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Table 1 Number of lightning strikes by year and bioregion in California, 1985 through 2000.

From: Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Lightning Strikes in California in Relation to Large-Scale Weather Patterns

Year North Coast Klamath Mountains Cascade Range Northeast Plateaus Sierra Nevada Central Valley Central Coast South Coast Southeast Deserts Total
1985 327 3 800 1 070 2 345 8 323 832 274 1 270 13 409 31 650
1986 412 1 972 3 609 5 554 10 438 1 504 332 2 317 27 352 53 490
1987 539 1 550 2 788 4 241 12 963 2 705 645 4 551 26 880 56 862
1988 517 1 692 4 326 7 432 24 435 3 863 3 993 4 610 56 739 107 607
1989 3 049 2 080 3 095 2 622 16 554 6 355 845 1 286 23 169 59 055
1990 2 193 5 331 6 586 6 445 21 594 2 405 2 110 4 405 33 563 84 632
1991 578 4 069 5 680 6 736 14 262 1 589 1 670 4 676 27 476 66 736
1992 1 237 5 944 6 206 5 614 15 585 1 385 698 6 999 35 912 79 580
1993 350 1 437 1 796 2 715 3 431 1 184 195 1 575 8 985 21 668
1994 471 2 341 2 901 4 064 6 407 1 550 703 2 577 13 439 34 453
1995 614 2 626 2 566 1 985 6 399 1 048 221 1 691 9 094 26 244
1996 287 2 759 3 486 4 936 9 668 880 241 1 424 10 726 34 407
1997 1 175 2 663 5 744 5 375 13 186 2 413 1 452 4 373 33 155 69 536
1998 1 761 3 311 4 897 7 848 19 465 3 771 1 814 10 553 62 153 115 573
1999 1 546 1 782 2 236 3 025 13 029 2 281 2 815 9 512 62 674 98 900
2000 474 2 830 1 574 2 250 14 538 1 423 256 6 546 35 947 65 838
Total 15 530 46 187 58 560 73 187 210 277 35 188 18 264 68 365 480 673 1 006 231