Animated Daily Lightning Map

  • Released Monday, January 10, 2011

This is an animated map illustrating how the daily probability of lightning (the light blue glow) varies with the seasons.

The highest lightning probabilty corresponds to the warmest locations at any given time (a higher probabilty of thunderstorms) and also with the seasons. The warmest locations tend to be even warmer in summer so lightning probability is even higher in those locations.


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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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This page was originally published on Monday, January 10, 2011.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:53 PM EDT.


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