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Old 05-14-2005, 10:15 PM   #11
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How terrifying. When we lived in the Daytona area, lightening strikes were a normal part of life and sometimes impossible to convince visiting freinds of the dangers. We had a pool, and of course would take them to the beach. When a storm would be coming in, when you live there, you get the general idea of when it is time to get out of the water and off the beach. Often freinds would think we were being wimps. haha. Once I ordered everyone out of the pool, NOW, and it struck close by scaring the bejeesus out of everyone (all were out of the water by then, complaining about my yelling at them!). They were shocked to realize that our phones were all fried and electricity out for hours because it had hit nearby. We never got a direct hit, but lost an average of a phone and/or answering machine once a year, and have many freinds whose homes did get direct hits and lost all their electronics. Remember, if you are the tallest thing around, you're a target (and you are if you're in the water or on the beach). If you're next to the tallest thing around you're a target (as in the clicheed-but-true tall tree on a golf course or athletic field).

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Old 05-14-2005, 10:52 PM   #12
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Old 05-15-2005, 01:05 AM   #13
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Yikes! Im darn happy that you were alright! To bad they didnt just call it a day and send folks home. I hope that woman gets her hearing back! I wonder if the building was grounded.
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Old 05-15-2005, 07:07 AM   #14
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Yesterday, I went and looked at a maple tree in the corner of the parking lot, about a 100 yds from the clubhouse. It had taken a lightning strike as well, and you could see a path blown from the top all the way to the ground. There were splinters and wood fragments 100' away from the tree. Supposedly, one of the member's car was pummelled by the frags, and suffered some major denting.

I also saw a second lightning strike on the same tree, but it looked like that happened a few years ago.
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Old 05-15-2005, 08:24 AM   #15
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I'm so glad your ok and pray that poor woman gets her hearing back. The clap or crack of thunder really gets to me personally.

This is probably a stupid question but I'm curious. I love antique shopping and I've seen lightening rods for sale. I know that these used to be put on peoples houses and barns and are still used to this day. My question is.... Why in the world would you want to attach one of these things to your house or barn. I'd think that the chances of it not hitting these things would be greater by having one of these attached then not having one at all.
Ok....on more question........so when people do have one of these is the bottom of this rod embeaded deep in the ground so the ground absorbs the electricity? Wouldn't it still have some effect on the house or barn?

Thanks all.......finally I may get an answer and it might spike my interest in picking up a few of these for conversational pieces........there are some really pretty older ones available.
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:08 AM   #16
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my neighbors used to have them on there house. one time there was a thunderstorm where lightening DID hit their house. actually it hit the rod and bounced off onto the ground. there were scorch marks in the back yard. that's the only time i have ever seen that happen. so i guess it did it's job. i still don't think i'd have them on my house because i feel the rods attract the lightening.
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Old 05-15-2005, 11:28 AM   #17
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A lightening rod system consists of the rod, a copper wire and a conductive grid that is buried in the ground. They do not attract lightening. The lightening strike is going to happen anyway and the lightening rod, because it is a really good conductor of heat brings the lightening "safely" to the ground. If the strike hit your house, or barn, our outbuilding, these are not good conductors of heat so the massive amount of heat from the lighting can start a fire. The rod absorbs all this heat.

That's ALL my knowledge of them - I'm sure there's more but that's basically what I remember. Where is Michael in FW when you need him????

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Old 05-15-2005, 12:50 PM   #18
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Just a little extra sumthin sumthin. If you already know this I apologize for wasting a few extra grey cells. The term "bolt from the blue" is literally true. A lightning strike can happen up to ten miles away from the main thunderhead. Also, if you can hear a distant rumble of thunder during a quiet day, the storm is approx. 20 miles away. If you're listening to AM radio and can hear the crackles caused by the lightning on that frequency, the quieter crackles are about 50 miles away.
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Old 05-15-2005, 03:20 PM   #19
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Very interesting DC - hopefully those gray cells that this info soaked into will stay with me for at least 2 days!

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Old 05-15-2005, 05:14 PM   #20
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We took an almost direct hit a couple of years ago and got many things knocked out - the computer, the tv's, satellite dish, phones, the ac, even the garage door opener. Our power was out for over 24 hours (on Labor Day weekend) so with no air, no fans, no electric at all, we stayed in the pool almost all day (the weather was clear after that). We live in the country and have a well so we had no water except bottled water and had to use pool water to flush the toilets. Although we are part of the lightening capital area, that was the first time we have had such a hit. We had lost a few things before and had to get voice mail from the phone company because we couldn't keep an answering machine (they seem really touchy about lightening). With all the new stuff we got better surge protectors so hope that won't happen again.

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