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Lightning Question
09-03-2007, 04:20 PM
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Lightning Question
While I was photographing lightning, someone next to me & myself felt the sensation of someone very lightly & suddenly blowing the tops of our hair while a CG strike occurred. The bolt wasn't all that close, maybe a couple miles based on the time it took to hear the thunder. Was this due to the electrical charge in the air, or something else? Someone said it was a lightning streamer trying to develop on top of us. Wouldn't the bolt have been a lot closer if that were the case?
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09-03-2007, 09:50 PM
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Hawaiistormchaser Wrote:While I was photographing lightning, someone next to me & myself felt the sensation of someone very lightly & suddenly blowing the tops of our hair while a CG strike occurred. The bolt wasn't all that close, maybe a couple miles based on the time it took to hear the thunder. Was this due to the electrical charge in the air, or something else? Someone said it was a lightning streamer trying to develop on top of us. Wouldn't the bolt have been a lot closer if that were the case?

I have heard of people getting struck by lightning 10 miles away from a storm.

Erin August 2, 1995 Cat. 2

Opal October 4, 1995 Cat. 3

Ivan (the Terrible) September 15-16, 2004 Cat. 3

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09-03-2007, 10:21 PM
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well i'm not sure about streamers but the precursors to a lightning strike occur within a very small area. however during an electrical storm the air has an incredible difference and ionizes to a degree, so static is much more easily seen. things so much as moving in your seat or rubbing your feet on the ground could definitely cause a large static buildup during a thunderstorm.


a little aside, people think gravity is a strong force but electricity is about much much stronger.

the constant for electricty is like 9 x 10 ^ 9
vs
gravitational constant is like 6.67 x 10 ^-11


it's a huge difference. electricity is powerful shit.

with the internet everything is possible.
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