Lightning Frequency Across the U.S.
A rare lightning strike in coastal California killed one person and injured several others over the weekend. The map below shows the frequency of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the U.S. between 1997 and 2010. The west coast of the U.S. sees significantly lightning strikes than anywhere else in the country.
Lightning strikes are most numerous in the Southeast, particularly in Florida, and coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.