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Stormy weather!

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Withnail, May 6, 2011.

  1. Mr X

    Mr X Well-Known Forumite

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    A good place to be is in a car, it seems...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZxgYNnkBd0

    Just don't touch the metal bits!!
     
  2. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    These days people tend not to be out in the weather as much as they were - the Faraday Cage effect of the car above is a good example - be in that situation on foot, on a bicycle or on a horse and the outcome would be much less favourable.

    Somewhere else we have discussed the earth-gradient effect that actually causes most injuries, rather than being struck directly.
     
  3. hypermobilty

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    it was wonderfull to watch but didnt do my bbq any good lol
     
  4. wmrcomputers

    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    I quite enjoyed the youtube link thanks - it kind of confirms what I've always believed and I do usually stay in the car during storms. On another note though, as kids we were always told to stay away from the windows during a close storm... assumably because of the metal frames. Would I be right to think that with modern day double glazing it's a reasonable safe practice now to spend the duration of a storm leaning on the windowsill to watch??
     
  5. Edd209

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    I wouldn't go with that theory decent double glazing has more steel work in it than the old style tiny metal single glazed stuff
     
  6. joshua

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    I always remember being told that we must unplug the tv aerial as the lightning could travel down it and blow up the telly !
     
  7. Gramaisc

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    At high voltages, and in humid/wet conditions, insulation and conduction can work for or against your survival, depending on the individual situation of each strike..
     
  8. Gramaisc

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    It's possibly worth unplugging the aerial well before an anticipated storm - but not necessarily a good idea to have the plug in your hand if there is a possibility of a strike actually occuring at the time! I would take the remote chance and leave it in. It is always possible that taking a direct earth connection to the top of the building will actually reduce the likelihood of it being struck anyway ..
     
  9. staffordjas

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    A neighbour in West Way had her aerial hit,years ago, and their TV blew up & went flying across the room.
     
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    It's been manic out here in Sugnall today :D
     
  11. Slainte

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    and in Cannock this afternoon, been chucking it down on and off, was gutted missed the good storm over the weekend, was in London and it needed a good storm, as it was so humid
     
  12. staffordjas

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    A right storm coming over right now from Cannock & Penkridge way towards Stafford! Really bad thunder & lightening :eek:

    Edited to say : Now right overhead and hammering it down as well,as I watch through the window, and hubby won't let us switch the TV off :eek::eek:
     
  13. age'd parent

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    Whoo! this is real weather.
     
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    Yes very stormy indeed
     
  16. Rikki

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    Lots of lightning. I'm tempted to get a soaking and go out and watch
     
  17. magda_xxx

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    lol it is bit stormy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love that lightening oooooooooooooo another!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  18. stoofer34

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    Fantastic lightning over Wildwood!!!!

    S
     
  19. age'd parent

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    My poor dog's hiding under my desk.
    While I turned of the lights to watch it, some really good forks to be seen
     
  20. wildwood

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    Jeez!! Me telly signal is all to pot!

    Friday night and tonight's storms are something else. Last time I remember it like this was when I was on hols abroad.
     

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