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Visualizing Lightning Strikes

by Morgan Stevens
Data viz on lightning strikes in 2022

The Washington Post has created a series of visualizations tracking the number and location of lightning strikes across the United States. One visualization compares the number of lightning strikes in each county in 2022 with their average number of lightning strikes from 2015 to 2021. Counties that received less lightning strikes in 2022 appear as shades of purple while counties that received more lightning strikes in 2022 appear as shades of orange. The number of lightning strikes a county received may indicate an abnormal weather pattern, such as a drought. For example, Texas received 30 percent less lightning strikes in 2022 than in 2021 while experiencing a major drought.

Take a look.

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