You may have noticed a good number of lightning-related stories, here, in the past 9 months. "Is Jon fixated on lightning?" you might well have thought.
Well, no...it's just that we get a lot of strikes, here in the Centennial State. Colorado is 10th on the list for death by lightning, out of the 50 states. (Oddly, the other two states in which I have owned homes, Ohio and Tennessee, rank 6th and 8th.)
Not long after I was knocked off my bike on Kenosha Pass, by a nearby lightning strike, one of the riders on the race team we sponsored was hit by lightning as he rode. The bolt hit a metal fence, alongside the road, and the electricity arced over to him and knocked him senseless. It took months for him to recover.
But, at least he did recover. A motorcyclist on Highway 36 was hit by lightning, a couple of years later. Other motorists were surprised to see that he just kept riding along like nothing had happened. Then, he drifted off the road, a couple of miles from where he had been struck, and crashed in the ditch. The bolt of lightning had killed him, outright, when it struck him, and he had been a riding corpse from there!
Watch the skies! Watch the skies!