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When lightning strikes: bolting down the facts & fiction

, : When lightning strikes: bolting down the facts & fiction. Jems 34(4): 36-8, 40

MYTH: There's no danger from lightning until the rain starts. FACT: Lightning often precedes the storm by up to 10 miles. A reasonable guideline is the "30-30 rule," by which you count the seconds between the flash and the thunder. If the time span is less than 30 seconds, seek shelter. Additionally, wait a full 30 minutes from last lightning flash to resume outdoor activities.


PMID: 19345842

DOI: 10.1016/S0197-2510(09)70100-7

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