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When comparing lightning strike density across the United States, Wyoming is actually low, Gookin said.
The state averaged 1.25 deaths per
Experts say putting your feet together and crouching or sitting may help reduce the lightning's effects on the body.
There were several reasons for Wyoming's No. 1 ranking, said John Gookin, curriculum and research manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander.
A victim may also suffer from burns to various orifices such as the ears and nose. And depending on how much electricity hits you, it can stop your heart, Gookin said.
"The problem is that they all come in July and August, and that's when the whole world wants to get up high in the mountains," he said. Many people simply end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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A lightning bolt's effect on the human body can vary, Gookin said. In some cases, it's a matter of the strike's intensity some flashes can be up to 100 times hotter than others.
Source: John Gookin and the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander
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"The toughest part for people who survive, they get these random brain patterns," Gookin said.
Avoiding lightning in the backcountry
"Most of the electricity flashes over the surface of our body," Gookin said. "You'll get all these steam burns, and it can blow the clothes right off your body. We're talking naked."
Timing is a factor as well, Gookin said.
Wyoming ranks first in lightning deaths per capita
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On July 21, 2010, 17 climbers in Grand Teton National Park found themselves in such an undesirable situation. Lightning struck and killed Brandon Oldenkamp and temporarily paralyzed all of the other climbers.
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Find safer terrain if you hear thunder: Lightning typically hits higher points and surrounding terrain, so try to descend the mountain on the side that has no clouds over it, experts suggest.
"If you look at the examples of the climbers in the Tetons who are struck by lightning, it's generally avoidable," he said. "You time your activities so that you're not at a high risk place at a high risk time."
Although Florida by far had the highest number of total fatalities 468 it ranked fifth when compared against population density, at 0.78 deaths.
From 1959 to 2012, Wyoming had the highest lightning caused death rate per capita in the nation, according to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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