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National Lightning Detection Network

This is a fee based service I became aware of tonight after 4 individuals were critically injured [two have died] by lightening in Lafayette Park across from the White House. I was on a dog walk about a half hour prior and had a frighteningly close call with a nearby lightening strike. Please do not shelter under trees in these conditions but go indoors or shelter in a concrete structure if one is nearby. Per the Washington Post: “…Chris Vagasky, an analyst for Vaisala, which operates a national lightning network, said in a message that there was a “6 stroke flash near the White House that hit the same point on the ground” at 6:49 p.m. He explained that means six individual surges of electricity hit the same point on the ground within half a second…” This is the climate crisis writ large. The storms and flooding have continued for hours in the DMV. Be safe.

See also Washington Post – What happens when lightning strikes — and how to stay safe. One tip: Never shelter under a tree when there’s lightning

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