Lightning deaths at all-time record low in 2017 – Despite Al Gore’s predictions
USA Today Excerpt January 2, 2018: Lightning killed fewer Americans last year than any year on record, marking a steady downward trend that experts attribute to more awareness, better lightning-proof construction and fewer people working in farms and fields. Lightning killed 16 people in 2017, the fewest deaths since accurate records began in 1940, the National Weather Service said. This broke the previous record low of 23, set in 2013, weather service meteorologist John Jensenius said. The number of people killed by lightning in recent years a far cry from annual lightning deaths decades ago: In the 1940s, for instance, hundreds of people were killed each year by lightning. In 1943 alone, 432 people died. In 2001, the weather service launched a lightning safety campaign, which included the now well-known phrase “when thunder roars, go indoors.” At that time, the nation recorded about 55 lightning deaths a year. Over the past decade, an average of 27 Americans were killed each year from lightning strikes, Jensenius said. “While we don’t like to see any lightning deaths, the continuing downward trend in yearly fatalities is encouraging,” Jensenius added. Jensenius said increased awareness prompted better lightning safety policy for outdoor sports and recreational organizations. And when lightning does strike, Jensenius said, better medical treatment and access to automatic external defibrillators “has helped save the lives of lightning strike victims.” Roughly 90% of people struck by lightning survive.
Lightning Reality clashes with climate fear promoters’ claims:
Flashback: Watch: Al Gore’s TED Talk: Global warming causing more lightning, downpours, Zeka, Typhoons – (Full Transcript) – Gore: ‘Every night on the TV news now is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.’ – Gore: ‘More lightning, as the heat energy builds up, a considerable amount of additional lightning also.’
Fmr. Harvard Business School prof. blames CO2 for lightning bolt that hit her house! Shoshana Zuboff: ‘When Global Warming Ate My Life’ — ‘Global warming turned my family into refugees’ – ‘Was the lightning bolt in our kitchen caused by global warming? The facts are too compelling to ignore…Our daughter took the lead investigating destructive lightning in Maine. She found that the NASA estimates a 5-6% change in global lightning frequencies for every 1 degree C global warming…I am a climate change victim…stripped of everything that once carried our memories and meaning’
New claim: Global Warming To Compromise Aircraft Safety! ‘Will lead to more lightning strikes on aircraft’ – ‘According to the CAA’s (Civil Aviation Authority) review of safety, page 156, they are concerned that global warming will lead to more lightning strikes on aircraft!’ – ‘Lightning-induced fires are rare…However, greater weather changes are anticipate as a result of global warming, with lighting implications.’
Flashback: USA saw fewest lightning deaths on record in 2013: ’23 Americans died from lightning in 2013, the fewest since records began in 1940′ – ‘2013 was also a relatively quiet year in the USA for severe thunderstorms, which produce large hail, tornadoes or very strong winds.’ – ‘The previous record low was in 2011, which had 26 deaths.’
Warmists go unhinged: ‘Global warming is to blame’ for lightning strike which killed Mt. Kilimanjaro climber — ‘It was quite freaky and probably it’s because of the global warming’ – ‘It is very unusual to have thunderstorms and rain at that particular level of the mountain but it is just the whole climate is changing’