Amazing videos of lightning striking the ground

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.

This video (above) was shot in North Jackson, Tennessee on September 10, 2013. This video was recorded by Philip S. As you can tell in the video, lightning strikes in the upper left hand corner. Amazing footage that shows how dangerous lightning can truly be.

In this video, lightning strikes several yards away at the Orlando University High School football game as the marching band continues to play their show. The most surprising part of this video is that the marching band does not budge and continues to perform while everyone screams and runs away. If I were the band’s drum major, I would have stopped the show and told the band to leave!

Lightning fatalities (so far) for each state in the United States in 2013. Image Credit: NOAA
Lightning fatalities (so far) for each state in the United States in 2013. Image Credit: NOAA

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!

September 18, 2013

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