We’ve all been there before: You’re enjoying your favorite outdoor activity in the beautiful summer sun. Above you there’s not a cloud in the sky… for now. Fun activities like enjoying a baseball game, throwing a Frisbee in the park or even building a sand castle on the beach can turn scary in the blink of an eye. You scramble to the nearest shelter before the rain (and lightning) comes down. More often than not, the warning boom of thunder comes too late to take cover.
Lightning accounts for hundreds of injuries each year; some of which are fatal. The scariest part is that lightning can seemingly strike out of nowhere—no thunder or raindrops necessary.
The best way to protect yourself is to be prepared before lightning strikes. You can Know Before with Spark™ on the WeatherBug App. Spark turns your smartphone into your personal lightning detector and safety status indicator.
Lightning can be a wonder to see, but did you know that 80% of all lightning activity is in-cloud? That means even when you see lightning strikes it is just a small fraction of the electricity shooting back and forth in the clouds above you.
In-cloud lightning is a leading indicator for dangerous weather conditions. Spark tracks this lightning activity and alerts users when lightning approaches within an unsafe distance — so you can seek shelter now, even when everything seems fine.
So the next time you’re enjoying the beautiful summer weather Play it Safe and know where lightning strikes are — before they become a threat to you. You can download the free WeatherBug App in the Apple App store and Google Play. Enjoy your summer and stay safe out there!