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The Permanent Thunderstorm

Harry R. Schwartz

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Lightning

There’s a near-permanent lightning storm over Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela:

For 140 to 160 nights out of the year, for 10 hours at a time, the sky above the river is pierced by almost constant lightning, producing as many as 280 strikes per hour. Known as the “Relampago del Catatumbo,” this lightning storm has been raging, on and off, for as long a people can remember.

It’s been storming there since at least 1595.


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