What Is the Lightning Capital of the World?

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According to the National Weather Service weather forecast office in Pueblo, Colorado, the lightning capital of the world is the tropical region of central Africa. Lightning storms occur frequently in this humid location throughout the year.

In the United States, Florida often receives more lightning than any other state. When measured by the average number of days with thunderstorm and lightning activity, Tampa could accurately be referred to as the lightening capital of North America. During the hot and humid summer months, the western central part of Florida receives as many lightning strikes as the true lightning capitals of the world, but the number is reduced between October to May when the area experiences very little thunderstorm activity.