Tag: lightning

Ball lightning

Now that we’re finally starting to see some hot weather, it won’t be long before we begin to see something else: thunderstorms and lightning (very, very frightening me! Galileo, Galileo…sorry, just a little Queen flashback). It’s the lightning, of course, that makes thunderstorms thunder. If I may quote myself from a previous column, lightning “is …

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Lightning and humans

Being struck by lightning is one of those occurrences we consider highly unlikely. How often have you said, “You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than… (fill in the blank–win the lottery, for example). But for a surprising number of people every year, the unlikely becomes all too real. The National Weather Service in …

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Maybe it’s because, in the last couple of years, I’ve taken up golfing, but I’ve become increasingly fascinated by lightning. (There’s something about standing in the open holding a metal rod that’ll do that to you.) I’m certainly not alone. Lightning has fascinated people throughout history. It took Benjamin Franklin, though, to demonstrate its electrical …

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