Lightning FatalitiesAugust 9th, 2014 at 3:13 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.