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On the Job: Ron Holle

Lightning Injury Expert

Ron Holle has spent the past 20 years trying to understand the demographics of lightning injuries and deaths and educating people on lightning safety. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He is a recipient of the Dr. T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award from the National Weather Association and the National Lightning Safety Institute's Lightning Safety Award for an Individual in the United States. He has his bachelor's and master's degrees in meteorology from Florida State University, and today he works as a meteorological consultant for Vaisala, Inc., a commercial provider of meteorological and environmental data.

What do you do at Vaisala?

My main focus here is working with data from the national lightning detection network, NLDN, which is owned and operated by Vaisala. I help various groups around the country understand how to use the data. Questions come up about how the data were collected, how we can interpret them, whether or not something is usual or unusual, or things like what kind of storms produce positive flashes, and so on.

KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.

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