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U.S. Lightning Deaths in 2016: 36

No.

Date

Day

ST

City

Age

Sex

Location

Activity

Victim

1 3/18 Fri LA Larose 28 F In tent Attending music festival Jacqui Stavis
2 3/25 Fri FL Hobe Sound 41 M Grassy field Family picnic Farooq Mohammad
3 4/15 Fri FL Boynton Beach 23 M Near tree Working in yard Bechelet Joseph
4 4/27 Wed MS Mantachie 37 M Outside barn Riding horse Tim Edge
5 4/27 Wed LA Slidell 36 M Construction site Working Elvin Arturo Castro-Santiago
6 6/13 Mon FL Manatee County 47 M Farm Loading truck Fleuridor Kercizan
7 6/24 Fri FL Daytona Beach 33 F Beach Standing in water Janika Gardner
8 6/25 Sat MO Festus 72 M Yard Standing with dog Daniel Kennedy
9 6/27 Mon MS Lumberton 24 M Yard Standing Thomas Whorton, III
10 7/10 Sun LA Pineville 45 M Parking lot Walking to car Scotty Rosier
11 7/14 Thu TN Dover 65 F Under tree Camping Franceen Crowl
12 7/14 Thu LA Baton Rouge 70 M Sheltering under tree Roofing Jose Humberto Vasconcelos
13 7/14 Thu AL Redstone Arsenal 19 M Outside building Outdoor Maintenance Jacob York
14 7/14 Thu VA Bedford County 23 M Along roadway Walking Robert Miller
15 7/16 Sat NC Yancey County 54 M Putting on rain gear Riding Motorcycle Scott Pasour
16 7/19 Tue CO Arvada 23 M Sheltering under tree Golfing Peter Hawkes
17 7/19 Tue AL Lawrence County 20 M In yard under tree Watching storm Hunter Blankenship
18 7/20 Wed AZ Coconino County 17 M Near mountain top Hiking Wade Young
19 7/22 Fri UT Flaming Gorge Reservoir 14 F On reservoir Riding jetski Brooklyn Reynolds
20 7/25 Mon FL Bonita Springs 29 M Lanai (6th floor) Construction Salomon Garcia-Martinez
21 7/31 Sun NC Currituck County 5 M Beach Walking to vehicle Stephen Little
22 8/5 Fri FL Okaloosa Island 22 M Beach Attending umbellas Zachary Fordem
23 8/10 Wed NY Batavia 34 M Cemetery not yet known Richard Garlock
24 8/10 Wed NY Batavia 32 F Cemetery not yet known Jenea Macleod
25 8/10 Wed OH Coshocton 8 M Outside home Bringing in horses Noah Stutzman
26 8/12 Fri NY Poughkeepsie 50 M In park under tree Sheltering from storm Richard Harbstreet
27 8/12 Fri NY Poughkeepsie 46 M In park under tree Sheltering from storm Franklyn Mekeel
28 8/13 Sat PA Carbon County 39 M Lake at state park Swimming Jose Lopez-Hernandez
29 8/19 Fri CO Larimer County 45 M Outside cabin under tree Standing Chad Trover
30 8/19 Fri MI Presque Isle 21 F Near beach house Working as Lifeguard Alyson Knenlein
31 8/26 Fri FL Sarasota 50 F In park Sheltering under gazebo Fontella Span
32 8/26 Fri MS Granada 51 F At lake Searching for arrowheads Donna Hendrix
33 8/28 Sun TX Slaton 23 M In park by lake Walking Gabriel Ramos
34 9/6 Tue MI Manistee County 71 M Trail Hiking Steven Olson
35 9/6 Tue WI Minocqua 66 M Outside Home Walking dog Bryan Jennings
36 9/25 Sun TX Austin 37 F Hiking trail Hiking Michelle Ann Wolfe

Lightning Fatalities 2016 by State

2016 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age*
Day Of Week*
By Month
AL 2 M 27 (75%) 0-9 2 (6%) Sun 4 (11%)   2016 15 14 13 12 11 10
09
08
07
06 
10 Yr Avg
AZ 1 F 9 (25%) 10-19 4 (11%) Mon 3 (8%) Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
1
0
CO 2   20-29 10 (28%) Tue 3 (11%) Feb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
0
0
FL 7   30-39 5 (17%) Wed 6 (17%) Mar 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
1
0
1
0
0
LA 4   40-49 5 (14%) Thu 4 (11%) Apr 3 2 0 1 2 0 0
1
0
1
3
1
MI 2   50-59 4 (11%) Fri 12 (33%) May 0 4 5 5 0 1 4
2
2
5
5
3
MO 1   60-69 2 (6%) Sat 3 (8%) Jun 4 11 3 2 3 5 7
12
9
12
10
7
MS 3   70-79 3 (8%)     Jul 12 5 9 6 13 9 11
10
14
10
16
10
NC 2   80-89 0 (0%)     Aug 12 4 5 4 6 6 4
3
0
9
7
5
NY 4           Sep 3** 1 3 5 2 4 2
4
1
5
4
3
OH 1           Oct     1   1 1 1
1
0
2
2
1
PA 1           Nov     0     0 0
0
0
0
0
0
TN 1           Dec           0 0 0
0
0
0
0
TX 2           Year 36** 27 26 23 28 26 29
34
28
45
48
31*
UT 1  
VA 1  
WI 1  
*Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100 percent. ** Known Fatalities to date
Note: Monthly averages are based on a 10-year average from 2006 to 2015. Due to rounding, the sum of the monthly averages may not equal the yearly average.

Male_Female fatalties pictogram. See table above for list.

Fatality statistics for past years