The Most Electric Place On Earth!

Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo
  • one lake in Venezuela hosts thousands of lightning strikes every hour.
  • The phenomenon is known variously as the Beacon of Maracaibo or Catatumbo lightning.
  • "Catatumbo lightning" refers to continuous (high frequency) lightning from a near-daily thunderstorm complex that forms in the Lago de Maracaibo/Catatumbo River region in northern Venezuela, South America.
  • Here the night sky is regularly illuminated for nine hours with thousands of flashes of naturally produced electricity.
  • Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for “highest concentration of lightning” with 250 lightning flashes per square kilometre each year.
  • The storms ease off in the dryer months of January and February and are most spectacular at the peak of the wet season around October. At this time of year, you can see an average of 28 lightning flashes each minute.