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(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   Man mowing lawn on calm, sun-shiney day struck by lightning   ( ajc.com) divider line
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2003-07-23 10:01:16 AM  
I think God was aiming for W and he just missed by a few states.
2003-07-23 10:03:22 AM  
GoodyearPimp"* Make your body a single point ground by putting your ankles and knees
together and then crouching down. This posture lessens your chances of
being a lightning rod or of having a charge enter one foot from the ground,
travel through your vital organs, and then exiting through your other foot.
Another suggested position is to drop to your knees and bend forward,
putting your hands on your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground because
electrical current from a strike can easily travel through your vital
organs this way, too."

And yesterday we learned that you shouldn't take shelter under a tree while sitting in metal chairs.

Tune in same time tomorrow for our next lesson in lightning safety.

(Seriously, both stories are sad, 'specially the kids seeing their parents die; but still funny that we're getting to learn all kinds of stuff about lightning. Fark is so edumacational.)`
2003-07-23 10:03:26 AM  
"My wife always said, 'Oh, he's so sweet,' " Yearty said. "He'd come over and mow my lawn. There's a steep slope in my yard that I can't mow with my bad knees, but he'd say, 'Let me mow it.' "

Terrible thing to happen, but I snickered at this part of the article. "Mow my lawn, Guillermo. I've got a steep slope. Oh mow it!" "Si, senorita, let me mow it, baby."

Pardon me boy, is that the Hell-sylvania Choo-Choo?
2003-07-23 10:04:09 AM  

If that is the same girl I was thinking of one of my friends had a huge crush on her at the time. It was really sad.
2003-07-23 10:04:35 AM  
fark you God! one day people like us are going to uprise against deities like you. See what happened to Usay and Quday? Your next buddy. Sic Semper Tyranous!
2003-07-23 10:08:40 AM  
p.s. that quote is from an email sent out to my hiking club on lightning safety by Richard Kithil, American Lightning Protection, INC. Google "lighting safety" for other tips. I couldn't find the original email online, but did find this cool article, also from Richard Kithil, about "loop" or "knot" lightning.

Looping lightning is rare, but not unknown

[image from images.usatoday.com too old to be available]

2003-07-23 10:20:54 AM  
We said 'Guillermo!'
Appeared not to be alive
'He's so sweet' wife said
2003-07-23 10:22:23 AM  
Hmmmmm....link farked!
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-07-23 10:25:06 AM  
"I can always hire a new employee, but I can't hire another friend."

He's not shopping in the right place. Look for the red lights.

(link works for me)
2003-07-23 10:25:29 AM  
"I was shocked," Yearty said.

He wasnt the only one
2003-07-23 10:39:07 AM  
It's lightning day on Fark. I love lightning. I have a hard time believing this was a truly sunny day. More than likely a thunderstorm was in the area, just not raining on his head. The article should have stated that. If there wasn't any storms it should have said that too. Stupid journalist.

I have seen bolts out of the blue though. Amazing things. They're still associated with storms, but for a variety of reasons appear to come straight out of blue sky, miles away from the storm.

Bolt from the blue
2003-07-23 10:43:52 AM  
Hmmm...I wonder if the lawnmower could have produced a massive static charge to attact the bolt? And would my wife accept this as an excuse to stop mowing the lawn?
2003-07-23 10:47:43 AM  
Okay, time to pool knowledge. They were all good people. They were helpful. They did yard work. God smote them with his mighty discharge. I'm becoming a hateful evil hermit with a jungle for a yard.
2003-07-23 11:01:19 AM  
ps. yay for weather nerds. Best lightning picture ever.
2003-07-23 11:08:21 AM  
The Bolt From The Blue strikes again. But yeah, you can be struck by lightning up to (I think) 30 miles away from the leading edge of the thunderhead. It's things like this that I cite when people call me a pussy for not going outside unless I absolutely have to when there's a storm anywhere near my area.
2003-07-23 11:20:49 AM  
Another suggested position is to drop to your knees and bend forward, putting your hands on your knees.

Sure. And remember not to clench. Lightning doesn't like it when you clench.
2003-07-23 11:27:23 AM  
Mrs Kiveat!!!

[image from terencemichael.com too old to be available]

/second obscure xfiles reference in 24 hours.
2003-07-23 11:57:25 AM  
For the consumption of wx geeks:

Heading up to the Mogollon Rim for some monsoon photos in a few moments. I'll link in this thread if they turn out. Lightning shots will hopefully abound.

Inverted v setting up over the rim area.

Dewpoint in FLG(7000 ft.) is 53!

Max temps around 100 below the rim

Looking good!

(Pardon my enthusiasm. But, this year's monsoon is as late as Bill Clinton to a press conference.)

Interesting meso-low that tore up OH,PA,NY Monday with tornadoes and BIG downbursts.
2003-07-23 12:10:15 PM  
You mean he wasn't Mormon? Maybe God chucked a lightning bolt and it went astray, hitting a poor hapless Mexican.
2003-07-23 12:18:33 PM  
Dang. Another person gets hit by lightening. Pretty scary lightening in these parts (western Colorado). I was watching some lightening bolts hit the field next to my work Monday, which is about 500 yards away. Whomever said that lightening doesn't hit the same spot twice is full of it; I swear those bolts where pretty much nailing the same place. Pretty scary considering that I commute by bicycle and had to wait for this storm to pass before I rode home.

BTW I just had this observation: Fark has theme weeks. Naked man week, religion-bashing week and now lightening week. Anyone else second that observation?
2003-07-23 12:20:17 PM  



/i can relly spel
2003-07-23 12:25:14 PM  
I think the military is testing their air-to-ground pulse weapon this week.
2003-07-23 12:51:29 PM  
"He didn't speak English, and I didn't speak Spanish, but it worked out beautifully," Yearty said. "He was a hard worker and a great friend."

...I remember the time I asked him to pull my finger, but instead, he slapped me upside the head with a 2x4. Great times, great times...
2003-07-23 12:52:53 PM  
I'm with Kungfu_Kleg.

Clearly He Who Smites is against the whole yard work thing, and despite my atheist status, I'll be passing that buck indefinitely.
2003-07-23 12:53:27 PM  
2003-07-23 10:01:11 AM numchuckbiatch
""We said, 'Guillermo, Guillermo!' But he didn't appear to be alive," Yearty said."
....how can you appear dead? Maybe uncounsious (sp?) would have been a little more intellegent

have you ever seen a dead dude? Eyes open and bulging out, strange gurgling sounds coming out..pretty obvious actually...and quite tranquil.
2003-07-23 12:57:17 PM  

seek help.
2003-07-23 01:00:59 PM  
2003-07-23 01:10:48 PM  
Speaking of lightning, anyone see those hellacious lightning storms early this morning in East Texas? It looked like a strobe light outside.
2003-07-23 01:28:49 PM  
Looks like I will just have to stay indoors all the time..



2003-07-23 01:37:03 PM  
"I was shocked," Yearty said.

HAW HAW HAW, I get it...
2003-07-23 01:46:03 PM  
Ball Lightning:

More Lightning:
2003-07-23 01:48:10 PM  
Speaking of Homers...

Ball Lightning: http://www.macnexus.org/scds/zachsci/Ball.html

More Lightning: http://images.usatoday.com/weather/lightning-test/stepslight.jpg
2003-07-23 02:17:11 PM  
"Let's just say that if complete and utter chaos was lightning, he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting 'All gods are bastards'."

-- Rincewind discussing Twoflower (Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic)
2003-07-23 02:19:22 PM  
This happened about 10 miles from my house. It isn't strange at all. We've had thunderstorms in the area for the past several days. The weather has been changing by the minute here lately. Sunny one minute, stormy the next, and then sunny again.
2003-07-23 03:29:02 PM  
"There's no blame here -- it was just his time to go," said Guillermo's employeer, Michael Yearty. "We knew going in that the counselors were blind."

/or something like that....hee hee hee hee
2003-07-23 05:38:41 PM  
As a former researcher in atmospheric electricity, I'll put in my 2 cents. Most people are killed by lightning outside of the main rain shaft, because most avoid the rain. They either stay out too late or go back outside too early and get whacked. It's true that lightning can strike over 10 miles from the parent cloud or from the storm's anvil colud. But most people don't see lightning as enough of a threat to seek shelter. About 100 people a year pay for that behavior with their lives. Feelin' lucky, punk?
2003-07-23 06:58:26 PM  
i always thought that anything with rubber tires was a safe thing to be in/on during a lighting storm...
2003-07-23 08:35:17 PM  
Better picture:

[image from fox47.com too old to be available]
2003-07-23 08:41:14 PM  
Wow, that's sad. I didn't read the article though, cos I gotta go mow my lawn. It's a really nice day for it.
2003-07-23 10:46:11 PM  
Back from the wilderness of AZ. Strange storm behavior. Instead of the predictable diurnal blowup on the rim, a couple storms' (One near Flagstaff and one near Show Low) outflows set up nice boundaries that converged about 30 miles east of Payson. Usually these storms propopgate more southward, but SE he flow moved them up into northern AZ. No good lightning pics... but a few nice panoramas. A day away from pavement and the blasted heat is always worth it! Panoramas (qtvr) will be linked in this thread in a few hours.
2003-07-24 12:00:55 AM  
LOL, nixonian -- storm chasers need to theadjack FARK more often. ;)
2003-07-24 02:59:08 AM  
I nearly got struck by one of those recently. At 10:00am I had just gotten the mail out of the mailbox on a bright, clear spring day and took several steps towards the house when a large lightning bolt struck the metal post the mailbox was mounted on. I heard/saw a loud boom/flash and woke up in the middle of the lawn several minutes later. My watch stopped at 10:01. Scary stuff..I didn't go outside for several days. Fark that second chance stuff.
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