Summer is arriving in Montana and, along with it, thunderstorms are beginning to pop up as you may have seen some of them last week. The associated lightning can be very dangerous to where the National Weather Service is hosting lightning safety week.
Lightning is the second leading cause of storm deaths in the nation behind flooding. Many Montanans enjoy the outdoors during the summer where lightning can become a fatal factor. You may be surprised though at the top outdoor activity for lightning strikes. Over the past few years, the leading lightning strike activity has shifted from golfing to fishing/boating.
When lightning flashes, start counting. If you can't reach thirty by time you hear the clap of thunder, you're close enough to be struck. The safest places are in a sturdy structure like a home, or in a hardtop vehicle where the metal frame of the car can divert the electricity around you.