Colorado Lightning Resource Page
National Weather Service
Pueblo Colorado


 Lightning Casualty


Colorado Lightning


 Lightning over Horsetooth Reservoir, Ft Collins, Colorado

Colorado Lightning


When thunder roars, go indoors!

Click here for NOAA/NWS National Lightning Safety Information 

Lightning Safety Awareness Week: Held the last full week of June every year

 Quick Summary of the 2013 Colorado Lightning Casualties

Overall summary of Colorado casualties since 1980

What is Lightning?

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 
  Outdoor risk reduction guidelines for individuals, small groups and large groups 

 Lightning Risk Management for Backcountry Campers and Hikers
  First aid for lightning strike victims 

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.

"BOLTS FROM THE BLUE":  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 day, per month and per year for Colorado
  Average number of lightning flashes per year for each county in Colorado
  Average number of lightning flashes over the United States

Lightning Facts for Colorado, the Nation and the World (and Other Interesting Aspects of Lightning)

Lightning Internet Links

  Safety, Education, Science, etc

Additional Lightning Studies

Other topics:

Where Lightning Strikes - Total Lightning map of the world.

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  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.

Please email your comments, questions, and suggestions to

This page is a part of the Lightning Program at National Weather Service Pueblo 

"I woke last night to the sound of thunder,
How far off I sat and wondered..."

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Night Moves, from the album Nine Tonight




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