LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- People around the globe are coming together to celebrate Earth Day and the campaign's 50th anniversary. The April 22, 1970, observance is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, recognized as the planet's largest civic event.
In honor of Earth Day 2020, the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA) are shining a light on nature's most misunderstood weather peril, by sharing a few facts about lightning and its searing impact on our earth.
An Underrated Weather Hazard
Lightning is the weather hazard that affects most people, most of the time, in most areas of the world. At any given moment, the earth can simultaneously experience as many as 2,000 thunderstorms across the globe. Lightning occurs in all seasons and in every state in the U.S., putting people, property and structures at risk year-round.
Not Just Thunderstorms
A Repeat Offender
Unlike the myth that it never strikes twice in the same place, lightning often zaps the same place repeatedly. Structures like the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and CN Tower are reportedly struck numerous times a year.
Sustainability Driving a Need for Lightning Protection
The growth in lightning protection technology is expected to continue with systems (LPS) increasingly employed for vulnerable structures, including: homes, buildings, medical facilities, schools, military compounds, server buildings, solar farms, energy storage systems and wind turbines. As more and more structures are equipped with sensitive electronics and automated smart systems, the demand for sustainable construction and safety standard-compliant lightning protection systems will continue to increase.
More Lightning-Sparked Fires on the Horizon?
According to a study in ScienceDaily the earth could expect to see a 12% increase in lightning activity associated with forecasted temperature warming. Studies also suggest that lightning increases across the globe could be seen in areas of historically less lightning activity—like the North Pole and regions of reduced atmospheric instability.
Earth Day Network (EDN) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Visit Earth Day 2020 for more information.
The Lightning Protection Institute is a not-for-profit, U.S. group founded in 1955 to promote lightning safety, awareness and education and is a leading resource for lightning protection information and system requirements. Visit the LPI website at www.lightning.org for more information.
The Lightning Safety Alliance is a nonprofit, U.S. league of lightning protection professionals and consumers dedicated to the promotion of lightning protection and lightning safety. Visit the LSA website at www.lightningsafetyalliance.org for more information.
SOURCE Lightning Safety Alliance; Lightning Protection Institute