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Tommy T
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« on: June 27, 2015, 12:32:48 PM »

It is great to have a world-class source of information about weather when you're a guy who would spend all day in the outdoors if he could.

The professor posted this url as pretty mandatory for all of us:

The substance of the information at that site is that 64% of lightning deaths occur during outdoor recreation (not forestry or plowing the fields).

Worse! Of those deaths 81% of the victims are male.

The article includes an interesting map showing the average number of cloud to ground strikes per year -- New England isn't bad.  Florida and the California coasts seem to be the most dangerous. 

(My personal favorites, windsurfing and re-roofing the house, during hurricanes, aren't mentioned, although it is well known that hurricanes often breed thunder storms.   Huh )

Tommy T.

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