Yesterday we saw some pretty heavy rain (at least by Seattle summer standards) and maybe even a lightning bolt or two. Enter Seattle's favorite weather guru, Cliff Mass. He says when you're outside and lightning strikes, you should go into the lightning crouch:
You don't want to lie on the ground..that could be deadly if lightning-induced currents are flowing on the surface. So what you do is to crouch down on your knees with your ankles touching. You can understand why you want to be low...less attractive to lightning, which likes high stuff. By keeping your ankles together, lightning currents riding up one foot will probably pass down the other..thus sparing your vital organs.
It is also recommended that you cover your ears to protect them from the loud sound of thunder.
It also works well when your significant other asks you to do the dishes.