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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
The school's baseball team avoids a lightning strike on the field thanks to advanced warning from WeatherBug.
September 18, 2013, Shaw Visual and Performing Arts School, St. Louis, MO
Two teachers are injured after a lightning strike hits nearby tree. 
September 13, 2013, University High School, Orlando, FL
A lightning strike hits a tree near the bleachers during a high school football game.
August 21, 2013, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Lightning hits a tree and injuries a player on the GSU football team during practice.

June 24, 2013, Glen Mills Schools, Glen Mills, PA
A school employee is injured by lightning while working on the school's baseball field.
May 30, 2013, Downers Grove, IL
A lightning strike kills a 17-year-old high school student just a few days before graduation.

May 28, 2013, Magna, UT
A playground aide suffers minor injuries after a close proximity lightning strike.
May 21, 2013, Granby, MA
A 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 three Jacksonville teachers anda child, are struck by lightning at a school during dismissal.
  September 7, 2012, Demarest, NJ
Lightning kills a 71-year-old grandfather and sends 9 students to the hospital after a strike hits the field at Demarest High School during a soccer game.
March 15, 2012, Seymour, IN
Lightning injures softball players at Seymour High School. WeatherBug provided clients in the area 14 minutes of advanced warning.
September 4, 2011, Morgantown, WV
A lightning strike endangers spectators during a West Virginia University football game.
March 31, 2011, Holiday, FL
A school employee at Gulfside Elementary is struck by lightning at 8:22 AM.
October 2010
Lightning strikes and injures two Utah teenagers while standing outside their school. KOIN TV uses WeatherBug lightning data to analyze this unfortunate event.
Lightning Case Studies - Golf Clubs
  July 27, 2014, Santa Catalina Island, CA
A 57-year-old golfer is hospitalized after getting struck by lightning in southern California.
 
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.
Lightning Case Studies - Parks & Recreation

August 31, 2014, Fulton Township, PA
Lightning kills a boy and injures another while swimming in a creek in Fulton Township, PA.

August 31, 2014, Bronx, NY
A lightning strike injures three men swimming in Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay, NY.

July 22, 2014, Fort Myers Beach, FL
A lightning strike kills a 41-year-old man and injures two teenagers at a popular beach resort.

July 11-12, 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park
Lightning kills two in Rocky Mountain National Park in separate lightning strike incidents. Overall, 12 people were struck in a 24-hour period.

July 3, 2104, Newton, NJ
Lightning strikes three kids at a campground.

June 28, 2014, Columbus, OH
A lightning strike sends an off-duty firefighter into cardiac arrest after he is struck in a stadium parking lot before a Columbus Crew soccer game.
June 25, 2014 - Charlotte, NC
A nine-year-old child is struck by lightning while playing with his family at the Johnson C. Smith University campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.
May 31, 2014, Lion's Park, Ham Lake, Minnesota
A 48-year-old woman is sent into cardiac arrest by a lightning strike during a youth baseball tournament.
July 23, 2013, Le Fevre Overlook, Fredonia, AZ
A married couple on vacation are fatally injured when lightning strikes near a scenic overlook in northern Arizona.
July 7, 2013, Lake Taghkanic State Park, NY
A lightning strike fatally injures a 26-year-old man on a summer afternoon in a popular state park.
June 24, 2013, Camp Bell, Gilmanton, NH
Lightning sends 23 Boy Scouts to the hospital after a lightning strike hits their camp.
June 23, 2013, Point Sabago Resort, Casco, ME
Three people at lake resort are struck by lightning. The force of the strike threw a 25-year-old woman into nearby rocks and a concrete barrier.

May 26, 2013, Shelbyville, IL
A 29-year-old Chicago man is struck and fatally injured by lightning while fishing with friends on Lake Shelbyville.

April 29, 2013, Bee Cave, TX
Three men -- two construction workers and a food-truck employee -- are injured by lightning strike at a construction site near Bee Cave.
 
More Lightning Dectection 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.