Lightning strikes in Arkansas (a lot!)

John Robinson from the National Weather Service in North Little Rock put together a few notes on lightning.

Today, I came across some interesting lightning statistics, calculated
by Vaisala, Inc.  They are the company that owns an array of lightning
detectors in the U.S.  (The National Weather Service buys lightning
data from this company.)

In 2011, Arkansas recorded 1,291,667 cloud-to-ground lightning
flashes.  This was second only to Texas.

In a normal year, Arkansas has 810,444 cloud-to-ground lightning flashes.

We rank 5th in the nation in the number of lightning flashes per
square mile, based on statistics from 1997 to 2011.

Complete numbers for the nation can be found here:
http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/stats/Table-Flashes_by_State_1997-2011.pdf

John Robinson
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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

One Response to Lightning strikes in Arkansas (a lot!)

  1. Pingback: 80 Percent Of Lightning Strike Victims Are Male, But Why? « Talesfromthelou's Blog

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