Pat Shingleton for Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lightning Awareness Week began Sunday as we post a few examples of strange lightning episodes. On June 26, 1969, lightning struck the Lanesboro State Fish Hatchery in Minnesota; 19,000 fish were fried. It seems obvious to distance oneself from metal objects during a lightning storm and keep Fido away too. On June 25, 1996, in Inverness, Fla., a bolt of lightning blasted a backyard clothesline, sending the charge through the leash of a luckless pooch.

Many will remember today’s date as Hurricane Audrey gathered momentum in the northwest Gulf of Mexico in 1957. It hit the Louisiana-Texas border on June 27 with a 12-foot storm surge and wind gusts of 180 mph, setting a record for the most storm deaths in the month of June at 390.

Fastcast: Hot, possible thundershowers.