Mac & Mike's Pick: Nature's Light Show

By WEEK Producer

August 16, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 10:24 PM CDT

There is nothing like it anywhere else..and few outsiders have seen it. Because, for one thing, you have to do some traveling to see it.

The indigenous people of northwest Venezuela called this "the river of fire in the sky".

40,000 bolts of lightning nightly - 300 nights a year. The atmospheric phenomenon occurs strictly in an area located over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo.

For most days out of the year, there is almost continuous lightning, mostly within the clouds, that form large electric arcs .

The lightning tends to start approximately one hour after dusk.

Residents who've lived with the phenomena all their lives have a little trouble with the idea that visitors and scientists are willing to stay up all night...just to what the light show.

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