050100150200250300350Annual lightning strikes on New Zealand and surrounding waters2001–2016, thousandsProvider: Ministry for the Environment200120042007201020132016

Annual lightning strikes on New Zealand and surrounding waters

2001–2016, thousands


Lightning is the discharge of electricity from thunderstorms and can occur within a cloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the ground.

Data provided by

Ministry for the Environment

Dataset name

Environmental Reporting: Lightning strikes 2016



How to find the data

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The data was aggregated into annual counts by Figure.NZ in order to be processed easily.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Environmental Reporting: Lightning strikes 2016

From the dataset Environmental Reporting: Lightning strikes 2016, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-17
  • Column: 2
  • Provided: 16 data points

This data forms the table Environment - Lightning ground and sea strikes 2001–2016.

Dataset originally released on:

October 16, 2017

Method of collection/Data provider

The New Zealand Lightning Detection Network (NZLDN) owned by Transpower and operated by MetService records cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. A network of 10 sensors around the country detects lightning over the New Zealand land mass and a short distance out to sea (approximately 500km). These sensors detect the polarity of the electrical discharge, time, and current strength. Lightning strike location is determined by triangulating the data from two or more lightning sensors; in general, location accuracy is approximately 1km.