ASK TOM WHY: Are there any places in the United States that never have thunderstorms? In the world?

Dear Tom,

 

Are there any places in the United States that never have thunderstorms? In the world?

 

— Jesse Plemmons

 

Dear Jesse,

 

Every place in the United States experiences thunderstorms — even the Arctic regions of Alaska. Barrow, Alaska (3,055 miles northwest of Chicago), located on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, recorded a thunderstorm June 20, 2000.

 

Worldwide, there are thunderstorm-free locations, but other climatic conditions make them downright undesirable and even uninhabitable. The interior of Antarctica — bitterly cold (averaging less than 50 degrees below zero), permanently ice-covered and intensely dry — is the Earth’s largest swath of absolutely thunderstorm-free real estate. Rain has never been observed at the South Pole station since weather observations began there in 1957.

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