Folk wisdom says the odds of a lightning strike are one in a million, but actuarially speaking, it really depends on how you run the numbers.
For example, the odds of being struck in your lifetime are actually 1 in 13,000, according to the most recent data from the National Weather Service.
The odds of being struck in a given year are closer to
that one-in-a-million mark, though: 1 in 1,042,000. While
lightning strikes seem to be no big deal in cartoons and kids’ movies, the
reality is a little more shocking. According to the National Weather Service, a
lightning strike can cause cardiac arrest, brain damage or death.
Whatever the odds may be, it’s a good idea to read up on the dangers of lightning and how to keep yourself safe during a thunderstorm.