Lightning.

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]

QFT. Also, sigged.

PS: HORRIBLE PUNS, MAKE THEM STOP!

The closest call for me were two bolts that hit the same spot on the ground about 15 sec apart. Close enough to make all the hair on my body stand up. It's kindda freaky when you can feel the power in the air manifested as hair tickle all over your body.

Kannon, I can only hope you're not related to Roy Sullivan (who is the world record holder for most strikes by lightning in a lifetime: 7).

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

Or surge to a protector.

Maybe being near him means you are less likely to get hit because he's bound to get it.

When I was 12 or so, I was doing some math homework when a very sudden thunderstorm broke out. I came up stairs to stand at at the window to watch it (I like thunderstorms a lot) and suddenly there was this huge thunderclap and a great, bright pink streak of lightning came straight down into a large tree about a dozen metres from the house.

The light was pretty intense - and the sound of it splitting the tree was insanely loud.

I went out on the porch and the air stank - a nasty, greasy ozone smell and the tree was on fire. The rain put out the fire fairly quickly though and surprisingly, the tree didn't die.

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]

My parents could relate to that - their computer was totally fried during a storm. They now unplug things when there are bad storms.

I have never been hit by lightning but I do enjoy a good lightning storm. In Houston they have crazy good ones, the thunder shakes the entire house and sets off alarms it is really cool. Got to see a huge bolt of lightning go from one side of the sky to the other and was so bright I could see miles down the road one night, very cool. I also got to see ball lightning before, very, very, very cool the way it rolls across the sky. The ball lightning struck right out front of my dads old house in Cerritos, CA and exploded a tree, it looked like someone cut out the truck from 3 feet to 7ft and then turn the truck piece into tooth picks. The ball lightning was in the shape of a circle with bolts radiating out from the circle kinda like a sun.

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As I said in the Tech and Help thread on the subject -- if lightning strikes nearby, any defenses you can deploy are feeble compared with the mile-wide air gap it just punched through to get to ground in the first place. Your surge strips will help a lot if the strike is far enough away, or if most of the electricity goes down a different path, but if it's too close, there's nothing you can do. A mile of empty air didn't stop it, why would your silly UPS?

You can tell you're really close to lightning if there's no thunder. We were on a trip, and had a bolt hit the ground five or ten feet away from the car once. It sounds kinda like someone's tearing cloth. My father said he got a very mild burn on his arm from the exposure, just enough to bother him a bit the next day.

On a different trip, we went through a lightning snowstorm in the Tehachapi(sp?) mountain pass going into Los Angeles. That was pretty cool.

Malor wrote:

You can tell you're really close to lightning if there's no thunder. We were on a trip, and had a bolt hit the ground five or ten feet away from the car once. It sounds kinda like someone's tearing cloth. My father said he got a very mild burn on his arm from the exposure, just enough to bother him a bit the next day.

I got hit in my car once after school. Sounded like a Salute (the loud fireworks) went off about 15 feet overhead. Big flash. No damage that I recall.

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St.Hillary wrote:

Kannon got hit by lightning.. twice.

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Are you Benjamin Franklin reincarnated?

Hey Kannon, one of my co-workers uses a steel cigarette case as his wallet to keep him from degrading the magnetic strips on credit, atm, id cards to the point where they are no longer readable. Turns out he's survived two lightning strikes. Have you experienced anything similar?

There's a tree in our front yard that's been struck by lightning twice. It's maybe 15 to 20 yards from the garage, and maybe 25 from the front door of the house. The second time it got struck there were 6 to 7 foot long chunks of the tree in the back yard, blown completely over the roof and out past the back porch, probably a good 75 yards from the tree. It's actually still alive. We swore we would cut it down after the second strike, but never have.

Pictures:

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I took the first picture standing right against the closest garage door. It's pretty easy to pick out the one that's been struck a couple of times

There's also one on the side of the house that's been hit. That side of the house has two sets of sliding glass doors that you can see that tree from. I was in the room and looking almost in the right direction when it struck. I didn't see the tree itself because of the angle, but I saw the flash, and chunks of flying bark, branches, wood fly through the air.

The boom definitely comes after the strike when it's that close. It's really disconcerting.

That last strike is also the same one that fried a couple of AC adapters and a phone. It blew the casing off the adapter for the portable phone's base station.

*edit* Went out and took pictures of the first tree! The second one came down in a bad thunderstorm some years later. It was pretty much decimated.

Thin_J wrote:

There's a tree in our front yard that's been struck by lightning twice. It's maybe 15 to 20 yards from the garage, and maybe 25 from the front door of the house. The second time it got struck there were 6 to 7 foot long chunks of the tree in the back yard, blown completely over the roof and out past the back porch, probably a good 75 yards from the tree. It's actually still alive. We swore we would cut it down after the second strike, but never have.

Pictures:

IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/Thin_J/Stubborntree.jpg)

IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/Thin_J/tree.jpg)

I took the first picture standing right against the closest garage door. It's pretty easy to pick out the one that's been struck a couple of times

There's also one on the side of the house that's been hit. That side of the house has two sets of sliding glass doors that you can see that tree from. I was in the room and looking almost in the right direction when it struck. I didn't see the tree itself because of the angle, but I saw the flash, and chunks of flying bark, branches, wood fly through the air.

The boom definitely comes after the strike when it's that close. It's really disconcerting.

That last strike is also the same one that fried a couple of AC adapters and a phone. It blew the casing off the adapter for the portable phone's base station.

*edit* Went out and took pictures of the first tree! The second one came down in a bad thunderstorm some years later. It was pretty much decimated.

Wow, that is a pretty yard there ThinJ but I do not want to shovel all that snow to one side.

I bet if you take to parking that red car right next to the tree, it'll come down faster than you expect.

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Speed of sound ~ 1000 ft/sec
1 mile ~ 5000 ft

Yea verily I say unto thee, if you see a bolt of lightning and count the seconds until you hear the thunder, every 5 seconds is roughly equivalent to a mile between you and the bolt.

It's almost completely useless information! Huzzah!

Pharacon wrote:

Wow, that is a pretty yard there ThinJ but I do not want to shovel all that snow to one side. :)

You think it was covered yesterday? You should see it now. We need to change this to a general "horrible weather" thread, cause boy are we ever having some here right now.

We got about an inch of ice overnight, and it's been switching between rain, sleet, and freezing rain for about the last 6 hours. I stood outside about an hour and a half ago and listened to tree branches pop and fall, and heard some in neighboring yards that I know were whole trees. One had to be huge, because I saw other trees shake and flail around about 200 yards away when I heard it, and it sounded like a gunshot when it popped.

Now it's gone back to snowing at a ridiculous rate. It covered my car over again in about the last ten minutes.

I fully expect more musical tree/limb popping over the next few hours. There was one point where we counted fifteen snaps in about a five minute period. It was still dark then so I'm not sure where they were at, but it was dead silent except for the trees breaking. It's both creepy and really cool at the same time to stand outside in the dark and listen to it.

Maybe we need a thread. If I get out later and take a bunch of pictures I'll start one.

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Thread is up. I'll stop the derail now