Earth from Orbit: When Lightning Strikes

8/18/2022 9:08:00 PM

Lightning is a major public safety threat. It can strike at any time, but it is most common in the summer months.

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DidYouKnow that lightning kills about 20 people each year in the U.S. and injures hundreds more? In this week's EarthFromOrbit, learn how NOAA satellites and AI technology are working to help keep people safe.

Lightning is a major public safety threat. It can strike at any time, but it is most common in the summer months.

.Recent severe thunderstorm activity has highlighted the dangers associated with lightning strikes. In the span of less than a week in early August, lightning led to several injuries and fatalities.On Aug. 2,a Boston man was killed by lightning while on a backpacking trip in Wyoming

, while another man was injured in the same incident.Three people died and another was critically injured as a result of a lightning strike on Aug. 4 in Lafayette Square, the public park next to the White House in Washington D.C.On Aug. 6, lightning sparked a large fire among oil storage tanks in the Cuban city of Matanzas

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Lightning kills about 20 people each year in the United States and hundreds more are injured .Amber Escudero-Kontostathis says she turned 28 years old on the day she was struck.Strangers huddled together under a tree.August 17, 2022 "Any storms that develop would be capable of creating dry lightning as the lower levels above the marine inversion remain dry,"  the weather service said.

Recent severe thunderstorm activity has highlighted the dangers associated with lightning strikes. In the span of less than a week in early August, lightning led to several injuries and fatalities. Instead, she tells FOX 5 that her heart stopped more than once. On Aug. They bonded over the Muellers’ home state of Wisconsin, where Escudero-Kontostathis had recently traveled for a family reunion, and the joys of visiting the Green Bay Packers stadium, Escudero-Kontostathis recalled. 2, a Boston man was killed by lightning while on a backpacking trip in Wyoming , while another man was injured in the same incident. Just really appreciating every moment, every interaction because you really don’t know when it's going to be your last one. Three people died and another was critically injured as a result of a lightning strike on Aug."Temperatures return to near normal values by the upcoming weekend.

4 in Lafayette Square , the public park next to the White House in Washington D. The lightning strike killed a 29-year-old bank vice-president from California and an elderly couple from Wisconsin visiting D. The next thing she knew, Escudero-Kontostathis said, she was lying in a hospital bed, with IVs puncturing her body.C. On Aug. to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary. 6, lightning sparked a large fire among oil storage tanks in the Cuban city of Matanzas , leading to multiple deaths and more than 100 injuries. Somehow, she was still alive. NOAA’s GOES-16 (GOES-East) and GOES-17(GOES-West) satellites carry a Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), which detects and maps total lightning — in-cloud, cloud-to-cloud, and cloud-to-ground — continuously over the Americas and adjacent ocean regions. She is sharing her experience now hoping it will bring more awareness. Create your free account or log in for more features.

GLM is the first instrument of its kind in geostationary orbit and has revolutionized lightning detection. Lightning is a significant threat to life and property, and particularly hazardous for those working outdoors and participating in recreational activities. Escudero-Kontostathis tells FOX 5 she works as the Director for the International Rescue Committee, a group that helps refugees. Escudero-Kontostathis said she cannot remember the minutes before the strike, but she worries that she motioned for the Muellers to join her under a tree to seek shelter from the rain. GLM data provides awareness of local lightning conditions and promotes better lightning safety decisions, leading to fewer lightning-related injuries and deaths. In large, long-lived storm systems, lightning may travel hundreds of miles before striking the ground. There’s not much there to seek shelter under, so Escudero-Kontostathis says she would regularly go to the trees seeking cover from the sun, rain and snow. GLM can show forecasters areas far from the main line of storms where the risk of lightning strikes to the ground presents a public safety hazard. It’s my biggest fear, that it’s because I wanted to say ‘Hi’ one more time before they left.

GLM data are also freely available, providing broad access to lightning information, helping people make more informed safety decisions. 4, Escudero-Kontostathis was one of four people severely injured when lightning hit a tree in the park that the group was standing under for shelter. GLM can not only detect current lightning activity, but its data, along with data from the GOES-16 and GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), can also help predict the occurrence of lightning in the future. Scientists are using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict where GLM will observe lightning. She said they revived her twice. “I have this guilt of, ‘Why did I make it?’ ” she said. To accomplish this, a sophisticated machine-learning algorithm was trained, using GLM data, to recognize complex patterns in ABI imagery that often precede lightning activity. This AI model, called ProbSevere LightningCast , predicts where lightning is most likely to occur even before precipitation forms. READ MORE: DC lightning strike survivor recovering; friends, family post update on condition The survivor recently got to meet her heroes.

It also indicates where lightning remains a threat in storms with intermittent lightning activity and helps determine when the threat from lightning is diminishing. It was Escudero-Kontostathis’s 28th birthday, and it was nearing time for her birthday dinner at the Hamilton when the storm rolled in. The AI tool can accurately predict lightning up to 60 minutes before the first observation of lightning flashes. They didn’t know if you know – I had no idea electricity like that, lightning, can move through the ground. Clear predictive signals often emerge before rain forms, ahead of weather radar signals. During the last few months, LightningCast was evaluated in real-time by National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters within several NOAA testbeds. " It’s just hyper, you know, appreciative I guess, and it makes the slow process of healing really frustrating for me. that day, she declined a call from her sister-in-law and nieces, who wanted to wish her a happy birthday. Forecasters gave very favorable feedback, saying LightningCast often provides actionable lead time to lightning initiation ("first strike"), aids in NWS impact-based decision support services to partners, and provides situational awareness for nowcasting thunderstorms.

Numerous NWS forecast offices are currently using the experimental LightningCast guidance routinely during forecasting operations. I have to take time off and take things slow when I’m not used to doing that generally, but with this experience, I just want to go full force and do it all and live it large and hard every day," she added. LightningCast was also used by the NWS in Birmingham, Alabama, during the World Games this July to aid in decision support to the games' organizers, who postponed several events due to lightning. “Went from feeling like 105° all day (literally based on my weather app) and now here comes thunder,” she texted her sister-in-law, adding a laugh-crying emoji. The advanced data provided by GOES-16 and GOES-17 allow for new and innovative applications. The 28-year-old does have a serious recovery process ahead. Not only is the satellite data useful for depicting current weather conditions and aiding in warnings, but it is also critical for predicting hazardous conditions in the future. The LightningCast tool demonstrates a new way to use satellite data to help keep us informed and stay safe. She tells FOX 5 it’s very painful having to scrub the burns with Dial soap and gauze each day to make sure there’s no infection. “It shook the whole area,” an eyewitness told The Post.

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