Our severe thunderstorm season may be winding down here in the Upper Midwest but that doesn't mean lightning is finished for the season. Lightning is responsible for 50 to 100 deaths in the US every year, and it injures about ten times as many people.
Lightning is hot, about 50,000 degrees, as hot as the surface of the sun. It only lasts about a second, but that second is long enough. When lightning is in the area you should take shelter in a building, in a car, away from tall objects, such as utility poles and trees.
Below is some shocking video taken just this past Tuesday September 10, 2013 in Jackson, TN. Watch closely in the upper left hand corner and you can see the lightning striking the ground. It's amazing video that clearly shows the power of Mother Nature.