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  • Lightning roars through the rainbow: Two years late, the RAF's first £100m F-35 stealth jets

    06/29/2016 8:54:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 30 June 2016 | Larisa Brown
    The RAF's state-of-the art new fighter jet touched down in the UK for the first time tonight. The world’s most advanced stealth aircraft landed at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, after flying from the US with a Briton at the controls. Its arrival came two years after it pulled out of air shows because of an engine fire. As if the sky had been choreographed, a spectacular rainbow broke out on the arrrival of the new jets The £100million British F-35B Lightning II jet - joined by two more owned by the US Marine Corps - will take part in a series...
  • 64 Killed by Lightning Across Bangladesh, Reports Say

    05/15/2016 12:50:09 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 15 replies
    abc news ^ | 5/15/16
    More than 60 people have been killed by lightning over the past two days during tropical storms across Bangladesh, local media said Saturday. Most of the 64 lightning deaths since Thursday have occurred in rural Bangladesh, where farmers are busy with the current harvesting season, leading Bengali-language newspapers Prothom Alo and Samakal reported. The reports of casualties could not be verified independently, with lightning deaths not usually monitored by government agencies. Experts say increased deforestation and people's exposure to metal equipment like cellphones are the reasons behind lightning deaths in Bangladesh.
  • SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE PHOTOS (lightning-related phenomenon)

    08/20/2015 6:27:15 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies ^ | Aug 20, 2015
    SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE: We all know what comes out of the bottom of thunderclouds: lightning. But rarely do we see what comes out of the top. On August 10th, astronauts onboard the International Space Station were perfectly positioned to observe red sprites dancing atop a cluster of storms in Mexico. They snapped this incredible photo: This shows just how high sprites can go. The photo shows their red forms reaching all the way from the thunderstorm below to a layer of green airglow some 100 km above Earth's surface. This means sprites touch the edge...
  • Lightning Strikes 44 Soldiers and Instructors at Army Ranger School

    08/14/2015 11:22:50 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 62 replies
    Military dot com ^ | Aug 13, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    Forty students and four Ranger instructors in the swamp phase of Ranger School were struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon. All 44 were evacuated to a local hospital, but many were discharged, according to a press release from Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. Eleven soldiers remained hospitalized Thursday evening, according to a news report. “At the time of the incident, they were conducting lightning-protection protocols when lightning struck nearby,” the release states.
  • Six predominately black Southern churches burn within a week; arson suspected in at least three

    06/30/2015 12:10:16 AM PDT · by knarf · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 29, 2015 | Lindsey Bevar
    In the week after nine people were shot dead at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, six churches with predominately black congregations in five Southern states have burned. Three of the fires are being investigated as arson.(excerpt)
  • Blackhawks Rally to Stun Tampa Bay 2-1 in Final Opener

    06/04/2015 12:03:21 AM PDT · by dr_lew · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 4, 2015 | GREG BEACHAM
    Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored 1:58 apart late in the third period, and the Blackhawks rallied to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Wednesday night.
  • Lightning in Cup Final, to play Ducks or Blackhawks

    05/29/2015 8:44:50 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 41 replies ^ | 5/29/2015 | David Satriano
    The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time. The Lightning, who won the best-of-7 series 4-3, either will host the Chicago Blackhawks, who have won the Stanley Cup twice in the past five seasons, or visit the Anaheim Ducks, who won it in 2007, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC). Tampa Bay defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the 2004 Stanley Cup.
  • Watch: Incredible Moment When Lightning Strikes This Church Caught On Camera

    05/28/2015 6:13:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 28, 2015 | Staff
    Video contains brief strong language. Viewer discretion is advised. Several years after witnessing a bolt of lightning strike a church near his home, Grand Isle, Maine, teen Carl Bouley grabbed his camcorder during a recent storm in hopes of capturing a similar event. Sure enough, the lens was trained on St. Gerard-Mount Carmel Parish – the same church hit in 2007 – at the precise moment lightning struck its steeple.
  • Amazing picture of brothers with hair on end minutes before they were hit by Lightening

    01/11/2015 5:22:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 30, 2013
    This frightening picture of two brothers with their hair on end was snapped just minutes before they were struck by lightning at Moro Rock, California, leaving the younger boy with third-degree burns and another man dead.  Electrical charges in the atmosphere just before a strike can lift hair into the air, providing nature's last warning of a bolt from the blue.These boys, 18 and 12, didn't know that, and the image has spread rapidly across the web this month.  The story behind the classic 1975 picture has come to light on the blog of Michael McQuilken, the teenager on the...
  • Gone in a flash? The moment car explodes into pieces (truncated title)

    12/20/2014 2:00:14 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 13 replies
    A hair-raising video has emerged that a car full of masked robbers exploding moments after they raided a church in Russia - and witnesses insist they were hit by lightning. The dash cam footage uploaded by YouTube user World News TV, shows a vehicle speeding along with a police siren sounding in the background. All of a sudden the car bursts into flames and explodes, sending debris all over the road.
  • Biden Promises Obama Will Strike GOP with 'Lightning' via Executive Amnesty

    09/22/2014 9:50:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/22/14 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden promised that President Barack Obama would "do an awful lot" for illegal immigrants with executive actions toward amnesty. He said if Republicans don't "see the lord" on immigration after the midterm elections, then they will feel some "lightning." According to pool reports, Biden spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at his residence and reportedly called up a student who had received temporary amnesty due to Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Biden then said that Obama is going to enact executive amnesty before the end of the year if Congress does...
  • 7 People Possibly Struck By Lightning, Injured at Venice Beach: LAFD

    07/27/2014 4:00:02 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 48 replies
    KTLA 5 ^ | July 27, 2014
    The Los Angeles Fire Department was investigating reports that as many as seven people had been struck by lightning at Venice Beach and were injured when a rare series of thunderstorms hit the Southern California area on Sunday afternoon.
  • Lightning bolts hit Chicago's Willis, Trump and Hancock towers at the same time

    07/01/2014 4:01:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2014
    A spectacular light show blazed over Chicago on Monday night as forks of lightning repeatedly stuck three of the city's most iconic towers at the same time. A powerful storm system swept through the Midwest last night where tornado and flood warnings were issued. The fierce weather also brought frequent lightning bolts which hit the Willis, Trump and Hancock towers all at once along the Chicago skyline.
  • Lightning strike blows man out of his shoes, and he took pictures to prove it

    06/24/2014 6:25:12 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    KDVR Fox 31 Denver ^ | 10:07 pm, June 23, 2014 | David Mitchell,
    ATLANTA, Ga. — An Atlanta man is lucky to be alive after lightning went right through his foot, actually blowing him out of his shoes. [....] His kids think he’s pretty cool.
  • Lightning strikes not once, not twice, but 11 times at Salt Lake City airport

    05/10/2014 8:14:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    upi ^ | May 9, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    SALT LAKE CITY, International Airport on Wednesday leading to the cancellations of several flights. Eleven inbound planes were struck and maintenance teams are working to determine the exact extent of the damage. One United Airlines flight was hit and the rest of the planes were all arriving Delta flights. "I think its reassuring to know that the airlines do look at the aircraft after a mention is made that there could have been a lightning strike and that they can withstand it," Salt Lake International Airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann told ABC 4. Even though the strikes likely occurred while the...
  • Groundbreaking new laser technology could be used to control lightning (Antichrist Alert)

    04/03/2014 7:17:44 PM PDT · by equalator · 55 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 4-3-2014 | Drew Prindle
    Optical scientists at the University of Arizona and University of Central Florida have developed a new type of laser technology capable of sending high-intensity beams through the atmosphere much farther than what was previously possible. The research, which was recently published in the journal Nature Photonics, is still in the laboratory phase. However, with further development, this technology could be used to divert lightning bolts away from buildings in the future. Here’s how that works. When the laser is fired, the high intensity beam leaves a channel of plasma (ionized molecules stripped of their electrons) in its wake. This column...
  • Woman Hit By Lightning Left With "Metallic Taste" in Mouth

    04/02/2014 3:17:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 | Terry McSweeney
    An Oakland woman who was struck by lightning during Monday's storm that dumped down on the Bay Area says she's doing fine. Terry McSweeney reports.A California woman who was struck by lightning during Monday's storm that dumped down on the Bay Area says she's doing fine. Emily Davis said she has a lingering metallic taste in her mouth and that her teeth hurt a bit after the bizarre event. She got checked out by a healthcare provider on Tuesday. The 31-year-old woman says she was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon as she was crossing Adeline Street in Berkeley. $425M...
  • Lightning Breaks Finger Off Rio’s Christ Statue

    01/18/2014 7:41:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 17, 2014 |
    <p>Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.</p> <p>Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.</p>
  • Lightning breaks finger off Christ statue [Rio de Janeiro]

    01/17/2014 8:57:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2014 | 6:47pm
    Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain. Its right hand had been damaged sometime ago, but the finger finally broke off in a storm late Thursday.
  • Counting Earth's Age in Lightning Strikes (article)

    11/15/2013 8:40:59 AM PST · by fishtank · 10 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Nov. 15, 2013 | Brian Thomas
    Counting Earth's Age in Lightning Strikes by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Scientists recently studied the Drakensberg Range in South Africa, discovering that lightning likely damages mountain surfaces far more often than previously thought. Lightning also generates fulgarites, and these two finds call into question old age assignments for Earth's land features. Publishing in the journal Geomorphology, Jasper Knight and Stefan Grab observed that just one lightning strike can gouge a huge divide through solid bedrock. Such a strike partially melts the rocks adjacent to cracks, causing the rock's magnetic minerals to reorient themselves to the direction of Earth's magnetic field....
  • Amateur Astronomer Becomes First to Capture Photo of a Sprite Over the UK

    08/02/2013 11:26:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Citizen Scientists League ^ | July 28, 2013 | Staff
    An amateur astronomer has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike ‘into space’ above the British Isles. The atmospheric phenomena, known as sprites, had never been recorded in the UK before an amateur astronomer in East Yorkshire managed to take the photographic first. Richard Kacerek, 33, spotted the sprite – caused by an upward lightning discharge five miles east of Hull – and has sparked excitement in the scientific community with his image. An amateur astronomer has become the first person to capture a massive lightning strike ‘into space’ (pictured) above the British Isles An amateur astronomer...
  • Expert warns terrorists may be setting wildfires across American West

    06/17/2013 5:54:01 AM PDT · by Innovative · 108 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2013 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld of the New York-based American Center for Democracy's Economic Warfare Institute warns that last July "al-Qaeda's English-language online magazine, Inspire, published an article called 'It Is of Your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb,' which featured instructions on how to build an incendiary bomb to light forests on fire. "A few months later, Russia's security (FSB) chief, Aleksandr Bortnikov warned, 'al-Qaeda was complicit in recent forest fires in Europe' as part of the terrorists' 'strategy of a thousand cuts.' Bortnikov spoke of 'extremist sites [that] contained detailed instructions of waging the forest jihad and stressed that such a...
  • Brightex Seeks to Offer Lightning Protection to US Oil, Gas Industry

    07/01/2013 5:55:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | June 28, 2013 | Karen Boman
    Canada-based Brightex Lightning has incorporated in the United States and opened an office in Charlotte, North Carolina as it prepares to begin marketing to the U.S.-based oil and gas industry its technology solution to address the threat of lightning strikes. Brightex's compound plasma lightning rejection (CPLR) system generates a plasma ion cloud that shields and protects assets inside the protected sphere. The system neutralizes and shields a facility from the effect of normal polarization, said Lee Binns, head of international business development for Brightex, in an interview with Rigzone. The CPLR is used with the fore alarm – which operates...
  • 19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)

    06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 220 replies
    KSAZ-TV ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Jessica Flores
    Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots. The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night. The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes. The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes. A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents...
  • Lightnening Strikes some people.

    06/25/2013 9:18:10 AM PDT · by schm0e · 53 replies
    you'll have to google it | today | anonq
    google "boy scouts" and "lightning" to get the story.
  • Some companies don’t want to wait for lightning to strike

    03/18/2013 5:52:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 36 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 18, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Back in Ben Franklin’s day, no one worried about lightning causing a chemical tank to explode or shutting down the electronic controls to a nuclear reactor. Technology has raised the stakes since Franklin invented the lightning rod – lightning-sparked fires caused more than $1 billion in insured homeowners’ losses in 2010 alone, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The costs can be even higher for the oil and gas industry; a 2006 study published in the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries found lightning strikes are the most common cause of accidents involving storage tanks at refineries and...
  • Did Lightning Really Strike Vatican After Pope's Resignation?

    02/12/2013 5:22:27 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    AccuWeather.Com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Jesse Ferrell
    News hit the Net yesterday afternoon that lightning had struck The Vatican twice, just hours after Pope after Pope Benedict XVI's sudden resignation. As a lightning photographer and weather photo hoax buster, I investigated to see if the photo was real. #PHOTO: Lightning strikes St Peter's dome at #Vatican on day the #Pope announced resignation, by Filippo Monteforte— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) February 11, 2013 When the picture first started circulating on Facebook, Meteonetwork Puglia e Basilicata ONLUS (a division of Associazione MeteoNetwork Onlus) and commenting members of the Facebook page thought that the photo might be faked (loose internet...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Lightning Captured at 7,207 Images per Second

    07/23/2012 5:29:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    NASA ^ | July 23, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How fast is lightning? Lightning, in fact, moves not only too fast for humans to see, but so fast that humans can't even tell which direction it is moving. The above lightning stroke did not move too fast, however, for this extremely high time resolution video to resolve. Tracking at an incredible 7,207 frames per second, actual time can be seen progressing at the video bottom. The above lightning bolt starts with many simultaneously creating ionized channels branching out from an negatively charged pool of electrons and ions that has somehow been created by drafts and collisions in a...
  • Kansas lotto player hit by lightning after buying Mega Millions tickets

    04/01/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 38 replies ^ | April 1, 2012 | By Philip Caulfield
    This wasn't the one-in-a-million strike a Kansas lotto player was hoping for. A Wichita man was hit by lightning on Thursday night just hours after buying three tickets in the record-setting $656 Mega Millions lottery, drawn on Friday. Bill Isles, a volunteer storm spotter for the National Weather Service, even made an eerie quip to a pal about his long odds moments after buying the tickets at a local grocery store. "I've got a better chance of getting struck by lightning" than winning the jackpot, Isles said, according to Reuters. The wannabe mega-millionaire had toted his ham radio into his...
  • Warning: Herman Cain Needs To Answer His 2004 Support Of ZOT!

    09/24/2011 3:36:54 PM PDT · by Freeonparade · 185 replies
  • Father recalls Adventure Island lifeguard, USF student struck by lightning

    09/12/2011 3:35:45 PM PDT · by GatorGirl · 5 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 9/12/11 | Dan Sullivan
    TAMPA — In all he did, Justin Inversso made it a mission to do the work of a higher power, his father, Frank, says. In his job as a lifeguard supervisor at Adventure Island, a job he had held since March, the 21-year-old University of South Florida engineering student not only protected lives, but strived to enrich souls of those around him. "He was a strong young man, conscientious of living his life according to the ways of the Lord," said Frank Inversso, a bailiff with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. "He was a true lifeguard. He was committed to...
  • Lightning Strikes

    08/25/2011 9:09:17 AM PDT · by bigheadfred · 50 replies
    me | 8/25/2011 | bigheadfred
    There was a small storm moving across the way this morning. With the sun just coming up it was producing a rainbow effect in the storm. So I got my little Kodak camera out and started filming, hoping to catch some of the lightning, too. When I was looking at it frame by frame to see how well one of the lightning strikes showed up, I was surprised with this 3 frame sequence. This bolt of lightning seemed to generate itself in my backyard. The storm was a couple of miles away. Thought it was interesting. Thought I would share.
  • North Korea Blame Loss To U.S. On Players Getting Struck By Lightning

    06/29/2011 6:15:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | June 29, 2011 | Brooks Peck
    A couple of second-half goals gave the U.S. a 2-0 win over North Korea and a strong start to their Women's World Cup run. The eighth-ranked North Koreans have the youngest team in the tournament with an average age of 20. Still, their discipline and skill gave the U.S. a lot of trouble in the first half before controversial starter Lauren Cheney justified her selection by heading in the first goal in the 54th minute and defender Rachel Buehler scored a second in the 76th minute. After the match, North Korea manager Kwang Min Kim shocked the congregated press by...
  • As Obama Ignored Easter, White House Hit By Lightning. Coincidence?

    04/25/2011 2:12:40 PM PDT · by bronxville · 58 replies
    soda head ^ | 04-25-2011 | safaru
    EXCERPT: Barack Hussein Obama ignored Easter yesterday. He issued no statements of any kind, no “Happy Easter”, no nothing. By comparison he has issued glowing, effusive statements of praise for each and every Muslim holiday since he took office. Hasn’t missed one of them. So it is quite interesting that yesterday as believers celebrated the Risen Lord Jesus around the the globe, that the God of Heaven who controls the wind and the weather chose to strike the White House with lightning. Excerpts from
  • Caption This: Lightning Striking Around The White House

    04/25/2011 6:59:53 AM PDT · by reagan_fanatic · 44 replies · 1+ views
  • Herd of deer killed by lightning

    04/03/2011 5:36:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 46 replies
    Seven deer -- including six huddled in a circle -- were found apparently killed by lightning in a southern Wisconsin farm field, neighbors and authorities said Tuesday. The deer were likely killed Sunday night, said neighbor Randy Lantz, 54. “It’s bizarre,” Lantz said. After neighbors found the deer Monday and called authorities, a Kenosha County Sheriff's deputy on Tuesday went out to the rural field located near Salem, Wis., about 5 miles from the Illinois border, and found the six dead deer lying in a circle with another one a distance away. In the center of the group of six...
  • Herd of deer killed by lightning

    03/22/2011 8:54:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 98 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 22, 2011 | Becky Schlikerman
    Seven deer -- including six huddled in a circle -- were found apparently killed by lightning in a southern Wisconsin farm field, neighbors and authorities said Tuesday. The deer were likely killed Sunday night, said neighbor Randy Lantz, 54. “It’s bizarre,” Lantz said.
  • CAPTION lightning striking the Statue of Liberty (photographer waited 40 years for shot)

    10/13/2010 9:25:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies · 8+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/13/10
    This is the moment a lightning bolt appears to strike the Statue of Liberty in New York. New York photographer Jay Fine had spent the night braving the storm in Battery Park City, Manhattan, in a bid to get the perfect picture. Jay spent nearly two hours poised with his camera and took more than 80 shots before striking lucky with this particular bolt of lightning at 8.45pm on 22 September. He said he had been waiting 40 years to get the picture. To capture the shots Jay used a Nikon D300s with 60mm f/2.8 lens on the following...
  • Boy, 13, struck by lightning -- on Friday the 13th (at 13:13 at an air show)

    08/14/2010 4:29:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/14/10 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – Friday the 13th proved suitably unlucky for one 13 year-old boy who was struck by lightning before being taken to hospital -- at 13:13 on the dreaded date. The boy, who has not been named, was treated for a minor burn after being hit along with two others at an air show in Suffolk, eastern England, a spokeswoman said. ... Clarke added that two other people were treated for injuries from lightning burns in the space of twenty minutes, and that all three people were holding umbrellas at the time which "acts as a conductor for electricity."...
  • Hiker struck by lightning on summit

    08/06/2010 12:29:04 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 6, 2010
    DENVER, - A man who was struck by lightning while hiking the highest summit in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park said he is eager to return. Brandon Baker, 31, of Princeton, Minn., said he was atop the 14,259-foot summit of Longs Peak when a storm rolled in Wednesday and he lost consciousness shortly after spotting lightning bolts, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday. "The next thing I knew, I woke up the next morning," Baker said. Baker said he woke up feeling sore and was met on the way down by a camper who came to find him when he did...
  • Teen Struck By Lightning Standing In Garage

    07/22/2010 6:29:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    WSBTV ^ | July 22, 2010
    A teenager was recovering from a lightning strike that happened while he stood inside his own garage on Wednesday afternoon. Stephon Owens, 15, was just about to push a button on the garage door opener when a surge of electricity shot through the house on Bell Meade drive in Douglas County, his parents told Channel 2 Action News reporter Eric Philips. “They came in here to put the basketball hoop together and ….and that’s when it went through his arm,” said Sabrina Bryan, Owens' mother. The teenager and his father were working to assemble a basketball net when the storm...
  • Lightning Strike Has Math Teacher Counting His Blessings

    07/13/2010 2:31:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Mon, Jul 12, 2010 | ELLEN GOLDBERG
    A fifth-grade Prosper math teacher whose truck was struck by lightning this weekend said he's going to turn it into a lesson plan. The shock tore up a stretch of road along the Dallas North Tollway near U.S. 380. “We’re going to do the odds on this," said Russell Babb. "I got to figure out with the kids, what the odds are of your teacher getting struck by lightning." Babb, who was driving to meet his brother for lunch, said it sounded like a bomb. Concrete flew everywhere, he said. “It chopped up the cement like a sledgehammer,” he said....
  • Is Somebody up there unhappy with his messiah?

    This is the extraordinary moment a photographer captured bolts of lightning striking not one, but two Chicago landmarks at the same time. Electricity rushed down the lightning rods atop the The Willis Tower and the Trump Tower at the exact same instant last night. Seen through the rain from the Hancock Tower, the strikes lit up the sky around. (Great photos.)
  • True conservative ZOT!

    06/19/2010 8:20:05 PM PDT · by Danny H · 443 replies · 2,834+ views
    My coworkers and I took a political test with 100 questions, 10 in 10 categories. I was by far the most conservative. 91/100. Most of my liberal coworkers got between 10/100 and 30/100. Only a couple others got above 50/100. Ugh. The breakdown. life - 10/10 abortion is wrong guns - 10/10 support no restriction on gun ownership marriage - 10/10 man and woman only, homosexuality is wrong healthcare - 10/10 repeal Obamacare and we need tort reform. immigration - 2/10 since I oppose HB1070. We need the workers. The McCain path to citizenship I support. environment - 10/10 too...
  • Woman killed by lightning during wedding proposal

    06/11/2010 9:34:52 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 56 replies · 1,622+ views
    WHAS11 ^ | 06/10/2010 | Susan Donaldson James
    Richard Butler was about to ask Bethany Lott to marry him last weekend when the cruelest hand of nature interrupted. They were at the top of North Carolina's Max Patch Bald , a 4,600-foot mountain on the Tennessee border. Before the ring was out of his hand, the couple was struck by lightning. Lott, 25, was instantly killed and Butler, 30, was knocked down. "She was probably five feet in front of me, so given the incline, she was a good bit higher than me, but it jumped to me," Butler told the Ashville, North Carolina, Citizen-Times. "I was spun...
  • Girlfriend killed by lightning minutes before Knoxville man's proposal

    06/08/2010 1:58:31 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 76+ views
    WATE ^ | 6/7/10 | Harlow Sumerford
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man was minutes from proposing to his girlfriend on a hike in Western North Carolina Friday when she was struck and killed by lightning. "Everything went black. I was spun 180 degrees, thrown several feet back. My legs turned to jelly. My shoes were smoking and the bottom of my feet felt like they were on fire," Richard Butler said. For a moment, he said he thought he was the only one hit by the bolt of lightning. However, it was his girlfriend Bethany Lott, 25, who took the direct hit. She was hiking just...
  • 9 injured when lightning hits Old Faithful viewers

    06/02/2010 1:47:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 614+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 2
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- A lightning strike in Yellowstone National Park injured nine people waiting to see Old Faithful geyser erupt. One man hit by the bolt on Tuesday was hospitalized.
  • Rain, lightning interrupt 0bama's Memorial Day address

    05/31/2010 10:14:30 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 152 replies · 3,032+ views
    Chicago Breaking News ^ | May 31, 2010 12:07 PM
    UPDATE: President Barack Obama's Memorial Day address at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood was just getting started when lightning and heavy, gusting rains stopped the proceedings. The president, umbrella in hand, encouraged spectators to get to a safe place to ride out the storm and said he would hold off the ceremony because he didn't want anyone to get hurt. "Excuse me, everybody listen up," Obama told the crowd. "We are a little bit concerned about lightning. This may not be safe. I know that all of you are here to commemorate the fallen. ... What we'd like to...
  • Geology Picture of Last Week, April 18-23: What else?

    04/24/2010 10:59:03 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies · 575+ views
    Stromboli Online ^ | Mid-April 2010 | Marco Fulle
    This one was pretty obvious, but I'll do something different. If you want to see spectacular ash clouds lit with incandescence and laced with lightning, go to the link at the top. For the feature today, I thought I'd go in a different direction; the aftermath of the jokulhlaup. Here's a video up close of both the eruption and the meltwater pulse. It's got a soft soundtrack. Video 1 Now, as a bonus, if you haven't seen this video, you should. Clicking the link should load it in Windows Video Player; (it's a WMV file). I don't know how to...
  • Lightning Makes Mushrooms Multiply

    04/10/2010 4:18:23 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 55 replies · 1,588+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | April 9, 2010 | Julian Ryall
    Lightning makes mushrooms more plentiful, according to ongoing research that offers a solid scientific basis for Japanese farming lore. For generations, Japanese farmers have welcomed storms over their fields based on the belief that lightning strikes provoke plentiful harvests of mushrooms, which are staples of Japanese cuisine. Currently, mushroom demand is so high that dealers are increasingly turning to foreign suppliers. Japan imports about 50,000 tons of mushrooms a year, mainly from China and South Korea. As part of a four-year study, scientists in northern Japan have been bombarding a variety of mushrooms in lab-based garden plots with artificially induced...