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Washington Thunder toll increases to 3. Experts look at climate warnings

Scientists say climate change across the United States after a lightning strike in a square near the White House killed three and another. States that the possibility of lightning strikes is increasing. We are in a critical situation.

The hot and humid conditions in the US capital on Thursday were ready for electricity. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures peaked at 34 degrees Celsius, 3 degrees Celsius higher than the normal 30-year maximum on August 4.

More heat can draw more water into the atmosphere, but at the same time promotes a rapid updraft, two important factors in the charged particles that lead to lightning. .. A major study published in the journalSciencein 2014 found that the number of lightning strikes in the United States could increase by 50% during this century, leading to a 12% increase in 1C warming. Is warned. Number of lightning strikes.

In rapidly warming Alaska, the coolness of the 1980s has increased lightning activity by 17%. And, typically in dry California, the siege of 14,000 lightning strikes in August 2020 caused some of the state's largest wildfires on record.

There is evidence of lightning strikes in India and Brazil as well as in the United States.

Bolts rarely hit people

However, even with increased lightning strikes, it is very rare in the United States to be hit by lightning strikes. The house says. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 40 million lightning bolts land in the United States each year and can be hit in less than one millionth.

About 90% of those hit have survived the challenges, the CDC said. The country counted 444 deaths from lightning strikes between 2006 and 2021.

Two men and two women were not so lucky with Bolt when they visited Lafayette Square in Washington on Thursday, just north of the White House. A fierce afternoon I hit the ground during a thunderstorm.

Thunder strikes near trees a few meters from the fence surrounding the presidential residence and the office opposite the square, often crowded with visitors, especially during the summer months.

All four victims were injured and taken to a local hospital. Two people, James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, from Janesville, Wisconsin, died later, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.

"We are saddened by the tragic loss of life," the White House said in a statement on Friday. "Our heart is in the family who lost their loved ones, and we pray for those who are still fighting for their lives."

Late Friday The Metropolitan Police Department said a third victim, a 29-year-old man, had been sentenced to death. Victim details were withheld until the person's family was notified.

Most strikes occur in the summer, as lightning often requires heat and humidity. In the United States, most people are killed by lightning in the populous subtropical state of Florida.