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Friday, May 22, 2009

Facts About Electric Storms !!

Sing along with me, "You light up my life."

I love an electric storm. Of course, I love them when they are “over there” and not “over here.” I can remember standing in a plain in the Midwest of the United States enthralled by the show. A couple of years ago I took some friends to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park . We sat eating a Japanese bento and watched an electric/lightening storm march across the Valley. Absolutely breathtaking.

So, what do we know about lightening and electric storms?

  1. They occur as a result of other storms - thunderstorms, volcanic eruptions, and dust storms.
  2. Bolts can travel at 60,000miles/sec (220.000km/h) - imagine the guy with the stop watch trying to measure that!
  3. Temperature of bolts can reach 30,000C (54,000F) - That’ll cook your egg in no time, eh?
  4. There’s an estimated 16 million electric storms every year.
  5. The chances of being struck by lightening in America - 1 in 576K. I live in San Jose, abt 1 million. There’s two people running around who have been hit by lightening. About one in 2.3 million die.
  6. Scientists don 'nt know how lightening forms.
  7. There are at least 14 kinds of lightening - Elves, Sprites, Blue Jets, to name a few.
  8. You can be confused by the supposed physics behind lightening here or here.
  9. Doc did NOT really harness a lightening bolt in Back to the Future.

Or you can just enjoy the show … and in my case, appreciate the lightening Maker.

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