United States Lightning Statistics

Map of lightning casualties of the USA
Table of lightning injuries, deaths and damage for each state in the USA
Annual Average of cloud to ground lightning flashes over the contiguous USA and surrounding coastal waters


This page is part of the Colorado Lightning Resource Page, Lightning Statistics page




Map showing lightning casualties over the United States. Map of lightning casualties across the United States: From Lightning Fatalities, Injuries and Damage Reports in the United States, 1959-1994 (credits).
 




Lightning fatalities, injuries, casualties and damage reports, and their ranks, for all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto
Rico for the years 1959-1994.
 
STATE Fatalities: Fatalities: Injuries Injuries Casualties Casualties Damage Damage
Number Rank Number Rank Number Rank Number Rank
Alabama 84 16 211 17 295 18 287 28
Alaska 0 51 0 52 0 52 3 52
Arizona 59 24 105 29 164 30 84 43
Arkansas 110 9 245 13 355 12 576 14
California 21 35 58 40 79 38 60 45
Colorado 95 11 299 11 394 10 312 26
Connecticut 13 42 75 35 88 36 269 29
Delaware 15 41 27 44 42 43 83 44
Wash. DC 5 48 18 48 23 49 14 48
Florida 345 1 1178 1 1523 1 450 19
Georgia 81 18 329 10 410 9 656 10
Hawaii 0 52 4 51 4 51 14 49
Idaho 20 37 67 38 87 37 305 27
Illinois 85 15 275 12 360 11 412 21
Indiana 74 22 164 24 238 23 350 24
Iowa 65 23 162 25 227 26 579 13
Kansas 56 25 178 22 234 25 1182 2
Kentucky 82 17 196 19 278 19 566 15
Louisiana 116 6 231 15 347 14 315 25
Maine 22 34 104 30 126 31 253 30
Maryland 116 7 134 26 250 20 455 18
Massachusetts 24 33 331 9 355 13 603 12
Michigan 89 12 643 2 732 2 814 6
Minnesota 53 27 116 28 169 29 406 23
Mississippi 89 13 207 18 296 17 205 33
Missouri 79 20 97 31 176 28 253 31
Montana 20 38 44 42 64 41 88 42
Nebraska 41 30 70 36 111 33 618 11
Nevada 6 47 12 49 18 50 11 50
New Hampshire 8 45 68 37 76 40 206 32
New Jersey 55 26 130 27 185 27 98 41
New Mexico 81 19 68 23 249 21 54 47
New York 128 4 449 5 577 5 1005 3
North Carolina 165 2 464 4 629 4 960 4
North Dakota 11 44 24 45 35 46 145 37
Ohio 115 8 430 6 545 6 412 22
Oklahoma 88 14 243 14 331 15 826 5
Oregon 7 46 19 46 26 48 150 35
Pennsylvania 109 10 535 3 644 3 1441 1
Puerto Rico 30 32 6 50 36 45 4 51
Rhode Island 4 49 45 41 49 42 122 38
South Carolina 77 21 229 16 306 16 717 8
South Dakota 20 39 59 39 79 39 437 20
Tennessee 124 5 349 7 473 8 764 7
Texas 164 3 334 8 498 7 689 9
Utah 34 31 82 34 116 32 107 39
Vermont 12 43 18 47 30 47 151 34
Virginia 51 28 184 21 235 24 487 17
Washington 3 50 37 43 40 44 56 46
West Virginia 20 40 88 32 108 34 146 35
Wisconsin 47 29 194 20 241 22 509 16
Wyoming 21 36 83 33 104 35 105 40




Average yearly number of cloud to ground lightning flashes across the United states and contiguous coastal waters - 22 million
(From Mr. R. Holle, NSSL, personal communication)


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