A new study indicates that Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela, is the area of the planet most punished by lightning.
Where is there more possibility of lightning?
Operational between 1997 and 2015, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring (TRMM) mission satellite has extensively measured the electrical activity and precipitation that have fallen on the planet along its central fringe, ranging from 38 degrees North latitude (at the height of Murcia) to latitude 38 degrees south (near Melbourne, Australia). Above and below these imaginary lines, thunderstorms are less frequent.
And with this data, meteorologist Rachel Albrecht of the University of Sao Paulo and its collaborators have concluded that if you want to avoid being struck by lightning, other than staying at home, especially do not travel to the Venezuelan lake Of Maracaibo. There, in a certain square kilometer of its surface, the TRMM satellite registered an average of 233 electrical shocks coming from storms every year.
This place ranks first in a list of 500 “hot spots” made by the team of scientists, who have published their findings in the Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society. The figures may seem rather scarce – not even a daily lightning – but in reality we should note that they only record the limited measurements of the TRMM satellite, which covers each bounded area approximately ten minutes per day. That is, the areas most punished can receive tens of thousands of rays annually.
As for the general patterns detected by the mission, the electrical activity of tropical storms takes place more often on land than at sea, and more in summer than in winter, which confirms the meteorological models. Experts have also noted that other “hot spots” are also located on large lakes, and that Central Africa concentrates 283 of these 500 risk zones.