How Often does Lightning Strike?

Worldwide, lightning strikes about eight million times per day, on average — that's about 100 times per second. Most of these strikes, however, are cloud-to-cloud strikes; only about 25 percent of lightning strikes are cloud-to-ground strikes.

More Flashy Lightning Facts:

  • Lightning strikes Central Africa more than any other place in the world.

  • In the US, lightning strikes Florida more than any other state.

  • Lightning rarely occurs at the North and South poles.

  • A commercial airplane gets struck by lightning about once per year on average. The last recorded crash due to lightning, however, was in 1967. Modern airplanes go through lightning safety certifications and are subject to rigorous testing to ensure a lightning strike won't damage the plane.

  • One strike of lightning emits about 1 trillion watts of power.

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