Catatumbo Lightning

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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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

The snow maps are starting to build across the country! Get ready for winter and let the rock n roll party begin. Incredible pattern will be shaping up!

https://www.instantweathermaps.com/GFS-php/conussfc.php?run=2019112112&time=PER&var=ASNOWI&hour=384

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

That would be really cool to witness…….from a safe distance, of course.

Slim

Boy talk about a dreary November day. It is cloudy dark with rain and some wind. The current temperature here at my house and the airport is now at 46.
Slim

Slim

That Catatumbo lightning show would be something to see. Too bad it is in Venezuela. Even if one has the money to travel there we still could not see it (or be safe trying to)
Slim

Barry in Zeeland
Barry in Zeeland

Awesome photo! That would look great blown up as a wall mural.

We have a chance at seeing a meteor outburst Friday night at 11:50p.m. Looks like there should finally be clear skies so cross your fingers!

https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2019/11/20/a-possible-outburst-of-alpha-monocerotid-meteors/?fbclid=IwAR3IXd9HzuNKqSYm4369o1bu0mp97NJA5r16nTIVYjA6S0mzcGmE_e2zeso