• Every year more then 500 people are struck by lightning in the U.S. alone.
  • Lightning kills an average of 51 people per year in the U.S.
  • Approximately 90% of lightning victims in the U.S. survive a lightning strike.
  • Approximately 240,000 people world-wide are injured by lightning.
  • Florida leads the U.S. in lightning victims.
  • People fishing, boating, swimming and camping are most at risk.
  • The average lightning bolt carried 500 megajoules of energy. Enough to instantly boil 250 gallons of water.
  • An average lightning bolt will heat the air it zips thru to 5 times the surface temperature of the sun.
  • 10% of lightning strikes are “cloud to ground”.
  • 90% of lightning strikes are “cloud to cloud”. “Cloud to cloud” is the precursor to “cloud to ground” strikes.
  • A “cloud to ground” lightning bolt can strike from 12 to 15 miles away.
  • There are two types of lightning strikes, a “direct strike”, or a “side flash”.
  • Direct Strikes are a direct lightning bolt from “cloud to ground.” Which are more deadly.
  • Side Flash or “Splash” is when lightning leaps from one grounded object to another. Which make up 20% to 30% of all lightning strikes. Example: Building to a person, tree to a cow or person to a person which typically occur within 12 feet.
  • Roy Cleveland, a park ranger at the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has been struck by lightning and survived a record of 7 times between 1942 and 1977.

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