Top 10 Lightning Strike US Cities

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

Rank City State
1 Green River WY
2 Rock Springs WY
3 Dickinson ND
4 Pierre SD
5 North Platte NE
6 Vernal UT
7 Huron SD
8 Spearfish SD
9 Kirksville MO
10 Hays KS

Top ten cities with the highest lightning densities (out of cities with populations higher than 100,000)

Rank City State
1 Baton Rouge LA
2 Huntsville AL
3 Shreveport LA
4 Boise City ID
5 Abilene TX
6 Jacksonville FL
7 Mobile AL
8 Lafayette LA
9 Little Rock AR
10 Wilmington NC

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.

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