The Most Prolific Lightning Storms On Earth Occur Where?
In the country of Venezuela, at the mouth of the Catatumbo River, there is a phenomenon which layman and meteorologist alike have called the greatest light show on Earth.
There, thanks to a combination of heat, moisture, swamp gas and oil deposits, you’ll find one of the most electrically active places on Earth. 140 – 160 nights out of the year lightning streaks across the sky almost continually all night–on particularly active nights, lighting occurs up to 280 times per hour. The earliest record of the lightning in the area is from a poem written at the end of the 16th century, but presumably the conditions that produced the lightning then (and now) existed long before people were recording it in writing.
Although the lightning is so common to the area, it’s generally eerily quiet–the majority of lighting bolts arc from one cloud to another high in the atmosphere without the massive thunder crash that accompanies strikes that venture down to the surface.