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2008-07-06 15:00:22

By Brian Evans, The Lima News, Ohio Jul. 6--LIMA -- Its devastating forces jolted through homes recently, blowing out electronics in its path. Its estimated 50,000-degree temperature destroyed trees and power lines throughout the region, knocking out the lights across the city for days at one point. There were even two Shawnee Township parents shocked and injured recently while waiting for their kids at a local dance studio. It's enough to leave residents to wonder if this force of...

2008-07-05 15:00:11

By Nate Kelly, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jul. 5--Last weekend's damaging thunderstorms were formed by a rare cold front, said Ken Gould, meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Tallahassee. "The pattern is winter like, with cold air aloft (in the upper atmosphere), allowing for quick and intense thunderstorm development," said Gould. "This time of year, usually the only fronts that come in are from sea breezes, which tend to cause one...

2008-07-05 15:00:11

By Robbyn Brooks and Sean Boone, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jul. 5--Lightning strikes sent fi refighters on at least three calls in our area. Two strikes sparked fires that caused signifi -- cant damage. "It all blew up at one time," said Destin Fire Control District Chief Tuffy Dixon. About 9 a.m. fi re departments took off for Armadillo Trail in Bluewater Bay. Crews from Niceville Fire Department, North Bay Fire Department, Destin Fire Control District and East Niceville Fire...

2008-07-04 21:00:12

REDDING, Calif. _ Gazing out a wall of windows, Mike Lococo watched lightning stab the horizon, over and over, like a bizarre light show gone awry. Three decades of battling blazes in remote corners of California told him one thing: That was trouble hurtling from the heavens. Lococo is part of a unique national network that launches at the first sniff of wildfire. When hundreds of California wildfires sprang from lightning strikes June 20-21, the Northern California Geographic...

2008-06-30 09:00:23

By Marcus Wohlsen Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- Firefighters in northern California battled more than a thousand wildfires to a stalemate by Sunday, but forecasters said dangerous conditions would not relent anytime soon. No new major fires had broken out Sunday as fire crews inched closer to getting some of the largest blazes surrounded, according to the state Office of Emergency Services. But a "red-flag warning" -- meaning the most extreme fire danger - - was still in effect for...

2008-06-29 12:00:19

By Don Thompson Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of northern California into an unhealthy stew of smoke and ash, forcing the cancellation of athletic events and other outdoor activities. Health advisories urging residents to stay indoors to limit exposure to the smoky air were issued Saturday from Bakersfield north to Redding, a distance of nearly 450 miles. Air pollution readings in the region are two to 10 times the...

2008-06-25 09:02:50

By Hernando Today, Brooksville, Fla. Jun. 25--BROOKSVILLE -- Rough weather Tuesday afternoon produced hail in Brooksville, several lighting strikes and power outages for hundreds of Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative customers. A strong line of storms with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour moved through county just after 4 p.m., prompting the National Weather Service to issue a severe thunderstorm warning that lasted until 5 p.m. Dime-sized hail fell over downtown Brooksville and...

2008-06-24 18:02:34

By Renatta Signorini, The Leader-Times, Kittanning, Pa. Jun. 24--Several houses were apparently hit by lightning during Monday's late afternoon storms. Firefighters responded to houses in West Kittanning and Applewold between 5:30 and 6 p.m. yesterday and determined that some houses were either struck directly or the lightning strike occurred nearby. Dispatchers at Armstrong 911 received reports of lightning strikes at West Kittanning homes at 119 Lincoln St., 327 Garfield St. and 418...

2008-06-22 06:00:20

By Jennifer Barrios, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jun. 22--The private Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton has a lightning detection system, complete with atmospheric sensors and sirens. The public Bethpage State Park golf course relies on slightly older technology -- weather reports. Either way, both courses aim to protect their golfers against one of the scourges of summer: lightning. Today is the start of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (yes, there is such a week, now...

2008-06-16 18:00:00

By Sheryl Ubelacker, Health Reporter, THE CANADIAN PRESS Christina Wards could hear the thunder and knew a fast-moving storm was closing in, so she hustled her daughter Richelle and other teens practising baseball off the field towards their vehicles. But as she and Richelle prepared to climb in their van, a bolt of lightning struck a nearby metal fence enclosing the sports field in their hometown of Dawson Creek, B.C. The flash travelled across the ground and engulfed the pair in a...


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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