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To date, there have been 28 lightning fatalities in 2012 in 17 states.
Florida sadly numbers 5 deaths; New Jersey and Texas, 3
Alabama, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania, 2

No.

Date

Day

ST

City

Age

Sex

Location

Activity

Victim

1 3/30 Fri AL Greenville 12 M Under Tree Playing Aven Brett Schofield
2 4/11 Wed LA Ponchatoula 54 M Small metal structure under tree Had been fishing Luther Clyde Baham, Sr.
3 4/11 Wed LA Ponchatoula 33 M Small metal structure under tree Had been fishing Luther Clyde Baham, Jr.
4 6/8 Fri FL Lake Okeechobee 51 M Boat in lake Fishing Lorenzo Magdaleno
5 6/23 Sat VT Post Mills 16 M Farm field Harvesting Connor Cook
6 6/30 Sat TX Houston 33 M Open area Utility repair John Henry JanseVanRensburg
7 7/3 Tue OH Zanesville 60 M Under tree Working in Yard Dick Sorg
8 7/7 Sat NJ Monmouth Beach 48 F Beach Family Outing Indira Tursanova
9 7/7 Sat KS Coffey County 68 M Front Yard Family gathering Ronald Nicholas
10 7/7 Sat IL Nashville 51 M Outside home Stepping out door Steven J. Rybacki
11 7/13 Fri GA Peachtree City 52 M Under tree by boat ramp Fishing Burnette Hayes
12 7/13 Fri OK Ada 61 M Driveway of home   Ray Marshall
13 7/15 Sun TX Aldine 27 M Under tree Soccer Jose Romero
14 7/15 Sun TX Aldine 26 M Under tree Soccer Angel Delgado
15 7/16 Mon AL Huntsville 40 M Driveway of Home   Daniel Roets
16 7/21 Sat UT Boulder Mntn 24

M

Under tree Fishing Jesse King
17 7/23 Mon CA Nevada County 71 M Near trees Camping Frank Baeta
18 7/24 Tue PA Garrett 36 F Under tree Picking Berries Mary Yoder
19 7/26 Thu KY Lexington 67 F Outside Installing watering system Kathlyn Friend
20 8/5 Sun PA Long Pond 41 M Parking lot NASCAR race Brian Zimmerman
21 8/6 Mon FL Shell Island 42 M Beach Walking to boat James Keith Brown
22 8/6 Mon FL Shell Island 14 M Beach Being carried Tristan Barger
23 8/15 Wed NJ Long Branch 41 M Beach Fishing Sebastian Castillo
24 8/18 Sat MN Duluth 9 M Beach Sailing Luke Voigt
25 8/19 Sun NC Wilmington 50 M Near tree Fishing Timothy Godwin
26 9/7 Fri NJ Demarest 71 M Near tree Watching soccer game Viktor Ovsyankin
27 9/7 Fri FL Lakeland 16 M Under tree Moving bike James Pinkstaff
28 10/3 Wed FL Ft. Myers 11 M Open field Football practice Jesse Watlington

Lightning Fatalities for 2012 by State

lighting fatalities map, see list below

2012 Lightning Fatality Demographics

State
Gender
Age
Day Of Week
By Month
AL 2 M 25 (89%) 0-9 1 (4%) Sun 4 (14%)   12 11 10
09
08
07
06 
Norm*
CA 1 F 3 (11%) 10-19 5 (18%) Mon 4 (14%) Jan 0 0 0
0
1
0
1
0
FL 5   20-29 3 (11%) Tue 2 (7%) Feb 0 0 0
0
1
0
0
0
GA 1   30-39 3 (11%) Wed 3 (11%)

Mar

1 0 0
1
0
1
0
1
IL 1   40-49 5 (18%) Thu 1 (4%) Apr 2 0 0
1
0
1
3
2
KS 1   50-59 5 (18%) Fri 6 (21%) May 0 1 4
2
2
5
5
6
KY 1   60-69 4 (14%) Sat 7 (25%) Jun 3 5 7
12
9
12
10
12
LA 2   70-79 2 (7%)     Jul 13 9 11
10
14
10
16
16
MN 1   80-89 0 (0%)     Aug 6 6 4
3
0
9
7
12
NC 1           Sep 2 4 2
4
1
5
4
5
NJ 3           Oct 1* 1 1
1
0
2
2
1
OH 1           Nov   0 0 0
0
0
0
0
OK 1           Dec   0 0 0
0
0
0
0
PA 2           Year 28* 26 29
34
28
45
48
54
TX 3                            
UT 1                            
VT 1                            
Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
* - Known Fatalities to date

Fatality statistics for past years

Note: Monthly normals are based on the 30-year average of 54 deaths per year (1982-2011) 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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