Top 5 Lightning-Prone States
The Weather Channel’s Chris Dolce listed the “Top 5 Lightning-Prone States” in an article
featured on Weather.com
(June 20, 2011). Chris’ list is based on National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data.
Facts from Chris’ article
- US cloud to ground strikes per year: 25 million
- Fatalities per year (30 year average): 57 (tie with tornadoes and more than hurricanes)
"With an average of 1.45 million lightning strikes each year and 25.3 strikes
per square mile, Florida is the lightning capital of the United States."
- Chris Dolce
20.3 strikes/square mile (942,128 strikes/year)
18.0 strikes/square mile (856,384 strikes/year)
15.9 strikes/square mile (824,171 strikes/year)
- South Carolina & Oklahoma (tied)
14.6 strikes/square mile (451,841 and 1,017,989 strikes/year respectively)
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