last week with friends Lungile Nkosi, 15, and Lindokuhle Cekiso and Bertha Ncube, both 16, when it started to rain. That i s about all Siphokazi can recall. Her best friend, Bertha, was not so lucky. She died at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital on Friday. Speaking from her home, where she is recuperating, Siphokazi said: "All I remember is walking in the rain and then waking up in the hospital. I don't recall anything about lightning." Her mother, Nombeko Tolashe, said she had barely settled down after returning home from work when her 12-year-old son, Thato, who had earlier taken an umbrella so that he could meet his sister, returned to say that all four girls were lying in a field. The mother of two yesterday tearfully recalled: "Their uniforms were covered in dust. It's like the lightning first rolled them about on the ground and then lined them up. I was convinced they were all dead." Tolashe is worried about how her daughter will be affected by the lightning. "They will only receive counselling once they get back to school but they are already showing signs of trauma. "One or two weeks is too long to wait, especially since they lost their friend," she said. On the same street, two houses away, is the Cekiso home . The Cekisos' daughter, Lindokuhle, suffered head injuries and is haunted by the incident. Her mother, Bongiwe, said yesterday: "She is jumpy all the time and gets really bad nightmares. What if this happens again? "There is only one route that they can take to get to school and they have to walk through that dreaded field." Six of the nine King Edward VII School pupils struck by lightning on a cricket pitch on Tuesday returned to the Johannesburg school on Thursday. The two boys who are still in hospital are being treated in the intensive and high-care units. One pupil was discharged on Thursday.
Sat, 02/16/2013 12:00 PM Injured 25 injured in stampede  0.0  Camperganj area 
25 injured in lightning, ensuing stampede PTI Feb 16, 2013, 09.58PM IST GORAKHPUR (UP): At least 25 people were injured in lightning and subsequent stampede at a primary school in Camperganj area here today. People had taken shelter in the primary school to escape heavy rain when lightning hit the building injuring nine persons, including six women and three children, police said. At least 16 people were injured in the ensuing stampede, police said, adding the injured were rushed to Campierganj Primary Health Centre where they are stated to be out of danger.
Sat, 02/16/2013 11:00 AM Injured 34 struck at primary school  0.0  Campiergani Gorakphur district 
  at school    Indoors,School 
Lightning strikes primary school in Gorakhpur, 34 injured School Security duress systems for instant notification when emergencies occur Ads by Google | Express news service : Lucknow, Sun Feb 17 2013, 05:20 hrs 0 0 0 0 G+ 0 SU 0 0 Reddit 0 As many as 34 persons including 28 children suffered injuries after a lightning struck a primary school building in Campierganj area of Gorakhpur district Saturday morning. Police, however, said none of the injured were serious. The injured persons included 28 children, 4 teachers and two cooks of the school. They were admitted to the Campierganj primary health centre. Police said the lightning struck the electricity pole erected at the primary school building in Campiernagar village, about one kilometre from Campierganj town in the morning at around 11 am when the children were sitting inside the classrooms. Campierganj Station Officer Lakshman Rai said the children who were between 5 to 10 years of age suffered minor injuries. Most of the children got injured as they panicked and hit each other and the walls while trying to escape. Some of them were hit by electricity boards and other items kept in the classes, which came down as the lightning struck, Rai said, adding that none of the children were seriously injured. He said the children and other injured persons were carried to the primary health centre in Campierganj by the police with the help of local villagers. The students were being sent to their homes after getting medication. Some villagers also got affected by the lightening but they were not serious, he added.
Sat, 02/16/2013 12:00 PM Killed Katuru Nageswara Rao  22.0  Katuru village Krishna district 
  helping in field     
VIJAYAWADA: A youth was killed when he was struck by lightning in the fields at Uyyuru mandal here on Saturday. The victim, 22-year old Katuru Nageswara Rao, had recently completed his engineering and was assisting his parents in the fields. The incident took place at Katuru village of Uyyuru mandal in Krishna district. Nageswara Rao is said to be have been alone in the field when the lightning hit him resulting in his instantaneous death. He had reportedly cleared the physical and written tests for selection of sub-inspector in the railways and had got the call letter for the interview.
Mon, 02/11/2013 04:00 PM Killed boy killed girl injured  17.0  Mthatha Eastern Cape 
Teen killed by lightning in Eastern Cape 2013-02-12 11:33 (Shutterstock) Multimedia · User Galleries · News in Pictures Send us your pictures · Send us your stories Related Links Pretoria woman struck by lightning 5 horses killed by lightning bolt 3 teens killed by lightning in KZN East London Discovering the landscape of the past Now R151.00 BUY NOW Mthatha - A 17-year-old boy died and a 16-year-old girl was injured when lightning struck them at Msintsane, near Mthatha, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday. The teenagers were caught in a thunderstorm on their way home on Monday, Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said. "The boy died and the girl is in a critical condition in hospital. She suffered burn wounds." - SAPA
Mon, 02/11/2013 04:30 PM Killed Bertha Ncube, 1 of 4 girls struck  16.0  Johannesburg  
 South Africa 
  on way home to school     
Schoolgirl struck by lightning dies 2013-02-15 19:18 Hospital (Shutterstock) Multimedia · User Galleries · News in Pictures Send us your pictures · Send us your stories Related Links Six KES pupils back at school Lightning victims sedated, stay in ICU 3 pupils still in ICU after lighting strike Rose of Soweto Many tales have been told of boxers who have risen up against the odds to achieve success in their... Now R206.00 BUY NOW Johannesburg - A Protea Glen schoolgirl, who was struck by lightning earlier this week, died in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on Friday, the Gauteng education department said. "The [department] wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family of Bertha Ncube, 16, who succumbed to her injuries," spokesperson Charles Phahlane said. "Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy visited her in hospital on Wednesday evening to get a briefing from the medical practitioners and wish her a speedy recovery. "She also met with her parents, who were at the hospital." Ncube was one of four Protea Glen girls, all aged 16, who were struck by lightning while on their way home from school on Monday. Two of them were treated and discharged. On Tuesday, lightning struck nine boys, aged between 16 and 18, at King Edward VII School (KES) while they were pulling the covers over the cricket pitch. Phahlane said two KES boys were still at Milpark Hospital. One of the boys was in a critical, but stable condition. The other had been moved from the intensive care unit to the high care unit. - SAPA Read more on: soweto | johannesburg NEXT ON NEWS24X Oscar Pistorius 'numb with shock, grief' 48 minutes ago SPONSORED: PRIME MERIDIAN DIRECT Insure a R100 000 car from as little as R320 p/m. Underwritten by RMB Structured Insurance Ltd. FSP 41040. Tâ¬"s & Câ¬"s apply. Email article Print article GET NEWS24 ON: Your mobile Your Facebook profile SHARE: Share on facebookFacebook Share on twitterTwitter Share on googleGoogle Share on diggDigg Share on deliciousDelicious Share on yahoobkmYahoo More Sharing ServicesMore... Read News24â¬"s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment. COMMENT ON THIS STORY 15 comments ADD YOUR COMMENT Comment 0 characters remaining Loading comments... INSIDE NEWS24 What was Zuma thinking? Our slightly less serious interpretation of Zuma during SONA. Latest soapie updates The latest prime-time TV show dramas are available now! Dangerous beaches Shark attacks, sewage, drug wars and jellyfish. Avoid these. Secret lives of cats Here's what your cat gets up to when you're not around. PICS: Cool Kate Upton This model is making history! See her career in photos. Valentine's Day horror Want to know what kids really think of Valentine's Day? '13 Dukes to debut Ducati has loads of new models for the 2013 London Motorcycle Show. US State Of The Union Don't have time to read through Obama's SOTU speech? We break it down for you. Welcome to News24 Login | Sign Up Get Published!UPLOAD MOST READMOST COMMENTEDNEWS IN YOUR AREA Steenkamp shot through bathroom door Pistorius 'had a bad temper' Concerns over Pistorius's emotional state SA grapples with Pistorius murder charge Pistorius family disputes murder claim - statement TWEET THIS STORY 1 Latest comment in South Africa lacrimosewolf says... It will come down to "did you know or have any inkling of who might be behind the bathroom door?" If the answer is Yes, it is premeditation. Read the article... TrafficLottery Friday Peddie - 11:32 AM Road name: N2 ROADWORKS - lane restrictions and reduced speed limits between Fish River and Keiskamma Pass (until March 2013) Friday King William's Town - 11:33 AM Road name: N2 ROADWORKS - lane restrictions and reduced speed limits between Green River and Keiskamma Pass (until March 2013) More traffic reports... Sponsored links AA Insurance, Click here! Free Fax2Mail 123456 Visit for millions of books, music, DVDs, games & more. BlackBerry Bold 9790 Bold Design The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone combines the iconic BlackBerry... From R3599.00 I'm shopping for: Horoscopes Aquarius If someone close to you is being implied in gossip, you may want to take the extraordinary step and nip such gossip in the more Whoâ¬"s your perfect match? Click here to find out!
Mon, 02/11/2013 04:30 PM Injured 9 boys  17.0  Johannesburg  
 South Africa 
  covering cricket field    Cardiac Arrest,Cricket,Critical,Outside,School,Sports Field 
Lightning bolt hurts nine pupils at KES TWO out of nine teenage pupils from Johannesburgs King Edwards VII school who were struck by lightning yesterday were in critical condition and on life support, while the other seven were reported last night as being stable. 13 February 2013 | AARIFAH NOSARKA All the boys were admitted to hospital, but four were expected to be discharged last night. The lightning bolt apparently struck at about 4.30pm, just after the boys had finished cricket practice. My son had ... just come off the field when lightning struck, said a witness who asked not to be named. He told The Citizen two boys had suffered cardiac arrest: I followed what needed to be done and started CPR, said the witness, an advanced life-support paramedic. Both boys were placed on life support before being rushed to Milpark Hospital. Gauteng Department of Education communications head Charles Phahlane said although details were unclear, the boys had been pulling covers over the field when lightning struck. Two are in ICU receiving high care while the other seven are stable, Phahlane said. The department said investigations regarding the incident would be initiated. All the victims were Grade 11 and 12 learners aged from 16 to 18. Last night grieving family members gathered outside the hospitals casualty entrance, waiting for news. One mother was seen sobbing near the hospitals parking area. Milparks trauma group manager, Mande Toubkin, confirmed the victims had been admitted but could not disclose names, ages or injuries. Toubkin said, however, that all the teens were alive and undergoing treatment. King Edward VII School posted updates on a social networking site regarding the conditions of its pupils. Update: 9 boys struck by lightning, 7 stable and 2 under high care, the school posted on its twitter page. Full report to follow. Thank you for the messages and support. A second update read: #KESBOARDINGPARENTS Please note all boarders are fine and safe. Only 1st team cricketers affected ... Johannesburg - Five boys from King Edward VII School in Johannesburg will remain in hospital on Tuesday, after being hurt during a lightning strike after a cricket practice, the school said. The school tweeted that two of the boys remain in a critical condition, while 3 others will be kept for observation. Four other boys have been released from hospital, the school said. Earlier, Netcare911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said the nine boys were rushed to Milpark Hospital after the incident. Sapa reported that two Netcare 911 cars were seen leaving the school premises from the direction of the cricket field. According to Gauteng education department spokesperson Charles Phlalane the boys were pulling covers onto the cricket field when lighting struck. Phlalane said trauma counsellors would be sent to the school on Wednesday to speak to schoolchildren and teachers. The school confirmed that the boys involved were members of its first XI cricket team. They were aged between 16 and 18. The school had earlier taken taken to twitter to avoid panic amid worried parents.
Mon, 02/04/2013 12:00 PM Killed 1 boy killed 1 injured  17.0  Taiping  
Student killed by lightning while playing football in school OTHER NEWS & VIEWS Compiled by PATRICK LEE, NG SI HOOI and A. RAMAN A SCHOOLBOY was killed while another suffered serious burns when they were struck by lightning while playing football in their school field. Three others were treated for minor burns at the Taiping Hospital following the 4.30pm incident on Thursday, Tamil Nesan reported. R. Dinesh Kumar, a Form Five student who is also his school's football team captain, had critical burns on his head and chest and died a day after admission to the hospital. His friend, Haresh Kumar, also 17, was discharged on Friday. Dinesh Kumar's mother M.A. Muruheswary kept vigil by his bedside and collapsed when he succumbed to his injuries. She has been warded at the hospital's intensive care unit for excessive shock. Dinesh Kumar, who scored 7As in the PMR examinations in 2011, leaves behind two siblings, a sister and an elder brother.
Sat, 02/02/2013 12:00 PM unknown NOAA and NASAs Next Generation Weather Satellite   0.0   
NOAA and NASAs Next Generation Weather Satellite May Provide Earlier Warnings Saturday, March 2nd 2013 0 Comments and 0 Reactions By Rob Gutro Read More About: environmental, remote sensing, satellites, weather Classified Ads: The University of Denver's college of professional and continuing studies, University College, and the Department of Geography, offer a Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) entirely online to students seeking advanced GIS training. University College also offers a graduate certificate in GIS both online and on campus at the University of Denver. Summary: A new satellite that will detect the lightning inside storm clouds may lead to valuable improvements in tornado detection. The GOES-R satellite is currently being built with new technology that may help provide earlier warnings for severe weather. A new satellite that will detect the lightning inside storm clouds may lead to valuable improvements in tornado detection. The GOES-R satellite is currently being built with new technology that may help provide earlier warnings for severe weather. The national average is a 14-minute lead time to warn residents of a tornado, but NASA and NOAA scientists are looking to improve severe weather detection to save lives and property. They are developing the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series, or GOES-R, to observe thunderstorm development with much greater spatial and temporal detail than ever before. Severe weather knows no specific season and the new technology aboard GOES-R is expected to help provide earlier detection for warnings, whatever the time of year. On Jan. 29 and 30, 2013, a winter-time tornado outbreak produced multiple tornadoes from the southern Plains states, across the Mississippi River Valley, eastward to the Mid-Atlantic. On Feb. 10, several tornadoes touched down in Mississippi, destroying 200 homes, damaging and causing injuries near Hattiesburg. GOES-R is the next generation of geostationary weather satellites. The program is a collaborative development and acquisition effort between NOAA and NASA. The GOES-R satellite will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earths Western Hemisphere and space weather monitoring. It will be the primary tool for the detection and tracking of hurricanes and severe weather and provide new and improved applications and products for fulfilling NOAAs goals of Water and Weather, Climate, Commerce, and Ecosystem. Credit: Lockheed Martin/NOAA/ NASA : Larger image A powerful cold front moving from the central United States to the East Coast wiped out spring-like temperatures and replaced them with winter-time temperatures. On Jan. 30 at 1825 UTC (1:25 p.m. EST), NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured an image of clouds associated with the strong cold front. The visible GOES-13 image shows a line of clouds that stretch from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast and contain powerful thunderstorms with the potential to be severe. Credit: NASA GOES Project : Larger image "These storms can spin up pretty quickly which limits warning lead-time," said NOAA scientist Steve Goodman. "The radar and storm spotters view of tornadoes reaching the ground can be blocked by terrain, or visibility is very poor when the tornado is wrapped in rain. And it's certainly more challenging for storm spotters to observe and confirm tornadoes occurring at night. Sometimes it's just plain hard to come up with enough advance warning." For the first time, scientists will be able to detect the lightning occurring inside storm clouds, and thus better track how developing storms are moving and intensifying before and during the occurrence of severe weather, Goodman said, all of which will help meteorologists better predict weather disasters. "Based on the GOES-R research, there is a potential for greater accuracy and additional tornado warning lead time," Goodman said. One significant advancement could help detect developing tornadoes at night to provide the public more time to get to safety. Studies show that a sudden increase in total lightning flash rate is correlated to impending tornadoes and severe storms. The GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will have a new capability to take continuous day and night measurements of the frequent intra-cloud lightning activity that accompanies many severe storms. This will help forecasters identify intensifying storms before they start producing severe weather on the ground, enabling the issuance of more timely and accurate severe weather warnings. "The majority of lightning is the in-cloud lightning and that's difficult to detect, especially in the daytime," Goodman said. "GLM will provide new information on lightning in the cloud that our eyes cannot see to allow forecasters to make an earlier determination of a severe and tornadic storms' potential." The GLM instrument will see all types of lightning: cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-cloud and inside each cloud, and because the GOES-R satellite will cover most of the Western Hemisphere, it will help meteorologists track storms over the land and ocean from their inception. But lightning isn't the only sign of an impending storm. Monitoring overshooting cloud tops can provide an early indication of a severe storm. These are dome-like clouds that penetrate above the anvil of a thunderstorm. The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES-R will better detect these overshooting tops that indicate a strong updraft. While the current GOES satellite imager usually provides updated weather conditions during the formation of a storm about every 15 or 30 minutes, ABI will be able to show the changing cloud and weather conditions every 30 seconds in rapid scan mode. When ABI is not monitoring the formation of a storm, it will send imagery over the United States every 5 minutes instead of every 15 minutes, greatly increasing the data available to weather forecasters. In addition to providing crucial information as part of NOAA's fleet of operational weather satellites, GOES-R will also monitor space weather, such as solar flares and geomagnetic storms that stem from the sun's activity and can affect spacecraft and human spaceflight. The Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) will detect solar flares that can disrupt communication, power grids and have effects on satellites and airline passengers. The Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) is a telescope that observes the sun to detect eruptions which may result in coronal mass ejections. And to assess radiation hazard to astronauts and satellites, the Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS) will monitor protons, electrons and heavy ion fluxes at geosynchronous orbit. GOES-R's Magnetometer (MAG) will also measure the magnetic field in space. NOAA manages the GOES-R Program with an integrated NOAA-NASA program office organization, staffed with personnel from NOAA and NASA, and supported by industry contractors. The program is co-located at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. GOES-R is expected to launch in late 2015. For more information about GOES-R and the current GOES satellite fleet, visit: Caption for video: Tornadoes with Tim Samaras: Severe storm researcher and engineer Tim Samaras talks about his view on tornadoes, the importance of satellite imagery to his research and the future of forecasting and warning with GOES-R. Credits: NASA/NOAA For HD version:
Tue, 01/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured child  0.0  Little Rock AR 
Child Hit by Lightning in Drew County By: Fox 16 - Little Rock Updated: January 29, 2013 LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Drew County Sheriff's Office is reporting that a child was struck by lightning Tuesday night during the storm. Dispatchers said the child was expected to be okay. Drew County also reported that a transformer blew up and started a grass fire.
Tue, 01/29/2013 08:57 PM Injured person  0.0  Monticello AR 
Monticello: Person struck by lightning, trees down, fire burning 11:50 PM, Jan 29, 2013 | 0 comments - A A A + THV 11 News FILED UNDER Monticello, Ark. (Photo: Google Maps) Severe Weather Links: - Radar - Thv2 - NOAA Damages - Sign up for Text Alerts - Weather Cams - Safe places to go in event of a storm - Weather notes from Jan. 29 - Entergy confirms power outages after storm Tweets by @todaysthv MONTICELLO, Ark. (KTHV) - The Monticello area seems to have sustained the most damage in Central Arkansas from Tuesday's storms. In addition to trees down and power outages, the Drew County Sheriff's Office said a person was hit by lightning. The dispatcher said a person was struck around 8:57 p.m., but they were not aware of the person's age. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but the person has checked out fine with medical professionals. Other damage in the Monticello area includes: - Trees down in multiple areas some fell on top of cars - Fires in several areas around the city - Lightning struck a house, which started a forest fire The forest fire was burning along Old Troy Road in Monticello. A spokesperson for the University of Arkansas at Monticello said a barn on the campus blew away. It's not known what was inside the barn at the time.
Mon, 01/28/2013 12:00 PM unknown NASA gets WeatherBug  0.0   
NASA gets WeatherBug Sponsored Links 2.5% Mortgage Refinance $225K Mortgage $889mo. 2.53% APR. Lower Your Mortgage Now! The Largest Supplier of HP Printer Parts HP Parts Store Has the Printer Parts You Need. Visit Us & Order Your Part Today! Get Listed Here Jeff Clabaugh Broadcast/Web Reporter- Washington Business Journal Email | Twitter Germantown-based Earth Networks Inc. has won a NASA contract for its WeatherBug weather monitoring service at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Under the contract, Earth Networks will deliver lightning data from its lightning detection network, helping flight planners know when it is unsafe for rocket launches and aircraft operations. It did not disclose financial terms of the contract. The Earth Networks lightning detection network includes hundreds of broadband, terrestrial weather sensors around the world. It says it is the largest and most advanced network for monitoring in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning. In August, Earth Networks won a contract from the National Weather Service for its lightning detection network.
Mon, 01/28/2013 12:00 PM unknown Detection system  0.0  Riverdell NJ 
  detection system    Education,Science 
Open Space Funds Provide for Lightning Detection System The estimated $143,000 will also be used towards extending the River Edge Little League fence and setting aside for the future KBG field light replacement project By Eamon Harbord Email the author January 28, 2013 Email Print 1 Comment PHOTOS (2) Upload Photos and Videos Utilizing the estimated $143,000 Open Space Trust Fund monies for 2013, River Edge will look to use a portion of that amount to install a Strike Guard Lightning Warning system at Kenneth B. George fields, the Little League field and Veteran's Memorial Park in the coming year. The remaining funding would be allocated to park and field maintenance, various committees and set aside almost $40,000 to be used towards the eventual replacement lighting project at KBG. "The main cuts are the [Veteran's] statue renovations and curb cuts [at Cherry Blossom]," Councilman Alphonse Bartelloni said. "This prioritizes what we already have since there is only a limited amount of money." The $28,468 lightning detection system is the same exact version located in Oradell. 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. Bartelloni suggested setting aside approximately $40,000 for the future lighting replacement at KBG field. During a prior Saturday budget meeting, Council President Thomas Papaleo had suggested the borough set aside 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. The remaining funding would be divided as follows: $9,200 - Department of Public Works (DPW) $21,270 - Recreation Park Maintenance $18,670 - Recreation Field Maintenance $11,000 - Shade Tree planting trees in borough parks $5,560 - Extension of Little League fence $2,000 - Recreation Sap Removal from Tennis Courts $1,500 - 9/11 Memorial Gardens $1,500 - Beautification Committee $1,500 - Green Team $1,000 - Environmental Committee $750 - Historic Committee "This really seems like a pretty fair split to me," Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo said. The final available Open Space Trust Fund amount will be certified come mid-February. Until that point, any estimated allotments can be amended by the governing body. During a Jan. 22 meeting, the borough received over $465,500 in funding requests for 2013 Open Space Funds. The majority of funding requests, totalling $410,468 were on behalf of the Recreation Commission. 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. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for our daily newsletter. Related Topics: Mayor and Council, Open Space trust fund, and River Edge
Mon, 01/28/2013 12:00 PM Killed Dr. Tim Boyd  54.0  Argyll  
A SCIENTIST has died after being struck by lightning during a fierce storm in Scotland. American-born Dr Tim Boyd, 54, was found by a dog walker on a bridge near his home in Argyll on Sunday afternoon after the storm caused a power cut. A Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS)) spokesman said: â¬SWe suffer deep pain and confusion to lose such a lively and warm friend and colleague. â¬SOur hearts go out in particular to his wife and his two talented daughters he was so very, very proud of. Our thoughts are with his family.⬝ Dr Boyd joined SAMS in 2007 from Oregon State University in the US and was well-respected internationally for his expertise in Arctic oceanography. It is the second tragedy to hit the organisation in a fortnight after the death of PhD student Chris Bell in an avalanche on Glencoe last weekend. Read more:
Thu, 01/24/2013 12:00 PM unknown law on leaving field  0.0  Cresskill NJ 
Cresskill council may craft law on leaving fields during storms THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013 BY MARC LIGHTDALE STAFF WRITER NORTHERN VALLEY SUBURBANITE PAGES: 1 2 > DISPLAY ON ONE PAGE | PRINT | E-MAIL CRESSKILL  When the horn sounds, get off the field. DANIELLE PARHIZKARAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER BUY THIS PHOTO The Cresskill Community Center is one of the locations where the borough is looking to place horns and strobe lights warning residents that lightning has been detected. That is the message being considered by municipal officials, who may introduce a new law that would force people to leave fields upon being informed of a pending lightning strike. Fire Chief Chris Ulshoefer referred questions about the ordinance to police chief, Edward Wrixon, who could not be reached for comment by publication about the exact details of the ordinance. "This is going to dovetail with a ordinance. If the alarms ring, you must vacate the field until the safety alarm rings and lightning is out of the area," Romeo said, adding the ordinance will be introduced shortly. The council is moving closer to adding a lightning detection system, to protect the safety of all people for the community-at-large and the school district's fields. At the Jan. 16 mayor and council meeting, the council granted approval to send out bid specifications to the detection system. The estimated price is $50,000 or possibly slightly less, officials said, adding there will not be additional yearly maintenance funding because the system is mostly done via the internet. Romeo said the Board of Education is paying for the detectors to be placed at the Merritt and the Bryan School and the field directly behind the high school for soccer and softball at a cost of approximately $16,000, whereas the borough is covering the other four locations for $34,000. While many towns are seeking lightning detection in the wake of an incident in Demarest on Sept. 7, where Haworth resident Viktor Ovsyankin, 71, was struck by lightning while attending a soccer game at the Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest and died later the same day, Romeo said the Cresskill was ahead of others. "Basically, we were looking at this long before the incident at Demarest. We had an incident where kids would not get off the field during a lightning storm that we thought we should make an accommodation or system to protect the kids for the future," Romeo said. "We've been working on this for over a year and we're grateful for the cooperation of the board of education. We'll be putting this in shortly at all school locations and the borough parks to protect our children and residents." Ulshoefer said after a contract is awarded, it should take approximately three months to install, with the hope of having a fully-integrated system ready by the summer. The system is very comprehensive and full of checks and balances so as to avoid people not knowing when lightning is within eight to 10 miles away, officials said. Horns go off when lightning is detected, then the strobe lights stay flashing for approximately 30 minutes until things are safe enough for people to go back onto the field. "There are 27 different types of alerts we can receive in the system," Ulshoefer said. "It's something that I'd like to see done, I've had instances where people did not get off the fields during lightning strikes," Barbara Mann, the recreation director, said. Mann said she has 514 participants in the summer camp programs, so she hopes that the system will be in place by then. Ulshoefer gave a breakdown of how the system would work following the meeting. There would be five locations for strobe lights and horns: Joe Henry Field on 12th Street and Magnolia; the Community Center on Third Street, which will cover the football fields and Swim club; the Bryan School; Merritt School; and the high school. The central location for the system would be the Fire Department at 51 Madison Avenue because of its location in the middle of all of the other fields. There will be a large antenna on top of the building, Ulshoefer said. "It's a web-based system so the police, fire and Board of Education can log onto the system to see what the weather pattern or lightning strikes are in that particular area," he said. Email: or call 201-894-6706
Mon, 01/14/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lee County & WeatherBug  0.0  Fort Myers FL 
  detection system    Education,Science 
Lightning detection systems in Lee County high schools Story Created: Jan 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM America/New_York 0 0 0 0 FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County's 13 high schools have implemented state of the art lightning detection technology. Fort Myers High School administrators, staff, and students participated in a drill Monday to test the new WeatherBug system. A blaring horn and flashing lights on the outdoor warning system go off when lightning is detected within a 10 mi. radius of school property. "It will give me much more peace of mind not having to look up in the sky all the time, because it's just something we have to deal with in this climate. I think it's definitely something that will make everybody feel a little more at ease," Fort Myers High Football Coach Sammy Sirianni said. The web-based system includes thousands of lightning sensors and cameras to detect dangerous weather, with live electronic alerts sent to a person's cell phone, e-mail, or a central computer on school property. "We think of teaching as just that, teaching, but there's a real guardian protector role that administrators and teachers have and Lee Co. Has really lived up to that," Enterprise Solutions Director Frank McCathran said. The district has been working since March of 2012 to get the new technology which cost $176,000 to install at all 13 schools. To learn more about the WeatherBug Program, click here.
Fri, 01/11/2013 12:00 PM Injured Joe Fraser  67.0   
 New Zeland 
Kapiti man struck by lightning BEN STRANG Last updated 16:58 01/11/2013 Share 1 lightning BEN STRANG Quite a shock: Joe Fraser was struck by lightning while standing inside his living room last Thursday. Kapiti Observer Security a winner at business awards Divers rescued off the coast of Kapiti Kapiti council building's winning design Councillor suing CEO for defamation Second council manager resigns Mandy Hager wins Mansfield Fellowship Desperate call for firefighters New leaders for committees Eagle-eyed pilot spots fire Marathon effort finally gets result Ads by Google True New Car Don't Pay MSRP on a New Car. Find Our True New Car Price! Joe Fraser can take a punch  but a bolt of lightning? The Waikanae 67-year-old was standing in his living room on October 24 when a bolt of lightning struck his chimney, surged through the fire box, into his left leg and out his left index finger. Mr Fraser remembers seeing a small green flash come out of his finger, and then his vision and speech going fuzzy. Id been outside in the garden when I saw lightning hit over by the hill, and then it hit a bit closer so I decided to come inside to be safe. Then it hit the house and I got hit anyway. I stumbled over to the phone and just managed to speed dial my son, who lives next door. All I could say was that Id been hit by lightning and that was it. His son called an ambulance as soon as he got to the house, and it took about five minutes before Mr Fraser started to feel better. He was taken to Wellington Hospital for observation, and his blood checked repeatedly overnight. He said an American doctor, with previous experience of fork lightning victims, told him he was lucky he was not touching the chimney when the lightning struck. I was about a foot away from it. If Id been touching it Id be history. I got pretty lucky, but I was still shocked that you can be struck by lightning inside your own house. The only after effects he has is a bit of stiffness, and a burn on the end of his index finger. He tried to transform his luck into money by buying, a Lotto Strike ticket, but that didnt pay off. No, I didnt win. Used up all my luck obviously. It was worth a try though. Meanwhile his mates at Kapiti Ten Pin bowling alley are having their fun with the lightning survivor. Theyre always asking me to bowl a strike, bowl a strike. They think its very funny.
Wed, 01/09/2013 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed, 22 injured  0.0  Villa Gesell  
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)  A lightning strike in Argentina has killed at least three people and injured 22 in a coastal community. The Telam state news agency says the lightning bolt struck Thursday afternoon in Villa Gesell, a town 320 kilometers (200 miles) east of the capital of Buenos Aires. The 16 adults and six children injured were taken to a local hospital. Officials say two women suffered serious injuries. Argentina's National Weather Service says the lightning was caused by a sudden storm with "a great movement of ascending air and water and lots of electrical activity."
Fri, 01/04/2013 12:00 PM unknown After Shock  0.0  CO 
  survivor stories    Education 
MAGAZINE LOGIN TO COMMENT BY: ELISABETH KWAK-HEFFERAN ISSUE: 5280 HEALTH 2013 SECTION: FEATURE TAGS: VEDAUWOO, ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL, PHIL BROSCOVAK, LIGHTNING DATA CENTER, LIGHTING, LEAD KING BASIN, GEORGE ROSSIE, BROCK NEVILLE, BETSY SMITH, 5280 HEALTH After Shock Colorado and Wyoming rank at the top of the list for lightning-strike fatalities in the United States. Its scary stuff. But dying from a bolt of electricity may not be nearly as frightening as surviving one. Spend a summer in Colorado, and youll feel it. It begins with a subtle shift of the wind and a gradual darkening of the clouds. Linger outside, and peals of distant thunder grow to a sky-splitting volume. The air crackles with electricity, buzzing between shoelaces and lifting arm hair into a static-y stiffness. Its only a matter of time before the electric charges overwhelm the clouds and flash to Earth in terrifying, 50,000-degree bolts. And every year, those bolts find peoplehikers, boaters, picnickers, softball players, people walking their dogsalong the way. Most Coloradans dread a direct zap, but instant death by lightning bolt is hardly the most likely outcome to fear. Lightning kills only one out of 10 strike victims outright, usually from cardiac arrest, leaving the other 90 percent alive but at risk for a lifetime of mysterious, debilitating symptoms, for which there is no specific treatment. Lightning can cause injuries to every single organ system and neurological system in the body, says Dr. George Rossie, a Denver neuropsychologist and member of St. Anthony Hospitals Lightning Data Center. And its impossible to predict which organ systems will be affected. Survivors experiences vary wildly: Some escape with relatively minor injuries, while others battle serious, long-lasting trauma to the brain and nervous system. These survivors may face cognitive and memory deficits, nerve damage, chronic pain, seizures, and personality changes. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety are common. Some survivors can no longer function in their careers, and personal relationships often become a casualty of the strike. It can be a devastating injury to the person and to the family, says Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, an expert in lightning injury and professor emerita at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She says that having an understanding physician who is willing to work with the patient to find a successful treatment methodfrom cognitive or physical therapy to pain medicationis essential to recovery. Mountain weather, great swathes of exposed high country, and a fanatically outdoorsy population combine to make the Rocky Mountain region ground zero for lightning deaths and injuries. Wyoming and Colorado ranked number one and two, respectively, for fatal strikes per million residents from 2002 to 2011, and Colorado alone accounts for 141 deaths over the past 52 years (making us the state with the fifth-highest body count, behind several southern states with much more frequent lightning flashes). Experts estimate that there are 10 injuries for every reported fatality, making lightning a serious concern for Coloradans. People realize that its very dangerous, says strike survivor Betsy Smith. But do they realize how careful they need to be? Definitely not. MAGAZINE LOGIN TO COMMENT BY: ELISABETH KWAK-HEFFERAN ISSUE: 5280 HEALTH 2013 SECTION: FEATURE TAGS: VEDAUWOO, ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL, PHIL BROSCOVAK, LIGHTNING DATA CENTER, LIGHTING, LEAD KING BASIN, GEORGE ROSSIE, BROCK NEVILLE, BETSY SMITH, 5280 HEALTH After Shock Colorado and Wyoming rank at the top of the list for lightning-strike fatalities in the United States. Its scary stuff. But dying from a bolt of electricity may not be nearly as frightening as surviving one. The Hot Route Struck on: August 13, 2005 | Vedauwoo, Wyoming Phil Broscovak can pinpoint the exact instant his life turned upside down: 12:38 p.m., August 13, 2005, just after a lightning bolt blasted him off a sheer rock face, leaving him dangling in midair. The Louisville electrician and longtime climber, now 55, had taken two of his kids and a nephew to Vedauwoo, a popular climbing spot just over the Wyoming border, for a day on Edwards Crack. Broscovaks nephew, Barry, the last climber to tackle the route, was nearly finished when thunder rumbled to the west. Broscovak got the group to safety, then tied in and climbed back up to retrieve their equipment. He remembers traversing 60 feet to a permanent anchor just before the skies erupted and a tangled rope halted his descent. All of a sudden, the storm was on me, he says. Up to a billion volts of electricity struck the rock eight inches from Broscovaks head, then arced to him: It felt like being stung by 10,000 wasps from the inside out. As he fell, Broscovak was dimly aware of a bluish glow surrounding his body. Then he hit the end of the rope and blacked out. It got worse. I cant describe how much pain I was in, he says. When you get a pulse of electricity, every muscle fires simultaneouslyyoure flopping around like a cancan dancer. The next day, I couldnt stand up straight. Still, Broscovak didnt head to the emergency room; having been battered and bruised on climbs in the past, he thought he could simply push through. Horrific as it was, the trauma from that day marked only the beginning of an arduous, seven-year struggle to overcome the damage done to his nervous system. Its very much a traumatic brain injury, Broscovak says. Electrical shocks of that magnitude can injure the central, autonomic, and peripheral nervous systems, wreaking havoc on everything from memory to temperature perception to language usage. Broscovak experienced the gamut of symptoms during his enduring bout with what he calls lightning malaria: periods of near normality interrupted by unpredictable, Jekyll and Hydelike transformations. During these fugue states, which lasted for several days at a time, he became hypersensitive to sound. Basic words would elude him when he tried to write or speak. He alternated between crippling insomnia and days when he couldnt force his eyelids to open. His perception of body temperature went off the railsprobably due to an injury to the hypothalamus portion of the brainleaving him swaddled in blankets on sweltering days and sweating in subzero weather. Not surprisingly, these fugues left him agitated, irritated, and exhaustedand his relationships suffered for it. Hed have mood changes when the weather was changing, remembers Broscovaks daughter, Amber, who was 11 when he was struck. It was scary. Hed get really angry and upset. At the time, I didnt really understand why it had such an effect on him. Broscovaks marriage also fell apart in the aftermath. The strike was a huge factor in my divorce, he says. At first, Broscovak suffered largely alone. Not realizing the severity of his injury, he didnt seek immediate medical attention; it took him months to tie his bizarre symptoms to the strike. I thought I was just working too hard, he says ruefully. Even when he made the connection, Doctors would blow it off, he says. Youre thrown out on your own. What did finally help was getting in touch with other lightning-strike survivors through online forums and support groups. Through them, Broscovak learned he wasnt going crazyand he wasnt alone. It really does change you, he says. Its an invisible burden. People dont understandtheres no sympathy for people hurting. Over the next seven years, the fugue states lessened in frequency and intensity until they almost disappeared. (Broscovak attributes much of his recovery to blue-green algae and fish oil supplements, though University of Illinois-Chicagos Dr. Mary Ann Cooper cautions that theres currently no scientific evidence for their effectiveness.) Today, though he still experiences symptoms, theyre much milder. One afternoon last July, nearly seven years after his brush with death, Broscovak was guiding a client on Boulders Flatirons when a thunderstorm stalled in the air just east of town. I was nervous, but I kept it together, he says. Emotionally, that was a huge step for me. Back from the Brink Struck on: July 17, 2006 | Marble, Colorado Brock Neville was 15 years old the day a lightning bolt stopped his heart. It was July 17, 2006: He remembers hiking into the Lead King Basin near Marble, Colorado, with his aunt, uncle, and the Wooldridges, a family of friendly Denverites theyd met earlier that week. He recalls snapping photos of columbine-choked meadows as he went, and remembers the sudden deluge at 12,000 feet that forced him under a tree for cover. He knows he leaned against the trunk as he pulled on a rain shell. But after that, nothing. His memory goes blank. Nevilles aunt and uncle filled him in on the rest a few days later. A Kansas native, Neville didnt know that lightning can travel from a treetop into a nearby human bodywhich is exactly what happened when the storms first flash struck the tree he was leaning on, flowing into him through his right hand. The force of the strike knocked everyone in the group to the ground and temporarily paralyzed his uncle, Chad Mohr, from the waist down. But only Nevilles heart skittered to a stop. Charlie Wooldridge remembered CPR from his Boy Scout days. The Denver artist rushed to Nevilles side and pumped life back into him for 20 minutes, until his pulse finally stabilized. After Wooldridge and his family left to get help, Nevilles uncle saved his life a second time, 30 minutes later, by forcing the pooling blood and fluid out of Nevilles lungs using the Heimlich maneuver. The first thing I remember is seeing my mom and dad crying their eyes out in the hospital, Neville says. The doctors didnt think I would make it. He was in bad shape: Besides the damage to his heart and lungs, the lightning had ruptured Nevilles right eardrum, burned his right retina, and left him covered in chicken poxlike skin burns. I had a watch on my right arm, and it burned a perfect watch shape into my wrist, he says. After three days in Glenwood Springs Valley View Hospital, Nevilles doctors let him go home. But it was three months before I could get up and do anything, he says. It was a struggle for me to walk 100 feet to the mailbox. Id come back and be so exhausted Id have to sleep the rest of the day. It felt like the worst case of mono ever. But Neville, now 21 and a senior agronomy major at Kansas State University, was lucky: After about six months, he made a near-complete recovery. Of course, some effects do persist. Since the strike, hes been allergic to metal; jewelry or a watch against his skin makes him swell and itch. Still, hes not complaining. Its a miracle that Im still here, he says. His experience with the raw force of lightning initially made him fear thunderstorms. A few years of distance from the incident has given him a new perspective. In fact, hes become downright obsessed with the type of weather that almost killed him. Im completely in love with storms now, Neville says. Im often outside, taking pictures of lightning. Its neat to look at that phenomenon and know that I survived it. _____ A Climbers Nightmare Struck on: July 21, 2010 | Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming A rock ledge at 13,600 feet ranks among the worst places to be during a thunderstorm. But thats where Betsy Smith, now 28, found herself stranded when a fast-moving storm cut off her groups route on Wyomings Grand Teton at 10:30 a.m. on July 21, 2010. Smith and her groupboyfriend Alan Kline and two friendsdidnt know it at the time, but 13 others were also trapped on the peak, setting the stage for the largest rescue operation in Grand Teton National Parks history. With the risk of retreating back across the knife-edge ridge too high to attempt, Smith and her group huddled together on the ledge as the storm buzzed around them. It was torture listening to the static start to build, Smith says. The only thing that would release it was lightning. For three hours we wondered what would release it. Our gear? The top of the mountain? Or us? Kline was the first to be hit, losing consciousness for a few seconds. Then one or two boltsno one is sure how manystruck Smith. She fell back, crippled by pain and completely paralyzed. I was convinced my body had become soup inside my clothes, she says. It took 45 minutes for mobility to return enough for her to handle being lowered down the mountain on Klines makeshift rappel. Kline ferried the group 1,000 feet down to the Upper Saddle, where they met rescuers and eventually took helicopters down the mountain. Burns were Smiths most severe injuries. Doctors performed a fasciotomy to relieve the pressure in her left arm, slicing a four-inch-long cut above a burn encircling her wrist (where her watch had been); it had swollen enough to cut off circulation to her hand. Smiths right index fingeralready necrotic from another burnhad to be amputated. She left the hospital with both arms bandaged and splinted across her chest. Whether shed regain full range of motion was anybodys guess. Fortunately, Smiths physical recovery progressed well: Therapy helped restore most of her arm strength, and skin grafts returned her left arm to near-normality. Her phantom finger, nicknamed Thelma, still tingles occasionally. But the invisible wounds lingered on. Right after the accident, I had nearly debilitating depression, Smith says, citing the perfect storm of pain medication, the uncertainty of her injuries, and having to leave the Montana home she loved to accept help from Klines family in Connecticut. Enrolling in nursing school six months later got her back on track. Even today, I have to stay very busy and on task, she says. I just keep on swimming. To this day, flashbacks intrude on Smiths consciousness. Everything replays over and over. I cant get away from it, she says. People seem shocked when I tell them I think about it multiple times every day. Despite it all, Smith still goes climbing. Mountain weather is mountain weather, she says with a shrug. But Im a bit more picky about the forecast now. Lightning 101 What you need to know to stay safe. The National Weather Services taglineWhen thunder roars, go indoors!nails the single best way to protect yourself. Dont worry about calculating the storms distance from you; if you can hear thunder, youre already within strike range. Below, a few more tips to consider. " DO seek shelter in a hard-topped car if a safe building is unavailable. " DONT linger in garages, picnic shelters, covered patios, or tents. Such structures provide no protection. " DO check the forecast and monitor the weather if youre coaching (or attending) an athletic event. Coaches should postpone play and take shelter as soon as they see lightning or hear thunder. " DO wait 30 minutes after the last roll of thunder before going back outside. " DONT stand near tall, isolated objects, like trees or telephone poles. Lightning tends to strike the tallest object in an area and can jump to your body. " DO climb early to avoid common afternoon thunderstorms. Plan to be off of high peaks and below treeline by noon, especially June through September. " DONT be the tallest object around if youre stuck outside during a storm. Avoid ridgelines, summits, cave entrances, or meadows. Better bets: uniform stands of trees and ravines. " DO spread out if lightning is striking nearby so that one bolt wont incapacitate your entire group.
Wed, 01/02/2013 12:00 PM Killed Ian McKeever  42.0  Mount Kilimanjaro  
  mountain climbing    Mtn. Climbing 
Conqueror of Kilimanjaro killed by lightning on beloved mountain Irish climber Ian McKeever inspired others to follow their dreams TOM PECK THURSDAY 03 JANUARY 2013 inShare PRINT A A A EMAIL Related articles 73-year-old Japanese woman scales Mount Everest Travel Challenge: Tanzania The Last Colonial, By Christopher Ondaatje Family pays tribute to marathon runner Claire Squires The appeal that went around the world Ads by Google Lightning Protection Stop Catastrophe before it happens. Lightning prevention 99% guaranteed Lightning Rod Installation Covering the entire US Tanzania Volunteer Needed Live and Work Abroad, 1-12 Weeks. Help the Community - Enroll Today! Suggested Topics Tanzania Mount Everest Windstorms Mount Kilimanjaro Himalayas Everyones happy, Irish mountaineer Ian McKeever wrote on Facebook, three days into a climb of Africas Mount Kilimanjaro, in which he was leading a group of 20, and during which time it had barely stopped raining for a second. He was killed on Wednesday night in a lightning storm on the mountain that left others in the party with minor injuries. According to the many friends that paid tribute to the well known, record-breaking mountain climber from Ireland, his happiness was an extremely difficult thing to conquer. The 42-year-old was struck down in a freakish tragedy as he led his hikers in the direction of the Lava Tower, a celebrated site on the top of Africas highest peak. Others in the group  mostly from Ireland  also hit by the lightning storm needed medical treatment for minor burns and shock, but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. The Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny knew Mr McKeever, and was among the first to pay tribue to him. I had come to know him over recent years and I admired him not only for his own achievements and charity work but also for his work with young people in challenging them to achieve their full potential, he said. Mr Kenny recalled getting text updates from Mr McKeever when he led an expedition of students from schools in the Taoiseachs native Castlebar to Kilimanjaros 5,895m-high summit. He was extremely passionate about what he did and driven in his belief that everybody can achieve their potential, he said. Ian said to me once that there was no place he would rather be than in the mountains. I would like to extend my sympathies to his fiancée Anna and his family, friends and fellow adventurers. Anna was with him during the climb. Arrangements are being made to make Mr McKeevers remains available to his family, some of whom are travelling to Tanzania. Torrential rain all day, he had written, the day before they moved in the direction of the Lava Tower. Spirits remain good even if drying clothes is proving impossible! We pray for dryer weather tomorrow  the big day. But the weather deteriorated further. A lecturer and broadcaster from Lough Dan in Co Wicklow, Mr McKeever regularly mentored hikers, including many Irish schoolchildren, through his Kilimanjaro Achievers organisation. He was the former holder of the record for climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents in the fastest time, which includes Mount Everest. The latest expedition set off to Tanzania from Ireland on 28 December and began the ascent the day before New Years Eve. The adventurer was known for many feats, including scaling Mount Everest. In 2008, he helped his then 10-year-old godson Sean McSharry become the youngest person in Europe to reach the top of Kilimanjaro. More recently he had been attempting, along with African climbing guide friend Samuel Kinsonga, to break the record for the fastest ascent, as part of their anti-racism Black and White Makes Sense Campaign. He was the author of two books Give Me Shelter and Give Me Heroes and was working on a third book Give Me 28 Days. Pat Falvey, renowned Irish explorer, said Mr McKeever was a dreamer who followed his dreams with conviction and inspired others. I am absolutely shocked to hear about the death of my friend Ian, he told the Irish Independent newspaper. It was a freak accident and a complete fluke. I have lost two friends in lightning strikes, including one on the Himalayas  but they are very rare on Kilimanjaro. Mr Falvey continued: Ian has done the Seven Summits  the highest mountain on each continent  and this is the easiest one to do. Any normal person can climb it, and more than 20,000 people do so every year. Id like to pay my condolences to his family. On his Facebook page last night, a statement said: It is with deep regret, that we, Ians family, fiancée Anna and friends, advise of his sudden death on Kilimanjaro, today, doing what he loved best.
Wed, 01/02/2013 Killed 2 killed  0.0  Bergville KwaZulu-Natal 
Lightning kills two in KZN January 2 2013 at 01:51pm By Anelisa Kubheka Comment on this story REUTERS The new year began on a sad note for two Bergville families who each lost a son after being struck by lightning. Stock photo: Reuters KwaZulu-Natal - The new year began on a sad note for two Bergville families who each lost a son after being struck by lightning on New Years Eve. Seventeen-year-old Nhlakanipho Gamede and Phelelani Mlangeni, 23, each died in different parts of Bergville during Mondays storm. More than 100 houses in two areas were damaged by the storm and another young man hit by lightning survived. Nhlakanipho, a Grade 10 pupil at Tshanibezwe High School, died while being taken to a nearby clinic after being hit by lightning while herding his familys cow back home from the fields. (Nhlakanipho) was with another boy when it happened. The boy came rushing home to tell us, said Nhlakaniphos mother, Misizwe Gamede. She said the boy told how Nhlakanipho fell to the ground and did not move after the bolt of lightning struck . Neighbours and some of our relatives rushed to where the two boys had been and they took him to the clinic, but he died on the way. Gamede said the family had planned to slaughter a sheep for New Years Eve, but these plans were abandoned after the news of Nhlakaniphos death. In the other tragedy, Phelelani Mlangeni, who on Friday had returned home from Germiston, where he works, had slaughtered a goat giving thanks to his ancestors for his employment. The last time I saw him was on New Years Eve morning when he told me he was going to town, said Mlangenis father, Bonginkosi Mlangeni. At midnight, the father stood outside and watched as his neighbours let off fireworks to usher in the new year. I had assumed (Phelelani) was somewhere with his friends. After midnight I went inside to pray and then went to bed, he said. Mlangeni said he was awoken by one of the neighbours on Tuesday morning who told him that someone had seen a body lying under a tree and thought it was Phelelani. We went to the tree, that had been struck by lightning and lying face down under it was Phelelani. The area (Ward 4) councillor, Zodwa Dubuzane, said about 50 houses in the area had been affected by the storm and that one other person was also struck by lightning, but had survived. A 20-year-old man was struck by lightning and was taken to the clinic. He is not hurt badly but he now has trouble hearing. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesman, Vernon Mchunu, said the Msinga area had also been badly affected by the storm and about 54 houses had been damaged. This figure is from a preliminary assessment. A full report of the damage will be compiled. Msinga mayor, Joshua Sikakhane, said he did not have details of the damage, but had heard about two houses that had burned down after being struck by lightning. No one was hurt. A fire also broke out at the Engen oil refinery in Tara Road, on the Bluff during Mondays storm. At about 7pm a minor fire broke out, but it was kept under control. The refinery is still operational, said the refinerys spokesman, Herb Payne. - Daily News
Thu, 12/27/2012 12:00 PM Killed mother and baby killed  0.0  Eshowe Zululand 
 South Africa 
Mom, baby die after lightning strikes home December 27 2012 at 11:17am By Kamini Padayachee Comment on this story REUTERS The new year began on a sad note for two Bergville families who each lost a son after being struck by lightning. Stock photo: Reuters Durban - An Eshowe mother and her 11-month-old baby were killed when lightning struck their home on Christmas Day. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube and health officials visited the area on Wednesday to assess the damage caused by a thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon. Department spokesman Vernon Mchunu said Nqobile Gumede, 22, and her daughter, Pamela, had been in their rondawel in Nkanini, a rural area near Eshowe, when lightning struck and the home caught fire. The house burnt to the ground and they could not be saved, Mchunu said. Dube said Nqobiles sister, Zama Gumede, had been at work and only returned home after the storm. I have spoken to her. She is devastated and in shock. Her neighbours are also traumatised and we have arranged counselling for them. She added that the department would provide temporary shelter for Gumede and assist with burial arrangements. Dube said four other people were also injured when lightning struck their homes in the area during the storm. They had bruises and other slight injuries, but we have insisted that they go to the hospital to ensure they have no internal injuries. She also said a lightning conductor would be erected in the area as it was prone to lightning strikes. Last year seven people were killed in Mpumazi, Eshowe, after their homes were struck by lightning. The department had installed thousands of conductors and embarked on a province-wide education campaign to ensure people know how to stay safe during extreme weather. Extreme weather patterns are an act of God, so all we can do is prepare people and ensure that they know what to do if a storm hits. She encouraged people to form co-operatives and buy lightning conductors. These conductors can be purchased at hardware stores, and (one) can protect quite a few houses.
Tue, 12/18/2012 03:34 PM Injured woman  47.0  Pretoria  
 South Africa 
Woman struck by lightning December 18 2012 at 08:42pm By SAPA Comment on this story REUTERS The new year began on a sad note for two Bergville families who each lost a son after being struck by lightning. Stock photo: Reuters Pretoria - A Pretoria woman was struck by lightning on Tuesday afternoon, paramedics said. Paramedics were called out to Kilner Park in Pretoria where they found the woman lying on the ground, said Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann. The woman said she was walking down the road, when she was struck by lightning and fell to the ground, Steinmann said. Due to the fall, the woman sustained a fracture to her right leg. The woman, 47, was struck around 3.40pm. She was treated on the scene before being transported to Steve Biko Academic Hospital for further care. - Sapa
Wed, 12/12/2012 12:00 PM Killed 3 killed  0.0  Bhubaneswar Orissa 
Three killed in lightning strike in Paradip Orissa,Environment/Wildlife, Wed, 12 Dec 2012IANS inShare Bhubaneswar, Dec 12 (IANS) At least three people, including a couple, were killed and five others injured in lightning strikes in Odisha's port town of Paradip as thunderstorms swept across the region Wednesday, an official said. The dead were all labourers on daily wages. Strong winds hit Paradip town in coastal Jagatsinghpur district, about 100 km from here, in the afternoon. The storm continued for about an hour, additional district magistrate Surjit Das said. The storm uprooted more than a hundred trees, snapped electricity lines and damaged dozens of houses in a slum in the town, Das said. Civic agencies have set about clearing the roads of uprooted trees and debris.
Mon, 12/10/2012 12:00 AM unknown Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash TGF  0.0   
Tue, 11/20/2012 12:00 PM Killed 4 people  0.0  Kahenge Constituency Rundu 
Namibia: Lightning Kills Four People By Mathias Haufiku, 20 November 2012 RELATED TOPICS Namibia Namibia: Nampower's Spendthrift Bosses Under... Legal Affairs Nigeria: Fighting to Stop Billion-Dollar... Climate Nigeria: Presidential C'ttee On Flood Visits... Rundu  A bolt of lightning killed a mother and two of her children at Mukekete village in the Kahenge Constituency outside Rundu on Saturday evening. The mother and her two children were in their hut when the lightning struck them. The deceased have been identified as Emily Mbere (40) and her two children, Christine Murongo (4) and Simon Hausiku (2). In a similar incident, 67-year-old Johannes Mbwanga from the Mile 10 village near Rundu died after he was also struck by lightning in his house on Friday afternoon. Mbwanga's next of kin have been informed. Meanwhile, police in the region are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a French tourist killed a pedestrian along the Divundu-Rundu Highway. Francis Lahoque Marceu was driving from Divundu to Rundu when the incident occurred before midday on Sunday. Thifafane Makamba (55) died on the spot after the vehicle bumped her.
Mon, 11/19/2012 12:00 PM unknown Lightning strike suit alleges misconduct, negligen  0.0  Fort Myers Fl 
  lawsuit    Legal 
Lightning strike suit alleges misconduct, negligence Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:22 AM EST Updated: Nov 19, 2012 6:06 PM EST Related Stories Lightning victim's family plans to sue church, school Friends and family honor Jesse Watlington, retire jersey Boy struck by lightning has died, pastor says Community praying for boy struck by lightning FORT MYERS, FL - Lawyers hired by the family of Jesse Watlington, 11-year-old boy who died after being struck by lightning as he headed out for football practice in October, discussed details on Monday of a lawsuit the family filed against McGregor Baptist Church and Southwest Florida Christian Academy, where the boy went to school. In a news release, the attorneys said, "The lawsuit contends that as a result of McGregor Baptist Church and Southwest Florida Christian Academy's negligence, carelessness and recklessness, 11 year-old Jesse Watlington suffered horrific burn injuries and acute shock that resulted in his untimely death." The lawsuit alleges that Jesse and eight others were sent out to the football field unsupervised with obvious clouds and lightning in the sky. The attorney for the Watlington family says it wasn't a safe environment for Jesse and the other children to be in. The lawsuit further alleges that there were no lightning detection devices, contrary to what NBC2 was told by Pastor Powell and no evacuation routes for other students. The attorneys say the lightning device was inside in a closet and the church "shunned" the idea of taking it onto the field. They also allege that there wasn't a defibrillator on the property or anyone trained to use one and that it took 10 minutes before Jesse received CPR from staff. Chuck Watlington, Jesse's father, said Monday that he wants to make sure all schools, public and private, have lightning detection devices and defibrillators and that he wants all coaches to be CPR-certified. The attorneys say the Watlington's are not mad at anyone, but that they suffered a devastating loss that could have been prevented. Chuck Watlington further stated that he wants his son to be the last person to die from a lightning strike. Watlington also told the media that the family wasn't going to hire an attorney until they were in the hospital with Jesse and the church called to tell them not to speak to the media, per their attorneys. During the incident, the Watlington's relied on the church's pastor, Pastor Powell, as a spokesperson while they were with their son in a Tampa hospital. "Little did I know, while I was up there praying for my son, he was down here controlling the media and saying things we do not feel are true at all," says Chuck Watlington. Watlington stated Monday that the pastor has been arrogant following the tragedy. The pastor of McGregor Baptist wouldn't comment on the suit, saying only that he continues to pray for the family.
Tue, 11/13/2012 04:00 PM unknown weatherBug alert system  0.0  Germantown MD 
  alert system     Science 
Lightning and Severe Weather Warning Systems to Help Protect 25,000 Students at 13 Lee County High Schools GERMANTOWN, Md.  Earth NetworksSM, the owner of the popular WeatherBug® brand and the operator of the largest weather monitoring, lightning detection and climate observation networks, announces that Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Florida, selected its lightning detection and severe weather alerting technology. Beginning this fall, weather stations, lightning sensors and outdoor alerting sirens from Earth Networks - WeatherBug will be deployed on the rooftops of 13 high schools in the county to help protect more than 25,000 high school students from lightning and other forms of severe weather. We are bringing this technology to Lee County to help protect our students, says Ron Davis, Principal of Assignment for Zone Operations and Athletics, Lee County Public Schools. Lightning will always be a serious concern in our district, which informed our decision to install technology for advanced warning. It will help take the guesswork and the human element out of when to stop outdoor games and activities and go indoors when lightning and severe weather approaches. Every year, hundreds are seriously injured or even killed by cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. Yet the majority of lightning takes place in the clouds. This in-cloud lightning often provides a critical, early indication of severe weather, such as dangerous lightning strikes, high winds, hail and even tornadoes. The outdoor alerting system coming to Lee County High Schools automatically produces a high-decibel, attention-getting signal when in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning enters a predetermined radius, such as 10 miles, surrounding the school. The lightning sensors that will be placed on each school will be part of the worlds largest total lightning network, which is operated by Earth Networks  WeatherBug. Thirteen Lee County high schools will also have a WeatherBug weather station onsite. These stations are connected to the Internet and measure temperature, wind speed and direction, precipitation, and other variables, every few seconds. Four of the 13 schools currently have WeatherBug weather stations, and the remaining nine schools will have weather stations installed. As the weather stations and lightning detection sensors are deployed, the Lee County High Schools will become part of the ABC7 WVZN WeatherBug Schools Program. The schools will be able to provide weather data for meteorological teams at news station WVZN, and other stations across the country, to broadcast online and on-air. The schools weather stations will also provide real-time weather and lightning alerts to people in the community who use WeatherBug apps on their iPhones and Android smartphones. In addition, the equipment will also be used to enhance the science, technology and math school curriculum at the schools using WeatherBug Achieve web-based software. With the lightning detection and alerting technology available today, there is absolutely no reason to remain in harms way when lightning and severe weather is in the area, says WeatherBug Director of Enterprise Solutions, Frank McCathran. It is about ensuring peace of mind by knowing that you are helping keep your students, athletes, coaches and fans safe through advanced warning. We are proud to be helping the Lee County Schools staff and community with this important initiative. WeatherBug solutions will be deployed at the following Lee County, Florida, High Schools: Cape Coral High School, Cypress Lake High School, Dunbar High School, East Lee County High School, Estero High School, Fort Myers High School, Ida S. Baker High School, Island Coast High School, Lehigh Senior High School, Mariner High, North Fort Myers High School, Riverdale High School and South Fort Myers High School. About Earth Networks - WeatherBug As a provider of comprehensive atmospheric data for nearly 20 years, Earth NetworksSM is Taking the Pulse of the Planet with the worlds largest weather observation, lightning detection, and greenhouse gas monitoring networks and is establishing a network for collecting data within the planetary boundary layer. The companys popular WeatherBug® website, desktop application and mobile apps for major smartphone platforms provide real-time neighborhood-level weather and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations and markets, including energy and utilities, agriculture, schools, sports and recreation, emergency operations and government entities, to safeguard lives, prepare for weather and climate events and improve business operations. Founded in 1993, Earth Networks ( is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with additional locations in Mountain View, Calif.; New York, NY; Milan, Italy and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide. Read more here:
Mon, 11/12/2012 12:00 PM Killed Omar Ali al-Sheikh  14.0  BDreib Akkar 
  boy killed brother in ice     
Boy killed by lightning as severe thunderstorms cause flooding across country November 12, 2012 12:41 AM The Daily Star A Civil Defense tow truck helps the driver of a stalled taxi remove his car as another passenger car is rescued. BEIRUT: Thunderstorms caused flooding across Lebanon over the weekend, as a 12-year-old boy was struck by lightning and killed. Omar Ali al-Sheikh was killed by lightning in the Akkar town of Dreib. His 14-year-old brother Bakr was severely wounded and according to the National News Agency is in an intensive care unit of a local hospital. In Beirut, raw sewage spilled out onto the streets as the underground system was unable to accommodate the heavy flow of rainwater. Sewage also poured out in parts of Sidon, which was hit hard by the storm, as flooding in major streets in the city and Zahrani shut down several major roads and left numerous cars stranded. Water flooded homes in Sidon, its suburb of Sahel al-Sabbagh and the Haret Saidas Taamir, causing severe damage. In the nearby town of Ghazieh, homes in the Hai al-Roueiss neighborhood were flooded to such an extent that the municipality had to intervene to pump out excess water. The rain nearly turned several Sidon streets into rivers: On Sit Nafiseh street water reached half a meter, leaving drivers stranded in their cars. The Corniche, which runs past the citys garbage dump, ran with refuse-filled water. Several students were stranded on a school bus in Hisbeh when the water prevented a buss doors from opening. Civil Defense personnel and workers from Sidons municipality eventually managed to pump enough water out of the bus to let the students disembark. A wall collapsed near Sidons Labib Abu Dahr Hospital, severely damaging two cars. All commercial activity in the city, including trade and fishing, was paralyzed. The rain and flooding extended across the country, and traffic on the main highway that links Beirut to Tripoli inched forward slowly due to heavy rains and poor visibility. Hasan Masri, a meteorologist at Beiruts Rafik Hariri International Airport, told The Daily Star that 20 mm of rain had fallen Saturday alone. He was unable to provide precise measurements for Sunday, but said more had fallen Sunday than on the previous day. Sundays rains were accompanied by strong winds of 15-35 km per hour, with some gusts reaching up to 70 km per hour. Masri added that there had been unstable seas and high waves, with temperatures Sunday reaching a high of 23 degrees Celsius and a low of 17 degrees Celsius. Masri said this years rains have already far exceeded those of last year: by Nov. 11 of 2011, 68.8 mm of rain had fallen, whereas this year there has been 110.6 mm of rain since Sept. alone. According to Masri, the showers could continue into Monday. Read more: (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::
Mon, 11/12/2012 12:00 PM unknown Ben Franklin's experiment  0.0   
  kite experiment    Education,Science 
Ben Franklin's kite story charged with confusion November 12, 2012 By Faye Flam .. Rate This: 1 2 3 4 5 (0 votes) Ask a question Some Doubt Franklin Ever Flew that Kite. Philadelphia's most Famous Experiment Still a Lightning Rod for Debate. For all his achievements as a statesman, inventor and scientist, Ben Franklin etched himself into the popular imagination as a man who dared fly a kite in a thunderstorm. The idea was to prove that clouds could be electrified and that mankind could exert some control over lightning. And yet, Franklin never wrote up the results of his most famous experiment beyond a vague newspaper account, which didn't make clear whether he or someone else actually channeled electric charges from the sky to his famous key. And so, more than 250 years after the fact, Franklin remains himself a lightning rod for controversy among historians. Some say he was much too smart to have tried such a foolhardy, death-defying stunt. Others say Franklin was much too honest to have falsely reported that he pulled it off. But historians and scientists agree on one thing  whether he did or didn't fly that kite, Franklins' achievements as a scientist were enormous and under-appreciated. If he hadn't been so famous as an inventor and founding father, "Franklin would be recognized as the greatest scientist of his age," said physicist and Franklin enthusiast Shawn Carlson, founder of the Society for Amateur Scientists and, more recently, the LabRats Science Education Program. As Franklin's thoughts went from laboratory experiments to lightning rods, he also tipped the scales in a debate that still rages today over the value of basic, curiosity-driven science. The benefits of basic science had been extolled more than 100 years before Franklin's day by British thinker Francis Bacon. "The idea was that if we understood enough about how the world works we could find ways to manipulate nature to make a better world," said Carlson. Early on, Franklin didn't seem to know how his study of electricity would lead to anything practical. "He started to say he was feeling guilty with all the pleasure he was getting from working with electricity, and he wished he could do something useful with it," said Rutgers historian James Delbourgo, author of A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders: Electricity and Enlightenment in Early America. The lightning rod was, Delbourgo said, "an afterthought." In his book, Benjamin Franklin's Science, historian I. Bernard Cohen describes how, in the mid 1700s, electricity was used in shows that combined entertainment with science lectures. Such spectacles usually involved young people coming onstage, getting charged with static, and then shocking one another. Franklin, keeping with tradition, put on his own public shows. And he wrote that he threw dinner parties in which he used electrical devices to kill, tenderize and cook turkeys. But amid all the fun, he also observed predictable patterns in the way some materials conducted electricity and others "insulated" or blocked its flow. He observed the phenomenon of grounding. And then he devised a theory that explained what he observed. He saw electricity as a fluid that sought equilibrium, so that objects that were depleted in it would want to draw it in, and those charged with an excess, to give it up. He understood that a charged object would repel charges on one side of nearby objects  a phenomenon known as induction. "Franklin's understanding is our modern understanding," said physicist Carlson. "He invented modern electrostatics." The historians say our modern description of electric currents and positive and negative charges harks back to Franklin and those scientists who went on to make batteries built on his work. The world had to wait a few decades for batteries, but Franklin did think of a practical invention that could be used right away - the lightning rod. The idea rested on Franklin's understanding of electrical behavior along with an untested assumptions that clouds held electric charge and lighting was just a scaled-up version of sparks. Being the scientific thinker that he was, he devised an experiment to test the electrical nature of clouds and lightning. He proposed the construction of a long iron rod that would stick up in the air and channel charges from a cloud down to a room where a scientist could observe its behavior. According to Cohen's book, Philadelphians started to build such an experiment at Christ Church, but two things happened before that was finished. First, the French heard of Franklin's idea and carried out a similar experiment successfully, and Franklin realized that the concept could be tested more easily with a kite. Cohen, who died in 2003, maintained that Franklin really flew the kite. He took at face value a subsequent account of the experiment, published in 1767 by English scientist Joseph Priestley. Priestley wrote that Franklin carried it off in June of 1752, accompanied by only his 21-year-old son. According to that account, the kite was never struck by lightning, but Franklin was able to channel current from clouds down the string. At the bottom, in Priestley's version, Franklin included an apparatus called a Leiden jar, commonly used to collect static electricity. By using the jar, he could show that the cloud's electricity acted just like electricity generated in laboratory experiments. But that account leaves several mysteries, said Alberto Martinez, a historian of science at the University of Texas and author or the book Secret Science. In August of 1752 Franklin published an account of the French iron rod experiment in his own newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette, but he never mentioned anything about the kite. Then in October of that year he described a kite experiment done in Philadelphia but didn't say he did it himself. Franklin wrote that such an experiment was easy, said Martinez, despite the risk of death by lightning strike. In his book, Martinez recounts an episode of the television show Mythbusters, in which a mock-up of the experiment is set up, lightning strikes the kite and fries a dummy of Franklin. But neither Franklin nor Priestley ever said he was struck, and other experiments showed that kites and iron rods can pick up charges off the atmosphere. In the end, Martinez said he doesn't see enough evidence to determine whether Franklin flew that kite, but he said he wouldn't be outraged if it did turn out to be a hoax. After all, Franklin was right to realize that clouds were electrically charged and lightning rods really could protect buildings and ships. Franklin first proposed that lightning rods would prevent lightning by helping relieve the imbalance between clouds and the ground, but he amended himself later to say that if lighting struck the rods, it would be safely conducted to the ground. But then, even lightning rods became lightning rods for controversy, with naysayers claiming they only added danger by drawing lighting to buildings. Others had faith-based objections, including a preference for the existing lighting-deflection technique, which was to ring church bells. One of Franklin's rivals, Abbe Nollet of France, wrote that "It is impious to ward off God's lightning as for a child to resist the chastening of the rod of the father," - a sentiment that Franklin countered by pointing out that lighting was no more an act of God than rain, and yet we put roofs on our houses. He also asked people to consider the most common victim of lighting and asked what God could possibly have against trees.
Sun, 11/11/2012 12:00 PM unknown Schumann resonance  0.0   
  waves made from lightning leak into space    Education,Science 
Waves made from earthly lightning flashes leak into space Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Scientists describe these waves as a repeating atmospheric heartbeat. DOWNLOADXEMBED An instrument aboard a U.S. Airforce satellite has detected waves created by lightning flashes in Earths atmosphere, leaking into outer space. Scientists describe these waves as a repeating atmospheric heartbeat known as Schumann resonance. It was thought before this detection that these lightning-made waves stayed caged at a lower altitude. NASA says that there are about 2,000 thunderstorms rolling over Earth at any given moment, producing some 50 flashes of lightning every second. Each lightning burst creates electromagnetic waves that begin to circle around Earth captured between Earths surface and a boundary about 60 miles (100 kilometers) up. If they have just the right wavelength, though, some of the waves combine and increase in strength to create a global electromagnetic resonance: the Schumann resonance. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons NASAs Vector Electric Field Instrument (VEFI) aboard the U.S. Air Forces Communications/Navigation Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS) satellite detected the Schumann resonance leaking into space. Fernando Simoes, a scientist at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, whose paper about the leakage is being published this month (December 2011) in the print edition of Geophysical Research Letters, said: Researchers didnt expect to observe these resonances in space, but it turns out that energy is leaking out and this opens up many other possibilities to study our planet from above. Bottom line: An orbiting satellites has detected the Schumann resonance from space. It is a global electromagnetic resonance created by the combined lightning storms across our planet. Read more from NASA
Wed, 11/07/2012 03:50 PM Killed hearse driver killed  34.0  Luyang Sabah 
  in a hut     
KOTA KINABALU: A hearse driver died after he was struck by lightning at a cemetery where he had sent a body for burial. Daniel Rodie, 34, was killed in the hut where he was sheltering from the rain at the Taman Century Cemetery in Luyang near here yesterday, said Kota Kinabalu city police chief Asst Comm Jauteh Dikun. The incident happened at 3.50pm after he had sent the body for burial. Police were informed at 4.25pm, he said in a statement. Daniel's body was sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a post-mortem. - Bernama

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