Found Lake Mostly Affected by Lightning

15.12.2015

During the study, conducted by the American geophysical Union, it was found that lightings have a favorite place on Earth. This is mountain lake Maracaibo in Venezuela.

Found Lake Mostly Affected by Lightning

Conclusions of scientists are based on NASA satellite images taken between 1998 and 2013. In an average year, lightning strikes in Maracaibo 297 times. This is because the atmospheric vortex of warm air from the Caribbean Sea and cold air from the peaks of the Andes is mixed with methane gas rising from bogs. Most surprisingly, every time the lightning strikes in the same place – the mouth of the river Catatumbo. Locals call this phenomenon the lighthouse of Catatumbo because flashes of light at night are visible for 400 km.