Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week: Lightning Safety Overview

In the United States, there are an estimated 23 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year and each one is a potential threat to life and property. The 30-year average of human lightning fatalities is 52. The 10-year average of human lightning fatalities is 35. Last year 23 people were killed by lightning in the United States. Dozens of others were permanently injured. As a general rule...of the victims who were killed in 2013:

  • Nearly 100 percent were outdoors.
  • Around 74 percent were male.
  • Around 15 percent were under a tree.
  • Around 26 percent occurred on or near the water.
Please visit our website for the full blog post written by the National Weather Service for Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week by Governor John Hickenlooper.