Lightning Rod Protection in the State of Iowa
Spring is the severe weather season in Iowa. On average, the state sees 50 days of thunderstorms annually bringing an average of 35″ — 40″ of rainfall in the South East portion of the state and 25″ —30″ in the North West portion of Iowa. The state also sees on average 609,474 cloud to ground lightning strikes which equates to 10.8 per square mile.
In the past 50 years, lightning has killed 52 people (4 in the last 10 years) in Iowa and injured 162. The best way to avoid personal injury from lightning is to study the sky, follow the weather report and if a storm approaches, get to a substantial building and wait 30 minutes until the last clap of thunder before resuming activities.
KLP offers a full line of UL Listed Lightning Protection System Materials that meet or exceed the criteria set forth by UL96A, NFPA 780 and LPI-175. Give us a call today at 800 370 5886 to see how we can assist you in the design, installation, maintenance and inspection of your system.
December 10, 2014: a lightning strike was caught on camera by a storm chaser near Denison, Iowa in this video (FF to 30 seconds).