The Dangers of Dry Lightning
By its very name, dry lightning seems like an impossibility. The vast majority of lightning is accompanied by a rainstorm of some kind. But also as its name suggests, dry lighting is the exact opposite of its storm counterpart. Dry lightning is cloud-to-ground lightning without any accompanied rainfall nearby. This type of lightning can be even more dangerous because the other signs of a storm, such as rain and wind are not present to provide a natural warning. In response to this unusual phenomenon, The Weather Channel has a list of early warning signs you can use to know when to get to a safe location;
- Dry lightning is most common during the hot summer months
- Upon hearing the sound of thunder, always take shelter whether or not there is any rain
- If you see dark clouds rolling in, be ready to go inside quickly
- Make sure you know the daily forecast so you can be aware of what could be coming and when
- Pay attention to warning sirens and lights
- If the wind picks up significantly, check the sky for dark clouds
Dry lightning is so dangerous because it can strike with far less warning than lightning in a thunderstorm. And its warning signs are equally as subtle if you aren’t looking for them. So it’s critical that whenever you see conditions that are not ideal, you make sure you know what to do should dry lightning become a factor. So, learn the warning signs and be ready if you hear that thunder rumble.
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