Three people were rushed to Baystate Medical Center in need of medical attention in Granby, MA Tuesday evening (5/21/13) after they were hit by lightning. A 16 year-old girl was directly struck by lightning at about 5PM while sitting at a picnic table near the MacDuffle School campus after a sudden thunderstorm came up. The two other victims, a 16 and 20 year-old male, were nearby, though not directly hit. There is no word on any of the victims’ conditions at this time.
Lightning is a serious threat that people often overlook… until something happens “too close to home.” It is one of our missions here at WeatherBug to educate you to the dangers of lightning and alert you with Spark (a feature in our mobile apps) when lightning-danger is in your neighborhood so you can Know Before™ and make the safest decisions.
After learning of this unfortunate incident, we looked into our exclusive WeatherBug-Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (TLN) to better understand what happened:
FIRST SIGNS at 4:11 PM – The first in-cloud (magenta) lightning strikes occur 10 miles from the school. We recommend that people seek immediate shelter if lightning is within 10 miles.
4:38 PM – In-cloud and cloud-to-ground (yellow) lightning approaches school – 5 miles now.
4:46 PM – In-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes continue to inch closer to the school – 1 mile now.
4:47-5:00 PM – This shows all the total lightning strikes around the school during the time the injuries occurred.
4:50 PM – The actual cloud-to-ground strike (yellow) that likely caused the injuries is detected less than 250 meters away.
No other weather apps alerted to this danger. No other weather apps have the ability to track total lightning. This is the WeatherBug difference.
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