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January 28, 2022

Texas town listed as the US lightning strike capital

Texas again topped all states in lightning strikes last year, according to a recent report (PDF). And Flatonia in Central Texas was the nation’s lightning strike capital.

Lightning struck nearly 42 million times in Texas, according to information from the U.S. National Lightning Detection Network. Florida, Louisiana and Oklahoma were next to see the greatest number of strikes, 15 million or less.

Ahem: Texas always leads in lightning strikes, it turns out, due in part to its size and southwestern location.

We were shocked (excuse us) to learn Flatonia, in Fayette County, is the nation’s lightning capital with 1,043 lightning “events” per square mile. See 2021 United States lightning capitals (PDF).

This is no time to get jumpy. Check out TDI’s tips on protecting yourself from lightning.