1600 to 2000 thunderstorms are simultaneously constantly active in this world.
Of course, they are not evenly distributed. About 70% of them occur in the (tropical) regions ± 38º latitude, where the flash hotspots can be found.
How many flashes per second occur worldwide does not seem to be really known. Official data in various publications vary between 40 and 100 flashes / s.
283 are in Africa among the top 500 of the world's most flashy places, write the savants. This is followed by Asia with 87 and South America with 67.
I have reviewed a lot of publications and compiled the most intense flash hotspots of countries in the world. Interestingly, very different statements are made for the same areas in these publications. There is no consensus. That's why I've used averages in these places. The overall statement of the compilation does not change thereby.
In the Placemarks I have given the average number of flashes per year per square kilometer, and (if known) the number of thunderstorms per year. For countries without a hotspot (for example Russia), no data was found (or there are no significant locations).
The compilation does not claim to be complete or scientifically correct and only serves as an overview.
agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com archive.stats.govt.nz earthobservatory.nasa.gov galileo.tv geology.com infoclimat.fr journals.ametsoc.org lightningmaps.org nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net researchgate.net sos.noaa.gov Wikipedia and many articles in magazines
Why is lightning energy not used? Bright light, thunder rumble and dreaded destructive power - the energy of lightning seems gigantic. We should use this heavenly power for environmentally friendly power generation - why are there no lightning power plants? The reason is known to a scientist who has been researching lightning for many years.: "In a flash there is far less energy than many people assume. The enormous destructive power of a lightning bolt is due to the fact that the energy is released in an extremely short time, "explains he. "If you were to consume the electrical energy of a lightning over a long period evenly, the performance would be very weak," says the flash expert. Unfortunately, it is not a heavenly source of energy. According to him, a large part of the energy is lost during the lightning strike itself: In the lightning channel, the electrical energy is converted into heat, light and pressure waves. That's what makes this sky spectacle so impressive for us. But at the impact site only a fraction of the original energy remains. Apart from the weak power, lightning would also be a very unreliable source of energy: There are always storms around the world and millions of lightning strikes every day across the sky on our planet, but where and when they occur is unpredictable. The absolute lightning hotspot was determined by a research team from the University of Sao Paulo using satellite data. The world record holds according to the Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. There it flashes on a square kilometer on average on 297 days a year. But even these record flashes would not be suitable for exploitation. A lightning power plant would therefore be unemployed most of the time and if in fact a flash of lightning would hit, it could not even be sufficiently self-sufficient with the amount of energy it received, the expert concluded.
Many decades ago scientists believed that all the lightning strikes in the world could solve our energy problems if we could find a way to store that energy. Now it turns out that their power is too weak. Research and science learn a little more every day. Everything is changing: What is sold today as a truth may be a nice story in a few years ... Cheers! Pitter
KitsuneFox: syzygy - posts I have made here do not receive much attention. I may do a detailed writeup of the now lost Edgemont Park in PA, one of the first electrified trolley parks in the world, but still debating. I'm missing 1 key bit of information.
Aug 17, 2021 10:38:20 GMT
syzygy: BRUTAL! Cars as if were matchboxes in a model town... Brilliant infos you share here in shoutbox - why not you post these?
Aug 16, 2021 17:36:00 GMT
KitsuneFox: In the early morning, before sunrise, of Augusts 11th, 12th, and 13th is reported to be the best viewing time for the Perseids meteor shower.
Aug 10, 2021 10:32:11 GMT
KitsuneFox: Davidson Seamount is the tallest known fully underwater mountain in the world, measuring 7,480 feet base to peak.
Aug 5, 2021 0:02:27 GMT
syzygy: ...and about other hills and humps... stone cold wisdom! ( :
Jul 28, 2021 14:13:17 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Wycheproof in Australia is the shortest recognized mountain on the world. It stands at 141 feet base to peak. A mineral named 'Wycheproofite' is mined near the location, and is the only known place it's found.
Jul 28, 2021 10:13:47 GMT
syzygy: Cool! Great extra info series about "all stars" highest mountains on Earth!
Jul 22, 2021 6:25:22 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured from the center of the planet. The peak is over 6,800 feet further away than Mount Everest, and is the closest land on earth to outer space.
Jul 22, 2021 0:13:35 GMT
SpiderX22: Big news in the Aircraft in Flight database (in Transportation) -> HUGE changes. Thanks RaveyThirteen for your post -> will be changing ownership of the collection (hopefully for me lol) -> look forward to this!
Jul 20, 2021 21:02:26 GMT