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In 2013, there were 23 lightning fatalities in 14 states:
4 in Florida and Arizona, 2 in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas

No.

Date

Day

ST

City

Age

Sex

Location

Activity

Victim

1 4/23 Tue MO Pomona 57 F In yard under trees   Connie Lou Wake
2 5/10 Fri LA Lake Charles 41 M In boat on lake Fishing Cleve Manard
3 5/21 Tue TX Lufkin 32 F Outside restaurant Standing Meshell Foxworth
4 5/26 Sun IL Shelbyville 29 M In boat on river Fishing Jonathon D. Olisio
5 5/28 Tue FL Belleair 51 F On beach Walking Phyllis Kalinowski
6 5/30 Thu IL Downers Grove 17 F In park   Jennie Dizon
7 6/8 Sat FL Lake Okeechobee 57 M In boat on lake Fishing Aaron E. Singleton
8 6/26 Wed FL Naples 35 M Scaffolding Climbing down Robert Wiley
9 7/1 Mon CA Dardanelle 66 F Campground Camping Christine Ann Adrian
10 7/7 Sun NY Ancram 26 M Under tree by lake Standing, parking lot Daniel Quirk
11 7/19 Fri AZ Navajo County 54 M Edge of reservoir Walking Frank Marin
12 7/22 Mon GA Bainbridge 21 M Road Near farm job Mauselio Gomes
13 7/23 Tue AZ Fredonia 30 M Scenic Overview Tourism/honeymoon Aram Kawewong
14 7/23 Tue AZ Fredonia 30 F Scenic Overview Tourism/honeymoon Ratchaya Tantranon
15 8/21 Wed KY Madison County 25 M In barn Hanging tobacco Scotty Elam, Jr.
16 8/21 Wed KY Madison County 29 M In barn Hanging tobacco Bobby Lee Maggard
17 8/25 Sun OR Madras 50 M Under tree Just off motorcycle Bret Hemenway
18 8/26 Mon MN Sturgeon Lake 53 M Near tree Headed to vehicle Michael McGee
19 9/1 Sun SC Union 50 M Under tree Working on truck Steven Bucknell
20 9/2 Mon FL Miami 31 M Under tractor trailer Power washing Andres Telles
21 9/5 Thu TX

San Antonio

8

M

Backyard

Playing

Mohammad Algargaz
22 9/19 Thu IN Gary 28 M On billboard Working Angelo Santucci
23 9/20 Fri AZ Big Lake 30 M In canoe Fishing Drew Pearson

 

Lightning Fatalities for 2013 by State

lighting fatalities map, see list below

2013 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age
Day Of Week
By Month
AZ 4 M 17 (74%) 0-9 1 (4%) Sun 4 (17%)   13 12 11 10
09
08
07
06 
Norm*
CA 1 F 6 (26%) 10-19 1 (4%) Mon 4 (17%) Jan 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
1
0
FL 4   20-29 6 (26%) Tue 5 (22%) Feb 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
0
0
GA 1   30-39 6 (26%) Wed 3 (13%)

Mar

0 1 0 0
1
0
1
0
1
IL 2   40-49 1 (4%) Thu 3 (13%) Apr 1 2 0 0
1
0
1
3
2
IN 1   50-59 7 (30%) Fri 3 (13%) May 5 0 1 4
2
2
5
5
6
KY 2   60-69 1 (4%) Sat 1 (4%) Jun 2 3 5 7
12
9
12
10
11
LA 1   70-79 0 (0%)     Jul 6 13 9 11
10
14
10
16
16
MN 1   80-89 0 (0%)     Aug 4 6 6 4
3
0
9
7
11
MO 1           Sep 5 2 4 2
4
1
5
4
5
NY 1           Oct   1 1 1
1
0
2
2
1
OR 1           Nov     0 0 0
0
0
0
0
SC 1           Dec     0 0 0
0
0
0
0
TX 2           Year 23 28 26 29
34
28
45
48
53
Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
* - Known Fatalities to date
**Unknown

Fatality statistics for past years

Note: Monthly normals are based on the 30-year average of 51 deaths per year (1984-2013) 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.