This year, I decided to dig a little deeper and get into some stats (which I'm not very good at, so feel free to correct me in the Comments below). First, before you can compare the odds of winning the lottery to something like "getting struck by lightning," you have to know those odds. The official source for that says: "Odds of being struck in your lifetime (Est. 80 years) 1/10,000." If you think about it, those are actually pretty good odds, compared to the odds of winning the lottery, which PowerBall.com puts at 1 in 175,223,510 yesterday. So you're 17,500 times more likely to be struck by lightning in your life than you are to win the lottery. Of course that assumes you never play a PowerBall lottery again.
This page says "3 chances in 10 million annually" or 1 in 3.3 million that your house would be hit with an EF-4 or EF-5 tornado. If you play only this PowerBall, you're 52 times more likely to get hit directly by a devastating tornado this year.
A second opinion according to BookOfOdds.com "those odds [of being hit by a tornado] are 1 in 4,513,000. It is more likely a person will die from a fall off a cliff-1 in 4,101,000-or will be diagnosed with leprosy-1 in 2,930,000." That means that you're 38.8 times more likely to be hit directly by a tornado than winning the lottery.
Our "WeatherWhys" video on Lightning states that the chance of being struck by lightning is 1 in 500,000, (350 times more likely than having the right PowerBall numbers). By the way, being struck by lightning is nothing to joke about, and we have more information on that in this video.
Training thunderstorms and mesoscale convective complexes slammed West Virginia and Virginia yesterday, killing 14 people and dropping more than a foot of rain.
I've lived in central Pennsylvania for almost 20 years now. I'm not sure that I remember such a quiet severe weather season. Let's quantify that.
I created an online simulator of the 21-screen real-time U.S. webcam display that is in the lobby of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center at Penn State.
As we predicted, records have been broken across the Southwest U.S. and will continue to be today and tomorrow.
Early next week could bring the hottest weather ever recorded in the Southwest -- and that's no joke.
As part of my continuing Spring 2016 Gadget Review, I recently took a look at a number of weather-related tech products.