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Old 15.07.2009, 19:31
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Re: Lightning Risk

I know of at least one person whom died in a lightning strike-he was taking a call on his mobile on a running track; from his 10 year old son asking him to come home early.
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Old 15.07.2009, 21:00
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lighting will take the shortest path to ground, so unless you're standing in a sapling park pretty much every tree is going to be taller than you!
If you do happen to get caught out in the open during a lightning storm, crouch down on your hands and knees. Make sure that your shoulders are the highest point and that your hands are on the ground. If you are struck, by taking the shortest route, lightning will pass down your arms rather than through your heart. This increases your chances of survival.
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Old 15.07.2009, 21:04
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Re: Lightning Risk

I was a stewardess yonks ago and we got hit by lightening in the air once! Scorchio! EEEEKK!
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Old 15.07.2009, 21:51
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Re: Lightning Risk

Be careful, DB. You might get scarred for life even if you survive:

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Old 15.07.2009, 22:39
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You could stand out in an open field under a pine tree wielding a golf club, and you'd still have to be pretty unlucky to be hit by lightning.

A lightning strike up to 10m away counts as a direct hit, more or less, so by standing out in the open you 'occupy' a circular zone of area 78.5 m^2. This means your odds of being hit by lightning if you stand outside all night on a stormy night are 5.7E-7: nearly one in two million.
A friend of mine died being struck by lightning.

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Another way to look at it (specially for the number skeptics): has your house ever been hit by lightning? And your house stands outside all night every night, is several times bigger and taller than you are, and probably has a metal rod on top of it.

Yes, when I was a kid - it destroyed the roof and in came all the water.



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A place never to shelter in a storm is a cave on a mountain side. The lightning strike runs down the mountain side, reaches the roof of the cave and...you, sitting in the cave act like a spark plug with the lightning jumping to your head and down to earth through you.

Mountain ridges are also really dangerous places to be in a storm.
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Old 15.07.2009, 22:41
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Standing under a tree to shelter is the worst place to be as it increases the chances of your getting struck by lightning.
Yes, the assumption that even very small children already knew this fact was actually the whole point of my post...
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Old 15.07.2009, 22:48
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Re: Lightning Risk

I have heard some pulse irregularities have been cured by Lightning
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Old 15.07.2009, 22:57
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I have heard some pulse irregularities have been cured by Lightning
Certainly - too big a dose and your pulse stays at a very steady zero bpm...
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Old 16.07.2009, 09:56
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I have heard some pulse irregularities have been cured by Lightning
But, unfortunately, it's a bit hit or miss.
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Old 16.07.2009, 10:11
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Another way to look at it (specially for the number skeptics): has your house ever been hit by lightning? And your house stands outside all night every night, is several times bigger and taller than you are, and probably has a metal rod on top of it.
Interesting stuff Mathnut, thanks. You live up to your name there.

Actually my parents house was struck two years ago, you could see a black scorchmark on the side of the house where it hit.... and our telephone basically exploded... so its a good thing neither were using it at the time.
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Old 16.07.2009, 10:19
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Mountain ridges are also really dangerous places to be in a storm.
I like thunderstorms too. However, i was once caught on such a ridge, carrying my nice metal mountain bike up it. The trail was too steep to ride, and i was far from the bottom when a gentle rumble turned into a violent storm within about 15 minutes. i have to say i was quite terrified and ended up running up a mountain with the bike on my back to reach the restaurant on top..... this took about 20 minutes and i have rarely been so exhausted nor relieved.

On another note, i remember hearing that the trailing edge of a storm, what may be thought of as the "tail" of the storm, carries a particular charge pattern that often lets loose a lightning strike after you think the main part of the storm has passed.
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Old 16.07.2009, 12:43
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I would hazard to guess that the NASA exclusion is more due to the likelihood of large static electrical discharge causing upset to sensitive computer equipment on board the space vehicle rather actual strike to vehicle risk.
I suspect that if I was strapped to half a million litres of liquid oxygen,
one and a half million litres of liquid hydrogen, and a million kilos of
firework filling, I wouldn't be giving a flying fu-, eh, my primary concern
would not be for the electronics...

I would probably skip the swimming, as well...



SERIOUS BIT:
Having seen more than enough lightning-cooked equipment in a
previous life to make a UK taxpayer weep (if only they knew ),
imagine my delight last August when that HUGE storm came over
the city, and I could sit safely at home watching Nature's Spectacle
explode around me and my ring-side seat.
Imagine my further delight when I later discovered that the cost
of this front-row seat was equivalent to that of a new TV, a new
DVD player and two replacement Cablecom boxes.

Moral: Surge Protectors do not protect things from lightning;
smart people will unplug the expensive stuff while it's still worth unplugging.
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Old 16.07.2009, 13:33
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"The underwire of a bra has played a part in various accidents and attacks. Metallic underwires, which attract and conduct electricity, ...."
Thats terrible. As part of my new inititative for health and safety during thunderstorms, I will from now on remove all bra's from their respective owners as a precautios measure.
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Moral: Surge Protectors do not protect things from lightning;
smart people will unplug the expensive stuff while it's still worth unplugging.
it is not usually the the 'direct' surge hit that that cause most of the problems, as mentioned above on the NASA post, it is the induced currents and voltages on appliances attached to nearby circuits that mess things up. Faraday, Lenz, Gauss etc
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Old 16.07.2009, 14:29
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Thats terrible. As part of my new inititative for health and safety during thunderstorms, I will from now on remove all bra's from their respective owners as a precautios measure.
I think it laudable that you are prepared to put yourself
at risk for the sake of others. You selflessness is an
inspiration to us all.

I therefore volunteer support wherever it is needed.
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Old 17.07.2009, 08:48
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Re: Lightning Risk

That was the most awesome storm I've seen, last night. I've never seen lightning at the rate before.
And I didn't get hit once...
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Old 17.07.2009, 11:07
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Hey, DB!!! You can come out from under the bed now!!
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Old 17.07.2009, 11:11
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I'm staying in the cellar!
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Old 17.07.2009, 11:30
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I rather enjoy storms,
Me too, I kind of miss the week long 60mph wind we have in Holland in October...
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