Shocking: The Thunderstorm Danger Quiz
by Staff
Lightning can strike the Empire State Building as many times as it wants. But when it comes to human tissues and organs, we can't be so cavalier with our safety. The effects of lightning strikes can be deadly -- or at least blow you right out of your shoes. Test your thunderstorm smarts. Are you the most likely to survive?

Which natural disaster causes the most deaths on average in the U.S.?

  • tornadoes
  • blizzards
  • lightning

A bolt of lightning can reach how many volts?

  • a million
  • a billion
  • a gajillion

How hot can lightning bolts be?

  • 1 million degrees F
  • 54,000 degrees F
  • 450 degrees F

About how many thunderstorms are taking place on the planet right now as you read this?

  • 200
  • 2,000
  • 20,000

What is heat lightning?

  • lightning that's much hotter than average
  • lightning that's a mirage
  • lightning from a thunderstorm too far away to be heard

How far from rain can lightning strike?

  • 5 miles
  • 10 miles
  • 25 miles

At what time of day do most lightning strikes occur?

  • morning
  • afternoon
  • night

How fast does the sound of thunder travel?

  • 1 mile per 5 seconds
  • 1 mile per 30 seconds
  • 1 mile per minute

Which of these is NOT part of a boat's lightning protection system?

  • air terminal
  • bonding system
  • flux capacitor

According to Pliny, what sea creature couldn't be harmed by lightning?

  • seal
  • narwhal
  • swordfish

The National Weather Service recommends you stay inside how long after the last thunder clap?

  • 30 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 1 day

Most U.S. lightning casualties occur in what state?

  • Alaska
  • Michigan
  • Florida

Which of these statements about positive lightning is NOT true?

  • It's less dangerous than negative lightning.
  • It has a stronger electrical field than negative lightning.
  • Its flash duration is greater than that of negative lightning.

Which of these is an example of side flash?

  • when lightning hits you directly
  • when lightning hits a tree and then jumps to you
  • when lightning hits a tree that you're touching and travels through your hand

What percentage of lightning victims die immediately?

  • 20 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 100 percent

What phenomenon protects you from lightning when you're in a car?

  • Faraday's cage
  • Quantum suicide
  • Special relativity

What is the study of pathology of lightning in the body?

  • ketoacidosis
  • keratinology
  • keuranopathy

Which of these things do you NOT do during the lightning crouch?

  • squat
  • cover your ears
  • lie down

The top of a tower of thunderclouds might be shaped like what?

  • a flower
  • an anvil
  • a pumpkin

Is lightning always attracted to the tallest object around?

  • Lightning is always attracted to the tallest object around.
  • Lightning is always attracted to the shortest object around.
  • No one can predict where lightning will strike.