Whereas the Sunshine State’s declare has lengthy been undisputed, new climate information means that’s now not the case.
Meteorologists on the Finland-based environmental monitoring firm Vaisala discovered that Oklahoma had narrowly surpassed Florida for probably the most lightning flashes per sq. kilometer from 2016 to 2020.
Lightning occasions per sq. kilometer that have been recorded within the Sooner State totaled 83.4 throughout that interval, whereas Florida noticed a barely lesser 82.8 lightning occasions.
Moreover, AccuWeather famous on Tuesday that there are some “nuances” within the sorts of lightning strikes that factored into Vaisala’s conclusions, together with each cloud-to-ground lightning and in-cloud lightning.
The corporate additionally reported that two Central Florida counties led the nation with an annual common of greater than 159 lightning strikes per sq. kilometer.
Florida is understood for summer time thunderstorms fueled by sea-breeze collision, whereas Oklahoma sees supercell storms and mesoscale convective programs frequent within the Plains.
Within the U.S., just one different state — Louisiana — noticed greater than 60 such occasions. In accordance with Vaisala’s information, the state averages 71.9 occasions per sq. kilometer per yr.
The Tampa Bay Instances reported that the U.S. as a complete averaged simply 18 flashes per kilometer and famous that lightning kills about 27 People every year and injures greater than 240.