Animated Daily Lightning Map

  • Released Monday, January 10th, 2011
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:53PM
  • ID: 3756

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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Datasets used in this visualization

Terra and Aqua BMNG (A.K.A. Blue Marble: Next Generation) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

Dataset can be found at:

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TRMM Lightning (Collected with the LIS sensor)

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