When Thunder Roars


Howard County has initiated a new weather safety program called “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”.


The program is intended to reinforce a very simple concept concerning lightening safety. If you can hear thunder, dangerous lightening is nearby and you should seek shelter.

The program involves the simplest of technologies, your ears and your brain. If you hear thunder you could become a lightening statistic. An average of nearly 60 people are killed each year and 300 injured by lightening.

Howard County will be placing signs at county parks, schools and other public places as a reminder that the sound of thunder is the warning to seek shelter. This initiative is the first of its’ kind in the nation.

Rob Roblin will have a story on this during the Wednesday evening newscasts. Be watching.

Rob ¬†Roblin produced a story on the Howard County effort and you can view it on the video section of wbaltv.com. Click on this link…… http://www.wbaltv.com/video/index.html and then click “Local” to find the story.

Below is a quick overview on lightening safety from NOAA.

LighteningjJohn Collins


2 Responses

  1. I’ve always waited until I’ve seen lightning to get inside. Now I will react to thunder. We need to get this information everywhere. Thanks to Howard County for the safety tip. Looks like it might come in handy all week.

  2. After many years of watching thunderstorms here, it seems the lightning is first & the thunder second. I remember being told to count the seconds between seeing the lightning & hearing the thunder as this would indicate the distance to the storm.

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