By Heather Schultz – Re-Blogged From Accu-Weather
AccuWeather analyzed the cities with the highest numbers of reported lightning strikes relative to the cities’ population densities.
The cities with the most lightning strikes relative to population density lie primarily in the West and Midwest. Out of cities with populations greater than 100,000, the cities with the highest number of lightning strikes relative to population density lie in the South.
Top ten cities with the highest lightning densities
Top ten cities with the highest lightning densities (out of cities with populations higher than 100,000)
The most damaging and threatening lightning events often take place in the southern Rockies and Great Plains, according to AccuWeather’s Impact Indicator™ algorithm. These areas typically see the highest number of deaths, injuries and damage to property as a result of lightning strikes.
AccuWeather based its analysis on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) storm events database, which collects records on reported lightning strikes. The NOAA database doesn’t contain records for all lightning strikes, as a lightning strike is typically only reported to NOAA if it has caused damage, injury or death.