309,959,570 Lightning Strikes

Worldwide lightning strikes for the six month period May-Oct 2010 have been compiled into a database and plotted on maps.  Embedded above is the distribution of lightning in the United States; the deep purple color represents 32 ground strikes within a 20-km grid.

A map of worldwide lightning distribution is available at the Accu-Weather link.

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I've lived in California most my life, I only got to see good lightning and thunder while in Massachusetts, Georgia and Florida. Arizona, New Mexico gets some nice storms along with flash floods now and again.
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