Date: Tue Jul 1 11:42:42 2008
Author: Anthony Lapinski
Subject: Re: Lightning
I read somewhere (physics/science book) that you should indeed crouch down
in an open field. It also said to crouch on your toes so that your shoes
contact with the ground. It then went on to say that your ankles should be
This is to provide the shortest distance for the charge to travel through
should the ground be struck nearby. Interesting! Shocking!! :)
>One final comment for those outdoors folks who would like to survive a
>When you feel the tiny hairs standing up on the back of your neck - YOU
>AReE IN GREAT DANGER OF BEING HIT.
>Even if it isn't raining and that DARK CLOUD seems to be so far away.
>If there is a ditch close by - lie down in it as flat as possible.
>If there is no hint of a ditch, ( or other suitable shelter) the advice
>I' ve heard is to crouch as low as possible on the balls of your boots
>witvh your feet together.
>Don't lie down unless there is a significant depression to shield you.
>Do NOT stand under a tree.
>GOLFERS shouldn't trust a shelter to be properly grounded.
>If you stand (or crouch) in a shelter - stay AWAY from the walls.
> (A recent local death occurred when the strike jumped from a shelter
>supprort to the victim standing near the wall.
>enjoy nature - but respect it's power and unpredictability.
>On Jul 1, 2008, at Jul 1(Tue) 10:14 , Bill Norwood wrote:
>Many thanks, Jerry, and several others of you for pointing out fallacies
>my understanding of lightning, and thereby, hopefully leading me toward a
>safer life. And thanks for a wealth of other information about lightning -
>such as makes an improving understanding of physics most worthwhile.
>think that ditching the automobile 3 years ago has done more to increase
>chances for survival, than stopping riding my bike during thunderstorms
>could ever do. Too bad about riding the bike in the vicinity of motor
>vehicles though. Bill