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Sned    Posted 06-09-2002 at 18:58:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
If this doesn't work then you can see it in the gallery.


WallSal55    Posted 06-10-2002 at 11:19:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
A scary encounter of lightning we had, was in the
middle of the night while we were sound asleep.
It struck close to the bedroom. (perhaps was
drawn to the TV antenna on bedroom roof and/or the metal patio table on the deck off the bedroom)
From there it transferred to the heavy metal
eavespout. Sounded like the 4th of July, as the
electrical juices traveled the length of the eaves! (ZZZZZZ!)
We hugged each other for dear life, hoping the
electrical works stayed "outside". Thank God it
did. The next day, all I found was a little piece
of rubber roofing about 12 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide. No other damage. We have lightning
rods on the house, but through experience, I'd
say lightning strikes anywhere it pleases.


DeadCarp    Posted 06-10-2002 at 08:08:41       [Reply]  [No Email]

Boy isn't that something? You can see how the stuff was attracted to the metal rod in the rail. I've seen lightning hit a tree and make cracks in the ground where it followed the roots out. Bet it flat woke that tree up! You know, the lighting MIGHT have hit the tree and traveled down the wet bark or something, then jumped over and vaporized the water inside the post without leabing a lotta damage on the tree.... watch the sap this summer & see how much of a hit it got.

Here's a young basswood that is perfect except for where the lightning found water :)


Salmoneye    Posted 06-10-2002 at 04:26:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My guess is tha the strike itself did not touch ground at that point so that is why the tree was not hit.
I think what happened is that your fence got hit elsewhere and traveled to ground through that corner post.

I have seen lightning do some incredible things. I have seen it strike a power line and finally go to ground through a pole half mile away. Apparently that was the wettest point where the juice could jump from the wire past the insulator to the soaked telephone pole and then to ground. Where the voltage jumped from the wire to the pole is where the only damage was and it looks kinda like your post.

Two summers ago, the WIfe hit the service entrance groundwire with the push mower and forgot to tell me. Had a storm roll through with strikes touching down all around. Only way for the induced voltage to get to ground was through the water pipes (old house). We had sparks jumping 12 inches from the cold water in the kitchen to the drain. 7 bright blue sparks in about 2 minutes. Can be a might startling.

Wait till you see that whole fence glow blue some evening or graphite fishing rods in the holders on the boat or the whole top of the barn...or the weirdest...seeing cows glow with St Elmos Fire.
Seen em all and hope never to again...



Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-10-2002 at 07:54:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw it hit a fence once and it traveled all the way down it till it got close to the house jumped to a electrical service and started a fire below the meter! It wasn't my place but sure was weird!! Lightning can do some real strange things. Mark H.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-09-2002 at 20:18:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not like lightning!! There is a real big Ponderoses Pine Tree next to the house. It is the tallest one in this area. I climbed to the top of it and put a 6 ft tall lightning rod on it and ran a 2/0 Copper wire to 2 ground rods. I now know it is 85 ft tall because of how long the wire had to be! That job took a haft day of hard work to do! I had to use climing gear and ropes to get between the branches. My wife thought I was crazy for doing it (so did I when I got up there!) It now protects the house from a strike. Mark H.


Les...fortunate    Posted 06-10-2002 at 03:00:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with your wife! ";^)
2/0 Copper is heavy stuff. I hope it works but Mr. Lightning is gonna do what he wants to anyway.
The neighbor down the road whose house was struck, sits down in a hollow. Of all the places in the neighborhood, one would guess that that place would be the last one to be struck. Go figure.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-10-2002 at 07:49:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
This tree was struck befor thats why I put it up there. It is what they call a cone of protection above the house, the tree is about 20 ft from it. I had to use ropes and pulley to get that cable up there. I was allways tied off on a branch with a safty belt when ever I moved. I did think about what would happen if I had a problem while up that high it would have taken a long time for help to get to me. It took a 24 ft ladder to get to the first branch and I had to pull the ladder up the tree to get to the next one after that it was a peice of cake but hard to clime to. Coming down was easy I just repeled down and removed the rope at the bottom. I don't think I will do it again that was enought adventure for being 50 years old!! Having the rod up there will at least save the tree with the least form of resistance to ground and will lessen the chances of the house being hit. Mark H.


Les...fortunate    Posted 06-09-2002 at 19:32:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
My neighbors about a half mile down the road had their house struck by lightning last July 1. It's a wonder it didn't burn the house down with them in it. They had to move out and didn't get the place fixed up and moved back in until September.


Nathan(GA)    Posted 06-09-2002 at 19:11:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is strange! You sure it was lightning?

At my Grandmothers old house, it hit a pecan tree and jumped off at the corner of the smokehouse. Blew out a big hunk of concrete blocks where the steel rod went down the corner.


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