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

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Another Trillion-Dollar Unfunded Liability, Part 2: Running The Hurricane Numbers

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

The idea that as more people move to Hurricane Alley and other storm-prone places, the future cost of those storms will rise – and that we’re not accounting for that future cost and are therefore likely to be shocked by it – makes intuitive sense.

Now some recent studies have fleshed out the numbers, making it possible to tell this story visually (courtesy of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal). So here goes:

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U.S. Tornado Damage Continues to Fall, 2018 Activity Near Record Lows

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From WUWT

For those that are sure there’s global warming driving tornadoes and other severe weather events, here’s some inconvenient news. Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. has updated his tornado loss data via his Twitter account. He writes:

2017 update to our normalized US tornado losses based on our 2013 paper:

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Claim: Hurricanes are Slowing Down, and That’s Bad News

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From

From the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON and the “yes but we need Category 6 now due to violently increased wind speeds” department comes this gloom and doom study.

MADISON, Wis. — Some hurricanes are moving more slowly, spending increased time over land and leading to catastrophic local rainfall and flooding, according to a new study published Wednesday (June 6) in the journal Nature.

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