Weather Tidbits: Catatumbo Lightning

This Weather Tidbits focuses on a special weather phenomenon called Catatumbo Lightning. This type of lightning occurs in Venezuela and it’s tends to be quite powerful but also frequent. The lightning is made from the daytime heating of the tropical sun along Lake Maracaibo which evaporates along with the warm waters from the nearby Caribbean Sea providing that extra moisture. When the sun, the cold winds from the Andes Mountains slide into the Catatumbo River and the lake. This creates a collision of air which then goes up and forms the cumulonimbus clouds and eventually the lightning.

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