Questions

  1. During what month do most deaths caused by lightning occur?

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  2. What season has the highest number of deaths caused by lightning?

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    Why does this make sense?

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  3. Approximately 3011 people died from lightning strikes between 1959 and 1990:

      - 27% died in open fields and ball parks;
      - 17% were under trees;
      - 13% were boating or involved in water related activities;
      - 6 % were near tractors or heavy road equipment;
      - 4% were on golf courses;
      - 1% were on telephones; and
      - 31% were in other locations.

    How many people were killed in open fields or ball parks? Show your work here.

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  4. Lightning is approximately one mile away for each five seconds it takes the sound of thunder to travel that distance. If you hear thunder 35 seconds after you see the lightning, how far away is the lightning? Show your work here.

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  5. Based on your experience and the information in this activity, make a set of lightning safety rules that apply to you in a specific situation. For example, list all of the precautions that you would take to protect yourself and others if you were on a ball field which is not close to home, or if you were baby-sitting for several children, or if you needed to use the telephone for an emergency. Write a title above your list of safety rules.

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  6. Are tornado deaths and lightning deaths related?__________________________________

    Why or why not?_________________________________________________________

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  7. Most U.S. tornados occur between April and June. According to the data presented in this activity, during what month do most deaths caused by tornados occur?_________________

    Explain.________________________________________________________________

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