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Is Lightning Over Ocean Really More Powerful Than Over Land?

It sure is, according to a recent study

(Newser) - It's a popular myth that golfers account for most deaths from lightning strikes. In fact, the Palm Beach Post reports more than three times as many fishermen die from lightning strikes than golfers. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in February and recently getting some attention may explain... More »

Guy Struck by Lightning While Sitting at Desk

He says he's 'just happy to be alive'

(Newser) - A New York business owner says he's "just happy to be alive" after being struck by lightning while sitting at his office desk, the AP reports. Nick Gemayel tells WHEC-TV in Rochester he was inside his auto repair shop on Monday when severe thunderstorms rolled across the area.... More »

Pain Is Only the Beginning of a Lightning Strike

Survivors detail a litany of unexplained effects: Charlotte Huff

(Newser) - "If you've ever put your finger in a light socket as a kid, multiply that feeling by a gazillion throughout your entire body." According to Justin Gauger, that's what it feels like to be struck by lightning. Because 90% of people hit by a lightning strike... More »

A Gruesome Scene in Norway: 323 Dead Reindeer

Local officials believe animals were killed in freak lightning strike(s)

(Newser) - In a story Sputnik News is labeling "Thor vs. Santa," a Norwegian environmental official making his rounds south of Hardangervidda on Friday stumbled upon a gruesome sight: more than 300 dead reindeer, apparently victims of a lightning strike, the Local reports.The reindeer— known as caribou in North... More »

Teen Hiker Killed During Lightning Storm

More than 100 strikes recorded in an hour on Arizona mountain

(Newser) - A 17-year-old boy killed by lightning on Arizona's highest peak Wednesday was hiking in an area that experienced over 100 strikes within a one-hour period and is known for its extreme weather, authorities said. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office identified the boy as Wade Young of Tempe, Arizona,... More »

In Maryland Lightning Strike, Ben Franklin Saves the Day

Original lightning rod took the hit when Maryland's State House was hit

(Newser) - Gov. Larry Hogan says the Maryland State House was saved from a lightning strike "by a 208-year-old original Ben Franklin lightning rod." The nation's oldest State House was hit by lightning Friday evening, triggering a sprinkler system in its historic dome, reports the AP . Fire officials say... More »

Rock Festival Suspended After 72 Injured in Lightning Storm

Some were hit by lightning, others by flying debris at Germany's Rock am Ring

(Newser) - A rock festival in western Germany was suspended Saturday after scores of people were injured in a lightning storm, the AP reports. Paramedics said more than 70 people were hospitalized after a storm struck the Rock am Ring festival late Friday at a former airfield 62 miles west of Frankfurt.... More »

Lightning Strikes Children's Birthday Party, 11 Injured

35 more were injured when lightning hit a youth soccer game

(Newser) - Eleven people, many of them children, were struck by lightning Saturday afternoon in a park in Paris, the BBC reports. According to the AP , eight of the victims were children around the age of 9. The children were attending a birthday party at Parc Monceau—a spot popular with "... More »

Woman Killed When Lightning Hits Festival Tent

2 others injured, a dog also died in accident

(Newser) - When the weather got bad at Louisiana's T-Bois Blues Festival on Friday night, Jacqui Stavis, two other women, and a Labrador retriever sought shelter in a small tent. But tragedy struck when lightning hit the tent, killing the 28-year-old and the dog and injuring the other two women, the... More »

Why a Venezuela Lake Is Home to Most Lightning on Earth

New satellite images show that lightning flashes most often near the equator

(Newser) - At a lake in Venezuela, a nine-hour display of thousands of flashes of lightning—averaging 28 strokes a minute—is the norm, with the concentration hitting its peak in the October rainy season, reports the BBC . And though the mountain village of Kifuka in DR Congo has long been hailed... More »

Lightning-Struck Teens Saved by Holding Hands

Without that light PDA, they could have suffered serious injury

(Newser) - There was electricity in the air—literally—on a high-school couple's date Thursday in Claremont, California. It's just a good thing they were holding hands. CNN reports Lexie Varga and Dylan Corliss were struck by lightning while walking to get burgers and were likely saved from serious injury... More »

Insane Odds: Lightning Bolt Survivor Wins Lottery

What are the odds? A mathematician is glad you asked

(Newser) - Peter McCathie's first grand stroke of good luck happened when he got hit by lightning at age 14 and lived to tell the tale. His second came this month when he won a $1 million lottery in Canada with a co-worker, reports Huffington Post Canada . If you're scratching... More »

Man Survives Lightning Bolt to the Head

Ryan Cross struck while hiding from storm under tree

(Newser) - The odds of getting hit by lightning in the US each year: one in 700,000. The odds of Ryan Cross recovering after he was struck in the head over Memorial Day weekend: pretty good, considering. The Idahoan was riding his 4-wheeler with friends in a mountainous region of Idaho... More »

Here's Where Lightning Strikes Most Often

You might want to avoid Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo

(Newser) - Bad news for us landlubbers: Lightning strikes more often here than it does on water, NASA reports. And things are particularly bad near the equator. In fact, some 90% of lightning on Earth strikes between the 38th parallels south and north, LiveScience reports. Want more specifics? A new NASA map... More »

After Tragic Lightning Strike, Indians Leave Dead, Flee

11 Wiwa Indians in Colombia killed when ceremonial hut hit

(Newser) - After a lightning strike last week killed 11 Wiwa Indians and injured another 20 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Colombia, members of the small tribe of 60 or so families are physically moving on—and in accordance with tradition, they're not burying the dead before they do. "... More »

Lightning Strikes Soccer Fan, Cancels Match

'Like a bomb went off' outside Columbus Crew stadium

(Newser) - Lightning struck an off-duty firefighter last night as he stood in the parking lot of the Columbus Crew's stadium, landing him in an Ohio hospital and canceling the soccer match as violent storms moved through the area. Medical crews revived Stu Tudor, 54, after he was hit, but the... More »

Lightning Strikes Whole Family

Boy, 9, taken to hospital in serious condition

(Newser) - A German family is recovering after a grandma, her daughter and daughter-in-law, and two grandsons, aged six and nine, were struck by lightning this week, the Local reports. The family was bringing outdoor furniture and toys inside during a storm when the daughter-in-law felt "some tingling from head to... More »

Rio's Christ Statue Chipped By Lightning

Thumb damaged; middle finger hit last month

(Newser) - Storms are chipping away at the 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. On Thursday night, lightning appears to have struck the statue's right thumb, officials say. Just last month, the middle finger on the same hand was also chipped, the AP reports. Fortunately, the Archdiocese... More »

Guy Struck by Lightning Twice in One Storm

But 31-year-old Casey Wagner is fine

(Newser) - Casey Wagner was at a mudding and off-roading event near Gainesville, Texas, on Saturday when a thunderstorm arrived. The 31-year-old rodeo clown moved under a tree, where he was struck by lightning not once, but twice, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports. "What I remember is just a loud boom and... More »

Lightning Strike Kills Man

And hospitalizes 2 others

(Newser) - A thunderstorm in South Florida turned deadly yesterday when a lightning strike killed one man and sent two others to the hospital. The three men were reportedly power-washing an 18-wheeler when the storm hit. They tried to take cover under a tractor-trailer—but it was too late. Newsy reports: More »

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