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Awesome Lightning Strike on a Pine

07/10/2018 9:08 AM

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Re: Awesome lighting strike on a pine

07/10/2018 9:22 AM

Random....

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Re: Awesome lighting strike on a pine

07/10/2018 9:50 AM

I'm more amazed that someone set the camera up ahead of time centered on that particular tree.

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Re: Awesome lighting strike on a pine

07/10/2018 10:43 AM

That was good, and with today's availability of recording video on cell phone, there will be a lot more of that.

Prior to today's technology, when I was about 12-13 years old, we had a large picture window in our house (52" by 106"??) facing out across our front lawn and our woods across the road. There was a huge maple tree just outside of the tree line.

It was thundering and we all were looking out commenting on the thunder and that big maple tree when, at that moment, lightning struck that huge maple while we were looking right at it. It was a magical moment for a 12 year old to witness.

After the storm passed, we (kids) had to go outside and inspect the tree. There was a big crack in the middle and splinters 6' long speared into the ground 100 feet from the tree.

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07/10/2018 3:40 PM

You're right -- if enough people are shooting videos, somebody, somewhere, will sooner or later be lucky and get something spectacular. I remember the car camera video of the meteor that hit Russia, figure the odds...

Somebody, somewhere, wins the lottery.

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07/10/2018 3:48 PM

That's another good one.

I afraid this will become so common, that the thrill of actually seeing it may eventually be gone.

Maybe not,... to witness it first hand as it happens its hard to believe that the excitement will diminish.

but then again,,, in my time, social media consisted of your telephone being part of a party line.

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07/11/2018 8:49 AM

Methinks it was staged. Tied a balloon or kite with a wire to it.

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07/10/2018 8:15 PM

For anybody who doesn't believe Mother Nature is in charge . . . . (no pun intended )

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07/10/2018 10:24 PM

and they thought nailing a copper lightning rod to the top of that tree had only a 5 % chance of working.....

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07/11/2018 10:50 AM

That would make a good "Caption This" entry.

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07/11/2018 10:31 AM

1. What language were they speaking, where was this located and what were they recording ?

2. The speech is somewhat garbled, except when the strike happened, it was clearly english sounding.

3 Somebody would need to climb 200 ft up a 250 ft tree to tie a balloon or wire on.

4. Now that they have had their fun and games, who gets to do the clean up ?

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07/11/2018 5:04 PM

Nope they could just use that Acme drone “lightning rod tree fitting attachment”

$9.95 from Craigslist

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