Lightning Prone States

Weather Channel's Top 5 Lightning-Prone States

The Weather Channel's Chris Dolce listed the “Top 5 Lightning-Prone States” in an article featured on (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)
  1. Florida "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

  2. Louisianna 20.3 strikes/square mile (942,128 strikes/year)

  3. Mississippi 18.0 strikes/square mile (856,384 strikes/year)

  4. Alabama 15.9 strikes/square mile (824,171 strikes/year)

  5. South Carolina & Oklahoma (tied) 14.6 strikes/square mile (451,841 and 1,017,989 strikes/year respectively)

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