Where Are the Lightning Hotspots on Earth?
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An interesting article!


http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/...14-00193.1

http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1...14-00193.1


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Very good work! But one has to note that in this paper ALL lightning is taken into account, including intra-cloud and cloud-cloud lightning. Lightning detection systems like blitzortung are only sensitive for cloud-ground lightning. It might be interesting to check if the hotspots for CG lightning are identical to those for total lightning activity. 
In addition, checking for positive and negative CG lightning seperately would also be very interesting, but there we have to wait for an upgrade of the analysis software (for polarity and strength)   Smile.
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Its Lake of Maracaibo. Lightning strikes over 300 days per year and thousands of lightning in every hour! Here is another 10 lightning hotspot area in the world.


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(2020-05-19, 06:28)scilover Wrote: Its Lake of Maracaibo. Lightning strikes over 300 days per year and thousands of lightning in every hour! Here is another 10 lightning hotspot area in the world.

Thank you. I have long wondered why I don't see more strikes from that area being picked up on lightningmaps.org.
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Mike W.
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(2020-05-19, 14:58)mwaters Wrote:
(2020-05-19, 06:28)scilover Wrote: Its Lake of Maracaibo. Lightning strikes over 300 days per year and thousands of lightning in every hour! Here is another 10 lightning hotspot area in the world.

Thank you. I have long wondered why I don't see more strikes from that area being picked up on lightningmaps.org.

You're most welcome. I think perhaps its a rough estimation of coverage with only 80% accurate. Please correct me if I'm wrong  Lightning Smile
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