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Lightning strikes "out of the blue"


Posted on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Karlis


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Sometimes lightning can strike when we least expect it - even when there is a clear blue sky.

This is exactly what happened to 11-year-old Britney Wehrle who was walking home on a warm summer's day when she was suddenly struck by lightning despite the skies being completely void of clouds. It isn't that unheard of either - lightning is able to travel as far as 25 miles from its originating cloud.

"Every year, according to the National Weather Service, the Earth experiences 16 million thunderstorms."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by slowfade on 31 July, 2011, 16:06
Wow. I'm surprised more people aren't struck by lightning! Really interesting stuff, thanks for posting
Comment icon #3 Posted by BrokenBrain on 31 July, 2011, 17:11
Now I feel like an idiot, I've spent all this time thinking you need a charge difference that overcomes the volts per meter potential difference required to create an electrical arc, turns out all you need is a slushy. Mayby I could get one of those water bombing helicopters for forestg fires and make rootbeer lightning. Sell lightnint to places that need rain and give away free protons as a side. I'd have to do some experiments though, find out if the lemonaid lightning would be yellow or pink.
Comment icon #4 Posted by BrokenBrain on 31 July, 2011, 17:36
All joking aside, I've hurt by some pretty substansial electrical charges, but I can't even imagine how bad a lightning strike would ruin your day or your year. I feel for the victims.
Comment icon #5 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx on 31 July, 2011, 20:19
Zeus has good aim!
Comment icon #6 Posted by UFO_Monster on 1 August, 2011, 0:13
My father has seen this happen before, but nobody believed him.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Zay on 1 August, 2011, 0:28
its easy for me to do weather manipulation during a thunderstorm but it would be so cool if i can do it at will!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dougal on 1 August, 2011, 15:26
Really? don't be invading the science section of the forums please, go back to metaphysics. Either that or prove it. kkthxbai
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rosenrot on 1 August, 2011, 21:36
I love a good thunderstorm, but lightning is something that demands respect. People laugh at me when I get jumpy because I'm outside in a thunderstorm. about 300 people a year are injured by lightning in the US. I don't want to become another statistic. I remember reading somewhere that most people who are struck by lightning are on the beach when it happens. Last time I was at the beach I was taking a walk, and a thunderstorm came out of nowhere. Lightning struck the ocean less than a mile from me, and I high-tailed it outta there! A good adrenaline rush can make you move fast.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Stardrive on 2 August, 2011, 18:29
I was at work when it happened. Early 90's I'd say. Nice sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. I was on the phone standing at the front doors looking out. Saw a flash and heard a loud boom (simultainiously). It split a tree right down the middle in someone's yard about 200 yards away. I'd probably be skeptical if I hadn't see this for myself.


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