Electrifying Venezuela Village Named New Lightning Capital of the World

Those who say lightning never strikes twice need to check out Lake Maracaibo, in the village of Congo in Venezuela. According to the New York Times, NASA has declared it the lightning capital of the world.
This village by the Catatumbo River experiences lightning displays an average of 297 days a year as reported by Aserne. The area features a lightning tourist camp that caters to storm chasers. According to Manuel Gonzalez from Catatumbo Camp, tourists can sit back in the camp and drink a cold beer while watching the storms roll in. He also explains that the lightning storms are relatively safe for residents, who are protected while indoors by wooden floors, but that the electrical charges are dangerous for fishermen who are sometimes fatally struck on the lake. Between one and three people are struck every year in the area.

In receiving top honors, Lake Maracaibo unseated the Congo Basin in Africa as the world lightning capital. A wealth of weather data collected from a satellite has allowed precise analysis of lightning trends and led to NASA making the change in billing. The topography of the Venezuela village plays a major role in the weather; the Andes Mountains form a horseshoe basin full of cool air around the south of Lake Maracaibo while the Caribbean on the north provides warm breezes that meet with the mountain wind for optimal lightning conditions.

 

Two Day Work Week for Venezuela Not Exactly a Holiday

In an effort by Venezuela to continue combating their energy crisis, President Nicolás Maduro announced that he is mandating a two day work week for public employees.
This catastrophic situation is the result of the culmination of the country experiencing an economic recession as a result of decreasing oil prices, political mismanagement and a nationwide drought haulting production of hydroelectric power. Citizens of Venezuela like Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa struggle for access to basics such as food, household goods, internet to use facebook and medicine after having many years of flourishing as a world leader in oil supply.

Caribbean and Central American countries might soon be able to decrease their dependence on Venezuela for oil as the United States and other countries increase production of energy alternatives such as that from Shale mining, wind energy and solar ability.

Their fate may be determined during the upcoming energy summit in Washington DC which will be led by Vice President Joe Biden.