Long Durational Natural Phenomenon
Duration of Catatumbo Lightning
Duration: Ten hours
The Catatumbo Lightning (Relámpago del Catatumbo in Spanish) is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. It occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River, where the river empties into Lake Maracaibo. The frequent, powerful flashes of lightning over this relatively small area are considered to be the world's largest single generator of tropospheric ozone.
It originates from a mass of storm clouds at a height of more than five kilometers, and occurs during 140 to 160 nights a year, ten hours per day, up to 280 times per hour. The lightning strikes around Lake Maracaibo, typically over the bog area where the Catatumbo River flows into the lake.
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