2020 thunderstorm statistics

A total of 441.211.344 lightning strikes were recorded worldwide in 2020. This number includes cloud-to-cloud lightning, 409.645.512, and cloud-to-ground discharges, 31.549.740.

Top 5 USA states with the most lightning discharges (Cloud to ground and cloud to cloud)

  1. Texas 63.683.799
  2. Florida 35.430.198
  3. Oklahoma 26.159.420
  4. Kansas 23.125.675
  5. Illinois 16 785 149

TOP 5 ESTADOS USA CON MÁS DENSIDAD DE RAYOS POR KM2

  1. Florida 75.1
  2. Oklahoma 69.7
  3. Columbia district 52.1
  4. Luisiana 50.8
  5. Misisipi 50.3

In total, 170 million lightning strikes during the whole of 2020 in the USA.

SOURCE: www.weather.gov

DATA IN SPAIN

At the moment, it is the third year with the most lightning strikes in Spain in the last decade, only behind 2018 and 2011.

In Spain there were 235 storm days in 2020.

359.696 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes detected in 2020.

11 August – Record number of lightning strikes detected – 24.288

AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITIES WITH MOST LIGHTNING STRIKES

  1. La Rioja
  2. Cataluña
  3. Navarra

PROVINCES MOST AFFECTED BY LIGHTNING STRIKES

  1. La Rioja
  2. Girona
  3. Barcelona

SOURCE: www.weather.gov

According to National Geographic sources, around 2.000 people are killed annually by lightning worldwide. In the USA, there were 17 fatalities in 2020 due to direct lightning strikes. In addition, during the thunderstorms of 15 to 19 August, 20.203 lightning strikes occurred in California in connection with 560 detected fires (15 to 21 August).