Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for July 15, 2014

Statistically, nearly 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning hits occur each year. The yearly average reflects 52 people killed each year from direct or near hits. Lightning can strike within ten miles of a thunderstorm. After completing some chores and assignments Sunday evening I decided to adhere to my exercise schedule by taking a “run” through the neighborhood on my usual route. It normally takes me 37 minutes to complete the 3.8 mile jaunt and at the half-way point, I heard the distant rumble of thunder. Within another five minutes the strong, comfortable showers erupted, cooling me down. I even opened up my mouth for a few refreshing drops. I have mentioned many times, “when you hear the thunder, get indoors.” I made it home in time.