Why July Is the Most Dangerous Month for Lightning Strikes?

Experts explain why several people have been injured by lightning recently, and why lightning is still a mystery.
6:18 | 07/15/14

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Like me. One of nature's most destructive and rival forces. That's -- dangerous ripping through buildings trees cars and even people. Killing twelve people already here. Lightning took two lives in two separate incidences -- same park this past weekend in Colorado. It's funny others we didn't suitable -- -- plants even inside your home. Lightning can strike always -- was cut plume -- -- -- my America I was. -- C'mon man -- in Atlanta seven year old Sebastian Zdeno was struck while he was inside his house with his mother. Care rivers. Think -- -- receive -- decided to wait near the bay window for her husband -- lightning struck right through that very window. We're standing at the same window in -- all the sent -- here this being. Finish and it -- about the best back -- of our hands into our ears so I could see was my accent on the ground in his. His -- lists no -- By the time -- husband arrived first responders were at the scene -- in -- the whole in this. And monologues -- -- Sebastian -- was left charred in his injuries severe suffering first degree wounds on his pelvis down to his groin right arm onto the back of his body. We'll Sebastian was lucky to survive his parents still in on. Inside your home that's where you feel the safest. So it might seem like -- it's getting so many people. According to Johnson -- as lightning safety specialist July is the most dangerous month for lightning strike. July as the peak season and lightning and because people are outside it's also the month when we have the most lightning fatalities about fifteen people a year die during the month of July. -- lightning only strikes one in a million people. Those lucky enough to survive can see lifelong effects. There's a pretty good chance that they may have neurological damage headaches severe chronic pain memory loss personality changes. Every thunderstorm has lightning and the storm does not have to meets the criteria to contain deadly lightning. For something so common there's still so much mystery surrounding the brilliant -- we don't actually know what happens at -- very moments like he's more. My friend and season storm chaser -- -- Marist was trying to find that very answer he died last year while chasing the El Reno Oklahoma tornado. He spent much of -- storm chasing career studying tornadoes and the environment that surrounds them. A true pioneer in the field ten device technology it continues to help -- measure and predict tornadoes. His quest to learn and inform always inspired him to chase. I had the honor of joining him on an expedition this summer before his death to study his. Other lot of all the time that lightning how beautiful. The measurements on teased him it's really he's just get your car go kinda go here rumble of thunder go park up next to a cheering. Well it's not that -- sometimes is almost as difficult chasing a trail is as good lightning storm. -- gonna go see the Kahuna -- Always on the cutting -- Tim built this ultra high speed camera in the hopes that he could capture the birth of a lightning strike there's actually 82 campers on his instrument -- taking. One picture of the lightning and one micro seconds steps. Patton in -- -- -- critics said it was impossible. But Tim was never one to shy away from -- talent I'm not gonna give up until this is done especially as the naysayers tell me this can't be done. That's -- -- and harder before we left that gate -- -- his wife goodbye his son Paul joined us Paul would later die in the same tornado that took his father. Back then all of the new addition to team twist -- as they -- -- eager to learn the family business. In all we covered for states -- our journey more than 800 miles with plenty of disappointing storms. This door this storm kicked out several lightning strikes they were probably about five minutes apart hardly worth. Foreign equipment over but it's pretty. Yeah. Italy scored the F five. But then -- -- -- settled in. Do you -- a classic thunderstorm. Bursting with lightning. It happening in the. -- -- -- -- With Paul on watts and Tim Manning the camera. They managed to snag a beautiful image. Numerous branches than the first one hits the ground then return stroke. Starting lightning starting tornadoes. Are warranted final frontiers in the urology you know -- -- of -- things there because -- so fleeting they're so very difficult to study. You have to get up close. And you have to collect imagery you have to collect data. It's that colossal -- to get close to store -- drives meteorologist like gusts to keep chasing. Now tonight as severe storms rumble across our nation John has some tips on how you can keep you and your family safe from -- -- -- one. Find cover in new. If we look at each fatalities when men seem to be better at getting inside when the lightning Fred Astaire. The man who aren't as good about getting inside when the lightning threatened. To. Once inside stay away from water -- lightning strikes the home and goes to the -- they could very easily go through water and get to you. Three stay away from windows in the works. If lightning strikes the outside -- the home -- that followed that metal door and inside. And he's got outside a person inside the car will be safe. But the best way to avoid a lightning strike pay attention to the weather and don't get caught in the storm. For Nightline I'm introducing eight New York City look.

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