27 July 2021

Earth Networks Releases 2020 South Asia Lightning Report.

Over 14 million strikes detected in Sri Lanka in 2020 by Earth Networks Total Lightning Network

Highest number of lightning strikes in Uva, North Central, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, and North Western Province

Earth Networks, operator of a nationwide lightning detection network in Sri Lanka, released its first ever 2020 South Asia Lightning Report today, covering India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. For all of 2020, there were 14,462,297 lightning strikes in Sri Lanka recorded by Earth 

Networks’ Total Lightning Network, 572,729 of which were dangerous cloud-to ground strikes. The top 5 provinces with the most lightning strikes in 2020 were Uva, North Central, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, and North Western Province.

In 2020, Sri Lanka saw the highest concentration of lightning in April of 2020. There were 1,835 Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts issued in Siri Lanka in 2020, correlating with the large volume of lightning strikes recorded.

Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean near the equator, causing it to experience extreme amounts of heat and moisture. As a result, the population of Sri Lanka is highly vulnerable to severe weather and the effects of lightning strikes.

With Earth Networks’ presence in Sri Lanka comes real-time lightning detection, alerting, and storm-tracking technology needed to minimize lightning-related deaths, injuries, and property damage. These weather safety awareness and lightning warning tools help build resilience and reduce risk for those exposed to severe weather.

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