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The Science Behind Florida Lightning

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Nick Ares
Lightning over the Gulf of Mexico on September 9, 2009.

Earlier this summer five people were struck by lightning in three separate instances here in Southwest Florida. They occurred on Sanibel and Marco Islands, and at Clam Pass Beach in Naples. Two of them died.

Florida is known as the lightning capital of the world — although some claim Oklahoma has taken over the top position when it comes to the total number of lightning strikes. Either way, Florida leads the world when it comes to deaths caused by lighting.

On today's show we have a conversation all about lightning, from the science that explains it to the protective measures everyone should consider, especially here in Southwest Florida.