The total number of lightning deaths in the United States in 2020 is at an all-time low, CNN reported. For a variety of reasons, fewer people have died from lightning strikes in the United States this year than in previous years. In fact, if this trend continues (because the worst storm season has passed), the U.S. is expected to experience the lowest number of lightning deaths in a year.
As a result of the outbreak, people have been quarantined more than in previous years, but it is unclear whether this has helped to reduce deaths from lightning strikes. To be sure, weather across the United States is good for reducing lightning activity.
Typically, lightning causes most deaths between May and July. This is due to strong storms across the country and lightning, which unfortunately occasionally hits people. However, the 2020 storm did not produce as much lightning as typical, reducing the likelihood of someone being hit.
“While there have been some notable lightning events during those months, including the lightning strike on the Washington Monument, from a thunderstorm perspective, these months have been relatively bland,” meteorologist Chris Vagasky explained in a blog post. “As an example of a reduction in lightning, NDLDN detected fewer than 1 million lightning events in just three days in June 2019. There are 15 such days in June 2020! “