July is the peak month for Lightning damage

July is the peak month for Lightning damageJuly is the peak month for Lightning damage.Photo Cornelius Poppe / SCANPIX

Summer is the peak season for lightning, and a third of the annual lightning strikes in Norway takes place in July. The municipalities Lørenskog and Nes in Romerike experience  the most lightning.

The month of July has so far been characterized by on and off rain and much changing weather in eastern Norway.  Also, in July there is also the  most lightning and thunder. More than a third of  lightning strikes in July.

This week there is a chance of thunderstorms, especially in eastern Norway.

-There is quite high thunder indexes on Monday with a high probability of thunderstorms in eastern Norway. Tuesday, the same applies, and perhaps Wednesday as well. It is not so unusual that this kind of weather occurs in the summer, explains state meteorologist Bente Wahl.

There are also eastern municipalities experiencing more thunderstorms during the summer months. As many as five of the ten municipalities in Norway have the highest amounts of lightning. There is more lightning in Romerike, according to figures compiled by Statnett and Meteorological Institute.

– Municipalities with greatest lightning are located mostly in the southern part of the central eastern Norway. Here we have inland climate with hot summers that provide good conditions for the accumulation of cumulonimbus clouds and thunderstorms, explains Laila Fodnes Sidselrud, senior advisor at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

– Easy to avoid

So far this year there has been 28,000 recorded lightning strikes, and have been registered over 700 injuries as a result. During last year There were 7137 that reported lightning damage.

30 percent of respondents in a new survey YouGov conducted for insurance have experienced there electronic equipment being destroyed by lightning. There are modems and routers that are most susceptible to damage by lightning.

– TV and PC are also high on the list of things which are destroyed in a storm. It is easier to avoid such injuries than I think many people realize, says Emma Elisabeth Vennesland, Deputy Director of If.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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