JUNE is National Safety Month – That includes weather safety.

That includes National Lightning safety week, the last week in June.

“Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills an average of 49 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured.” 

National Weather Service


The foundation of the NIMBUS™ system is a multi-microprocessor architecture, which uses direct-to-digital detection of lightning waveforms. This high-resolution data is then analyzed by the NIMBUS™ software to categorize cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-cloud, and positive polarity lightning events.
In turn, this data is converted into active storm models that can track the approach of thunderstorms and squall lines, and display this information in the form of messages that translate speed and distance measurements into time for the user.
A key proprietary feature of the NIMBUS™ software is the ability to detect and identify fast-transient weather events that are the signatures of the most dangerous types of storm activity.

NIMBUS™ technology is direct real-time detection of localized fast-developing weather conditions, providing a level of weather data to users that is difficult or impossible to get from standard weather information sources.
The lack of accurate, real-time local storm information right now is primarily because the National Weather Radar system is designed to detect much larger weather events covering state-wide areas. The signatures of the most dangerous forms of storm activity, such as tornados, develop rapidly and on a much smaller scale (several thousand meters or less) than what is normally detected on the large-scale radar systems.

These fast-developing, severe-weather situations involving thunderstorms, squall-lines, and tornados represent the greatest loss of life and liability to commerce, industry, and government.

Lightning Photo courtesy of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Collection

For more lightning safety resources: Lightning safety NOAA