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Lightning Strikes on Google Wipe Data From Cloud

But only a tiny amount

(Newser) - Mark it down: 2015 is the year Mother Nature officially declared war on the cloud. Lightning struck a Google data center in Belgium four times in rapid succession last week, permanently erasing a small amount of users' data from the cloud, the BBC reports. The lightning caused power failures and... 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 »

Newlyweds' Hike Ends in Tragedy

Kathleen Bartlett killed by lightning strike 6 days after wedding

(Newser) - On July 11, Kathleen Bartlett and Ryan Pocius were married. Six days later, Pocius became a widower. Tragedy struck during a Friday afternoon hike on Mount Yale in Colorado. The Denver Post reports the couple were at 12,400 feet, just above the tree line and about 2,000 feet... More »

Texas Teen Survives Bizarre Lightning Strike

She got hit in her own kitchen while opening the fridge

(Newser) - Lightning strikes people often enough, but usually not when they're opening the fridge for a snack. Such is the plight of Texas high school student Macie Martinez, who was home with her parents on Memorial Day when a storm blew in. She was opening the fridge to grab some... 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 »

Expect More Lightning in Coming Years

Study: Climate change could spur up to 50% more strikes over next century

(Newser) - The US and China are working together to temper greenhouse-gas emissions, which could come in handy now that scientists are saying climate change might cause something else down the road: more lightning strikes. A study in Science says lightning frequency in the continental US could spike by more than 12%... 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 »

Freak Lightning Strike at LA Beach Kills 1, Injures 12

Storm came from nowhere, witnesses say

(Newser) - A rare band of summer thunderstorms left one person dead and a dozen injured from lightning strikes at Venice Beach in Los Angeles yesterday. Witnesses tell the Los Angeles Times that the storm seemed to come from nowhere and lasted 15 minutes, causing panic as fishermen and beachgoers rushed to... More »

The Sun May Cause Lightning

Solar winds appear to trigger storms

(Newser) - The weather on the sun might just have an effect on the weather here on earth. Fast-moving solar winds tend to go hand-in-hand with an uptick in lightning storms, a new study reveals. The finding is somewhat puzzling as scientists have long believed that increased solar activity led to a... 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 »

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 »

Pregnant Woman Struck by Lightning, Gives Birth

Dad also hit, but all 3 are fine

(Newser) - A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Kendra Villanueva and the baby's father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July Fourth when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque... More »

Lightning Strike Hospitalizes 23 Boy Scouts

3 adults also suffer burns in NH strike

(Newser) - A lightning strike during a massive thunderstorm sent 23 Boy Scouts and three adults to the hospital with burns ranging from mild to serious, WMUR reports. Fire officials—who praised the teens for staying "calm and cool" in the aftermath of the strike—say the group was sheltering under... More »

Lightning Sparks 70+ Wildfires in Wash. State

Officials call on 180 homes to evacuate

(Newser) - Lightning strikes sparked dozens of fires in central Washington state, with officials near Wenatchee calling for the evacuation of scores of homes. Residents of about 180 homes in foothills just west of the city have been urged to evacuate, police said late last night. A spokesman said the 500-acre blaze... More »

1 Dead, 9 Hurt as Lightning Strikes NASCAR Raceway

Race was cut short, but bolt hit parking lot

(Newser) - A NASCAR fan was killed and nine others were injured yesterday when lightning struck the parking lot behind the grandstand of Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway. One of the injured was in critical condition. The race was called early because of stormy weather. A witness said that he and a friend... More »

Lightning Starts House Fire, Kills 2

Kentucky thunderstorms causing trouble across state

(Newser) - Lightning struck a home last night during powerful storms in Louisville, and the resulting fire killed a bedridden elderly man and his granddaughter. The woman was trying to get her grandfather out of the house, CNN reports. "Lightning struck an 80-foot-tall tree, hit about 40 feet up, and it... More »

Twitterverse Hails Massive NYC Storm With Boffo Pics

Millions transfixed by weather

(Newser) - New York City's 100-degree heat finally exploded yesterday in a spectacular rainstorm that spawned " ground-shaking " thunder, hail, high winds—and spectacular photographs that ricocheted across the Twitterverse and Facebook like lightning itself. Photos of massive clouds, quarter-size hailstones, drenched city streets, and a flooded Penn Station joined... More »

Gadgets Double Cost of Lightning Strikes

Strikes are down, but cost to replace high-tech items is up: study

(Newser) - Between 2004 and 2011, the total number of insurance claims paid out for lightning strikes dropped by one-third—so why, during the same time period, did the cost of those claims almost double? Simple: new gadgets that are susceptible to power surges. As TVs get more high-tech and computers or... More »

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