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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-29-2010, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Lightening Storms

Just a quick heads up on something I overlooked. We get aggressive and productive lightening storms around here. They're great because they cut the 100 percent humidity to about 85 percent. They're also great because they equalize all that atmospheric pressure which brings several beautiful days to follow - like today.

The one thing I overlooked: debris in the road. If you're takin' a ride after an electrical storm, give ground crews maybe an extra day to clear road debris. The ride into work today looked post-apocalyptic. Thankfully the roads were clear cause nothin' else was.

Just a heads up.

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Down here lightening does get bad. However, most of our debris is from wind damage.

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You kidding, I live in Tampa, the lightning capital of the country. We get a storm several times a week. Companies that build surge/lighting protection equipment build their headquarters here.

But for those not used to these storms, you shed good advise.

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A couple of months ago, I was caught at work on the bike with a big cluster of storms moving in (that, according to NOAA, weren't predicted to be there earlier in the day), a small gap, and then a big cluster moving in behind the first one. I tried to time it so that I would "shoot the gap" between the two big globs of storms. Unfortunately, when I got about halfway home, I realized that the first glob had suddenly parked itself directly between me and home and wasn't moving. I stopped underneath a carport at a church to wait it out. People from the church kept walking past me and asking me if I had some aversion to riding in the rain. I told them that no, I didn't have an issue with the rain (I had my raingear on), but that I did wish to put off being electrocuted for as long as possible...

I think that I sat under that carport for two hours before the storm died down enough that I felt reasonably comfortable continuing the trek...

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Ahhhh nothing better than getting caught in a storm that was not predicted. And of course, you leave your rain gear at home...

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Ahhhh nothing better than getting caught in a storm that was not predicted. And of course, you leave your rain gear at home...
More often than not. That's me. I've never actually worn my rain gear.

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Post Recent lightning fatalities around Hampton Roads

Recent lightning fatalities around Hampton Roads

May 2005 - Richard Moran Jr., 43, of Virginia Beach, killed in Southampton County while riding his motorcycle.

Jul 2008 - Tephanie Dawn Kirpes, 23, of Woodbridge, Killed in Sandbridge while Jogging on the beach.

July 2004 - Raul Vargas Arroyo, killed while working on the roof of a Virginia Beach school.

August 2002 - Heather Hewitt, 26, of Chesapeake, killed in a parking lot in Hatteras, N.C.

August 2001 - Lonnie West, 39, of Gloucester County, killed on a boat at a marina in Norfolk.

July 2000 - Brian Okuley, 46, of Chesapeake, killed while doing yard work at a Virginia Beach home.

July 1997 - Waldo Morales, 18, of Nags Head, N.C., killed while sitting on the beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.


Safety tips

- Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles ahead of a storm.

- Use the 30/30 rule: If the time between the lightning flash and thunder clap is 30 seconds or less, move indoors or into a vehicle. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last clap before going back outdoors.

- Avoid water, metal, or tall and lone trees it is better to crouch on open ground.
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Recent lightning fatalities around Hampton Roads

Jul 2008 - Tephanie Dawn Kirpes, 23, of Woodbridge, Killed in Sandbridge while Jogging on the beach.

July 2004 - Raul Vargas Arroyo, killed while working on the roof of a Virginia Beach school.
Can we talk about these 2 for just a second? Just.....why? You can't need roof work that bad. You also can't need to take a run that bad!!!

Check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLJ6oqToKrc

If I have my choice between far from that and possibly getting hit, I'm taking the former. Every. Freekin. Time.
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