We read in the news that there had been lightning strikes in Paris and other parts of Europe.  We decided to find out what causes lightning and discovered that there are various types of lightning.  Our research led us to discover that in Venezuela at a location called Lake Maracaibo lightning strikes occur on over 200 days of the year.  The lightning can last for up to 9 hours on each of these evenings.  The Guinness Book of Records records this place as having more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the world. Did you know that lightning occurs more frequently close to the equator than in areas further away from the equator?