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Best Shelter Recommendations When Caught in a Storm

Source: National Lightning Safety Institute

Though no place is absolutely safe from lightning, some places are safer than others.  Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance.  Seek safe shelter immediately.

If caught outside:

·       Seek shelter in a large enclosed building (not a picnic shelter or shed)

·       Another safe location is an enclosed metal vehicle, car, truck, or van (but not a convertible, bike, or other topless or soft top vehicle). Remain in the vehicle for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last sound of thunder

·       Don’t touch the metal of the vehicle if struck

·       Do NOT seek shelter under partially enclosed buildings

·       Stay away from tall isolated objects (like trees)

·       Stay away from all water sources (pools, hot tubs, water/feeding troughs)

·       Stay off porches

·       Do not go into dog houses (or let your pets go in their dog house)

·       Pets chained to trees or any sort of metal can easily fall victim to a lightning strike

·       Lightning is likely to strike the tallest objects in a given area – you should not be the tallest object

·       If you are on an open field and there are no structures or vehicles nearby, lay down as flat as you can in the lowest spot you can find (a ravine or earth indentation for example)

·       Avoid isolated tall trees, hilltops, utility poles, cell phone towers, cranes, large equipment, ladders, scaffolding, or rooftops

·       Retreat to dense areas of smaller trees that are surrounded by taller trees, or retreat to low-lying areas (valleys, ditches) but watch for flooding

If you are indoors:

·       Inside of buildings, stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity

·       Stay away from plumbing (it probably is holding water which conducts)

·       Stay away from windows and doors. Metal windows and door frames are lightning conductors and pose a threat

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Now you can get your INO Weather Pro™ on Amazon

Millions of people love to order products from Amazon everyday.  Now you can get your INO Weather Pro from there too!  INO Technologies has opened a store on Amazon and you can order your Weather Pro today.  Take advantage of their easy to use shopping, checkout, and payment options.  And for a limited time you can get the introductory pricing of $447 USD.  Hurry, because this pricing won’t last long.

 

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INO Weather Pro™ Demonstration Video

We put together a demonstration video of the Weather Pro to show how easy it is to use and demonstrate all the features.

 

 

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Measuring the Affects of Weather on Your Business

We analyze many different statistics to help us run our businesses more efficiently and effectively. But how often do we measure the weather and determine its impact on our businesses? For those whose primary business is outdoors, using an effective weather monitor can save a lot of money. Knowing whether the temperature is in the optimal range to pour concrete, or cure an adhesive can mean the difference between a job done right and on time or not. Knowing the heat index can help keep your crew safe in the summer. And lightning is often a difficult condition to monitor but is very important for worker safety and protecting equipment from damage. These factors and more will impact the productivity of your crew and can have both schedule and financial implications.  See what the INO Weather Pro™ can do for your business.

 

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Interesting Facts About Lightning

The majority of lightning strike victims are male. Experts attribute this to the large number of male golfers, football and soccer players, fishermen, roofers, and tall-building construction workers.

The most deaths from lightning occur on Sundays (the most popular day to be out partaking in sporting activities).

Most of us think Oklahoma or Texas is the ‘deadliest’ when it comes to lightning casualties, but in fact it is Florida. Twice as many lightning strikes occur in the Sunshine State than any other state.  The other states in the top 5 are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas based on the number of strikes per square mile according to this Weather Channel article.

More people are killed every year in the United States by lightning than by tornadoes or hurricanes.

INO Technologies reminds you to always play it safe when it comes to storms.  If your local weather meteorologist predicts thunderstorms or severe weather, plan accordingly, and bring your portable INO Weather ProÔ weather monitor with lightning detection with you so you can detect how far away the lightning is.

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Handheld Weather Monitor With Lightning Detection for the Outdoorsy Type

 

Weather monitors have been around for years, but handheld personal weather monitors with lightning detectors are a newer innovation, and proving to be immensely popular with golfers, campers, sports officials, boaters, hunters, hikers, and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

INO Technologies is bringing a lightweight, handheld weather monitor with lightning detection device to the masses with the introduction of their INO Weather Pro™.

Through the marriage of electronics and powerful software, the INO Weather Pro detects and identifies storm activity within 40 miles of your location, giving you important intel on how close lightning really is and working to inform you about lightning in your immediate environment.

The INO Weather Pro works by processing and analyzing distinct waveforms unique to lightning strikes using a patent-pending algorithm. Electromagnetic field emissions from lightning activity within storm cells becomes data that is converted into digital signals that the device’s microprocessor quickly analyzes so it can feed you in-the-moment information on the storm and lightning activity.

The INO Weather Pro’s graphical touch screen display provides visual and auditory feedback of lightning strikes and their distance from the user, temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, dew point, and heat index. It also shows you altitude, which is especially useful for those whose activities take them high up into (and on top of) exposed high elevation mountains and hills.

The INO Weather Pro will be available for purchase now. Click on the links below to purchase or sign up for the INO Technologies newsletter.

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INO Weather Pro™ Now Available to Order!!!

Your INO Weather Pro is ready to order

 

Order your’s today.  The Weather Pro is the only weather monitor on the market today that combines lightning detection with traditional weather measurements.  This handheld, battery powered device can detect lightning strikes up to 40 miles and also gives you temperature, humidity, pressure, heat index, dew point, and altitude.  All this in an easy to use color touchscreen display.

Whether you work or play outdoors, the weather conditions affect all of us.  Know what is happening right where you are.  The INO Weather Pro has all its sensors in the device, so there are no connections to the internet or cellular networks needed to get critical information at your location.  Going hiking in the backcountry, no problem, the Weather Pro can go with you.  Working on a construction site, the Weather Pro will be there all day watching for weather changes.  The internal battery lasts up to 30 hours on a single charge so the Weather Pro will last as long as you do.  Small and lightweight at just 6.6 oz (187 g), the INO Weather Pro is easy to carry.

The first units are rolling off the production line and we will be shipping in the next 4-6 weeks.  Place your order today and we will not charge your credit card or PayPal until we ship it to you.

And don’t forget – we offer a 30 day money back guarantee and a two year warranty.  So you can buy with confidence.

 

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Lightning: Meaning, Origin, and Definition

 

The word lightning originates from the Middle English word lightenen (make bright). Lightning is an adjective (as in lightning strike, lightning speed, lightning bolt). Interestingly, Merriam-Webster provides two definitions of the word, the second being “a sudden stroke of fortune” (don’t tell that to someone who’s been too close for comfort or worse, struck by it).

Early detection of lightning – before it strikes – is one of the best ways to stay safe. Even though a storm may appear far away, it may be fast moving or actually closer than your eye can detect. INO Technologies hand-held weather monitor with lightning detection detects lightning up to 40 miles away!

Lightning is the ‘vivid’ flash of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity from cloud to cloud and sometimes from cloud to ground. The typical jagged bolt is just one kind of lightning. Other types include balls, elves, blue jets, and red sprites.

Scientists and physicists still do not know exactly what triggers lightning, but cosmic rays from outer space could hold the key to unlocking this mystery. In ancient times people considered lightning a divine event and that lightning held mystical powers. The Mayans, Romans, and Hindu believed that mushrooms would grow in places where lightning struck.

A typical lightning bolt contains about 15 million volts of electricity so it’s no wonder that the heat produced by a bolt is an astronomical temperature – easily exceeding 100,000 degrees during a strong storm.

Estimates of deadly lightning strikes worldwide vary from 6,000 to 24,000 annually. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) says that in the U.S., 33 people are killed and an average 234 are injured by lightning strikes annually.

 

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Does Thunder in the Winter Mean Snow?

Weatherlore is an interesting, entertaining, centuries-old way to “predict” the weather, existing long before doppler radars were ever invented. Although most weatherlore is either too specific or too vague to accurately predict what the atmosphere will do. (A groundhog seeing its shadow will tell us when spring arrives? Really?)  Surprisingly, though, much of it tends to have at least a grain of truth.

For example, let’s take a look at this old wives’ tale: “Thunder in winter brings snow in seven days.”

As we know from the phenomenon of thundersnow, thunder and lightning during a snowstorm will indeed create a heavy snowfall. However, how can thunder by itself tell us what the weather will be like a week from now?  It can’t, of course, but the existence of thunder in the winter points to the existence of thunderstorms, and thunderstorms rely on an unstable atmosphere. Typically, this atmosphere will consist of cold air rushing in to displace warm air, so thunderstorms in the winter may indicate that a cold front is moving in. Whether or not that cold front will be followed by a system that produces snow can’t be accurately predicted, so it may be safer to say, “Thunder in winter brings cold weather.”  However, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, for states from the Plains to the East Coast, thunder in the winter will be followed by snow within a week about 70% of the time.

 

Weather Folklore Forecasts — Fact or Fiction?

 

If one weather adage is actually true more often than not, what does that say about other weather tales? Considering 2016 has been one of the warmest years on record and that many states have faced a warmer-than-usual fall season, when can we expect snow? Some of the following weatherlore may hold an answer:

●      If ant hills are high in July, winter will be snowy.

●      If the first week in August is unusually warm, the coming winter will be snowy and long.

●      For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall the following winter.

●      Squirrels gathering nuts in a flurry will cause snow to gather in a hurry.

●      As high as the weeds grow, so will the bank of snow.

●      A green Christmas, a white Easter.

●      A warm October, a cold February.

●      If the first snowfall lands on unfrozen ground, winter will be mild.

●      A halo around the moon means it will rain or snow soon.

●      As many days old as is the moon on the first snow, there will be that many snowfalls by crop planting time.

●      See how high the hornet’s nest, ’twill tell how high the snow will rest.

●      The higher the muskrats’ holes are on the riverbank, the higher the snow will be.

●      Onion skins very thin, mild winter coming in; onion skins thick and tough, coming winter cold and rough.

 

What do you think? Do you find these tales have a grain of truth to them as well?

 

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Thundersnow: A Rare Winter Weather Phenomenon

 

When it rains, it rains. When it snows, it snows. And when it thundersnows, it really snows!

Thundersnow is a weather phenomenon that excites and surprises weather enthusiasts in the winter precisely because it’s so rare. Jim Cantore’s reaction on The Weather Channel sums it up well: “You can have your $500 million jackpot in Powerball, but I’ll take this, baby!”

WARNING – Jim gets pretty excited so be careful your volume isn’t to high!  😉

 

Click Here for Jim Cantore Video

 

The reason thundersnow is such a rare occurrence is because very specific circumstances must be present in the atmosphere to create the kind of instability needed for a thunderstorm to occur. Air close to the ground must be warm enough to clash with the cooler air above, but that same air must still be cold enough to produce snow.

What’s more, when these particular circumstances exist, the process that creates lightning within the cloud will also create a heavier burst of snow, leaving a flash of bright white light in the sky and a thick layer of white on the ground. According to a 30-year study by atmospheric researchers from the University of Missouri, there is an 86 percent chance that at least six inches of snow will fall within 70 miles of the lightning flash.

If It’s Thundersnow, You’ll Want To Know

That same study says thundersnow only occurs about six times each year, and most of those occurrences happen in the Rocky Mountain region and areas near the Great Lakes. For this reason, most people in the U.S. will never experience a thundersnow in their lifetime.

The next time you’re dealing with a snowstorm, you can track any occurrences of this rare winter weather phenomenon with the handheld lightning detector feature of the INO Technology Weather Pro. Any time lightning flashes and strikes the ground, the Weather Pro will alert you and log the event. You might witness more than one flash, like Jim Cantore above, but for your own safety, it’s best to witness this weather event from inside a safe shelter.

As always, safety is a top priority. Most thundersnow lightning travels horizontally through the clouds and doesn’t make contact with the ground, but not all. Lightning strikes are still a possibility, so take precautions by following all lightning safety guidelines. If you’re stuck outside during a thundersnow, INO Technology’s Outdoor Lightning Safety Card can help guide you as you find your safest options to decrease your chances of a lightning strike.  Click here for your own copy of our Outdoor Lightning Safety Card.

 

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