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(ABC News)   Media asks, 'Is anywhere safe from lightning strikes?" Don't mean to spoil it for you, but the answer is 'no'   ( abcnews.go.com) divider line
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2014-08-11 05:28:31 PM  
i59.tinypic.com

Getting a kick...
 
2014-08-11 05:48:35 PM  
You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

images.nationalgeographic.com
 
2014-08-11 06:40:03 PM  

RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]


I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.

www.physics.gla.ac.uk
 
2014-08-11 06:46:36 PM  

doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.


Or you could, you know, stay in a vehicle. Most are fairly lightning resistant.
 
2014-08-11 06:47:48 PM  
This is currently my favorite website (monsoon season here)
http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime?lang=en

i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-11 06:47:56 PM  

doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.


Sounds good in theory, but just try sitting in one faraday.
 
2014-08-11 06:49:55 PM  
Don't mean to spoil it for you, but the answer is 'no'

Shocking.
 
2014-08-11 06:51:31 PM  

doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.

[www.physics.gla.ac.uk image 323x334]


You could combine both of these solutions by creating Faraday cage Mormon underwear.
 
2014-08-11 06:54:38 PM  

sandbar67: doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.

[www.physics.gla.ac.uk image 323x334]

You could combine both of these solutions by creating Faraday cage Mormon underwear.


Yeah but your nether regions would be extra salty. Rock salt plums are supposed to be sweet too.

/NTTAWWT?
 
2014-08-11 06:57:46 PM  
Ah, the official Ric Romero approved headline of the day!
 
2014-08-11 06:58:12 PM  
Well, I can say from experience it's certainly not in the Arapahoe National Forest, 1000 ft above treeline, in August.

/should have turned back as soon as the little fluffy cottonball clouds started forming
//after they turned into big grey monsters it was already too late
///only time I ever pissed myself out of fear
 
2014-08-11 07:05:56 PM  

iheartscotch: doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.

Or you could, you know, stay in a vehicle. Most are fairly lightning resistant.


img.fark.net
i.dailymail.co.uk
img.fark.net
img.fark.net
wxguard.com
Not really.
 
2014-08-11 07:06:11 PM  
I got this shot while sitting on my couch earlier this summer

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-11 07:06:27 PM  

RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth,


Unless an earthquake compresses the rocks around the salt dome, generating large enough voltages in quartz crystals and other piezoelectric minerals to ionize the air.
 
2014-08-11 07:06:52 PM  

doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.

[www.physics.gla.ac.uk image 323x334]


Since lightning is just static electricity, neither of those solutions will protect you.
 
2014-08-11 07:07:26 PM  

MooseBayou: iheartscotch: doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.

Or you could, you know, stay in a vehicle. Most are fairly lightning resistant.

Not really.


Notice how I said "fairly lightning resistant"? That doesn't indicate lightning proof.
 
2014-08-11 07:15:45 PM  
Nowhere is safe - whatever you do, watch ABC and don't go outside where it is dangerous. Posting on fark is also safe from lightning strikes.
 
2014-08-11 07:16:10 PM  

RoyBatty: This is currently my favorite website (monsoon season here)
http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime?lang=en

[i.imgur.com image 850x593]



I have a new favorite website.
 
2014-08-11 07:19:14 PM  
This is why I've coated my body in rubber.
 
2014-08-11 07:19:49 PM  

MooseBayou: iheartscotch: doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.

Or you could, you know, stay in a vehicle. Most are fairly lightning resistant.

[img.fark.net image 302x167]
[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x417]
[img.fark.net image 256x192]
[img.fark.net image 272x185]
[wxguard.com image 850x566]
Not really.



Someone was telling me about this today.  If a car is entirely metal*, it can act as a Faraday cage.  But if it's primarily fiberglass and other non-metals, it doesn't.

*not the astronomy definition of metal
 
2014-08-11 07:23:26 PM  
Cars don't act as Faraday cages very well (lots of big apertures in the body), but that's okay since RF energy radiated by a lightning strike isn't what's likely to kill you.

A car offers some protection thanks primarily to the skin effect.
 
2014-08-11 07:27:51 PM  
You can't get struck by lightning at the poles. Atmospheric conditions and magnetic fields do not allow for the build up of charge required for a strike.
 
2014-08-11 07:56:42 PM  

Ivo Shandor: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth,

Unless an earthquake compresses the rocks around the salt dome, generating large enough voltages in quartz crystals and other piezoelectric minerals to ionize the air.


Quartz crystals (SiO2) =/= salt crystals (NaCl)

/the more you know (and remember from grade school chemistry...)
 
2014-08-11 08:00:29 PM  

doglover: RexTalionis: You're probably pretty safe in a salt mine a few miles below the earth, you know, the type they use to store nuclear waste.

[images.nationalgeographic.com image 600x400]

I'll see your Mormon solution and raise you one Faraday cage.


Beat me to the punch. Here's the wiki for those who don't know.
 
2014-08-11 08:01:19 PM  
Forgot the link whoops. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage
 
2014-08-11 08:26:04 PM  
vortex.accuweather.com
 
2014-08-11 08:53:07 PM  

FizixJunkee: RoyBatty: This is currently my favorite website (monsoon season here)
http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime?lang=en

[i.imgur.com image 850x593]


I have a new favorite website.


Thirded! Wut? Is that a word? Waiting for the rain to really start here on the east coast.
 
2014-08-11 08:58:06 PM  

WelldeadLink: [vortex.accuweather.com image 850x565]


Nope, not even there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_%28lightning%29
 
2014-08-11 08:59:24 PM  
Underwater, probably you won't get struck by lighting.
 
2014-08-11 09:06:50 PM  

DesertDemonWY: I got this shot while sitting on my couch earlier this summer

[img.fark.net image 750x501]


Damn, son. You live in some pretty country.
 
2014-08-11 10:06:43 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Underwater, probably you won't get struck by lighting.


If you're deep enough. Otherwise...
i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-11 10:12:41 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Gyrfalcon: Underwater, probably you won't get struck by lighting.

If you're deep enough. Otherwise...
[i.imgur.com image 500x320]


That's the funniest caption I've read in a long, long time.
 
2014-08-11 10:47:45 PM  
The moon. The moon is safe from lightning strikes.

Not terribly safe from meteor strikes though... you will need a very different kind of umbrella.
 
2014-08-11 10:51:49 PM  
We were sitting outside a couple days ago.  It had been sprinkling, but the sun was coming back out (we were under the overhang in our buildings breezeway).

Boom.  First thunder we heard was close enough we felt a concussive force.  We looked around, and one of the neighbors came out and pointed to a tree.  It was in a cluster of other trees and the top third was hanging in the canopy, the bottom third was still intact and the middle third looked like spaghetti.  The section that got blown up was probably 6 inches thick and 15 feet long.  There were pieces of bark 20-30 feet away.

Sadly, there were no pieces appropriate to make a Wonderboy or Savoy Special.

There was only one other roll of thunder and the storm was gone.
 
2014-08-11 11:52:02 PM  
My house has a lightning rod on it; your argument is invalid.
 
2014-08-11 11:56:34 PM  

LoneWolf343: WelldeadLink: [vortex.accuweather.com image 850x565]

Nope, not even there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_%28lightning%29


I know about sprites, and the ISS is about 4 times higher than sprites.
Admittedly, a lightning jet aimed at the ISS (for some electromagnetic pathway values of "at") may hit it with some X-rays or gamma rays, but that's not a direct lightning strike.
 
2014-08-12 02:53:35 AM  

Hector Remarkable: This is why I've coated my body in rubber.


Go on...
 
2014-08-12 07:08:50 AM  

aagrajag: My house has a lightning rod on it; your argument is invalid.


Only one?
 
2014-08-12 08:47:22 AM  

Benni K Rok: aagrajag: My house has a lightning rod on it; your argument is invalid.

Only one?


In rod we trust.
 
2014-08-12 09:06:36 AM  

WelldeadLink: [vortex.accuweather.com image 850x565]


That's all well and good until:
i2.wp.com
Lightning in spaaaaaaaaace!
 
2014-08-12 09:10:39 AM  

Hector Remarkable: This is why I've coated my body in rubber.


I often coat one part of my body with rubber (usualy for up to 1 minute and 53 seconds at a time). I wonder if that will help.
 
2014-08-12 06:52:56 PM  

fusillade762: Hector Remarkable: This is why I've coated my body in rubber.

Go on...



This, along with the protective rubber ball I travel in and live inside of.
Nothing shocks me anymore.
 
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