Lightning is a powerful force and has been responsible for 21 deaths in the United States in 2013. Lightning can happen anywhere, and it is best to stay inside while a storm pushes through. Here are some amazing videos posted this past week showing that lightning is very dangerous.
Did you know that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities? In fact, the number one activity that resulted in the most deaths (26) was fishing.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
“Of the 152 deaths associated with leisure activities, fishing is followed by camping (15 deaths), boating (14 deaths), soccer (12 deaths) and golf (8 deaths). The remaining 77 people were struck by lightning while participating in a number of other leisure activities like enjoying the beach, swimming, walking and running, riding recreational vehicles, and picnicking or relaxing in their yard. Between 2006 and 2012, 82 percent of people killed by lightning were male.”
With that in mind, when thunder roars, go indoors! It is an easy rule to keep you safe from harms way.
Bottom line: Two amazing videos were released via youtube this past week showing the true power of lightning as it strikes an object. It is important to go inside when you hear thunder. When thunder roars, go indoors!
Matt Daniel is Meteorologist for WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama. A self-described "big weather and music geek," Matt has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.