As a kid growing up, I was scared of fireworks. The firecrackers were too loud, the big booms made my ears hurt, I was afraid I would get burnt, but despite all of that, I loved watching the fireworks show put on at the Rooks County Fair Grounds after the car races. We would sit in our pasture on our pickup’s tailgate, at the top of the “big hill” overlooking Stockton and watch the fireworks display. Best seats in the house.
“Thunder Makes the Noise but Lightning Does the W≠ork”, the song sung by Chad Brock speaks to the topic of today. Thunder is loud and sometimes very scary, but other than rattling the house, it is not dangerous. It’s the lightning that needs to be taken seriously as the “lightning does the work”.
Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena, lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning strikes year round. In the United States, an average of 58 people are killed and hundreds of people are permanently injured each year by lightning.