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In 2014, there were 26 lightning fatalities: 6 in Florida, 3 in Wisconsin, 2 in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia and Massachusetts

No.

Date

Day

ST

City

Age

Sex

Location

Activity

Victim

1

5/9

Fri

TX

Nacogdoches

60

M

Back yard near tree

 

Hank Wiederhold

2

5/14

Wed

FL

Seminole

40

M

Construction site

Closing car windows

Agustin Navarrete-Guerrero

3

5/14

Wed

FL

Plant City

71

M

Edge of lake

Fishing

Larry Webb

4

5/22

Thu

NM

Cimarron

44

M

Highway

Riding motorcycle

Thomas Coburn Wartell

5

5/29

Thu

FL

Pompono Beach

55

M

Rooftop

Roofing car dealership

Robert Elliott

6

6/13

Fri

FL

Milton

71

M

Blueberry patch

Picking blueberries

James Donald McDaniel

7

6/18

Wed

MI

Pittsfield

32

M

In park under tree

 

Dustin Flodin

8

6/30

Mon

WI

Janesville

63

M

Roadway

Fixing windshield wiper

Gaylin E. Edwards

9

7/1

Tue

AR

Etowah

16

M

Under a tree

Walking to house

Steven Sheppherd

10

7/11

Fri

CO

Rocky Mtn NP

42

F

Exposed hiking trail

Hiking

Rebecca R. Teilhet

11

7/11

Fri

MS

Quitman

23

F

Family property

Horseback riding

Shannon Mosley

12

7/11

Fri

GA

Dawsonville

48

F

Back yard

Trimming hedges

Mary Jo Fortune Kinney

13

7/12

Sat

CO

Rocky Mtn NP

52

M

Overlook parking area

Sightseeing

Gregory Cardwell

14

7/16

Wed

FL

Sarasota County

39

M

Roof

Roofing

Hermenegildo Diaz Zambrano

15

7/22

Tue

FL

Fort Myers Beach

41

M

Beach

Walking

Scott Wilcox

16

7/27

Sun

CA

Venice Beach

20

M

Beach

Swimming

Nick Fagnano

17

7/30

Wed

AZ

Sonoita

17

M

Desert

Walking

Fernan Cortez Aguilar

18

8/2

Sun

WI

Morgan

27

M

In tree

Building tree house

Brad Cox

19

8/2

Sun

WI

Morgan

31

M

Under a tree

Building tree house

Christopher Wold

20

8/14

Thu

AZ

Sells

27

M

School yard

Maintenance work

Dane C.J. Manuel

21

8/20

Wed

MO

Fulton

18

M

Driveway

Retrieving book

Jackson Whelpley

22

8/31

Sun

PA

Lancaster

8

M

Open Field near creek

Had been swimming

Ephraim Stoltzfus

23

9/6

Sat

MA

Ipswich

61

F

Beach

Walking

Marguerite Tomany

24

9/6

Sat

MA

Ipswich

69

F

Beach

Walking

Marianne Povell Mellnick

25

9/7

Sun

GA

Lowndes County

57

M

Under pole barn

Sheltering in storm

Larry Dasher

26

10/28

Tue

AR

Danville

33

M

Under tree

 

Jerry Harris

Lightning Fatalities 2014 by State

lighting fatalities map, see list below

2014 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age
Day Of Week
By Month
AR 2 M

21 (81%)

0-9 1 (4%) Sun 5 (19%)   14 13 12 11 10
09
08
07
06 
Norm*
AZ 2 F 5 (19%) 10-19 3 (12%) Mon 1 (4%) Jan 0 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
1
0
CA 1   20-29 4 (15%) Tue 3 (12%) Feb 0 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
0
0
CO 2   30-39 4 (15%) Wed 6 (23%)

Mar

0 0 1 0 0
1
0
1
0
1
FL 6   40-49 5 (19%) Thu 3 (12%) Apr 0 1 2 0 0
1
0
1
3
2
GA 2   50-59 3 (12%) Fri 5 (19%) May 5 5 0 1 4
2
2
5
5
6
MA 2   60-69 4 (15%) Sat 3 (12%) Jun 3 2 3 5 7
12
9
12
10
11
MI 1   70-79 2 (8%)     Jul 9 6 13 9 11
10
14
10
16
15
MO 1   80-89 0 (0%)     Aug 5 4 6 6 4
3
0
9
7
11
MS 1           Sep 3 5 2 4 2
4
1
5
4
5
NM 1           Oct 1   1 1 1
1
0
2
2
1
PA 1           Nov 0     0 0 0
0
0
0
0
TX 1           Dec       0 0 0
0
0
0
0
WI 3           Year 26* 23 28 26 29
34
28
45
48
51
Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
* Known Fatalities to date

Fatality statistics for past years

Male-Female lightning deaths: 2006-2014, contact the webmaster for text equivalent

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.