Saturday, September 26, 2009

Simple Facts About Lightning

You owe it to yourself to be aware of the possible life threatening dangers of the beauty of nature. Lightning displays during a severe thunderstorm, while visually exciting, can also be extremely dangerous. Here are a few simple facts about lightning you should be aware of because lightning strikes are one of the most awesome and dangerous things in nature.

Simple Facts About Lightning

1.) The fear of lightning is known as keraunophobia.

2.) Approximately 1% of all deaths in the U.S. attributed to lightning are a direct result of people talking on a land line (i.e., corded phone) during a severe thunderstorm.

3.)There are approximately 10,000 forest fires started by lightning strikes each year.

4.) Lightning strikes kill more people than deaths due to tornadoes and hurricanes.

5.) Worldwide there are more than 8 million lightning strikes each and every day.

6.) Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania are the top 3 states for lightning injuries.

7.) Florida, Texas and North Carolina are the top 3 states for deaths due to lightning.

8.) Lightning is the most dangerous thing produced by a severe thunderstorm.

9.) Your odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime is 1 in 5,000.

10.) Approximately 20% of persons struck by lightning die as a result of their injuries.

Staying above the water line!



HermitJim said...

It's pretty from a distance...but I don't want to be anywhere close, thank you very much!

Appreciate the information, my friend!

riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

You're pretty close to a lot of refineries in your area and it's said that they produce a lot of static discharges in the air leading to even more incidents involving lightning. So enjoy the show but safely...from a distance.

RW, Jr. said he couldn't hear any thunder when he was filming it but was still a bit apprehensive while he was filming.

Thanks Jim!


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