“Statistically I don’t think anything’s really changed, lightning flash density or anything like that,” Jordan, director of operations at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing, a joint project of the University of Florida and Camp Blanding Florida Army National Guard Base, told Life’s Little Mysteries. “My guess is that it probably has more to do with education than anything else. I think a lot of people are getting the word out (on lightning safety).”
Joseph Dwyer, a physicist at the Florida Institute of Technology who researches lightning, speculates that education on how to deal with lightning strikes once they’ve happened might also contribute to diminishing fatalities.
“Perhaps CPR is more widely taught, so more people survive being struck,” he wrote in an email to Life’s Little Mysteries.