Lightning Fatalities

August 9th, 2014 at 3:13 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lightning fatalities   Click on the image to enlarge.  This is lightning fatalities from 2006 thru July 2014.  There may be a few here that didn’t get counted.  Note that the ratio of men to women is significant.  Over these 8 1/2 years, 81% of lightning fatalities have been male.   You’ll find a similar ratio in most countries of the world.  I remember playing in a golf tournament at Saskatoon many years ago.  There were a lot of men and women playing as a thunderstorm moved in.  There were numerous close cloud-ground lightning strokes.  Every single women left the course and came back to the clubhouse, as did most of the men…but a significant number of men stayed out on the course…holding up umbrellas and metal golf clubs and pins – most were waiting but a few actually continued to play in the rain.  This National Weather Service article has lots of interesting information and statistics.   There have been 19 fatalities this year.  Florida has the most of any state with 6.  Michigan has one – a man standing under a tree in Pittsfield.  It’s interesting that 3 women have been killed by lightning this year in the U.S.  All three were killed on the same day, July 11 – in 3 different states.  There are more lightning deaths in July than any other month, with June and August tied for 2nd place.

 

63 Responses to “Lightning Fatalities”

  1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I think it is good morning to review the facts!

    1. Another morning with temps in the 50′s!
    2. This past winter was the BEST WINTER EVER!
    3. GR – no 90 degree readings all year! INCREDIBLE!
    4. Water levels are way up!
    5. For GR this summer – well below average temperatures! Imagine that!
    6. matt = fixxxer = totally ignorant!
    7. We are right in the middle of the best summer ever! Who knew?
    8. ROCK n ROLL will never die! I love it!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      1. Fact
      2. Opinion
      3. Fact (To date)
      4. Fact (Sort of, depends on your point of comparison)
      5. Fact (Below, yes. Well below? Argumentative)
      6. Opinion
      7. Opinion
      8. Opinion (But I hope it becomes a fact)

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        I like your comparison.

    2. MichiganWon says:

      Rocky (Rockford) says just yesterday:
      More name calling? Very brilliant commentary! Your ignorance shows no limits! Who knew?

      6 in the morning the very next day and you’re off and running, trying your best to get along with everybody on the blog. You’re simply a pathetic, lonely CLOWN! Get lost bud.

    3. fixxxer says:

      Out of all the people ive seen on this blog you are the most arrogant dips— ive ever seen. Talk about a attention seeker. Do us a favor and go play in a thunderstorm.

    4. matt says:

      Fact is school starts soon he wont on here that much. He will be busy telling lies about his summer vacation

    5. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The fixxxer clones are on the loose! You guys bring so much insight to the blog! Thanks for nothing!

      1. matt says:

        Look at you all grumpy because you have to go back to school.

  2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    News Flash – It may barely break 80 degrees today and it looks like another great day to spend out on the golf course! Get outside people!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Well you fail.

    2. matt says:

      News flash you playing wii golf isnt real golf mooch

  3. Cort S. says:

    I find it interesting the number of different ways a person can get struck by lightning. Direct strikes are actually not the most common.
    http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/struck.htm

  4. Bob So. of Fennville says:

    I know a man in Holland that say’s he has been struck three times. YIKES! The last time it came in through an outlet in the kitchen. I think it was in the late 1960s in Decatur, Illinois, a young female car hop at a Steak N Shake was killed when she started to put the tray on a car side window. Remember car hop’s? I read once that in an area of Africa there has been multiple strikes where in or around the grass huts, due too all the carbon build up from years of cooking fires in the same spot. Bob

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Guess the Lightning can get you just about any place. I always thought you had to be under a tree or have like an umbrella in your hand, seems it’s not safe to even be outside in it ?

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      He needs to start playing the lotto.

  5. Beautiful weather on the boat on Lake Michigan. Catching lots of fish! As well as a spectacular sunrise!

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Catching Perch Kyle ?

      1. Yes getting quite a few right now

        1. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

          Any salmon?

  6. bluebird says:

    who is laura velasques’ replacement? any word yet?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Yes – Ellen Bacca will be joining Storm Team 8 in late September. She is from the Kalamazoo/Portage area and received her Meteorology degree from Valparaiso Univ.

  7. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Finally looks like we could get a decent widespread heavy rain event Monday into Monday night, just what I like to hear, it’s getting way to dry here!

    SHORT TERM…(THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT)
    ISSUED AT 307 PM EDT SAT AUG 9 2014

    THE BIG NEW IS THE SIGNIFICANT RAIN THREAT LATER MONDAY INTO
    MONDAY NIGHT. OTHERWISE EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME SORT OF WEATHER WE
    HAVE BEEN SEEING FOR MOST OF THE PAST WEEK THROUGH SUNDAY. THERE
    IS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS WEST OF US-131 SUNDAY
    AFTERNOON AND EVENING BUT MOST LOCATIONS EVEN IN THAT AREA WILL
    REMAIN DRY INTO MIDDAY MONDAY.

    A STRONGLY DIGGING SPEED MAX FROM NORTH OF MANITOBA WILL CURVE
    OUT AN UNUSUALLY DEEP EASTERN UPPER TROUGH STARTING MONDAY. IN FACT
    THE SYSTEM BECOMES NEGATIVE TILT AT UPPER LEVEL. THE 700 MB
    HEIGHTS ARE MORE THAN 3 STANDARD DEVIATIONS FROM NORMAL BY EARLY
    WEDNESDAY. THERE IS AN UNUSUALLY STRONG FEED OF MOISTURE FROM THE
    ATLANTIC INTO THE SYSTEM MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY NIGHT.
    PRECIPITABLE WATER IS NEARLY 2 STANDARD DEVIATIONS FROM NORMAL.
    THERE IS ALSO AROUND A 1000 J/KG OF CAPE OVER MOST OF SOUTHERN
    LOWER MICHIGAN MONDAY AFTERNOON (DEEP LAYER SHEAR IS WEAK) TOO.
    GIVEN ALL OF THIS IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE IT WOULD NOT RAIN HERE
    MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY NIGHT. I WOULD IMAGINE A SIGNIFICANT
    DEFORMATION RAIN BAND MONDAY NIGHT ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE
    DEVELOPING UPPER LOW. THAT MAY WELL BE OVER WESTERN LOWER
    MICHIGAN. WE COULD SEE SOME MINOR LOCALIZED FLOODING SINCE THE
    STORMS WILL BE SLOW MOVING.

    1. Although I have got 0.40″ of rain this week, I could still use more as it is getting dry again. Many areas could use more rain than Byron Center so lets hope lakeshore gets a good soaking as well as other dry areas

  8. fixxxer says:

    Severe storm free.

  9. Jack says:

    LOLOLOLOOLLO @ BILLL,,,, And His GOLF !! ” FORE”cast !!! Nice ONE ((( LIVE ))) BILL!! My Wife and I Loved it ….GAVE US a GOOD LAUGH !!! Thanks, & Keep The LIVE HUMOR Coming !

  10. Had a great day fishing! Caught lots of perch out in Lake Michigan offshore about 1.5 miles. No salmon but I know some buddies who go after those and got some. If your a perch fisherman I recommend going to South Haven south of the pier. If you have a smaller boat like we did a nice calm day on the water is great. You may need to go a few miles south of South Haven beach just north of Van Buren State Park for the best action. We defiantly got enough for a nice big fish fry!

    1. Jack says:

      Beautiful ” Sun RISE”…. Pic. Kyle !! Also Glad Ya Had a GOOD. DAY FISHING .

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Sweet pic, Kyle.

    3. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

      Beautiful photo! Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear you had a great time fishing & for the tip where to go for perch.

      1. Thanks everyone! and your welcome Sandy!

  11. fixxxer says:

    Its sad its already starting to get dark. Not looking forward to fall and winter again.

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Really ? Who Knew ? :]

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        +100 TRILLION GAZILLION!

        1. matt says:

          Did your mom let you have a few zebra cakes?

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      That’s what happens this time of year. Just think, in another 3 months it will be snowing again. How about that.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Link is jacked. Said we could get a signifigant polar vortex come mid late september.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Bring it! The more polar vortex the better!

      2. Michael g (se GR) says:

        Well, at least it wasn’t porn this time…..,

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Nice!

  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Well today was another below average day for GR! Tomorrow may actually end up slightly above average and then next week will bring day after day after day of below normal temperatures! Everyone enjoy this great summer weather! INCREDIBLE!

    1. matt says:

      All you been doing is playing wii golf and now you got to go back to school with no money and hand me downs for cloths :D

      1. matt says:

        *clothes ;)

  13. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

    From the quick check I just did, it looks like yesterday and today’s average highs are 81, so yesterday was above average (83), while today was exactly at average. Didn’t you say last weekend that this past week would be below average too?
    Just reviewing the facts……

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Right, but if you include the low temperatures…

      Today’s high of 82° in G.R. was one degree above average, but the low temperature of 57° was five degrees cooler than average – so you get an average of 70° (actually 69.5°, but rounding up makes it look warmer) which is 2° below average.

      1. I personally only pay attention to daytime temps. I know low temps are taken into account but at night, who really gives a rip if its below or above average? I mean most of us are sleeping anyways. Maybe its just me though

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          It might matter if you’re up early fishin’…

        2. True but I don’t fish much in the early morning, but if I do I slip on a sweatshirt and fish on. Cool temps in the summer in the morning do not affect me much. Maybe its a part of being younger, although not to say it don’t bother adults

        3. Its amazing how fast the temp warms after about 9am in the summer. Its almost like a flip of a switch once the sun gets blaring

      2. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

        Very True Bill (Obviously….lol)
        I’m just doing what Rocky usually does, and admittedly cherry picking the stats to fit my argument. (At least I am willing to admit such….)
        Like Kyle, I am not much of a fisherman, so the morning low effect on me is mainly the fact that we can have the windows open at night to cool the house nicely.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      You do tot understand the facts! Better luck the next time!

  14. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Had a busy week last week and I don’t think I have been on at all (maybe once?), but hey I’m back! I’m sure everyone has been tracking those storms in Hawaii and perhaps in the central plains. Out on the field it was very warm (8+ degrees warmer than the real temp) and we had a few people dehydrate and even pass out. I’m definitely looking forward to the cooler weather next month. The weather hasn’t been too active now but just wait, the second storm season is almost here! September is the rainiest month ;)

    1. Yikes! that is not good. I feel bad for the people hauling around the tubas haha. One of my friends played the tuba once, and there was no special shoulder padding to lessen the pressure on your shoulder carrying it around so he almost had permanent loss of feeling in his left arm because of it and could not play. Other people were complaining of shoulder pain, so they got right on to fixing that.

  15. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

    I know no one wants to even think about Fall coming but has anyone noticed that here & there on some of the trees there is red or bright orange leaves? We have a few in my neighborhood that are doing this.

    1. Yeah! I noticed some as well. Not sure why that is. I’ve heard people say its from lack of rain. Idk if that is true or not

      1. The last time I noticed it like this year was back in 2009. Some of the leaves were red in June up near Sleeping Bear Dunes

      2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

        2012… Yes it was from the abnormally warm weather (we still had a good amount of rainfall but the warm, sunny days dried it up quickly). As for this year I’m sure the dry weather is a factor but I’m thinking there is something else to it as well.

    2. Rob's Wife (Plainfield at 3 Mile) says:

      Yes I have definitely noticed here in my neighborhood. Also, my allergies have gone absolutely crazy in the past 48 hours! I don’t recall a time when it has been this bad, this early.

      1. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

        I know exactly what you mean about allergies. All of a sudden they are horrible. Hopefully what ever has kicked them up goes away.

        1. What sort of allergies? My sister is complaining of a itchy nose lately. Worse than she has ever had

        2. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

          Itchy nose & eyes. Lots of sneezing.

  16. Mike Boerman says:

    “Why does lightning hit 6 times more men than women?” Easy! Same reason that similar numbers exist for drunk driving, workplace injuries, hunting accidents, and crime rates in general: men are stupider than women *lol* especially boorish frat-boy redneck type straight males, who insist on doing things that are reckless, poorly-thought out, and ill-advised, such as being outside during a lightning storm. Men have a marked advantage over women when it comes to many things in life, but smart thinking and staying out of trouble is definitely not one of them!

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