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“Tindiret nengoliel kekol bai” Stunning lightning flashes light up the skies of Tindiret

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Framed by ancient primeval rain-forest, landscaped by beautiful hills and valleys, and home to such breathtaking sites as Chepsangor, Tindiret has natural attractions in abundance.

In a hill located in an area northwest of Tindiret forest, you’ll discover one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena. This is – “the place of lightning.”

Known as “Kondab ileet”, or “the eye of lightning,” this wondrous natural lightning show rampages through the sky creating awesome, beautiful displays of nature that make for stunningly dramatic scenes for several nights in a year. And it’s not just the odd fierce strike here and there, oh no, this show produces several lightning strikes per hour. The persistent flashes are so bright that they can be seen for up to hundreds of miles.

The stunning lightning flashes occur in a variety of striking colors, from reds and oranges to blues and purples, due to the presence of varying amounts of water vapor in the atmosphere. Some say that the Tindiret lightning is unique because it does not produce thunder, but that is a myth. The lightning strikes occur at great distances from observers that the thunder cannot be heard.

The lightning is thought to be a significant producer of upper atmospheric ozone in Kenya. Some believe that this is helping to replenish the ozone layer; however, most argue that the ozone produced never reaches this high.

Despite its fame, little is actually known about the precise mechanisms behind this phenomenon. The Nandi people, believed that the lightning was triggered by “Asis” [Sun] – god, to signal seasons. Slightly more modern idea is the topography of the region.

The Nandi people studied the pattern of the lightnings and used it to predict with great precision the coming of rains. This was significant as it helped in planning for planting season. The popular phrase among the Nandi – “Tindiret nengoliel kekol bai,” borrows from this and it loosely translates to “Tindiret – a place where when lightning strikes, maize is planted,”.

Numerous scientists have traveled to the area in order to investigate the mechanisms behind the lightning. In recent studies, it is postulated that the lightnings are as a result of thunderstorms likely caused by closed wind circulation in the region, and it seems that this is the most plausible explanation.

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