Mon June 24, 2013
Earth Calendar for June 24th and June 25th
Summer is a great time to be outside. Warm weather compels us to run, swim and hike, and the long hours of sunlight provide ample time to enjoy this most active of seasons.
Summer is also prime time for thunderstorms, which produce lightning, among other potentially dangerous hazards. June 23rd through June 29th is Lightning Safety Awareness Week! Lightning occurs in ALL thunderstorms and it is estimated that over 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year in the United States.Every year, lightning causes forest, grass and house fires across the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, lightning caused an average of 24,600 fires resulting in 407 million dollars in damages annually from 2004-2008. Wildfires started by lightning burn on average 5.5 million acres each year.Kentucky and Ohio see an average of 40 to 50 thunderstorm days per year. Learn more about lightning development, safety, and science at NOAA’s Lightning Safety webpage.
On Our Calendar: The Cincinnati Parks Board and Duke Energy have recently unveiled 4 new electric and plug-in hybrid car charging stations at Sawyer Point. The public charging stations are FREE with regular paid parking. The 4 charging stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis to drivers of plug-in vehicles, 7 days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The public charging stations located at Sawyer Point are the first publicly owned free charging stations in Cincinnati.For additional information please visit the website.