Significance of Lightning in Venezuelan History
Lightning strike has helped foil two enemy invasions; 1st, in 1595, when ships led by Sir Francis Drake of England, which failed their surprise attack, and 2nd, in 1823 during the Venezuelan War of Independence, when Spanish forces were trying to sneak in.
Lightning strikes are seen here around an hour after sunset at the same place almost every night. It is just like any other lightning strike, but the sheer consistency of time and place is a wonder.
Winds carrying heat and moisture from the plains, mix with the colder air descending from the Andes, and are condensed into thunderclouds.
Forming from a mass of storm clouds, Catatumbo Lightning is said to be the largest generator of tropospheric ozone. Besides, it is a navigational aid to fishermen, as it lights up the sky at night.