Florida – New data released by Vaisala show both Florida and Texas leading in the nation in lightning statistics. Although Texas recorded more lightning strikes with a total of 41,914,516, Florida still has a greater lightning density than any other state with a total of 223 events per square mile.
Over 194 million lightning strikes were detected by Vaisala’s lightning detection network. That’s a whopping 20 million more than reported 2020. Although there was more lightning, lightning deaths were down compared to previous years.
According to the National Lightning Safety Council of the 11 deaths due to lightning recorded in 2021, four of those deaths happened right here in the Sunshine State. Compared to the 48 deaths in 2006, that’s considerably lower.
What makes Florida susceptible to so much lightning? Seabreeze storms and the tropical climate. Florida has a lot of heat and moisture that leads to an unstable atmosphere allowing for thunderstorms to be a common thing. Seabreeze storms which are most active from late spring through late summer are a major lightning contributor. “Lightning Alley” is the given nickname for the corridor from Tampa Bay to Titusville. This area receives the most lighting in the U.S. annually, with an average of 56 lightning strikes every square mile annually from May to October.
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