How dangerous is it to go swimming in a thunderstorm?
I refused, but my brother went into the water. Am I lucky to still have a brother?
- TQLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
It's not at all dangerous to go swimming in a thunderstorm as long as you're willing to accept the risk of being struck by lightning.
- Atarah DerekLv 75 months ago
Quite dangerous. Lightning is often attracted to things in the water, as bodies of water can act as conduits.
- ron hLv 76 months ago
i'd say that it would be safer in the ocean than in a pool. Maybe.
- James BlackleyLv 76 months ago
Electricity takes the path of least resistance, in other words, lighting will hit the highest point! When you are in the water, your head will be the highest point, so if lighting were to strike the location you are swimming in, it will hit your head and trickle downwards. Also, water contains electrical currents, which means it will cause an intense shock when the two come into effect, in other words it will most likely be a fatal strike if a strike were to occur when your in the water.
How lucky were you to still have him? I would need to know where exactly the storm was when he swam! If the storm was miles away, then he wasn't in any true danger. However, if the storm was within a mile or right overhead, he was a brain dead idiot and very lucky to not have been killed.
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- 6 months ago
He was probably safer in the water than you were out of it.