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RE: You think your sparks are big...
Original poster: "Jim Lux" <jimlux-at-earthlink-dot-net>
At 07:32 AM 9/17/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>Original poster: "Stephen Mathieson" <sm-at-uwmail-dot-com>
>Awesome pictures Chris. Just remember that even though every dark cloud has
>a silver lining, hundreds of people are killed each year by lightning while
>looking for it.
>Stephen A. Mathieson
Getting a bit off topic, but it has to do with sparks..
Roughly 300 people a year are "hit" by lightning in the US (that report
it). About 113 are reported killed per year. It is generally agreed that
this is an underreport, and the actual number of fatalities is around
150-300/yr. Lightning is the second highest cause of storm related
fatalities, after floods.
Florida accounts for about half the overall deaths. In Florida, men aged
15-19 are most likely to have been killed (roughly 4 times the overall
rate). Lots of thunderstorms, flat terrain, people who go out after the
storm is passed and get hit by a "bolt from the blue". TX has the second
The highest risk (normalized to population) is Wyoming (those wide open
spaces, where you're the only one around to hit), followed by NM, AR, MS,
30% of the deaths are occupationally related (i.e. your job puts you in a
place where you're likely to get hit...tower monkeys, etc.)