Siesta Beach (Sarasota, Florida): America's Best Beach 2011. Siesta Beach is the number one beach in the 21st annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of Florida International University’s
Lightning Strike. First, researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville captured this powerful photograph at right by firing a grounded wire into a cloud during a thunderstorm. You can see that the charge followed the wire straight down into the base tower, with other channels of electricity forming to its right.