A new study has crowned Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela the lightning capital of Earth. This bay, connected to the Gulf of Venezuela, receives approximately 233 lightning flashes per square kilometre per year, outranking the Congo Basin.
Using 16 years worth of observations from NASA’s Lightning Imaging Sensor, the team could identify and rank the hotspots for lightning activity.
The study found that Africa remains the continent with the most lightning hotspots, followed by Asian and South America. It also found that thunderstorms over the ocean tend to occur in the evenings, with continental thunderstorms occurring mostly in the late afternoon.