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2011-07-06 13:30:00

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft now have the first-ever, up-close details of a Saturn storm that is eight times the surface area of Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Dec. 5, 2010, Cassini first detected the storm that has been raging ever since. It appears at approximately 35 degrees north latitude on Saturn. Pictures from Cassini's imaging cameras show the storm wrapping...

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2011-07-06 13:50:00

NASA reported today that scientists analyzing data from its Cassini spacecraft have discovered close-up details of a Saturn storm that is eight times the surface area of Earth. The Cassini spacecraft located the storm about 35 degrees north latitude on Saturn on December 5, 2010. Cassini's imaging cameras show the storm wrapping around the entire planet covering about 2 billion square miles. NASA said the storm is about 500 times larger than the biggest storm previously seen by Cassini...

2011-06-23 10:25:00

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As summer temperatures heat up, the atmosphere becomes more unstable, causing severe weather that may include lightning. On average in the United States, around 55 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are injured permanently. While your risk of being struck by lightning is low, it is a serious danger that increases at this time of year, and the nation's emergency physicians want to prevent you from being part of...

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2011-06-23 08:28:45

June is Lightning Safety Awareness Month. Lightning is the number two killer of severe weather. Flooding is number one. A lot of people think if it is sunny or maybe just a few clouds around and you hear thunder, it is okay to stay outside until you actually see the lightning. That is not true. If you hear thunder when you are outside, that means that lightning is close enough to strike you! On Thursday, June 23, from 7-8 p.m. EDT, Dr. Richard Blakeslee, atmospheric research scientist at...

2011-06-19 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) MONDAY, JUNE 20: LIGHTNING SAFETY WEEK Profile America -- Monday, June 20th. One of nature's displays of power brings out an almost universal fear -- lightning. As it blazes across the sky, accompanied with thunderous booms, it makes most people feel vulnerable and helpless. While not much can...

2011-06-19 07:40:00

* In Support of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 19-25, 2011 MARYVILLE, Mo., June 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are joining forces to promote public awareness about lightning safety and lightning protection. The collaboration is part of LPI's educational initiative to remind the public and the fire safety community about the dangers of lightning, an underrated and often...

2011-06-17 10:30:00

AUSTIN, Texas, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As wildfires destroy thousands of acres in Texas, with some triggered by lightning, Governor Rick Perry declares June 19-25, 2011, Lightning Safety Awareness Week, proclaiming that education is the key to understanding lightning's dangers. Lightning safety advocates from the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Weather Service joined Texas State Fire Marshal Paul...

2011-06-14 12:19:00

PODCAST AVAILABLE FROM THE I.I.I. ON THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS NEW YORK, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Because lightning is a common occurrence in most people's lives, this destructive force of nature does not get the respect it deserves, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). In fact, every year, lightning strikes the ground 30 million times and injures about a thousand people in the U.S., according to the Lightning Protection...

2011-06-02 00:00:30

Infolytica Corporation announced today the latest release of ElecNet and ThermNet are now available. Montreal, QC (PRWEB) June 01, 2011 Infolytica Corporation announced today the latest release of ElecNet and ThermNet are now available. The two finite element analysis software packages can now be linked together for coupled simulations, expanding the capabilities of the company's design solutions. A new adiabatic feature has also been added to ThermNet. ElecNet and ThermNet now offer the...

2011-05-25 07:40:00

MARYVILLE, Mo., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) are reminding homeowners about the dangers of lightning; an underrated and often forgotten electrical hazard. According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), lightning is responsible for billions of dollars in property damage. The I.I.I. cites a 14.8% increase in 2010 vs. 2009...


Latest Lightning Reference Libraries

Weather Reference Library
2012-05-10 10:05:27

When we think of thunderstorms we have to remember the deadliest part of those storms and that is the lightning that occurs with them. Lightning is found in many forms. The first type of lightning is known as cloud to cloud meaning that the electric charge travels from one cloud to the other. The second type of lightning is the Cloud to Air meaning the lighting moves from the cloud and enters the clear air of the sky. A third type of lightning is the cloud to ground. This is the most...

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2010-10-21 17:15:50

A lightning rod is a metal conductor mounted on the top of a building and connected through a wire to the ground to protect the building from lightning. The rod should conduct the electricity from a lightning strike down through the wire instead of passing through the building. The rod is just a single component in the lightning protections system along with rooftop conductors and multiple conductive paths. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in 1749. The taller the building the...

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2009-07-21 16:27:18

Heat Lightning is actually faint flashes of lightning reflecting outward from distant thunderstorms. These flashes usually do not produce thunder as the storm is sometimes too far away to be heard. The term heat lightning got its name because it often occurs on hot summer nights and does not produce audible thunder. One reason heat lightning can be seen so far away is due to the reflection of the light bouncing off water particles in moist, humid air and as light is scattered throughout the...

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