If you were living near the U.S. Gulf Coast, Northeast, or Southwest in 2021, you were no stranger to lightning.

In fact, newly released data show those regions experienced more lightning last year than the previous five years on average. wapo.st/3JObthr
Lightning is a large natural spark of electricity, caused by an imbalance of electrical charges in the atmosphere.

Most lightning is formed from thunderstorm clouds, which develop when warm, moist air rises into cold air, often during warmer seasons. wapo.st/3JObthr
Vaisala sensors detected more than 194 million lightning events in 2021, about 24 million more than 2020, which was an extremely low year.

Despite the increase, the nation’s lightning in 2021 was below recent averages for the second year in a row. wapo.st/3JObthr
Vaisala data indicate the United States experienced the second-highest lightning count worldwide.

In 2021, the top two states to experience lightning were Texas and Florida. wapo.st/3JObthr
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