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June 26, 2006

Lightning hot spots

map of global lightning hot spots

You think lightning never strikes twice in the same spot? Don't try telling that to residents of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. That part of the earth gets more lightning strikes per year than anywhere else, according to the NASA Lightning & Atmospheric Research Center. The geology.com blog pointed me at this website, which has an insane amount of data about lightning flashes, thanks to some satellites that spend all of their time looking down at the earth, watching for telltale lightning flashes. geology.com also has a larger version of the global lightning map.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at June 26, 2006 07:33 PM