The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention warn everyone to stay out of the shower and bath during stormy weather.
I was always told to stay away from swimming pools, ponds, lakes and the ocean during thunderstorms, but I never knew the shower and bath tub were dangerous in my home when there is thunder and lightning. According to an article by Douglas Jones on the Channel 13 Action News website, public health officials are warning us all to stay away from plumbing and running water when there is a risk of lightning during stormy weather.
We all know lightning in dangerous. Sure, getting drenched by rain during a thunderstorm can be very uncomfortable, but not as painful, or possibly deadly, as getting hit by a bolt of lightning. Per Jones’s article on KTNV.com, the National Weather Service states that “the heat around a bolt of lightning can get up to around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, or five times hotter than the sun’s surface.” Ouch!!!
Although we do not get a lot of rain here in the Las Vegas valley, we certainly do see our share of lightning, especially during the summer months and the annual “monsoon season.” We experienced a wetter than normal monsoon season this year, but regardless of how much rain may fall, the CDC and National Weather Service urge us all to refrain from taking a shower, bath, washing the dishes, and washing our hands when we hear thunder or know there is lightning in our area. It may be a bit inconvenient, but that advice could save your life.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.
How Weather Has Shaped Human History, What You May Not Know
The weather has influenced significant events throughout human history, whether forced migration or the course of a war.
Sometimes these events are tied to climate change, other times they represent anomalies that affected the future of air travel or launched eras of famine and disease. In the forthcoming list, Stacker examines dozens of ways weather has shaped human history, drawing on historical documents, newspaper articles, first-person accounts, and documented weather events.
Chinese scientist Shen Kuo was the first person to study climate. In his 1088 “Dream Pool Essays,” he ponders climate change after finding petrified bamboo in a habitat that wouldn’t support such growth in his lifetime. Since then, inventions and technological advances have allowed people to track the weather over time and, in some instances, even control it.
Around 1602, Galileo was the first to conceptualize a thermometer that could quantify temperature, allowing people to track changes in heat. The air conditioner made its first appearance in 1902; and in 1974 the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a classified briefing on the results of Operation Popeye, a five-year cloud-seeding experiment designed to lengthen Vietnam’s monsoon season, destabilize enemy forces there, and allow the U.S. to win the war.
But far more often than humanity seeks to control the weather, the weather does the controlling.
While weather refers to short-term atmospheric conditions (think of a forecast for how sunny and warm it will be next week), climate refers to long-term changes in overall weather trends over time (decades or hundreds of years). The two are impacted by each other. Climate change affects the severity and frequency of weather events, and the costs of extreme weather events rise as the effects of climate change become more apparent. With increased technology allowing for the tracking of weather trends over time and the anticipation and identification of potential weather hazards, people have been able to avert and prepare for some of nature’s wildest expressions.