Where Lightning Strikes Almost Year Round

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Relampago del Catatumbo is a spot in Venezuela where the Catatumbo River flows into Lake Maracaibo where lightning strikes 140 – 160 days a year.  This sometimes last for 10 hours straight  with 280 individual strikes occurring every hour.

Scientist don’t know what causes it (ionized methane gas mixing with storm clouds from the Andes perhaps?) but it’s been going on since at least 1595 when a poem titled The Dragontea by Lope de Vega was written about Sir Francis Darke and the lightning.  I only hope Hugo doesn’t figure out a way to harness these storms or we might just have a lightning cartel on our hands.

More from the Atlas Obscura.

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