Kevin's Weather Blog: Fewer lightning deaths

Over the last decade, an average of 27 people are killed each year by lightning. In 2017, 16 were killed, the lowest number since reliable records began in 1940.

Posted: Jan. 4, 2018 9:13 PM

According to an article in USA Today, 2017 saw fewer lightning deaths than any other year on record.

Over the last decade, an average of 27 people are killed each year by lightning. In 2017, 16 were killed, the lowest number since reliable records began in 1940.

One possible reason, according to Ronald Holle, is that more people now live in urban areas, rather than in the country where open areas can make lightning strikes more likely.

In 1943, a whopping 432 people died as the result of a lightning strike! Certainly, lightning safety efforts by the National Weather Service have helped. While lightning deaths have fallen, people still die from lightning strikes.

With this in mind, it’s important to remember the weather service saying, “When The Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 39°
Robinson
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 37°
Indianapolis
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 36°
Rockville
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 39°
Casey
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 36°
Brazil
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 39°
Marshall
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 39°
Rainy, Windy & Colder
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Friday Afternoon Weather

Image

April in Paris, Country Club of Terre Haute April 25 10am

Image

All You Need to Know for Friday

Image

Occasional showers. Windy. Colder. High: 46°

Image

Do you want a casino in Terre Haute?

Image

Rain, rain, and rain - Kevin breaks down the forecast

Image

West Vigo baseball

Image

Kids in the kitchen at the children's museum

Image

North Central Parke Schools to get new superintendent

Image

Putnam County Police Officer honored

WTHI Events