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U.S. Lightning Deaths in 2016: 39

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 5/28 Sat FL Naples 32 M Roofing, getting nail gun Working Juan Carlos Vazquez Cadena
7 6/13 Mon FL Manatee County 47 M Farm Loading truck Fleuridor Kercizan
8 6/24 Fri FL Daytona Beach 33 F Beach Standing in water Janika Gardner
9 6/25 Sat MO Festus 72 M Yard Standing with dog Daniel Kennedy
10 6/27 Mon MS Lumberton 24 M Yard Standing Thomas Whorton, III
11 7/10 Sun LA Pineville 45 M Parking lot Walking to car Scotty Rosier
12 7/14 Thu TN Dover 65 F Under tree Camping Franceen Crowl
13 7/14 Thu LA Baton Rouge 70 M Sheltering under tree Roofing Jose Humberto Vasconcelos
14 7/14 Thu AL Redstone Arsenal 19 M Outside building Outdoor Maintenance Jacob York
15 7/14 Thu VA Bedford County 23 M Along roadway Walking Robert Miller
16 7/16 Sat NC Yancey County 54 M Putting on rain gear Riding Motorcycle Scott Pasour
17 7/19 Tue CO Arvada 23 M Sheltering under tree Golfing Peter Hawkes
18 7/19 Tue AL Lawrence County 20 M In yard under tree Watching storm Hunter Blankenship
19 7/20 Wed AZ Coconino County 17 M Near mountain top Hiking Wade Young
20 7/22 Fri UT Flaming Gorge Reservoir 14 F On reservoir Riding jetski Brooklyn Reynolds
21 7/25 Mon FL Bonita Springs 29 M Lanai (6th floor) Construction Salomon Garcia-Martinez
22 7/31 Sun NC Currituck County 5 M Beach Walking to vehicle Stephen Little
23 8/5 Fri FL Okaloosa Island 22 M Beach Attending umbellas Zachary Fordem
24 8/10 Wed NY Batavia 34 M Cemetery not yet known Richard Garlock
25 8/10 Wed NY Batavia 32 F Cemetery not yet known Jenea Macleod
26 8/10 Wed OH Coshocton 8 M Outside home Bringing in horses Noah Stutzman
27 8/12 Fri NY Poughkeepsie 50 M In park under tree Sheltering from storm Richard Harbstreet
28 8/12 Fri NY Poughkeepsie 46 M In park under tree Sheltering from storm Franklyn Mekeel
29 8/13 Sat PA Carbon County 39 M Lake at state park Swimming Jose Lopez-Hernandez
30 8/14 Sun FL Charlotte County 22 M Inter-coastal waterway Jet skiing William Coty Steffanni
31 8/19 Fri CO Larimer County 45 M Outside cabin under tree Standing Chad Trover
32 8/19 Fri MI Presque Isle 21 F Near beach house Working as Lifeguard Alyson Knenlein
33 8/26 Fri FL Sarasota 50 F In park Sheltering under gazebo Fontella Span
34 8/26 Fri MS Granada 51 F At lake Searching for arrowheads Donna Hendrix
35 8/28 Sun TX Slaton 23 M In park by lake Walking Gabriel Ramos
36 9/6 Tue MI Manistee County 71 M Trail Hiking Steven Olson
37 9/6 Tue WI Minocqua 66 M Outside Home Walking dog Bryan Jennings
38 9/25 Sun TX Austin 37 F Hiking trail Hiking Michelle Ann Wolfe
39 12/13 Tue FL Molino 43 M Outside home Walking to vehicle Christopher Neidlinger


Lightning Fatalities 2016 by State

2016 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age*
Day Of Week*
By Month
AL 2 M 30 (77%) 0-9 2 (5%) Sun 5 (13%)   2016 15 14 13 12 11 10
09
08
07
06 
10 Yr Avg
AZ 1 F 9 (23%) 10-19 4 (10%) Mon 3 (8%) Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
1
0
CO 2   20-29 10 (28%) Tue 5 (13%) Feb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
1
0
0
0
FL 10   30-39 7 (18%) Wed 6 (15%) Mar 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
1
0
1
0
0
LA 4   40-49 6 (15%) Thu 4 (10%) Apr 3 2 0 1 2 0 0
1
0
1
3
1
MI 2   50-59 4 (10%) Fri 12 (31%) May 1 4 5 5 0 1 4
2
2
5
5
3
MO 1   60-69 2 (5%) Sat 4 (10%) 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 13 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 0   1   1 1 1
1
0
2
2
1
PA 1           Nov 0   0     0 0
0
0
0
0
0
TN 1           Dec 1**         0 0 0
0
0
0
0
TX 2           Year 39** 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