Read the 2019 India Lightning Report

  • Oct 07, 2019

2019 India Lightning Report

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Lightning in India

Severe weather is a huge public safety issue for India.

lightning bolt in a circle, red iconDid you know that lightning is the number one weather-related killer in India?

In fact, lightning kills over 2,000 people in India each year. That’s more than floods and cyclones, even though you might hear about them more on the news.

Why does India have such a big lightning problem? India is located in a prime place for lightning. The nearby equator and Indian Ocean give off a lot of heat and moisture – perfect for generating convection and dangerous thunderstorms.

Lightning is a huge public safety issue because severe weather safety awareness levels vary by area and income levels. There is also an overall lack of lightning warning tools that enable people to respond in time. Those working outdoors in the fields are especially at a high risk for lightning injuries and fatalities.

2019 India Lightning Report

A red checklist on a grey circle backgroundYou can learn all about India’s lightning activity so far this year in the Earth Networks 2019 India Lightning Report. This easy-to-read report provides insights regarding India’s lightning activity and resulting safety issues.

What’s included in the report?

  • An overview of total lightning activity in India from January 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019
  • Total lightning data for every Indian State and the top five states with the highest total counts
  • Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts for different states, showing where the most intense India lightning storms took place so far this year


You can read the 2019 India Lightning Report by click the image below.

Click here to read the 2019 India Lightning Report

Total Lightning Tells the Whole Story

Our India Lightning Report differs from other data on lightning in the country because it comes from our total lightning detection network.

When you think of lightning, you probably imagine a bolt striking the ground. However, cloud-to-ground lightning strikes make up just a tiny fraction of all lightning strikes.

Total lightning is the combination of cloud-to-ground and in-cloud flashes. In-cloud lightning makes up the majority of all lightning pulses (72.6% in India so far this year) and therefore is a key indicator of severe weather.

A green field with dark grey storm clouds overhead and three cloud-to-ground lightning strikes

The Earth Networks Global Lightning Network monitors the skies 24/7, 365 days a year for total lightning, providing a more detailed look at lightning events and other forms of dangerous severe weather.

When our network detects lightning, this global network of lightning sensors automatically issues severe weather alerts to impacted areas. This helps saves lives every day in places like India and helps us plan ahead for the next severe weather event.

Learn More

You can learn more about our lightning detection capabilities by checking out our Total Lightning Network page. We operate the world’s most technologically advanced total lightning detection network with 1,700+ lightning detection sensors deployed worldwide. Click the image below.

Total lightning detection network

You can also learn more about lightning by heading over to our Lightning Fact page. It’s time to test your knowledge and see how much you really know about lightning, because let’s face it: There are a lot of lightning myths out there. Click the image below to get started.