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This site from the National Severe Storms Laboratory provides answers to a variety of questions related to lightning and its behavior.  Topics such as what causes lightning and thunder, why there is not very much lightning in the winter, and how lightning can be detected are all addressed.  Also included are descriptions of the six levels of safety and guidelines to stay safe when lightning is around.
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image credit: NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL); image source; larger image This resource was featured by the Physics To Go collection from September 1, 2009 until September 16, 2009. View the feature here!

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lightning, safety, severe weather, static electricity, thunder
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Metadata instance created September 15, 2006 by Ann Deml
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February 13, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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Severe Weather Primer: Lightning, (National Severe Storm Laboratory, Norman), <>.
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Severe Weather Primer: Lightning. (2004, July 4). Retrieved October 18, 2018, from National Severe Storm Laboratory:
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National Severe Storm Laboratory. Severe Weather Primer: Lightning. Norman: National Severe Storm Laboratory, July 4, 2004. (accessed 18 October 2018).
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Severe Weather Primer: Lightning. Norman: National Severe Storm Laboratory. 4 July 2004. 18 Oct. 2018 <>.
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