Lightning Strikes

A church steeple in Germany was struck by lightning and destroyed on April 18, 1599. The members of the church rebuilt it. It was hit by lightning three more times between then and 1783, and rebuilt again and again. Every time it was hit, the date was April 18.

Once every three or four days an American dies due to being struck by lightning.

Two-thirds of the people struck by lightning survive.

Men are six times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

If you stand under an oak tree, you are much more likely to be struck by lightning that if you stand under many other kinds of trees. Why are oaks more dangerous? Their roots go deeper which make a better electrical ground.

An average bolt of lightning is less than one inch thick. The electricity is thirty million volts.

Thunder storms can approach as fast as fifty miles per hour.