National Lightning Safety Council

Bill Roeder
William (Bill) Roeder

Lightning Safety Specialist
National Lightning Safety Council

Mr. Bill Roeder was a meteorologist with the U.S. Air Force from 1980 to 2021. He retired in 2021. He has supported America’s space program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and NASA Kennedy Space Center since 1993. Bill became a staunch advocate for lightning safety public education after participating in the Lightning Safety Group meeting in 1998. His main contribution to lightning safety has been advocacy and communication, including drafting slogans such as ‘When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!’ Bill helped found NOAA’s national Lightning Safety Awareness Week in 2001 and continues to contribute to that event. He wrote the lightning safety policy statements for the American Meteorology Society and National Weather Association, published many articles on the topic, and has appeared on several television shows like Discovery Channel. His articles on ‘Lessons Learned in Communicating Lightning Safety Effectively’ and ‘Pernicious Lightning Myths’ are frequently cited. He has spoken to hundreds of groups on lightning safety. Bill’s scientific contributions to lightning safety include evaluating the effectiveness of outdoor risk reduction, modeling the expected number of lightning deaths by date and year in the U.S., mapping the risk of lightning fatalities, and suggesting a possible 5th mechanism for lightning casualty. Bill has a M.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences, a B.S. in meteorology, and a B.S. in physics.

A short interview with Bill Roeder