Local lightning detection company prepares for monsoon
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With monsoon right around the corner, it might shock you to learn the guys who keep track of the most electrifying part of the storms are right here in southeastern Arizona.
Lightning is one of nature's most impressive and deadly forces. Working alongside scientists at the University of Arizona, the Vaisala company figures out new ways to detect the dangerous discharges, and keep you safe.
"Our information goes to research scientists that develop a better understanding of our atmosphere," said CEO Scott Sternberg. "The government also uses it quite extensively in operational capacities."
KGUN9 viewers also depend on the lightning detection to track storms online and on air; and that can literally mean the difference between life and death since lightning is still one of nature's deadliest forces according to Meteorologist Ken Drozd.
"Because of some of the campaigns that have gone on over the past several years, [lightning victims] have gone down somewhat, but we still need to be diligent and remember the basic safety rules for lightning," said Drozd.
On Tuesday, scientists at Vaisala had been tracking nearly 2-million lightning strikes globally within 24 hours-- they say in the summer, that number spikes to nearly 6 million in a day.