Golfer Struck by Lightning in Arizona

Prescott, AZ — Last Thursday, July 25, 2013, a 75 year old man was lucky to not become a statistic when he was struck by lightning during his golf game. Even though the situation started out very dire, thanks to the fast response from paramedics, he was resuscitated and eventually stabilized. After being rushed to the hospital, nurses later told the officers that the man, Roy Row, was conscious and speaking, but had sustained burns to his face and chest. Thankfully, Mr. Row is in stable condition, and it looks like he’ll recover fully. Take a look at what our networks saw below.

To determine the location and time of this strike and any other lightning in the area, we examined lightning strike data from our Total Lightning Network (the largest in the world for detecting both ground strikes as well as in-cloud lightning strikes that often precede severe weather). Our network detected lightning in the danger zone 1 hour and 4 minutes prior to when Mr. Row was injured. Please remember to be careful when outside and use WeatherBug with Spark to monitor dangerous lightning near you.

Here’s the timeline of events as we captured it below (you’ll see in-cloud lightning in magenta and cloud-to-ground lightning in yellow):

2:12 PM MDT - In-cloud (magenta) detected within 10 mile radius of golf club.

2:12 PM MDT – In-cloud (magenta) detected within 10 mile radius of golf club. 1 Hour and 4 minutes prior to injury.

2:26 PM MDT - The first could-to-ground (yellow) lightning strikes are detected within 10 miles of the club. 50 minutes prior to injury

2:26 PM MDT – The first could-to-ground (yellow) lightning strikes are detected within 10 miles of the club. 50 minutes prior to injury.

2:35 - 3:00 PM MDT - Cloud-to-ground lightning intensifies south of the club. 16 minutes prior to injury.

2:35 – 3:00 PM MDT – Cloud-to-ground lightning intensifies south of the club. 16 minutes prior to injury.

3:11 PM MDT - Cloud-to-ground strikes are now within 1.5 miles of the club. 5 minutes prior to injury.

3:11 PM MDT – Cloud-to-ground strikes are now within 1.5 miles of the club. 5 minutes prior to injury.

Zoomed in view of the right picture.

Zoomed in view of the image right above.

3:16:49 PM MDT - A single cloud-to-ground Lightning strike is detected on the golf course. Probable Strike that caused the injury.

3:16:49 PM MDT – A single cloud-to-ground Lightning strike is detected on the golf course. Probable Strike that caused the injury.

Total Lightning for the event.

Total Lightning for the event.

The National Weather Service did not issue any watchers or warnings for this event.

Deadly lightning strikes may be more common than you might think. If you or loved ones are often outdoors, please download WeatherBug with Spark. The application is free and it can warn you of lightning dangers around you:

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If you’re responsible for safety at a golf club, school or other organization, check below for more information on our alerting solutions:

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