Our next post is on Catatumbo lightning to add to our series on peculiar weather phenomenon. You will only be able to see this event in Venezuela where the Catatumbo River empties into Lake Maracaibo.
Sometimes referred to as Venezuela’s “eternal thunderstorm,” the Catatumbo Lightning doesn’t actually fire nonstop, but for at least a few centuries, it has occurred around 150 times per year. Sometimes it lasts as long as 10 hours per day, with as many as 300 lightning strikes per hour. I believe the photo below is a time lapse image.
Scientists believe the storm, which occurs approximately 3 miles above the surface of the water, is caused by a perfect storm of cold and warm air currents that occurs exactly where the lightning forms. Researchers have been exploring the impact of methane on the storms as well. A combination of the large regional oil deposits and prevalent swampland emits the gas in large quantities. Whatever the cause, it sometimes feels that Catatumbo Lightning is, in fact, never ending lightning.
Today there will be no lightning, just another grey damp day. Greatest rainfall amounts will be north and west of Grand Rapids with amounts up to an inch. The rest of the area will see a quarter to half an inch. Temps will be in the mid 40s to low 50s
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