Science Says: Lightning is zapping fewer Americans, not more

Lightning strikes have not changed — they hit about the same amount as they used to, said Pennsylvania State University meteorology professor Paul Markowski.

lightning strike occurs as Texas State 2015

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015 file photo, a lightning strike occurs as Texas State warms up in Doak Campbell Stadium prior to an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. Lightning used to kill about 300 Americans a year, but lightning deaths are on pace to hit a record low this year. Scientists say less time spent outside and improved medical treatment have contributed to fewer deaths.

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