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22.6% increase in lightning in India, says the 2020 India Lightning Report says

2020 India Lightning Report of Earth Works says that there was a 22.6% increase in lightning in India last year as compared to 2019.

Highlights of the report

  • Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Karnataka received the highest lightning pulses
  • During 2020, Maharashtra and Karnataka were among the top 10 states to have had the highest lightning pulse counts.
  • Over 39.5 million pulses were detected in India last year by the company’s Total Lightning Network. Out of these, 12,022,402 were dangerous cloud-to-ground strikes.
  • In India, there were 7,447 Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts and most of them were in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • Odisha, which was followed by Chhattisgarh, experienced over 1 million clouds to ground pulses in 2020.
  • In the year 2020, India saw the highest concentration of lightning in May, June and September because of the monsoon season.
  • According to the report, the dangers of lightning and severe weather pose threat to the population of India.
  • Due to the country’s proximity to the equator and the Indian Ocean, India experiences extreme amounts of moisture and heat which contributes to the sudden and severe thunderstorms throughout South Asian region.
  • A study conducted by the National Crime Records Bureau states that since the year 2001, every year 2,360 people die in India due to lightning strikes.

Earth Networks which published the report operates the largest global hyper local weather network.

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