Wednesday, March 13th 2019, 5:20 am - Positive lightning accounts for about 5 per cent of all lightning strikes.
California is no stranger to extreme weather -- and the city of San Jose got a healthy dose of it earlier this month.
On Monday, snow and hail coated some roadways, turning one hilly road into a makeshift toboggan lane.
A viral video has emerged, showing people enjoying the snow when suddenly, a large, positive lightning strike occurs, creating a small explosion.
According to Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton, positive lightning strikes only account for about 5 per cent of total strikes but they are more common during the winter months.
Positive lightning strikes, according to Hamilton, are responsible for many of North America's forest fires, and they are more deadly.
INDOOR LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS
- Stay away from windows.
- Unplug appliances.
- Do not use the telephone.
- Avoid running tap water.
OUTDOOR LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS
- Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe).
- Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
- If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.
IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
- Call for help / dial 911.
- The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
- People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
- Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.