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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...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

By Chris Henwood; Dale Williams FIREFIGHTERS were swamped with hundreds of calls as storms brought torrential rain, thunder and lightning to the West Midlands. Lightning struck a car showroom, setting several vehicles on fire, and also brought down trees. Flashfloods left at least one motorist stranded, with the force of the water lifting manhole covers. Firefighters took 360 calls at the height of the storms last night, when nearly 40mm of rain fell in a few hours. And today,...

2008-07-29 09:00:59

By Josh Seidman, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 29--Rene Castro remembers hearing what sounded like an explosion and being unable to move. This must be what it's like to get killed, he thought. "I couldn't get up," said Castro, 31, of Hempstead, after the lightning hit at about 10:20 a.m. Sunday. "I thought, 'This is my last day. I'm going to die.'" Elber Guerra remembers nothing beyond waking up in a hospital bed, feeling the pain from electrical burns and being told by friends he had...

2008-07-29 09:00:59

By Nicole Norfleet, Philadelphia Daily News Jul. 29--The fast-moving storm that hit Cape May Sunday killed a man on the beach in North Jersey, authorities said. Pablo Garcia, 38, of Elizabeth, Union County, was killed when he was struck by lightning at a beach in Sandy Hook. Two other people struck there and hospitalized were released yesterday, said a spokesman for the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, in Neptune. "This is the first one in anyone's memory on any of our...

2008-07-28 12:00:49

DALLAS (AP) -- American Airlines changed instructions that mechanics use to decide how to inspect planes suspected of being hit by lightning. The change is intended to end a standoff between the nation's largest airline and some of its mechanics, who complained to federal safety regulators. The new instructions cover Boeing 767 aircraft that travel over water and are subject to more rigorous inspection standards. They took effect this month. Tim Wagner, a spokesman for American,...


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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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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