By: Danny Berger
Did you know that a small area in Collier County experiences more lightning than any other place in the United States according to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society? A 4.4 square mile census-designated place with a population of approximately 4,400 (2010 census) in northeast Collier County called Orangetree is the spot for all these flashes of lightning. Orangetree experiences around 200 lightning flashes per square mile a year. Globally though, Orangetree only ranks 122nd in the world, which is crazy to think that so many more places in the world experience more lightning on a yearly basis. To read more, check out the full study here.
Orangetree is located inside of the red square and is off of Immokalee Road in the central right part of this map.