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U.S. Lightning Deaths in 2015: 27

No.

Date

Day

ST

City

Age

Sex

Location

Activity

Victim

1 4/9 Thu NC Anderson Creek 56 F Under tree, near home Walking dogs Frankie Roberts
2 4/9 Thu NC Cary 28 M Parking Lot Waiting for friend Steven Bryan
3 5/4 Mon IA Moscow 35 M On horse Rounding up cattle William Clevenger
4 5/13 Wed FL Bonita Springs 36 M Roof Roofing Rigoberto Diaz-Segura
5 5/15 Fri NM Carrizozo 40 F Road Riding on Motorcycle Kalina Jinzo
6 5/21 Thu TX Port Lavaca 56 M Outside store   Jesus Herrera Alvarez
7 6/1 Mon WV Fayette County 17 M Near tree Fishing Jacob Neff
8 6/13 Sat AR Benton County 22 M Boat on lake Fishing Connor Clayman
9 6/19 Fri FL Largo 81 M Near home Walking Jay Freres
10 6/20 Sat IA Palo 42 F Campground Camping Rebecca McCarthy
11 6/23 Tue AL Opp 42 M Outside home near tree Covering chickens Miguel Belnar
12 6/23 Tue AL Opp 45 F Outside home near tree Covering chickens Sharon G. Fletcher
13 6/26 Fri FL Port Orange 26 M Rooftop of home Working on roof Steven Lee Gang
14 6/26 Fri MO Seymour 30 M In field Cultivating field Samuel H.K. Beechy
15 6/27 Sat AZ Forest Lakes 24 F Under tree Hiking Christine Garcia
16 6/27 Sat SC Columbia 52 F Airport tarmac Deplaning Sonya Dockett
17 6/30 Tue AZ Benson 32 M   Walking Alvaro Montoya
18 7/5 Sun AL Fort Morgan 12 F Beach Volleyball Megan Nickell
19 7/12 Sun SD Spearfish 21 M Disc golf course Disc golf Gage McSpadden
20 7/17 Fri CO Mt. Yale 31 F Mountains Hiking Kathleen Bartlett
21 7/18 Sat CA Bakersfield 62 M Under tree near house Checking on home Stephen Ermigarat
22 7/23 Thu AL Autauga County 73 F Under tree near home Picking blueberries Sonya J. Jones
23 8/1 Sat NM Rio Arriba County 37 M Highway Riding motorcycle Juan Trujillo
24 8/8 Sat FL Miami-Dade 54 M Near park Walking to vehicle Jean Golbert Jean-Pierre
25 8/20 Thu FL Jacksonville 56 F In car In car driving, hit by tree Barbara M. Pearson
26 8/30 Sun UT Lehi 50 F Near tree Family picnic Carla Grow
27 0/13 Sun AZ Grand Canyon 21 M Trail Hiking Jonathan Crowden

Lightning Fatalities 2015 by State

2015 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age
Day Of Week
By Month
AL 4 M 16 (59%) 0-9 0 (0%) Sun 4 (15%)   2015 14 13 12 11 10
09
08
07
06 
Norm*
AR 1 F 11 (41%) 10-19 2 (7%) Mon 2 (7%) Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
1
0
AZ 3   20-29 6 (22%) Tue 3 (11%) Feb 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
0
0
CA 1   30-39 6 (22%) Wed 1 (4%) Mar 0 0 0 1 0 0
1
0
1
0
0
CO 1   40-49 4 (15%) Thu 5 (19%) Apr 2 0 1 2 0 0
1
0
1
3
1
FL 5   50-59 6 (22%) Fri 5 (19%) May 4 5 5 0 1 4
2
2
5
5
3
IA 2   60-69 1 (4%) Sat 7 (26%) Jun 11 3 2 3 5 7
12
9
12
10
7
MO 1   70-79 1 (4%)     Jul 5 9 6 13 9 11
10
14
10
16
10
NC 2   80-89 1 (4%)     Aug 4 5 4 6 6 4
3
0
9
7
5
NM 2           Sep 1 3 5 2 4 2
4
1
5
4
3
SC 1           Oct   1   1 1 1
1
0
2
2
1
SD 1           Nov   0     0 0 0
0
0
0
0
TX 1           Dec         0 0 0
0
0
0
0
UT 1           Year 27 26 23 28 26 29
34
28
45
48
31*
WV 1                                  
*Due to rounding, numbers do add up to total or 100 percent.
** Known Fatalities to date


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

Fatality statistics for past years

Note: Monthly normals are based on the 30-year average of 49 deaths per year (1985-2014) 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.

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