1. Lightning Is an Unruly Beast; Heard to Predict and Filled with Surprises:
So far, this year lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the United States, which is almost double the norm. Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Although most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. The idea of a lightning bolt finding and striking a person directly seems so random, but in fact, most people who were hurt or injured weren’t struck directly. People can fall victim to lightning striking a nearby object when the current jumps, as well as through conduction and ground current.