Fort Myers tops chart for lightning

Posted at 9:40 PM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 21:40:28-04
When it comes to lightning, Fort Myers is number one. That's according to a new report by that lists the cities most prone to thunderstorms.
The list uses data from the World Meteorological and looked at the cities with the most thunderstorm days in an average year based on data from 1961-1990. Although the data is a bit dated, today's information would likely be very similiar, according to
While the list does not necessarily mean Fort Myers gets the most number of thunderstorms in a year, it does mean that Fort Myers gets thunderstorms more days out of the year than any other city in the United States.
But Fort Myers isn't the only Florida city that knows lightning. The top five are also Florida cities, and of the top 20, 9 are located in Florida. 
The combination of our warm, tropical climate,  our sea breeze driven weather pattern in the summer, and cold fronts during the fall through spring months, make Fort Myers and Southwest Florida prime locations for mother nature's frequent light shows. 
Here is the full list:
1. Fort Myers, Florida: 88.0 days
2. Tampa, Florida: 82.7 days
3. Tallahassee, Florida: 82.5 days
4. Orlando, Florida: 81.8 days
5. West Palm Beach, Florida: 76.8 days
6. Lake Charles, Louisiana: 75.8 days
7. Mobile, Alabama: 75.5 days
8. Daytona Beach, Florida: 73.4 days
9. Miami, Florida: 72.3 days
10. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 72.0 days
11. Jacksonville, Florida: 68.4 days; and Pensacola, Florida: 68.4 days
12. New Orleans, Louisiana: 67.2 days
13. Key West, Florida: 67.1 days; and Port Arthur, Texas: 67.1 days
14. Jackson, Mississippi: 66.4 days
15. Houston, Texas: 60.9 days
16. Savannah, Georgia: 60.5 days
17. Birmingham, Alabama: 58.8 days; and Meridian, Mississippi: 58.8 days
18. Montgomery, Alabama: 57.4 days
19. Concordia, Kansas: 56.8 days
20. Huntsville, Alabama: 56.3 days