We had a blustery tropical thunderstorm here yesterday. The temp dropped about 20 degrees within a few minutes around 8 pm. The lightning was incredible! I almost crawled under the bed with the dog to hide from the rage of it all.

Lightning kills about 100 people in the US every year and many more are injured. Florida ranks the highest state in the US in lightning strikes. And I can tell you from experience – do not talk on a corded phone during a thunderstorm. I recently had a painful zap in my ear from lightning while on the phone. My ear hurt for several days!

Weather is a great topic for kids of all ages to research. Educate your kids about lightning. Start here with National Geographic.

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