12 Curious Lightning Facts

Friday, October 11th, 2013

  • Florida is the lightning capital of the United States.
  • The top five activities that have the most lightning deaths are fishing, camping, boating, soccer, and golfing.
  • 82 percent of lightning victims are male.
  • 70 percent of lightning strikes are during the months of June, July and August.
  • In the United States, researchers estimate about 22 million lightning flashes strike the ground each year.
  • Lightning can also strike in the winter, during a rare thunder snowstorm.
  • You can survive a lightning strike, but there can be serious complications.
  • American Park Ranger Roy Sullivan has been struck by lightning seven times between 1942 and 1977. He survived them all and earned the nickname the Human Lightning Rod, and also earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • When lightning strikes the sand, the intense heat can melt the sand into a glass-like state called fulgerites.
  • Many cloud-to-ground lightning strikes are forked, which means they have many strike points on the ground.  And once lightning hits the ground, it can spread out over 60 feet from the strike point.
  • Fear of lightning is called keraunophobia.
  • Fear of thunder is called brontophobia.

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12 Curious Lightning Facts References:



The Handy Weather Answer Book, by Walter A. Lyons, Ph.D.


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