You know the old saying about how lightning never strikes in the same place twice? Try telling that to the people who live around Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo.
In one year, there are more than 100,000 lightning flashes over the lake, says Rachel Albrect, the lead on a team of researchers collecting data about lightning strikes in the area. They recently released their findings in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
“It’s so often that the state of Zulia in Venezuela, where this lake is, has a lightning bolt on its flag,” she says.