Lightning strikes in Arkansas (a lot!)
June 21, 2012 1 Comment
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