How many people get struck by lightning in Catatumbo?
Lightning often hits the lake, which can be deadly for fishermen out in their boats. According to Catatumbo Camp, a lightning tourism company near the lake, nearly three people die every year in the lightning capital of the world.
Can you visit Catatumbo?
THE CATATUMBO TOURS INCLUDE: Transportation in 4×4 vehicles. Bilingual guide specialized in the region. Accommodation at house on stilts in hammocks with mosquito net. All meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the day of return.
Is there a never ending storm on Earth?
Also 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. Whatever the cause, it sometimes feels that Catatumbo Lightning is, in fact, never ending lightning.
Is there a place in Venezuela where lightning strikes?
Wings of phosphorescent pink unfold to illuminate Lake Maracaibo, a brackish bay that opens north to the Caribbean Sea. A quarter of Venezuela’s population lives in the highest concentration of lightning on Earth, 250 flashes per square kilometer (0.4 square miles) per year.
Where can I see the Catatumbo lightning?
Catatumbo lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. It occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo. It originates from a mass of storm clouds over nearby mountains, and occurs during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour.
Where is the storm that never ends?
They call it “the Never-Ending Storm of Catatumbo,” or “Maracaibo’s Lighthouse.” Its lightning is so familiar, people in the state of Zulia in Venezuela even put it on their flag. Less than half an hour after the first cloud forms, it starts to flash.
Where does the Lightning from Catatumbo come from?
It originates from a mass of storm clouds at an altitude of more than 1 km, and occurs 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 a bog area formed where the Catatumbo River flows into the lake.
Where does the lightning occur in Lake Maracaibo?
It occurs over and around Lake Maracaibo, typically over a bog area formed where the Catatumbo River flows into the lake. The lightning changes its frequency throughout the year, and it is different from year to year.
Where does the wind come from in Maracaibo?
The storms are thought to be the result of winds blowing across Lake Maracaibo and the surrounding swampy plains. These air masses meet the high mountain ridges of the Andes, the Perijá Mountains (3,750 m), and Mérida’s Cordillera, enclosing the plain from three sides.