It is said that Thunder does not strikes twice in the same place, but it obviously does not apply for this place in Venezuela.
Namely, over the Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela lightning is illuminated a thousand times a day. The place where Catatumbo River flows into Lake Maracaibo has on average about 300 tumultuous days of the year.
The storm reaches its peak in October when over Catatumbo can be seen on average 28 lightning flashes per minute. And the night sky is regularly illuminated for ten hours because of thousands of lightnings that create natural electricity.
The lake was proclaimed as the place with the highest concentration of lightning in the world. It is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as such.
This phenomenon is known as Lighthouse Maracaibo, Catatumbo lightning, or “eternal storm.”
So far it has not been confirmed by any scientific theory about the origin of the lightnings. Although scientists say that this phenomenon contributes a unique topography and movement of winds in this region.
Catatumbo lightnings are so strong, they can be seen even at a distance of 400 kilometers, so the sailors once used them as navigation.
Meteorological data have been collected for 17 years and recorded by satellite “TRMM” (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), a joint project of NASA and the Japanese agency airspace (Japan Aerospace Exploration), which has sensors to capture lightning of the tropical sky.