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There's A Special Spot In Venezuela Where It Almost Never Stops Lightning

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This relatively small area is frequently lit by strong flashes of lightning. It may also be the world's largest single generator of tropospheric ozone. - There's A Special Spot In Venezuela Where It Almost Never Stops Lightning

There's a very special spot in Venezuela where you can witness a natural wonder occur almost any day of the year. If you travel to where the mouth of the Catatumbo River empties into Lake Maracaibo, you can see the phenomenon known as the "Catatumbo Lightning."

The reason there are so many storms is that there are winds blowing across the Maracaibo Lake and surrounding swampy plains, resulting in different air masses meeting continually.


The reason there are so many storms is that there are winds blowing across the Maracaibo Lake and surrounding swampy plains, resulting in different air masses meeting continually.. - There's A Special Spot In Venezuela Where It Almost Never Stops Lightning

This relatively small area is frequently lit by strong flashes of lightning. It may also be the world's largest single generator of tropospheric ozone.

This relatively small area is frequently lit by strong flashes of lightning. It may also be the world's largest single generator of tropospheric ozone. - There's A Special Spot In Venezuela Where It Almost Never Stops Lightning

The lightning storms typically develop between the coordinates 8°30'N 71°0'W and 9°45'N 73°0'W.

If you'd like to see the storms yourself, they occur up to 300 nights a year, 10 hours per day, and up to 280 times per hour. The chances are good, so long as you know to be patient. The Guinness Book of World Records even states that the area has the most lighting strikes per square meter of anywhere in the world.

It's paradise for anyone who loves watching storms.

Source: Viral Nova
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