This series of weekly blogs will provide information on the basic physical characteristics of lightning: the formation and types of lightning strikes.
It will give tips on how to estimate how far the lightning flash is from your location and on what to do in a thunderstorm to protect human lives and property from this destructive force of nature.
Intensive sunshine and severe thunderstorms during hot summers, extended rainfall during mild winters – this is what to expect when the effect of climate change become evident.
Lightning Facts in the United Kingdom
About 300,000 lightning strikes hit the ground in Britain each year with 30% of reported lightning strikes causing severe damage.
Severe thunderstorms pose a threat to human lives and cause damage to buildings and infrastructure:
- hail destroys roofs, inter gardens and cars,
- Lightning strikes cause fire or surge damage to electrical devices and systems.
- Surges may occur even if lightning does not strike in the immediate vicinity.
In June 2012, the Telegraph reported that “Britain was hit by a record amount of lightning strikes during the freak thunderstorms that battered the country that week.”
The Met Office reported that “a record 110,000 lightning bolts were recorded across the UK that week, with more than 200 strikes recorded every minute at the peak of the activity.”
Source: The Telegraph
GreyMatters exists to protect “life” from the harmful effects of lightning and electrical systems.
In view of the increasingly unpredictable weather trends, which include the increase in lightning activity, this objective is more relevant than ever before.
Reference: DEHN + SOHNE (2012) “When Lightning Strikes, What to do during a Thunderstorm”