It doesn’t get more epic than this — a 12,346-foot volcano in Guatemala erupts in lava as the sky explodes in lightning in the distance. Wow!
Now, Guatemala is no stranger to summertime thunderstorms. Located near 14 degrees latitude, afternoons often light up with thunderstorms thanks to its geographic proximity to the ITCZ, or Intertropical Convergence Zone. The ITCZ is a narrow band of showers and thunderstorms near the equator that circles the globe year-round. The location of the ITCZ actually fluctuates with the seasons, where it actually moves farther north during the northern hemisphere season because of the heating of the land masses. The result is a stormy season along Central America, centered right over Guatemala and Volcán de Fuego. Kaboom!
Here are a few other jaw-dropping looks at Volcán de Fuego, courtesy of Guay:
Weather is awesome. #cwgpicoftheweek