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2009-08-31 02:00:00

GENEVA, August 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The dataset will provide lightning information throughout the globe to serve the world's meteorological institutions and other weather-dependent users. Consisting of lightning sensors distributed throughout the globe, the coverage and performance of Vaisala's Global Lightning Dataset (GLD360) is unique, global, and real-time.

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2009-08-24 12:45:00

Duke University researchers have captured images of lightning bolts shooting upwards.

2009-08-18 08:57:12

Utilizing fractal patterns similar to those created by lightning strikes, Victor Ugaz, associate professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has created a network of microchannels that could advance the field of tissue engineering by serving as a three-dimensional vasculature for the support of larger tissue constructs, such as human organs.

2009-08-03 13:17:58

A 38-year-old bricklayer in the British town of Kettering says he is lucky to have survived being struck by lightning while walking his dogs. The Daily Mail Monday said Brad Gifford was hit by a 300,000-volt bolt of lightning while attempting to seek shelter from a thunderstorm by ducking under a tree. Gifford suffered burns to 11 percent of his body and both of his eardrums were burst.

2009-07-27 16:16:56

A Florida woman said she, her 4-year-old son and a 17-year-old friend were uninjured when a bolt of lightning crashed through her car. Michelle St.

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2009-06-22 13:01:31

Experts say 2009 already has been proved a dangerous year for lightning strikes in the United States and warn the worst may be yet to come. National Weather Service lightning expert John Jensenius said 11 people have been killed in the United States by lighning strikes just this month as the particularly dangerous summer months get under way, ABC News reported Monday. Last year was an exceptionally good year for not having fatalities.

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2009-06-18 21:20:00

Most people know to unplug computers to prevent lightning damage but some are injured by lightning using hardwired video games, a US researcher says.

2009-06-17 10:50:26

U.S. scientists say they have detected the first direct evidence of lightning occurring on Mars. University of Michigan researchers said they found signs of electrical discharges during dust storms on the red planet.


Latest Lightning Reference Libraries

Weather Reference Library
2012-05-10 10:05:27

When we think of thunderstorms we have to remember the deadliest part of those storms and that is the lightning that occurs with them. Lightning is found in many forms. The first type of lightning is known as cloud to cloud meaning that the electric charge travels from one cloud to the other. The second type of lightning is the Cloud to Air meaning the lighting moves from the cloud and enters the clear air of the sky. A third type of lightning is the cloud to ground. This is the most...

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2010-10-21 17:15:50

A lightning rod is a metal conductor mounted on the top of a building and connected through a wire to the ground to protect the building from lightning. The rod should conduct the electricity from a lightning strike down through the wire instead of passing through the building. The rod is just a single component in the lightning protections system along with rooftop conductors and multiple conductive paths. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in 1749. The taller the building the...

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2009-07-21 16:27:18

Heat Lightning is actually faint flashes of lightning reflecting outward from distant thunderstorms. These flashes usually do not produce thunder as the storm is sometimes too far away to be heard. The term heat lightning got its name because it often occurs on hot summer nights and does not produce audible thunder. One reason heat lightning can be seen so far away is due to the reflection of the light bouncing off water particles in moist, humid air and as light is scattered throughout the...

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Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.