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What is the worst lightning you have encountered?(15 posts)

What is the worst lightning you have encountered?Slipstream
May 7, 2002 5:56 AM
JS Haiku's post below made me think of the how bad lightning can be. The worst I have encountered has been along the front range in Colorado, in the mountains near Rabbit Ears Pass and, once, in Wisconsin, when a tornado hit about 15 miles away.

In the mountains it was just one lightning strike after another followed by deafening claps of thunder. In Wisconsin, the sky turned black, the rain was in horizontal sheets and there was thunder and lightning all around.
re: What is the worst lightning you have encountered?Asphalt Addict
May 7, 2002 6:38 AM
I was running once in Fort Lauderdale, FL and lightning struck so close to me that you could feel the heat from the bolt. Saw the flash and heard the kaboom together. Scared the %^&* out of me!
re: What is the worst lightning you have encountered?RadicalRonPruitt
May 7, 2002 7:16 AM
My fingers got tingly during a lightning strike in Arlington Heights, IL a couple of years ago. We were trying to take shelter, and got caught in the middle of a huge storm before making it to the local hospital for shelter.
The one that hit my plane last year.firstrax
May 7, 2002 7:45 AM
Coming out of Baltimore. Not very dangerous but scary.
Cyclist killed after lightning bolt 'shoots from groin'Slipstream
May 7, 2002 8:04 AM
A cyclist died in Nebraska after being hit by a bolt of lightning. Thomas Scotese, 46, was riding along a trail in Omaha when the accident happened. The lightning reportedly entered his body through his cycle helmet and exited through his groin.

Mr Scotese is the first person to be killed in the US state by lightning since 1998, reports the Omaha World-Herald.

Jim Burson, former president of the local bike club, said lightning is a danger often ignored by cyclists.

Story filed: 21:16 Thursday 19th July 2001
The time I got hit.IAM
May 7, 2002 8:14 AM
Not something I would advise others to try.

I had a trailer on a lake years ago and during a storm I was sitting in the doorway watching the lightning. I was leaning against the aluminum door frame with my bare feet on the wet ground, the bolt hit very close and went in through my feet and out through my back. You can reach and maintain your max heart rate while remaining completely still.

There was no serious damage but my legs and arms were numb for several hours and there was a burn line on my back where I was leaning on the door frame and my heart raced for several hours.

Now for the funny part. This student at work had this Honda civic all done up with a big boomer stereo, and of course a car alarm. he was early every day and got the front and center parking space. While I walked past his car every day for about two weeks his alarm would go off. I guess I was still a little charged.

The saying goes something like the things that don't kill you will make you stronger, or in this case smarter.
di you have a girlfriend at th time? ;-) NmSpirito
May 7, 2002 10:30 AM
A twist on the "electric koolaid acid trip"Slipstream
May 7, 2002 10:55 AM
or, maybe, "you light up my life"
or just plain animal magnetism


(get a charge out of your lightning quick perverted mind)
di you have a girlfriend at th time? ;-) NmIAM
May 7, 2002 11:32 AM
Actually she's now my ex-wife. She laughed at first, thinking that it just scared me. Once she realized that I had the juice flowing through me she wanted to take me to the hospital. I wouldn't go figuring that I was still alive so that was the end of it.

The car alarm thing made me laugh every day. Ever notice how funny things seem if you live through them?
Forgot to add... sorry guys no extra" sparks" in the bedroom.IAM
May 7, 2002 11:52 AM
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 7, 2002 3:22 PM
My sentiments exactly. I can laugh my ass off about the crash when I want to... but theres other times you have to be serious. The fact I'm even getting on the bike again amazes a lot of people but theres time where in my opinion you just aren't meant to die. So "Ever notice how funny things seem if you live through them?" is exactly right.

I almost died doing what I loved... but now I love it even more. -
What to do in a thunderstorm...Slipstream
May 7, 2002 8:20 AM
Darren Daveau doesn't joke about his close encounter with lightning earlier this month. He doesn't even want to go back to the place where he was nearly zapped.

Daveau, 34, figures he owes his life to an article in the current issue of Canadian Geographic magazine, which gives advice on what to do in a thunder storm.

The avid cyclist was biking near his home in Prince Edward Island when he was caught in a sudden storm. The rain was so fierce he could barely keep moving.

"Then the lightning started really picking up a lot, edging real close, so I just started thinking about that article," Daveau said in an interview
Wednesday. "I decided to do what they said (in the magazine)."

He waited until he had passed a line of trees beside the road, threw down his bike, crouched in the lowest ground he could find and covered his ears with his hands.

"As soon as I did that, lightning struck right in front of me. And the noise of it, if I didn't have my ears covered I think I would have blown my ears out.

"After that I just put my head between my legs and lightning struck to the left of me again. I could see it - I was looking across the road and it hit the other side. I could actually see the width of the lightning."

Daveau says he didn't get up for half an hour after the storm passed because his nerves were shot. His legs were so weak he had trouble peddling his bike.

Back home, he promptly wrote Canadian Geographic, crediting the magazine with his escape.

Editor Rick Boychuk describes the letter as a huge thrill. "It's a rare treat for an editor to be able to say his magazine saved someone's life."

The federal Environment Department estimates that lightning kills about seven people in Canada every year, and injures 60 to 70.

Barry Greer, director-general of atmospheric monitoring with the department, says people generally should watch the weather more closely than they do.

He said that, at the first sound of thunder, anyone outdoors should consider where to take shelter. "You shouldn't mess with thunder storms."

The Canadian Geographic tips on avoiding lightning can be found at the magazine's website,
re: What is the worst lightning you have encountered?Trux
May 7, 2002 10:26 AM
While climbing Electric Mountain ironically, late one Rocky Mountain sunmmer morning, I noticed the hairs on my arms standing up as the storm clouds were building. I turned to my partner just as he shouted, "Get down!" and saw all the hair on his head standing straight up. Crouching (so as not to be a living lightning rod), in the talus at about 13,600' just below the summit was the worst part. You actually could hear the ground buzzing as the lightning struck with deafining crashes all around. At that moment, when I was sure I was gon'a die, a simple question came to mind - "What the f--- am I doing up here?" I've been wary of lightning ever since.
Most Spectacular...Snyderman
May 7, 2002 2:47 PM
In Tennessee while crewing for RAAM. Dusk, big thunder clouds. It looked like a National Geographical special.
The lightning must have lasted an hour with flashes every 30 to 45 seconds. It was awesome.

Funny part: later that evening, it was POURING rain. We were following our rider, we could hardly see him in front of the van, I'm not sure how he stayed on the road. He pulled into a small gas station that was closed. He stops under the covering next to the coke machine and starts picking something off the ground. The coke machine was going crazy spitting out change. We collected more that $3 that night.
When its raining and thunderingWoof the dog
May 7, 2002 9:14 PM
........I usually fly my kite.