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ODDS OF BECOMING A LIGHTNING VICTIM
(based on averages for 2001-2010)

Estimated U.S. population as of 2011

310,000,000

Annual Number of Deaths Reported

39

Number of Injuries Reported

241

280

Estimated number of U.S. Deaths

40

Estimated number of actual Injuries

360

400

Odds of being struck by lightning in a given year (reported deaths + injuries)

1/1,000,000

Odds of being struck by lightning in a given year (estimated total deaths + injuries)

1/775,000

Odds of being struck in your lifetime (Est. 80 years)

1/10,000

Odds you will be affected by someone being struck (Ten people affected for every one struck)

1/1000

Suggested Links
 

NATIONAL LIGHTNING AWARENESS WEEK June 23 to 29, 2013
 
Ball Lightning
Background Information  By NOAA   (PDF)
Camping Safety - Chuck Doswell's page
Coloring Books   on various weather safety topics
 
Lightning Protection For Your Home  - IEEE Publication
 

Lightning Injuries  - Dr. Mary Ann Cooper     42 pages  PDF

 

 

 

 
Lightning Injury Research   -  Mary Ann Cooper, MD.
Lightning Meteorology        Louisville NWS     19 pages  PDF
Lightning Research   -  Ron Holle's Page
Lightning Safety For Kids
Lightning Strike & Electric Shock Survivors International
 
Lightning Strikes Videos  - from the Milwaukee Skywarn YouTube site
 
 
Medical Aspects of Electrical and Lightning Injuries - Mary Ann Cooper MD
 
NATIONAL LIGHTNING AWARENESS -National Weather Service
 
National Lightning Safety Institute
 
 
USA Today Newspaper