Pat Shingleton for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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On June 22, 2004, a lightning strike on a bluff in northwest Colorado hospitalized four men, while 15 other golfers suffered minor injuries. The single lightning hit arced from man to man with those injured reporting paralyzing effects, surging chest pain and hot flashes. Many perceive that golfers incur the most injuries and deaths during episodes of lightning. The National Weather Service reports from 2006 through 2012, there were 238 lightning fatalities with 64 percent of lightning-related deaths during leisure activities. Researchers determined fishermen top the list of lightning strike deaths. Of the 238 deaths since 2006, deaths on beaches, walking, riding or running totaled 77. Fishing deaths hit 26, followed by camping, 15; boating, 14; soccer, 12; and golf recording 8 fatalities. Fastcast: Fewer showers.