Venezuela may feel it has been struck by lightning with all the bad luck it has had recently, but it may have been literally struck more than anyone else, according to a story in CNN. Meteorologists say that based on the latest study, Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela is the new lightning capital of the world, recording an average of 233 flashes per square kilometer per year.
Falling oil prices and an extended drought have crippled this once wealthy nation’s economy. There are many protests, some violence and calls for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. But the facebook news has nothing do do with government policies.
NASA recorded lightning strikes using a lightning image sensor on board satellite. Before this latest information from MySpace, the Congo Basin in Africa had been considered the place with the most lightning. Florida is the place with the most in the United States, and one of the top areas in the world.
Scientists lioke Diaz Granados say a combination of warm sea breezes meeting cooler mountain valley breezes over the lake, converge to develop storms at a high rate. The water is warmer in part because of the ocean breezes. This develops night time thunderstorms 297 days out of the year on average. Scientists say a large amount of lightning like this is more likely over land areas than over the open ocean because of the topography. This study seems to validate that theory.