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Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug, has a Total Lightning Network, which is the first in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning detection global network. This makes it the largest lightning detection system in the world, which helps forecasters predict severe weather and rain events.
Our engineers at Earth Networks checked the databases, crunched some numbers from 2015 and found the top lightning cities in the U.S.
Unsurprisingly, Florida has 17 out of the top 30 cities for lightning, making it live up to its reputation as the lightning capital of the U.S. Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S. because:
Florida has a distinct sea breeze during the summer. From late-spring through late-summer, the sea breeze creates numerous thunderstorms per day.
It has a tropical climate. Due to the moisture and heat that Florida experiences, the atmosphere is generally less stable, making thunderstorms more common there than in the rest of the U.S.
On the downside, Florida also has the most total lightning deaths in the U.S. So far in 2016, four people in Florida out of nine people nationally have died from lightning strikes. In 2015 five out of 27 lightning deaths occurred in Florida, in 2014 it had six out of the 26 total deaths, and in 2013 it had four out of the 23 lightning fatalities.
Although San Francisco may seem like it gets its fair share of rain and lightning, it was actually the major city that received the least amount of lightning in 2015.
Here are the U.S.’s top 30 lightning cities with more than a half-million people:
Cape Coral, Fla.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Miami Gardens, Fla.
Pembroke Pines, Fla.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Wichita Falls, Texas
Baton Rouge, La.
Coral Springs, Fla.
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
If you hear thunder or see lightning, be sure to take shelter as soon as possible. To Know Before, download the WeatherBug smartphone app, which includes the Spark Lightning app that gives you a GPS-based location of the nearest lightning strike.