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The Science of Lightning – How Does a Strike Occur?

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Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week continues through this Saturday. Today we discuss the science of lightning.

Every thunderstorm produces lightning. Lightning is simply a giant spark that moves within the cloud, between the clouds, or between the cloud and the ground. As lightning passes through the air, it heats the air rapidly to a temperature of about fifty thousand degrees Fahrenheit. This causes a rapid expansion of the air along the lightning channel. This rapid expansion causes a shock wave that we hear as thunder.

Deer, Elk Management Meetings Set

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff is starting work to update big-game management plans in the Gunnison Basin and in the Paonia/North Fork areas. The public is invited to meetings where the planning efforts will be discussed.

At 6:30 p.m., June 27 at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds, 275 S. Spruce St., CPW staff will present information regarding elk management in the West Elk Mountains for Game Management Units 53, 54 and 63.

Colorado Governor Declares Lightning Safety Awareness Week

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the week of June 18-24 as Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week. Lightning strikes the ground in our state over a half million times each year and with many of us participating in outdoor activities, we need to learn how to protect ourselves from lightning hazards.

Lightning is also responsible for about half of the wildfires in Colorado each year. When lightning or other conditions are conducive to a high wildfire threat, the National Weather Service will issue Fire Weather Watches or Red Flag Warnings.

Small Earthquake Near Trinidad Saturday

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The United State Geological Survey recorded a minor earthquake near Trinidad in Las Animas county early Saturday morning.

The quake registered 3.9 on the Richter Scale, and occurred about one mile beneath the surface. It occurred 24 miles west of Trinidad at 12:42 a.m. Two people reported feeling the earthquake. No damage reports have been received.

Summer DUI Enforcement Campaign Underway

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Summer officially arrives Tuesday and, with the start of the season, increased DUI patrols across Colorado have also begun. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies are teaming up to crack down on impaired drivers during The Heat Is On Summer Blitz DUI enforcement period from June 16 through June 26.