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In 2006, there were 48 lightning deaths in 24 States, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; Colorado and Florida had the misfortune of counting the most fatalities with 6 and 5, respectively

No.

Date

Day

State

City

Sex

Age

Location

Activity

Name

1

1/13

Fri

FL

Glendale

M

40

Outside Open

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2

4/6

Wed

AS

Samoa

F

15

In house/by window

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3

4/11

Tue

NE

Beatrice

F

14

Field

Soccer

Xenova Butler

4

4/26

Wed

FL

West Palm Beach

M

65

Yard

Talking

Harrold Bennet

5

5/11

Thu

PR

Arecibo

M

30

Outside Open

-----

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6

5/13

Sat

GA

Tifton

M

31

Yard

Getting to Car

Max Hancock

7

5/14

Sun

CO

Fairplay

M

24

Open Field

Running

Jason Giese

8

5/25

Thu

KY

Lexington

F

68

Yard

Taking out trash

Shirley Cosby

9

5/31

Wed

TN

Newbern

M

45

Under tree

Golf

Steve McDaniel

10

6/2

Fri

MI

Constantine

M

45

Under Tree

Leaning against tree

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11

6/2

Fri

IL

Elgin

M

45

Under tree

Golf

Steve Plutz

12

6/2

Fri

PA

Thornberry Twp

M

53

Under Tree

Mowing lawn, riding mower

Joseph O'Shea

13

6/8

Thu

NC

Havelock (Cherry Point

F

27

Tarmac of air base

Walking

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14

6/8

Thu

CO

Walden

M

26

Open Field

Repairing Barbed wire fence

David Les Conder

15

6/11

Sun

CO

Henderson

M

42

Parking lot

Walking to car

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16

6/17

Sat

MI

Wakefield

M

50

Under Tree

Camping

Albert Bartlett

17

6/21

Wed

GA

Columbus

M

24

Under Tree

Mowing lawn, riding lawn mower

Adam White

18

6/21

Wed

CO

Westminster

M

46

Highway

On motorcycle

Gary Missi

19

6/24

Sat

NJ

Clinton Twp

M

59

Under Tree

Camping, in hammock

Allen Emer

20

7/6

Thu

LA

Baton Rouge

M

30

Field

Softball

Ronnie Nye

21

7/8

Sat

NV

Tonopah

M

16

By vehicle

Checking Tires

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22

7/15

Sat

MS

Columbus

M

72

In Yard, near tree

Walking to car

John Fitzgerald

23

7/16

Sun

AL

Elberta

M

11

Yard

Feeding animals

Daniel Graham

24

7/16

Sun

SC

James Island

M

84

Yard, under Tree

Gardening

John Boggs

25

7/18

Tue

MI

Detroit

F

44

In park, under tree

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Tracey White

26

7/18

Tue

IN

Indianapolis

M

08

Yard, under tree

Playing

Miguel Navarette

27

7/19

Wed

FL

Belle Glade

M

38

Field, Everglades

Riding ATV

Edward Hidalgo

28

7/19

Wed

CO

Woodland Park

M

17

Field

Soccer

James Yagar

29

7/22

Sat

NJ

Montvale

M

19

Field

Soccer

Lee Weisbrod

30

7/22

Sat

NJ

Montvale

M

18

Field

Soccer

Steve Fagan

31

7/23

Sun

MT

Billings

F

65

Field

Walking

Sally Noe

32

7/24

Mon

WI

Antigo

M

24

Under Tree

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33

7/27

Ths

LA

Baton Rouge

M

21

On roof

Picking up tools

Daniel Romero

34

7/28

Fri

NY

Montgomery

F

54

Unsafe Shelter

Golf

Ellen Robbins

35

7/31

Mon

AZ

Lake Powell

M

48

Water/on lake

Riding jet ski

Kenneth Vandehei

36

8/8

Tues

NC

Chapel Hill

M

17

Yard

Taking clothes off clothes line

Bryan Howard

37

8/11

Fri

AR

Hot Springs

M

19

Field

Jogging on Track

Adam Harrington

38

8/17

Thu

FL

Wesley Chapel

M

16

On roof

Working, roofing

Jose Alvarez Jeronimo

39

8/20

Sun

AZ

Hawley Lake

M

20

Under Tree

Taking shelter, had been fishing

Jason Tyler Woods

40

8/22

Tues

SC

Lyman

F

40

Yard

Checking on dogs

Norma Jean Fowler

41

8/27

Sun

MS

McComb

M

64

Inside Home

On phone

Thomas Harrington

42

8/29

Tues

SC

York

M

36

Yard, under tree

Walking from vehicle

Mitchell Dixon

43

9/4

Mon

FL

Lehigh Acres

M

13

Under tree

Had been swimming

Christian Arceneaux

44

9/7

Thu

CO

Burro Creek

M

40

Under tree

Hunting

Robert Heichel

45

9/10

Sun

TN

Mount Pelia

F

14

Yard

Stepped off porch

Maddison Fagan

46

9/22

Fri

AR

Bobb Kid Lake

F

51

Water/boat

Fishing/Heading to land

Deborah Massey

47

10/2

Mon

WI

Preston

M

46

Field

Surveying

Dan Burt

48

10/12

Thu

TX

Grimes County

M

21

Open Field

Riding horse

Patrick Busa

Lightning Fatalities for 2006 by State

lightning deaths in 2006, see table below for text version
Puerto Rico and American Samoa Each Recorded 1 Lightning Death

2006 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age
Day Of Week
By Month
AL 1 Male 38 (79%) 0- 9 1  ( 2%) Sun 8 (17%)   2008 2007 2006  NORMAL*
AR 2 Female 10 (21%) 10-19 12  (25%) Mon 4 (8%) Jan
1
0
1
0
AS 1   20-29 8 (17%) Tue 6 (13%) Feb
1
0
0
0
AZ 2   30-39 5  (10%) Wed 7 (15%)

Mar

0
1
0
0
CO 6   40-49 11  (23%) Thu 9 (19%) Apr
0
1
3
2
FL 5   50-59 5  (10%) Fri 7 (15%) May
2
5
5
7
GA 2   60-69 4  (8%) Sat 7 (15%) Jun
9
12
10
14
IL 1   70-79 1  (2%)     Jul
14
10
16
18
IN 1   80-89 1  (2%)     Aug
-
9
7
13
KY 1           Sep
1
5
4
6
LA 2           Oct
-
2
2
1
MI 3           Nov
-
0
0
0
MS 2           Dec
-
0
0
0
MT 1           Year
28*
45
48
62
NC 2                    
NE 1                    
NJ 3                    
NV 1                    
NY 1                    
PA 1                    
PR 1                    
SC 3                    
TN 2                    
TX 1                    
WI 2                    
Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding. * - Known Fatalities to date

 

Monthly normals are based on the 30-yr average of 62 deaths per year (1977-2006) multiplied by the average monthly percentage of annual deaths from 1959-1994 as documented in NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR-193 with Dec 1961 plane crash fatalities removed from the data.

Fatality statistics for past years