Colorado Lightning Resource Page
National Weather Service
Pueblo Colorado
Lightning flash over Lake Pueblo, Colorado, August 2000
Lightning striking a hotel in Kansas City, MO, Summer 1992
Lightning striking a plane in Japan
Lightning over Horsetooth Reservoir, Ft Collins, Colorado

Colorado Lightning Resource Page along with NOAA lightning safety team receives award from National Lightning Safety Institute

Click here for NOAA/NWS National Lightning Safety Information
Lightning Safety Awareness Week  June 19-25 2005

Quick Summary of the 2004 Colorado Lightning Casualties

Overall summary of Colorado casualties since 1980

Lightning Safety: Protecting Yourself, Your Family and Your Friends from Lightning: In this section, you will find information on:

 Safe locations during a lightning storm 
  Lightning Safety Plan of Action 
  The "30/30" lightning safety rule 
  Safety guidelines for individuals. small groups and large groups 
  First aid for lightning strike victims 
  If you are caught in the open during a lightning storm 
  Lightning and the Colorado mountains: camping safety 
  Lightning and boating 

Lighting Safety: Protecting your Home from Lightning: In this section you will find information, courtesy of the American Meteorological Society, on:

 Protecting your residence from Lightning
 Lightning Protection Systems for the home

Lightning Casualty Case Studies in the state of Colorado: In this section, you will find meteorological case studies of lightning strike victims which occurred in the state of Colorado.


The most dangerous type of lightning!

NCAA Lightning Safety Guidlines:

 Coaches, Atheletic Directors, Referees, and parents whose children participate in outdoor atheletic events are strongly encouraged to read this document.

Lightning Statistics: In this section, you will find information on:

 Lightning injuries/fatalities day by day for Colorado
 County by county statistics for Colorado
 Tables and graphs of lightning casualty statistics for Colorado
  Casualty statistics and lightning strike data for each state in the Nation

Lightning Flash Density maps: In this section, you will find information on:

  Average number of lightning flashes per year for Colorado
  Average number of lightning flashes over the United States

Lightning Flashes per county in the state of Colorado  In this section, you will find information on:

 Average number of lightning flashes per year for each county in Colorado

Lightning Facts and Other Interesting Aspects of Lightning

Lightning Internet Links

  Safety, Education, Science, etc

Additional Lightning Studies

Other topics:

Total Lightning map of the world.

  Plane being struck by lightning

Lightning Striking a building at close range:
    NOTE: This is a video file (4.6mb). Broadband access is recommended 


This internet site is intended to serve as a resource for lightning information for the state of Colorado.  Knowing more about lightning, its causes, and some basic safety rules can help you and your family avoid needless exposure to the dangers of lightning.

We hope that you find this information useful.

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