Lightning Safety

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Here in Montana we can get some massive thunderstorms during the late spring and summer months.

Lightning Safety

Here in Montana we can get some massive thunderstorms during the late spring and summer months.

In fact, our first severe thunderstorm warning was issued last week near Glasgow.

As much as these storms can be an awesome sight to see, they also pose a dangerous threat.

Thunderstorms produce lightning that can strike at roughly 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is over 160 times the temperature at which you cook your Thanksgiving turkey.

Lightning itself though can strike up to 10 miles away from the center of the storm and unlike the popular myth, it can hit the same location multiple times.

So when you are trying to find your safe spot, indoors is always your best choice, while under a tree should never be an option, as it can act like a giant lightning rod.

I am here at Centennial Park in Helena, which is a great place to kick the soccer ball around, unfortunately this is actually a danger zone as all this open space, makes you the largest target around.

So when thunder roars, go indoors. It's the safest thing to do and it may just allow you to play another day at the park.

And now you're a little bit more weather wise.

Story by AUSTIN WINFIELD, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Collision Pro of Helena.
Copyright ©2014 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.

 

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