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Updated on Friday, September 12

#19756

OMG: A girl died last week from hiding under a tree during a lightning storm, but yesterday I saw a whole bunch of people across campus doing exactly this to shelter themselves from the rain. What gives, Waterloo? Use your fucking head, if it happened once already this week, that should probably be your cue to NOT FREAKING DO EXACTLY THE SAME FUCKING THING.

11 comments

  1. I'll be honest. No one cares.

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  2. Meh... what're the odds lightning will strike twice?

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  3. Meh... what're the odds lightning will strike twice?

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  4. Sheltering under a tree is fine if there's no lightning/thunder.

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  5. The chances of it happening again are extremely low.

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  6. Ontario has about 10 or 12 lightning-related deaths a year. Yes, hiding under a tree during a lightning storm would serve to increase your odds of joining that group, but 5 is correct: the odds of another UW student being struck by lightning in the immediate future are very low. Unless they fashion a kite out of discarded O-Week tshirts, tie a key to it, and go flying during a storm.

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    1. The odds of another uw student getting struck is the same as the odds of the first uw student getting struck

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    2. ^ As a member of the general population, yeah, same odds. As a member of the population that seeks shelter under trees during lightning storms, different odds. Statistics and probabilities don't tell the whole truth, especially when you don't take conditions into account.

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  7. Was there lightning? Then it wasn't a lightning storm.

    There is no danger hiding under a tree if it is a rain storm.

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  8. Trees are actually excellent electric conductors so never stand near one during a lightning storm. If there's only a rain storm, who cares.

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