Peak Season for Tourism is Also Peak Season for Lightning Strikes
Summer in the Southeast is the time and area of most lightning storms in the U.S., with storms starting in late spring and running through late summer. This region consistently receives the highest number of lightning strikes, with Florida catching the most due to its location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Other states along the Gulf, including Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana, are included in the top five for receiving lightning strikes.
Lightning Strikes by the Number
Yearly averages for the top five states that receive the most strikes are:
Florida: Receives 25 strikes per square mile, 1.5 million each year.
Louisiana: Draws about 20 strikes per square mile, 940,000 annually.
Mississippi: Attracts 18 strikes per square mile, 860,000 per year.
Alabama: Garners 16 strikes per square mile, 824,000 yearly.
South Carolina and Oklahoma: Receive 15 strikes per square mile, 450,000 each year.