Lightning.

It's just come over really overcast and I can hear thunder in the distance but it isn't raining. Then all of a sudden I here a sizzling noise and see a bright flash outside the window, before my mind can regisiter what I am seeing mere metres away from me there is a massive peal of thunder directly overhead. It really freaked me out, I think that's the closest I've ever been to a lightning strike. Any one else have any good lightning / storm related stories?

Lightning murdered my Dell Inspiron, and my WinTV PVR all in one strike. I will have my revenge one day...

My master brought me to life with a channeled strike of lightning.

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Where I live electric storm are a fact of life every summer evening and I live on a smallholding with a lot of trees so the trees around our house are regularly hit by lightning, one was actually killed last year.

This is why I unplug everything expensive as soon as there are signs of storms.

It may sound odd, but i miss thunder and lightning. In the Pacific Northwest, we never seem to get thunderstorms like I used to experience in the South. But when we do, it's intensely scary.

In junior high, during tennis practice, it started to rain. Thunder rolled in, and we were all still playing and starting to clean up. And as we're all walking towards the school from the tennis courts, we were crossing the baseball field. My doubles partner and I were joking that we were all carrying lightning rods since our rackets are metal. Suddenly, the school gets struck with lightning and everyone is just like: WTF?! We could all see the lightning bolt perfectly, it was awesome.

Another time... I was driving home from working at my youth group's fireworks stand. And it had already been pretty stormy earlier. We had to move all the fireworks off the ground because it was a downpour. Driving home, the sky was totally lit up by all the lightning. It was insane. And that went on for about the 20 minute drive home.

One time, when I was about ...9, living in Daytona Beach, I saw a guy in the parking lot of the condominiums we were living in running through a storm. Lightning struck the car about 10 yards from him, and he fell over in shock. When he got up, poop was sliding down his leg as he ran toward his place.

Strange, the things that stick with you for 15+ years.

About 12 years ago now there was a major outdoor rave in Johannesburg, I don't know how successful the rave was because there was a major thunderstorm that night.

I was standing at the window watching the lightning display when I noticed a regular light, changing colour, moving through the clouds. It was the outdoor laser at the rave 50 km away, it was truly breathtaking.

Kannon got hit by lightning.. twice.

St.Hillary wrote:

Kannon got hit by lightning.. twice.

Yeah. The first time I'm pretty sure it bounced off a nearby tree (and the storm it was from was like, 3~ miles away even). Probably lucky one of my friends was an EMT and could perform CPR. (Apparently it stopped my heart) I was completely out, and it took about an hour for my hearing and vision to fully recover.

The second time was probably worse (The people I was with said it looked like it hit me directly), but I suppose I wasn't very well grounded (I was on that black playground mat stuff way away from any metal playground equipment.). It didn't even knock me out that time, just knocked me over. It didn't really even mess up my vision or hearing that time either.

Outside of that, living in several places known for lightning and bad thunderstorms (Florida and Nebraska), I've seen some pretty impressive lightning displays. Like a tree getting blasted to toothpicks 100 yards away. Or watching the transformer down the street take a direct hit and explode, splintering the power pole and setting it on fire (briefly, before the rain put it out.)

Kannon wrote:
St.Hillary wrote:

Kannon got hit by lightning.. twice.

Yeah. The first time I'm pretty sure it bounced off a nearby tree (and the storm it was from was like, 3~ miles away even). Probably lucky one of my friends was an EMT and could perform CPR. (Apparently it stopped my heart) I was completely out, and it took about an hour for my hearing and vision to fully recover.

The second time was probably worse (The people I was with said it looked like it hit me directly), but I suppose I wasn't very well grounded (I was on that black playground mat stuff way away from any metal playground equipment.). It didn't even knock me out that time, just knocked me over. It didn't really even mess up my vision or hearing that time either.

Outside of that, living in several places known for lightning and bad thunderstorms (Florida and Nebraska), I've seen some pretty impressive lightning displays. Like a tree getting blasted to toothpicks 100 yards away. Or watching the transformer down the street take a direct hit and explode, splintering the power pole and setting it on fire (briefly, before the rain put it out.)

Holy. Sh*t.

You really are a "lightening rod" for trouble.

Well, I don't think anyone can really top Kannon's experience.

About two years ago during summertime, there was a pretty bad electrical storm raging outside. I always had a fascination with thunder and lightning and could watch those types of storms for hours. While looking at the storm through my bedroom window, lightning hits the electrical pole in the neighbor's back yard followed immediately by a loud band. This caused many houses to instantly loses electricity and set the cylindrical transformer on fire. I still had electricity in my house, so I must've been on a different circuit or something, but shortly after the transformer caught fire, the firefighters and power company trucks show up to put the fire out and effect repairs on the damaged unit. It was pretty interesting to watch, anyway.

I have had 2 fun episodes with lightning (not quite as dramatic as Kannon but the first was close.

I was 6 and playing under a tree at recess in school. Sudden storm came up and the tree itself was hit. That knocked me back a few feet into a sandpit. Freaked out my teacher more than me. She had to explain to me, the school nurse, and my Mom what happened.

The 2nd episode I was in a plane over the Atlantic. I had a window seat and was looking outside when there was a loud noise and a blue shimmer shot from one end to the other. All the electronic blinked a bit and the pilot came on the PA system. "Yes folks, that WAS lightning but don't worry everything is fine." That was so quick but it was fascinating.

One weekend a couple years ago, I was in Tennessee for an Ultimate Tournament. On the last day of the tournament it had begun to rain. It was a very light rain, just enough to make you miserable but still without truly hindering game play. Anyways, it was the last game of the day and after a few points, a couple of us looked up from the game as we thought we could hear something strange. Sure enough a literal wall of rain swept over the field. I don't think I've ever been in rain so hard. Immediately we call the game and start packing our things up. As of yet there was no lighting. However, just as we get everything packed up and start heading to the car, we start to hear thunder. And it was really close. We all started to panic as we knew this storm was getting bad. Just as we start a quicker pace to the car, the field gets hit by lighting, not more than 50 yards away. Suffice it to saw, that freaked us out. We were in the car maybe 1 minute later driving away from the fields as fast as we could.

It was about 10 years ago. There are 3 sycamores outside the back fence of our town home yard. Cubby and 2 friends were playing by the sliding glass door during a rain storm. We heard the thunder and saw the flash, then smelled the burning. The strike had been on the tree closest to where the kids were and we saw the burn mark up the side of the tree and up possibly to the roof. Called 911 and ( I swear this is true) they were here in under 3 minutes to see if the house was on fire. We were lucky, it was only tree and it only got a scorch mark that was there for a good 2 years.

I saw a van get hit by lightning. The muffler was hanging and touching the ground. It started smoldering after that and we called the firemen.

I got zapped once, but not directly.

I was out on a decent sized boat that my buddies family owned. Not sure of the length, but we ha taken it out into the gulf of mexico a few times with no problems. Well one day we had towed his sailboat along and him and I were out sailing, when an eyelet came off. We started taking on water and had to tow the sail boat back in, except it was sinking and extremely heavy. This put a toll on the engine so when we were coming in, the engine couldn't handle the extra weight. Black smoke was pouring out of the engine hatch. We open it up to get at it, and it just billowed out. At this moment one of his family members notice us moving close to the shore line (by this point we were in more of a river area that had no place to beach, but it would be bad if we ended up in an area with a ton of reeds and weeds.) My friend an I rush to the front of the boat to drop the anchor. of course while this happens it starts to down pour rain. His family puts up the awning and windows and such to protect from the rain, while we are putting down the anchor, so we have to shimmy around the outside of the boat to get back in. My friend goes first and I'm right behind him. He gets in the boat first and I grab a hold of the metal pole connecting the awning to the boat to brace myself to get back into the main cabin. At this time, lightening decides to hit the water probably a good 10 yards away.

His family said that my hair stood straight up, and that they actually saw the electricity kinda jump from the pole over to my hand in a blue spark. I really didn't feel anything but my whole arm had a spasm and I jumped into the boat. I didn't even realize what happened. They were all freaking out, but I felt fine. We got the sail boat home safe and I had a great story to tell my folks.

I was in my grandparents' kitchen when I was about 10 or so. It was small and at one end of the house, and had a wood stove (seriously!), and on the other side of the room was a large cooking fireplace that was no longer used for the purpose. There was a screen door in the outer wall at 90 degrees to the stove and fireplace. A 1940's green formica table with that grooved aluminum siding was placed in front of the fireplace and several relatives were seated at it or standing. I was standing behind the person at the head of the table, near the door but off to one side.

The fireplace had a lightning rod cable running down the chimney and into a bolt in the floor of the fireplace. It was a dirt base to the fireplace so that was a reasonable place to ground it.

We were talking as the rain pounded and the thunder rolled. Suddenly, a green ball came down the wire, very quickly. It was maybe a few inches across and it sizzled. It jumped over to the aluminum siding on the table, ran around that until it was across from the door, then flew out the screen door into the night. It left a hole several inches across melted in the screen door. The whole thing took maybe a second, it was really fast. Maybe 2 seconds at most. None of us were brushed by it, but we were all shocked into silence. Apparently those things can explode.

Ball lightning. Never seen it since.

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My father might have a legitimate phobia of lightning. He's not bothered when indoors or in a car, but being outside he gets nervous, tense, and kinda assholey. He says it stems from being a farm kid and having his father take him outside during bad thunderstorms to check on the cattle.

Back when I was in high school, we borrowed a friend's motorboat to go skiing on Cedar Lake in Indy with some missionary kids. We weren't on the lake for thirty minutes when we saw lightning and my dad before you could blink had the MK in the boat, the skis secured and the ropes tied off and was gunning the engine as fast as it could go towards the parking lot. When we got to dock he told me to pull the boat in and tie it off while he got the trailer. Apparently I wasn't doing it right or fast enough because he started yelling. It might have been the next flash of lightning that did it.

When we get the boat in the trailer, we find out that the prop is stuck in the down position. That gets him very riled up. At first he didn't believe me and started yelling again to stop wasting time and get the prop up. We then spent the better part of an hour trying to fix it. As time went on he got more and more tense. Started demanding tools. I was silent as I realized anything I said might get me yelled at. The poor MKs with their inadaquate social skills just stood by amazed that an adult could behave so irrationally.

Soon, I wasn't bringing the tools fast enough, so he would make the necessary single step to jerk it from my hands and work on the prop. All the while, lighting is striking more frequently. Finally, he just takes the hydraulic pumps or levers or what have you off the prop and uses ski rope to tie it in the up position. Then we all get in the truck. My dad starts the engine.

His shoulders visibly relax.

He turns to me riding shotgun.

He smiles.

"So, that was fun. Wasn't it?"

I don't think I spoke to him the rest of the way home.

We were home maybe 20 minutes before I hear mom lay into him about scaring those MKs half to death.

Yellek wrote:

Lightning murdered my Dell Inspiron, and my WinTV PVR all in one strike. I will have my revenge one day...

Lightning murdered my computer's power supply unit and my PS2's AC adapter, once. Quite a feat, since the PSU was protected by an APC battery backup unit.

Kannon, do you have any superpowers now?

I understand he's got quite a shocking presence about him.

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

Kannon, do you have any superpowers now?

That's be freaking sweet.

Dr._J wrote:

You really are a "lightening rod" for trouble. ;)

Robear wrote:

I understand he's got quite a shocking presence about him.

The horror!

St.Hillary wrote:
Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

Kannon, do you have any superpowers now?

That's be freaking sweet.

Dr._J wrote:

You really are a "lightening rod" for trouble. ;)

Robear wrote:

I understand he's got quite a shocking presence about him.

The horror!

If you're ever hanging out with Kannon and a storm comes along, you'd better bolt for shelter.

LobsterMobster wrote:
Yellek wrote:

Lightning murdered my Dell Inspiron, and my WinTV PVR all in one strike. I will have my revenge one day...

Lightning murdered my computer's power supply unit and my PS2's AC adapter, once. Quite a feat, since the PSU was protected by an APC battery backup unit.

Mine was all on a surge protector. Not good enough apparently.

If you're ever hanging out with Kannon and a storm comes along, you'd better bolt for shelter.

Or surge to a protector.

My former team lead and I would often head over to the local convenience store around 3 or 3:30 for an afternoon snack. We'd lounge at the outdoor tables for 15 minutes or so then head back to work. One day it was raining, which was fine since the tables were under an overhang. Then lightning struck a tree across the road, about 50 yards away. We could see leaves and bark and other bits of tree fluttering to the ground. We hurriedly went back inside.

The path of the lightning blew out a wedge of wood that started 30 feet or so up and went down the trunk to the ground.

Yellek wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:
Yellek wrote:

Lightning murdered my Dell Inspiron, and my WinTV PVR all in one strike. I will have my revenge one day...

Lightning murdered my computer's power supply unit and my PS2's AC adapter, once. Quite a feat, since the PSU was protected by an APC battery backup unit.

Mine was all on a surge protector. Not good enough apparently.

Surge protectors are to protect against surges. Lightning strikes don't qualify as a surge, exactly. More like a HOLYCRAPWHATWASTHATFZ[size=12]zzz[/size][size=10]zzzttttt...[/size]

NSMike wrote:

If you're ever hanging out with Kannon and a storm comes along, you'd better bolt for shelter.

That rules comes in the Kannon handbook.

NSMike wrote:

Surge protectors are to protect against surges. Lightning strikes don't qualify as a surge, exactly. More like a HOLYCRAPWHATWASTHATFZ[size=12]zzz[/size][size=10]zzzttttt...[/size]