A message from our President:

It Starts with a Spark!

Paul Schlatter, 2019 NWA President

Welcome to summer! With the arrival of summer comes an increase in thunderstorm activity, as well as an increase in people participating in outdoor activities. My neighborhood pool in Arvada, Colorado, opened May 25 after 5 inches of snow fell four days prior, and between then and Labor Day there will be many lightning delays or closures (which is great in the name of safety). It is thus not a surprise that we focus on lightning safety efforts during National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 23–29. This June edition of the NWA newsletter focuses on lightning and lightning safety.

As most of you are aware, lightning is a sudden and violent electrostatic discharge--a spark--with enough power (~30,000 amps) and heat (~30,000 degrees Celsius) to start fires, fry electronics, and kill people. In Colorado where I live, lightning has been the number one weather related killer over the past 15 years with an average of 1.7 deaths per year. I have had several close calls with lightning strikes over my 42 years of existence, and I’d like to share two of them.


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"Pay it Forward"


September 7-12, 2019

Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama


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  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 7 March 2019
  • Oral and Poster Presenters Notified: mid-April 2019
  • Preliminary Agenda Posted Online: early Summer 2019
  • 2019 NWA Annual Meeting: 7-12 September 2019

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