We all know Florida as the Sunshine State, but we may not think of it as the "Electric State!"
Florida receives more cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning strikes on average each year than any other US state - especially the central part of the peninsula.
In addition, Florida leads the US in the number of average annual lightning deaths each year.
Here is a link to a map of the average lightning strkes worldwide - as well as more about lightning strikes!
Click here to learn more about lightning than you ever thought you would know!
Overnight and early morning thunderstorms Monday moved across central Florida with a strong cold front.
It was the same front that produced the 4-day severe weather outbreak from the high plains of Colorado to the deep south - including that killer EF4 twister in central Mississippi.
The storm was extremely charged and produced an enormous and unusual amount of lightning - with over 1,600 strikes in the Tampa Bay area in just 15 minutes!
Florida native Adrienne Miller said, "this was hands down the craziest lightning I've ever seen in my life as a native!"
Read more about the Tampa Bay lightning storm Monday, April 26.