Witness the Catatumbo everlasting lightning storm. This is, apparently, the single biggest generator of tropospheric ozone in the world. Could this kind of energy be stored?
It originates from a mass of storm clouds at a height of more than 5 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 the bog area formed where the Catatumbo River flows into the lake.
After appearing continually for centuries, the lightning ceased from January to April 2010, apparently due to drought, temporarily raising fears that it might have been extinguished permanently.
Then it came back.
George Kourounis reports from inside the storm.
2 minutes of Catatumbo lightning.
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