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2008-11-21 11:10:11

Flash floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and because of their unpredictability they're the leading weather-related cause of death for Americans. They usually arrive with little or no warning, but a Tel Aviv University researcher is trying to predict where and when they will occur "• using lightning. Prof. Colin Price, coordinator of the international "Flash Project" and head of the Geophysics and Planetary Physics Department at Tel Aviv University, is...

2008-11-17 12:32:21

Massive energy releases occur every day in the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere. Lightning may give rise to these bursts of radiation. However, unlike the well-known flashes of light and peals of thunder familiar to Earth-dwellers, these energy releases are channeled upward and can be detected only from space. Our atmosphere protects us from the effects of this radiation, but the mechanisms at work can impact Earth's upper atmosphere and its space environment. A new nano satellite mission,...

2008-11-06 12:44:13

The VHF radio interferometer system was designed by ZHANG GuangShu, et al of Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. By using this system, a cloud-to-ground lightning flash containing 19 strokes was observed and several new characteristics of lightning have been revealed. The study is reported in volume51, number 5 (May, 2008) of the Science in China (Series D, Earth Sciences). The system in this study has five antennas that form an...

2008-10-25 12:30:00

More than 50 cows were killed by a single lightning strike in a pasture in Uruguay, El Paid newspaper reported Friday. Police released photos to local media of the 52 dead cows lying in a row after being killed by the strike. The cows were reportedly killed in a pasture near the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, while leaning against a fence that was struck by lightning during an electrical storm.

2008-10-06 09:00:39

Your home should be a safe haven. But even the most safety-conscious homeowner may not have considered a risk that affects thousands of homeowners each year. During the four-year period from 2002 to 2005, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimated that U.S. fire departments responded annually to roughly 31,400 fires started by lightning. These fires caused an estimated $213 million in direct property damage each year, based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration's National...

2008-08-21 21:00:25

'That guy is fast': Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt amazes even himself as he becomes the first since Carl Lewis in 1984 to win the 100 and 200. D1 (c) 2008 Commercial Appeal, The. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-13 15:00:29

By Peter B Lord; Alan Dunham The hazardous weather warning distributed by the National Weather Service yesterday morning for Rhode Island and points north sounded all too familiar this summer: "ANOTHER ROUND OF NOTABLE THUNDERSTORMS IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 2 PM AND 8 PM THIS AFTERNOON WITH HALF INCH OR SLIGHTLY LARGER HAIL ... GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS TO 45 MPH ... LIGHTNING STRIKES AND BRIEF HEAVY RAINS THAT MAY PRODUCE A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF POOR DRAINAGE FLOODING IN A COUPLE OF...

2008-08-10 21:00:22

By T.J. Pignataro and Jay Tokasz Several lightning strikes from thunderstorms that rumbled through Western New York late Thursday and early Friday are being blamed for at least two area fires, including one that destroyed a historic Kenmore building. Flames erupted from the home of the International Association of Machinists at 1289 Kenmore Ave. at about 3:30 a.m. Friday, just after Buffalo firefighters were called to a lightning strike across the street. The union hall, which was built...

2008-08-01 12:00:41

By Steve Lyttle, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Aug. 1--Fire and rescue officials will catch a break today, after scrambling Thursday afternoon and evening to deal with widespread damage caused by a line of thunderstorms that swept across the Charlotte metro region. Thursday's storms contained a lot of lightning, as was evidenced from the large number of fires caused by weather in the Charlotte area. Strong winds blew down trees and power lines in several other areas near...

2008-07-30 06:00:34

By Daniel Brownstein, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Jul. 30--Sometimes lightning does strike twice. A fire destroyed much of a Sea Pines home Tuesday afternoon after a strong storm blew across Hilton Head Island. The fire, at 29 Wild Wood Road, started smoldering some time around 3:30 p.m. The Town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Division got the call at 3:33 p.m., but the first of four engines and a ladder truck didn't arrive until 3:56 p.m. because crews were...

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...

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...

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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