Today's SpaceX webcast featured an interesting quote, that Cape Canaveral is the lightning capital of the US. Is that really the case? If not, how does it compare in lightning strikes to other areas in the US?
It's pretty likely. Florida has the highest lightning strikes of anywhere in the US, as can by seen by this map from lightningsafety.com This is the area near Florida, with the highest levels.
It's hard to see, but the highest density is actually just to the west of the Cape, but it's not too far of a stretch to say it's the lightning capital of the US.
Central Florida is a zone of convergence; prevailing winds from the north crash into prevailing winds from the south. The result is a lot of storm activity and a lot of lightning.