Nearly 40,000 lightning strikes in CO, WY, SD, and NE

Lightning strikes during 24-hour period
Lightning strikes during 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2022. Lightning strike data from Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center.

During the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Wednesday 39,421 lightning strikes were detected in parts of Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and Nebraska. In many areas there was not a great deal of rain accompanying the lightning.

Precipitation during 24-hour period
Precipitation during 24-hour period ending at noon Aug. 24, 2022.

The weather forecast for Cheyenne, Wyoming on Wednesday is for 84 degrees, 12 mph winds out of the southeast, 30 percent cloud cover, and 22 percent relative humidity.

The satellite photo taken at 11:56 a.m. MDT on Wednesday shows partly cloudy skies over the general region.

Satellite photo, 11:56 a.m. MDT Aug. 24, 2022
Satellite photo, 11:56 a.m. MDT Aug. 24, 2022.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

5 thoughts on “Nearly 40,000 lightning strikes in CO, WY, SD, and NE”

  1. Doesn’t matter, that whole area is saturated from 2 months of heavy rains, it looks like the Mekong Delta.

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    1. Positive lightning is approximately fives times more powerful than negative strokes, and is more likely to ignite fires.

      Here are the results of a Google search.

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