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  So, what is your position on what NOAA
  Posted by: ezwater on Jul-02-11 4:42 PM (EST)

says? Is their advice always evidence based, or extrapolated from isolated incidents? Do they compare the risk of being struck by lightning outdoors with other risks, such as being killed or injured driving to and from recreational activities?

I like the one about SCUBA divers diving deep into the water to wait out a lightning storm.

My experience is that the risk of drowning is much higher for paddlers than the risk of being struck by lightning. This is obvious not only from the experience within paddling clubs and paddling websites, but also from reading the newspapers. I've recreated outside during thunderstorms from childhood to old age, and I say I'm not going to have NOAA use their nanny neuroses to restrict my life. They are so focused on lightning that they can't see the rest of existence.

Lightning is not the risk they make it out to be. Their recommendations make sense only if one puts a very high priority on minimising a rather low risk.

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