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Lightning strikes "out of the blue"

Posted on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 | Comment icon 10 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 #1 Posted by Still Waters on 29 July, 2011, 19:11
This is very interesting I did read about that girl getting struck by lightning on such a beautiful clear day. Who'd have thought such a thing could happen but it's not that uncommon it seems.
Comment icon #2 Posted by slowfade on 31 July, 2011, 16:06
Every year, according to the National Weather Service, the Earth experiences 16 million thunderstorms. That amounts to an average of 1,800 storms happening at any given moment. Over the course of a year, 25 million bolts strike the ground, usually during thunderstorms but also during intense forest fires, heavy snowstorms, volcanic eruptions, nuclear detonations and large hurricanes. 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
its easy for me to do weather manipulation during a thunderstorm but it would be so cool if i can do it at will! 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. According to NOAA 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 fa... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Stardrive on 2 August, 2011, 18:29
My father has seen this happen before, but nobody believed him. 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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