Since establishing National Lightning Safety Awareness Week in 2001, the number of lightning fatalities have halved, according to retired National Weather Service lightning safety specialist John Jensenius. "Between 1991 and 2001, the average was 54 fatalities in the United States" each year, Jensenius said, highlighting one major key learning from having studied decades of data. "Over time, that average has been gradually decreasing. And at the end of last year, now that 10-year average is down to 27." Driven by recognizing a lot of people "were being killed unnecessarily" through not understanding the threat that lightning presented, Jensenius helped to found the National Lightning Safety Awareness Week in 2001. In 2006, he created a database of lightning fatalities, which notes the activities the victims were taking part in at the time of the fatal strike, as well as their locations, gender and ages. "A lot of it comes down to documenting the fatalities, looking at the data and … [Read more...] about 13 years of lightning fatalities show a decline
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Thunderstorms have arrived in many parts of the UK, with forecasters saying heavy rain could cause flooding and travel disruption.The Met Office has put in place yellow warnings for most of the UK until the end of Monday.It says sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions, train cancellations, and power cuts.But, while severe weather can cause misery, it can also lead to spectacular photos - if you know how to take them. How hot is it where you are? France braces for 40C heatwave BBC picture editor Phil Coomes shares his tips on how to get the best photographs of a thunderstorm.1. Find a vantage point"Set up the camera so it captures a wide arc of the horizon. Ideally you will want to capture lots of lightning strikes in one frame," says Coomes."You might want to include the landscape in the bottom part of the frame so the lighting has somewhere to go. It can work well if you have a night cityscape, for example."2. Use a low shutter speedCoomes says the most common … [Read more...] about Lightning pictures: How do you take good photographs of a storm?
Powerful storms have the capacity to knock out power to thousands of households in Georgia. » RELATED: Metro Atlanta faces tornado, severe storm risk later Residents can lose electricity in the middle of the night or wake up after an overnight storm to fallen trees in their yard, downed power lines in the streets, delayed school openings and broken traffic lights. » For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page If you're without power in the metro Atlanta area, here's what you need to know: To report an electric service outage to Georgia Power, contact their customer service by calling 1-888-891-0938 or online athttps://customerservice.southerncompany.com/Outage/Service.aspx To track Georgia Power restoration efforts, check out the Georgia Power outage map.Not a Georgia Power customer? Check this list of power companies in Georgia for more information: How to stay safe during a lightning storm Central Georgia EMC To … [Read more...] about How to report a power outage to Georgia Power
In Scotland the weather changes pretty quickly, and it can be difficult to tell just what Mother Nature has in store for us. It is therefore important to know exactly what to do if you find yourself stuck in a thunderstorm. Lightning strikes the ground in Britain 300,000 times a year - and anyone who heads out to the hills or golf course must consider any risks. Although there is no absolute protection from lightning, measures can be taken to reduce the risk of getting struck and the severity of the injury, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents states. Between 30 and 60 people are struck by lightning each year, with around three of these being fatal strikes. There are three different ways you can be struck by lightning, so it's important to stay safe at all times. You can be directly struck - this is when the lightning hits you and goes to earth through you. A side flash is when the lightning hits another object and jumps sideways to hit you. And a ground strike is when … [Read more...] about How to stay safe during a thunder and lightning storm
On Sunday, the inevitable happened: An autonomous vehicle struck and killed someone. In Arizona, a woman police identified as Elaine Herzberg was crossing the street with her bicycle when a self-driving Uber SUV smashed into her.Tempe police reported in their preliminary investigation that the vehicle was traveling at 40 miles per hour. Uber has suspended its self-driving car program in response.This is the second death in the United States caused by a self-driving car, and it’s believed to be the first to involve a pedestrian. It’s not the first accident this year, nor is this the first time that a self-driving Uber has caused a major vehicle accident in Tempe: In March 2017, a self-driving Uber SUV crashed into one other car and flipped over on the highway.* As the National Transportation Safety Board opens an inquiry into the latest crash, it’s a good time for a critical review of the technical literature of self-driving cars. This literature reveals that … [Read more...] about Self-Driving Cars Still Don’t Know How to See