Lightning was detected within 100 miles of Rome on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 8:21 am. You might be thinking to yourself: why is this news? It’s news because it brings Weather Decision Technologies to the forefront in global lightning display and most importantly, lightning alerting!
Customers near and far are affected by lightning. From outdoor venues or large energy assets, to the local little league soccer game, lightning can affect life, property or a company’s bottom line.
There are 2000 thunderstorms occurring worldwide at any given time, combined producing around 100 lighting strikes per second. 100 strikes per second equals 6000 strikes per minute. 6000 per minute equals 360,000 per hour. 360,000 per hour equals 8,640,000 strikes per day!
Here’s a graphical depiction of the concentration of strikes annually:
Now lets break this down a bit further and look at lightning impacts here in the U.S.
According to the National Weather Service, the United States records a total of 22 million lightning bolts a year. A person has a one in 600,000 chance of being struck by lightning. Strikes cause between 50 and 60 deaths and 400 injuries a year right here in the U.S.
For a look at lighting impacts in your specific area, check out this interactive map from the U.S. Geological Survey, in conjunction with several sub-groups, entitled: Lightning Spatial Hazard Events and Losses for the United States, 1995-2009. After reviewing, ask yourself: Do I see value in lightning display and notification products? If the answer is yes, the next sentence is for you!
Over the last 14 years, WDT has established an extensive line of lighting products for application across most industry types. Contact SVP of Sales, Mike Gauthier for more information.