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Lightning Case Studies

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Lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more in the U.S. on average every year. Using data from our Total Lightning Network -- the largest in the world for detecting in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning -- we examine these incidents to determine the location and time of the strikes. 


Parks and Recreation Lightning Case Studies

Lightning Case Studies - Schools

April 29, 2014, Estero High School, Estero, Florida
Baseball team avoids lightning strike thanks to advanced warning from WeatherBug.
September 18, 2013, Shaw Visual and Performing Arts School, St. Louis, MO
Two teachers injured after lightning hits nearby tree. 
September 13, 2013, University High School, Orlando, FL
Lightning strike at football game demonstrates the need for lightning warning systems.
August 21, 2013, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Lightning strikes GSU football field, player taken to hospital.

June 24, 2013, Glen Mills Schools, Glen Mills, PA
School employee is fatally injured by lightning.
May 30, 2013, Downers Grove, IL
Lightning strike kills high school student in Downers Grove.

May 28, 2013, Magna, UT
Playground aide suffers minor injuries after a close proximity lightning strike.
May 21, 2013, Granby, MA
Lightning strike on school property injures three, including a 16-year-old MacDuffie School student.
October 3, 2012, Fort Myers, FL
A student from Southwest Florida Christian Academy was fatally struck by lightning at football practice.
September 13, 2012, Jacksonville, TX
Four people, including  Jacksonville teachers, struck by lightning.
  September 7, 2012, Demarest, NJ
Man killed by lightning strike on the campus of Demarest High School.
March 15, 2012, Seymour, IN
Lightning incident injures softball players at Seymour High School. WeatherBug provided clients in the area 14 minutes of advanced warning.
September 4, 2011, Morgantown, WV
Lightning strike during a West Virginia University football game shows need for lightning safety in large venues.
March 31, 2011, Holiday, FL
A school employee at Gulfside Elementary was struck by lightning at 8:22 AM.
October 2010
Two Utah teenagers injured after they were struck by lightning outside their school. KOIN TV uses WeatherBug lightning data to analyze this unfortunate event.
Lightning Case Studies - Golf Clubs
June 17, 2014, Bethesda Grange Golf Course, Ontario, Canada
Four injured after lightning strikes golf course.
 
May 24, 2014, White Mountain Golf Course, Rock Springs, Wyoming
Lightning strikes man playing golf.
 
July 27, 2013, Ridge Golf Course, Palm Beach, FL

Horns alert golfers to lightning; lightning strikes the 13th green soon after.





July 27, 2013, Antelope Hill Golf Course, Prescott, AZ
Golfer injured by lightning during play.

June 25, 2012, North Stonington, CT
15 workers injured by lightning when seeking shelter in a shed on a golf course. WeatherBug provided clients in the area 81 minutes of advanced warning.
June 6, 2012, Port Orange, FL
Woman injured after lightning strikes golf course. WeatherBug provided clients in the area 12 minutes' advanced warning.
 June 11, 2009, Spring Lake Golf Resort, Sebring, FL
Golfer struck and fatally injured by lightning.
More Safety Solutions in Action Case Studies

September 11, 2013, Larksville, PA
A 15-year-old boy is hit by lightning while walking near his home.

July 18, 2013, Wellington, CO
Lightning strike injures 10; 2 critically hurt and 4 with serious injuries. KDVR TV in Denver uses WeatherBug lightning data to analyze this event.

July 15, 2013, Mather Point, Grand Canyon, AZ
Lightning strikes the Grand Canyon and injures tourists.

July 29, 2013, Indianapolis, IN
Lightning strike injures 3 children at a summer camp.

June 26, 2013, Collier County, FL
Construction worker fatally injured while working on a house.

May 28, 2013, Bellair Beach, FL
Woman fatally injured by lightning while at the beach.

April 09, 2013, Brownsville, WI
Two men were struck by lightning working at a quarry. WeatherBug provided clients in the area 22 minutes of advanced warning.

October 14, 2012, Cypress, TX
Roofing worker struck by lightning atop school.

September 26, 2012, Denver, CO
A man was struck by lightning and injured leaving a synagogue.

August 5, 2012, Pocono Raceway - Long Pond, PA
NASCAR fan killed by lightning; 9 injured.

April 4, 2012, Riceville, IA
A boy was injured critically by a lightning strike at a campground.WeatherBug provided clients in the area 40 minutes' advanced warning.

August 1, 2012, Wildwood, NJ
Four people were taken to a local hospital after lightning struck near beach. WeatherBug provided clients in the area 1 hour and 10 minutes of advanced warning.

July 15, 2012, Houston, TX
A cloud-to-ground strike was detected yards from a soccer field, killing two and injuring one. WeatherBug provided clients in the area 1 hour and 45 minutes of advanced warning.

June 10, 2012, Gulf Shores, AL
Boy survives lightning strike at beach. WeatherBug provided clients in the area 1 hour and 13 minutes of advanced warning.

September 11, 2011, Tampa, FL
Lightning Strikes, Kills Lifeguard at Adventure Island Park.

July 13, 2011, Scofield, UT
Two Boy Scouts struck by lightning; one fatally injured.

October 2010

Two Utah teenagers injured after they were struck by lightning outside their school. KOIN TV uses WeatherBug lightning data to analyze this unfortunate event.

 

June 2009
A 12-year-old was struck and killed by a powerful lightning bolt at a baseball game in Fredericksburg, VA. WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., used WeatherBug lightning data to help tell the story.