Study: Men More Likely To Be Struck By Lightning

Published 06/25 2014 09:18PM

Updated 06/25 2014 10:22PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Often times, along with the rain, comes thunderstorms. A new study says men are the majority of victims to lightning strikes.

The study came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Roughly four out of five fatalities due to lightning in the U.S. from 2006 to 2013 were men.

The study says this occurs because more men are outside doing leisure activities during the summer stormy months.

A valuable lesson can be taken away from this study, especially during Missouri’s summer Weather Safety Week. National Weather Service experts say keep an eye on nearby shelter.

"Obviously being summer time, people are more outdoors much much more," says John Gagen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "Boating, camping, outdoor sporting activities, golf, things of that nature. There out in areas where there isn't much shelter. Or easy shelter to get to so as storms do pop up, people do have trouble to find shelter and there much more exposed to lightening for a longer period of time."

According to the National Weather Service, there are on average a total of 61 lightning deaths a year in the U.S.

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