Question: How often does a thunderstorm hit Hawaii?weather-thunder-01


Answer: Not often. Thunderstorms are uncommon in Hawaii, and the few thunderstorms that does hit the islands are generally short lived and mild.

Here's a chart detailing the amount of thunderstorms that hit Hilo (the rainiest populated area in Hawaii) in 2013, along with a few other locations that's near a large body of water:

Location J F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
TOTAL
Boston, Massachusetts 0 0 0 1 2 5 3 1 2 0 0 0 14
Chicago, Illinois 2 0 0 6 5 13 6 4 3 2 0 0 41
Hilo, Hawaii 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 6
Miami, Florida 0 0 1 5 7 8 10 9 10 3 3 1 57
New Orleans, Louisiana 0 0 1 2 3 4 7 3 2 1 0 1 24
Salt lake City, Utah 0 0 0 0 5 0 9 8 6 1 0 0 29
Seattle, Washington 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 8

Isn't it interesting that Hilo, a warm tropical location with an average annual precipitation of 126.72 inches, sees fewer thunderstorms than the colder Seattle?

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