What are the odds of that?
Posted October 14, 2009
Ever wanted to know what the odds were of being struck by lightning?
What about the odds of being injured by a waterspout or dust devil?
There's a new website that's putting numbers to all those odds. It's called the Book of Odds, and you can search on just about anything — weather-related or otherwise. Each calculation comes backed up with some kind of source material and a statement of the site's confidence in the actual number.
For example, you are more likely to be struck by lightning (1 in 835,000) than to be injured in a mudslide (1 in 79,830,000) in a given year. One neat — although admittedly potentially morbid — feature is comparing the odds of various things. For example, if you look up being "struck by lightning", you'll learn that your lightning-strike odds (1 in 835,500) are about the same as the odds of someone being killed by falling off a ladder (1 in 853,600).
What's the rarest weather event that's happened to you?