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2013-12-03 23:25:05

Recently, RFcnn.com has announced its gas tube surge arrester collection. (PRWEB) December 03, 2013 Recently, RFcnn.com, an innovation-based company of surge arresters, has announced its gas tube surge arrester collection. What’s more, the company has launched a special offer on these high end items. The aim of the promotion is to show thanks to new and old clients. According to the CEO, the gas tube surge arresters are wonderful products. They are easy and convenient to use. Because...

Lightning Study To Be The Subject Of NASA Firefly Mission
2013-11-16 04:39:20

[ Watch the Video: Firefly Mission to Study Lightning ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA is preparing to launch an inexpensive, football-sized probe to study lightning, including its effects on the atmosphere and the possible link between the phenomenon and powerful energy bursts known as terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs), the US space agency announced on Friday. The probe has been dubbed Firefly, and it is currently scheduled for a launch later...

NASA FireStation Understanding Thunderstorms
2013-11-04 15:33:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s FireStation instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is helping scientists learn more about the party taking place inside a thunderstorm. The Space Test Program-Houston 4-FireStation is an instrument attached to the outside of the space station that is sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The instrument collects data as it flies over thunderstorms, helping scientists answer questions about...

lightning strikes affect mountain tops
2013-10-15 10:20:36

[ Watch the Video: Lightning Strikes Can Change Mountains ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using a simple magnetic compass and a little ingenuity, researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa have found that lighting strikes have a far greater impact on mountaintops than previously thought, according to a report of their experiments in the journal Geomorphology. During powerful thunderstorms, lightning strikes can hit rocks...

2013-10-08 08:22:49

MARYVILLE, Mo., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A campaign that began a year ago to support Sparky the Fire Dog®'s "Wish List" has successfully provided complimentary lightning protection systems for over half a dozen fire stations in high risk lightning regions across the U.S. In an industry initiative to provide lightning protection resources to the public and the fire safety community, the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) kicked off the "Building Lightning Safe...

Climate Models Help Researchers Understand Atmospheric Electricity
2013-10-04 08:51:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A detectable electrification of the air is caused by electrical currents born from thunderstorms. These currents flow through the atmosphere around the globe, even in places with no thunderstorm activity. Until recently, however, science has not had a good explanation for how conductivity varies throughout the atmosphere and how that may affect the path of the electrical currents. A new study led by the University of Colorado...

2013-10-03 08:23:30

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) is reminding engineers and building planners to carefully review their specifications for lightning protection to make sure they comply with recognized safety standards of LPI, NFPA and UL. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131003/DC91319) A series of crippling fires caused by lightning at Venezuelan oil refineries during the last two years raises serious concerns about...

New Work May Be Key To Avoiding Large-scale Power Outages
2013-09-27 12:40:33

American Institute of Physics Streamers may be great for decorating a child's party, but in dielectrics, they are the primary origin of electric breakdown. They can cause catastrophic damage to electrical equipment, harm the surrounding environment, and lead to large-scale power outages. Understanding streamers and the mechanisms behind their initiation, acceleration and branching is necessary to devise better solutions to avoid them. As recently reported in the Journal of Applied...

Super-rapid Intensification Of Supertyphoon Usagi
2013-09-20 11:22:06

NASA The radar on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite captured an image of Supertyphoon Usagi near the end of a 24-hour period in which Usagi intensified by 65 knots. This is more than twice the commonly used 30-knot threshold for defining rapid intensification. The TRMM data was used to create a 3-D image. The data was collected at 1035 UTC/6:35 a.m. EDT on Thursday, September 19, 2013, when Usagi was at category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale. ...

2013-09-12 23:23:42

Transtector Systems, Inc., a Smiths Power business, today announces the launch of its DIN Rail mounted railroad track signaling surge suppressor with equalizer, the Dual Track Arrester (DTA). Hayden, ID (PRWEB) September 12, 2013 Transtector Systems, Inc., a Smiths Power business, today announces the launch of its DIN Rail mounted railroad track signaling surge suppressor with equalizer, the Dual Track Arrester (DTA).   The Dual Track Arrester features an industry leading low voltage...


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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