“Catatumbo”

“Catatumbo Lightning” It is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela…

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I haven’t known anything about this till to visit his today’s post of my new blogger friend,

Ralphies Portal

It was interesting, so interesting… so I started to search more about this.

The Catatumbo Lightning (Spanish Relámpago del Catatumbo) is an atmospheric phenomenon in  Venezuela. It occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo The frequent, powerful flashes of lightning over this relatively small area are considered to be the world’s largest single generator of tropospheric ozone.

It originates from a mass of  storm clouds at a height of more than 5 km during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour. It occurs over and around Lake Maracaibo, typically over thebog area formed where the Catatumbo River flows into the lake.

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After appearing continually for centuries, the lightning ceased from January to April 2010, apparently due to drought. This raised fears that it might have been extinguished permanently. The phenomenon reappeared after several months.

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