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When lightning strikes: America’s most affected states revealed

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This top of the AMERICAN states that have experienced the most lightning strikes in 2018.

New research reveals the US states that experienced the most lightning strikes in 2018 – Florida and Texas, on the top of the list.

The Sunshine State had the highest density of lightning strikes. Florida had the highest average negative mass-to-cloud flasher per square kilometer, with 24, according to the study. Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma in the rest of the top five.

Texas, however, had the highest flash count, with 2,483,805 negative cloud-to-ground flashes. Florida came in second with 1,385,710, while Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska all experienced something less than a million flashes in 2018.

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Using data from the National lightning detection Network, environmental measurement specialist Vaisala has its Annual Lightning Report this week at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix.

At the provincial level, Harrison County, Mississippi has the highest 10-year average of flashes, although Florida is good for 14 of the top 15 counties for lightning strikes during 2018.

Throughout the united states, the lightning strikes actually decreased to 17.8 million in 2018, an 11 percent dip from the 10-year average. “This is the third-least flashes in the last 10 years, and a 1.9 million flash fall of the 2009 – 2018 average of 19,728,634 lightning flashes in the U.S. each year,” explained Vaisala, in a statement.

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Experts explain that in 2018 the weather conditions are the reason behind the less lightning.

“The likely reason for the decrease is simply that there were fewer large storms,” said Ryan Said, lightning research scientist at Vaisala, in the statement. “In particular, there are fewer days with very strong air mass contrasts in the Central Plains and Upper Midwest during the spring and summer of 2018, contributing to the extreme weather conditions of the season.”

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“We have a few large areas that had less lighting than usual, including Texas, that had almost a million fewer lightning flashes in 2018 than in 2017,” Said added. “In addition, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, was already the relatively cool weather of spring and that means less lightning flashes. At the same time, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota had a larger organized storms, which resulted in a higher-than-average lightning activity compared with the 10-year average.”

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