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Venezuela’s Everlasting Lightning Storm

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The sky above this river never sleeps. Producing 3,600 flashes per hour, for 10 hours at a time, for most nights out of the year, the “Relámpago del Catatumbo” has been raging, on and off, for as long as people can remember.

It was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as the place in the world with the most lightning strikes per square meter, taking the record from the town of Kikika in the Democratic Republic of Congo. All of which points to the fact that while unusual, the “Relámpago del Catatumbo” is certainly not the only storm nursery in the world, just the flashiest.  

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