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Old 23-10-2009, 01:49   #1
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Lightning Strikes BEFORE Rain?

Hi Folks,

Does Lightning strike the ground and boats BEFORE rain? Or during rain? or both?

When is more dangerous?
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Definitely both; don't know which is more dangerous but my GUESS it doesn't matter - a bit like which is worse - getting bitten by a Taipan or Death Adder when far from medical help
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Old 23-10-2009, 02:37   #3
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They say that statistically more people are struck after the storm passes...Before and during the storm people seek shelter then after the storm passes they return to previous activities and whamoo!
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They say that statistically more people are struck after the storm passes...Before and during the storm people seek shelter then after the storm passes they return to previous activities and whamoo!
Yes interesting stuff Florida cops a pasting (God hates them), but as a good cruiser I am more worried about the electronics being fried... OK thats not right, but for this qustion its about the electronics.

I'm sure some incidence of strikes is before during and after rain, but wanted to know when is the highest incidence striking ground (or masts!)? Before, during or after rain?
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Old 23-10-2009, 04:10   #5
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Mornington Island, Gulf of carpentaria, it hit near us before the Morning Glory, Crab Island, Cape York it hit after the rain storm, Cape Trib every f...ing thing happened at once. Luck of the draw I guess.
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Mornington Island, Gulf of carpentaria, it hit near us before the Morning Glory, Crab Island, Cape York it hit after the rain storm, Cape Trib every f...ing thing happened at once. Luck of the draw I guess.

It's not funny really, but I couldn't help a giggle over your account of the last strike. Mainly cos I've been there etc. and it's the exact words I used when describing what happened. About 180 miles off the Brazilian coast, squall, lightning, torn sail, some of the back stay in molten droplets scarring the fibreglass. Less than 5 seconds I think. Oh, I forgot the fire in the SSB tuner.
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