Lightning Myths & Facts

  • Myth: If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.
  • Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.
  • Myth: The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect you from being struck by lightning.
  • Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Myth: People struck by lightning carry an electrical charge and should not be touched.
  • Fact: Lightning-strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately.
  • Myth: "Heat-lightning" occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.
  • Fact: What is referred to as "heat-lightning" is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction!