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Old 09-03-2013, 07:10 AM   #31
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Doh! (It passes spell check.)
I hope it does.

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Old 09-03-2013, 07:19 AM   #32
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One of the dumbest things I did was flying a kite on top of whitehorse hill in Oxfordshire in the middle of a thunderstorm, dont know why either but it seemed a good idea at the time.!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:36 AM   #33
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One of the dumbest things I did was flying a kite on top of whitehorse hill in Oxfordshire in the middle of a thunderstorm, dont know why either but it seemed a good idea at the time.!

Now I know you folk across the pond must have heard of Ben Franklin....
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:12 PM   #34
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What about under an overpass? Good spot? That's where I stopped last week when caught in a thunderstorm on my way home from work.

That would be my choice as well. The more concrete over you the better. Concrete is an excellent insulator, and I would hope that the structure of the bridge would arc the bolt side to side. I'm no physicist though. I did stay at Holiday Inn once though.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:13 PM   #35
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Had lightening strike a metal light pole about four feet from me once.I was on an 83 gs750 suzuki.Got home from there in half my usual time.I hate lightening.Ed
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:06 PM   #36
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I've always wondered if aluminum tent poles would make an effective Faraday cage. I have a small tent of the type where the poles cross from corner to corner. Many close strikes over the years.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:08 PM   #37
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The fool parked and stood under a tree.

I would have kept riding.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:09 PM   #38
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Doh! (It passes spell check.)

That's what happens when you take a dump.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:00 PM   #39
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What about under an overpass? Good spot? That's where I stopped last week when caught in a thunderstorm on my way home from work.



A Overpass bridge is pigeon heaven. I stayed dry in a downpour in WVA but had to deal with those "flying rats". Pigeon shit everywhere...Damn
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:02 PM   #40
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:47 PM   #41
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conductivity has nothing to do with it, lightning as just a big static charge between to ionized surfaces, it goes for the smallest gap no different than a spark plug arc

Yes, you feel a static buildup, a house I lived in once was protected by lightning rods, lightning hit the rod on the roof directly above where I was sitting, every hair on my body tugged and the air turned an illuminated greenish color outside my window

inside a Faraday cage is the safest place to be (a car shell makes a good Faraday cage)
Conductivity has nothing to do with it??? I always thought that lighting took the quickest most efficient way to the ground. Kinda why they make lightning rods out of metal and not licorice...
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:07 PM   #42
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Conductivity has nothing to do with it??? I always thought that lighting took the quickest most efficient way to the ground. Kinda why they make lightning rods out of metal and not licorice...

lightning does not "take the quickest most efficient way to the ground", it hits the point of ground or projection that has the highest static charge to attract the lightning, conductive or not


if lightning took the most conductive route, then a grounded power pole would get hit before it would hit a tree adjacent or it would hit a house with lightning rods before it would hit the unprotected one next to it

lightning rods are not an attempt to ground out lightning, they are installed with a network of cables to build a Faraday cage around the house
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:17 PM   #43
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Basically, you are screwed, park, get off the bike, stand on one leg is your best shot.

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1/2 right. Park the bike and LAY DOWN on the ground.
Many people who've been struck by lightning describe their hair 'standing up'. This is when you need to an immediate belly flop onto the ground.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:47 PM   #44
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Monday, 09.02.13

1 dead, 2 injured in Miami-area lightning strike

MIAMI -- A lightning strike has killed one man and injured two others in a semi-rural area southwest of Miami.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the men were outside when a major storm passed through the area Monday afternoon. They tried to hide underneath a tractor-trailer but it was struck by lightning. The energy passed through the trailer and into the men.
The two injured men were taken by ambulance to a trauma center for treatment. Their condition was not immediately known.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/0...iami-area.html


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Old 09-03-2013, 09:59 PM   #45
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Another reason to aways have your rain gear with you when riding in the summer. Had he kept riding, he would still be around....
If I see that a storm is about to hit, stop under bridge or gas station, put my rain suit on and have always kept riding...
Made through a some terrible storms in Kansas and TN, which went on to become a tornado...
Hope his wife will make a full recovery, and keep on riding...
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