This Currier & Ives lithograph shows Benjamin Franklin and his son William using a kite and key during a storm to prove… That iconic New York City skyscraper is struck by lightning an average of 23 times each year! Daniela Solares walks past the camera as lightning strikes over Copacabana Beach during a Carnival festival in Brazil; she might want to take that lightning a little more seriously. So don’t hesitate to offer aid. MYTH: If you count more than 30 seconds from a lightning strike until thunder the storm is more than 6 miles away. Yep, the milder spring weather is generally ushered in after the passage of warms fronts, and these are often accompanied by bands of rains — and sometimes lightning. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about the weather. Lightning Safety Tip: Seeing flashes of lightning in the distance should tell you that the atmosphere is ripe for thunderstorm development. 10: Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice. Lightning Safety Tip: If you can’t find (or get to) safe shelter and you’re in an open area, crouch low to the ground on the balls of your feet to minimize your contact with the ground and lower your risk of shock from nearby strikes — and stay at least 20 feet away from other people to decrease the risk of more than one person getting struck. Like this post? Mountains, bridges, and radio antennas are among the many other places that are struck by lightning repeatedly over the course of a year. Share the facts about lightning and help put and end to all of these bad lightning myths. But few come indoors simply when the clouds are darkening — but they should: Lightning Safety Tip: Anytime it’s looking stormy outside — even if there’s no rain or lightning — it’s best to seek safe shelter as soon as possible because it doesn’t have to be raining in order for lightning to strike! Follow the helpful advice mentioned in each of the lightning safety tips above. Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up, and AGH — thunderstorms! NBC News. So while the illumination from the lightning is perfectly visible in the dark of night, the thunder is just too far away to hear it. Lightning Safety Tip: Lightning can strike anywhere once and many places twice (including tall buildings, mountains, bridges, and radio antennas) — so if there’s a storm nearby, stay as safe as possible indoors and avoid tall outdoor structures. 6: The Rubber Tires on a Car Will Protect You, 5: Going Indoors Makes You Completely Safe. June 20, 2014 (March 8, 2015) http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/debunked-5-lightning-myths-could-kill-you-n135971, Chicago Tribune. That said… be sure to always seek shelter if you can hear thunder! "MYTH: Ipods, Walkmans and headphones will attract lightning and/or make lightning strike injuries worse." It kept the savage animals away. (March 8, 2015) http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/franklin-flies-kite-during-thunderstorm, Huffington Post. It took people off guard and sadly ended up killing one person and injuring 13 others. Lightning can travel as far as 25 miles from its parent storm. As a homeowner, I primarily write about weather safety tips that everyone should know in order to protect their home and family during major weather events. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. USHistory.org. This is truly an old Indian story of old time. "NYC Hazards: Thunderstorms and Lightning." And, sometimes, you don’t even need to be touching something to get struck. I'm a weather geek from Florida who's been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years! Totally false! What happens in the fall, when the first cold fronts blow through, bringing cooler weather? However, science has proven that lightning can do damage much farther just 5 or 6 miles from its parent storm. As primitive man sought answers about the natural world, lightning became a part of his superstitions, his myths and his early religions. Lightning can also strike when the sun is out. It’s not just an ironic saying — it’s something that can actually happen. (March 8, 2015) http://stormhighway.com/ipodlightning.php, Schiffer, Michael. FACT: I love Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Dreams,” which contains the lyrics “thunder only happens when it’s raining.” Yes, thunder (and its preceding lightning) generally do happen when it’s raining, but sometimes lightning occurs before rain. Fireflies, or lightning bugs, aren’t actually flies at all – for that matter, they’re not even really bugs, either. No matter what I’m doing, if I’m outdoors and hear thunder, I always make a point to drop what I’m doing and head right for the nearest safe shelter. I especially like sharing interesting details about weather events and conditions that can affect you... and how to prepare for Mother Nature's ever-changing weather patterns. But that’s just a very tall and active thunderhead at a distance over the horizon. FACT: This is one of the most common lightning myths, and it can be easily debunked by pointing to the Empire State Building. This Currier & Ives lithograph shows Benjamin Franklin and his son William using a kite and key during a storm to prove that lightning was electricity.