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Thu, 05/30/2013 12:00 PM Injured 5 soldiers  0.0  Barangay Bay  
  inside hut    Military,Ungrounded Shelter 
Lightning hurts 5 soldiers in Sultan Kudarat Posted at 05/30/2013 11:04 AM | Updated as of 05/30/2013 11:04 AM MANILA  Five soldiers were wounded after being struck by lightning in Barangay Chua, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat on Tuesday. The wounded soldiers were identified as Captain Joseph Andog, Sergeant Wilmer Walid Asis, Sergeant Larry Naranjo, Corporal Edzel Cabatuan and Private First Class Jack Indap. The five soldiers were inside a hut that had a radio antenna attached on its roof, when the lightning struck. Andog, Asis, Naranjo and Indap lost consciousness after the lightning strike, while Cabatuan felt numbness on his legs. The soldiers also sustained burn injuries. Three of the soldiers have already been discharged from the hospital. The soldiers, part of the 16th Field Artillery Battalion, were deployed in the area to monitor alleged illegal logging activities.  report from Anne Santos, ABS-CBN News SOCCSKSARGEN
Thu, 05/30/2013 05:21 PM Killed Jennie Dizon  17.0  Downers Grove IL 
  at a park  N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Park,School 
DOWNERS GROVE - An unidentified female was found dead in O'Brien Park just after 5 p.m. Thursday, and the cause of death may be lightning, according to Downers Grove police. The female victim was found on the ground just east of the sled hill at the park, unconscious and not breathing, around 5:21 p.m., police said. Medics were unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead on the scene, according to police. A preliminary investigation did not indicate any signs of foul play, police said, and the death investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the DuPage County Coroner's Office. The body was found after a severe thunderstorm hit the Downers Grove area, bringing lightning along with heavy rain and winds. In a release distributed around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police did not comment on whether the death may have been caused by a lightning strike, but when reached earlier police said lightning was suspected. A lightning strike was confirmed just four miles north of O'Brien Park during the storm Thursday. That incident, in the 4500 block of Highland Avenue, caused minor damage to a house, but no injuries. The police department is not releasing the victim's name, pending formal notification of family members. Updated: May 31, 2013 5:24PM A Benet Academy senior from Downers Grove was fatally struck by lightning in a west suburban park on Thursday, just days before graduation. Emergency personnel found Jennie Dizon, 17, lying on the ground unresponsive at OBrien Park near Dunham Road and 68th Street in Downers Grove about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, according to the DuPage County Coroners office. Paramedics were unable to revive her and she was declared dead on the scene at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the coroners office. An autopsy determined Dizon, of Downers Grove, died of electrocution consistent with a lightning strike, according to the coroners office. Dizon was a senior at Benet Academy, which is holding graduation ceremonies Sunday. The school issued a statement that read in part: Throughout the day her close friends, classmates, teachers, and the entire school community have had opportunities to recall her many talents, her unique gifts, and her wonderful personality. Through a combination of tears and laughter, we have also shared with one another our recollections of many memorable experiences with Jennie. Most importantly, as people of faith, we have celebrated her entrance into eternal life. Though she was taken from us much too soon, we trust that she is now in Gods loving embrace. May she rest in peace. A wake will be held from 3-9 p.m. Sunday at Hallowell & James Funeral Home at 301 75th St. in Downers Grove.
Thu, 05/30/2013 03:00 PM Injured Two men ( 2 of 2 )  0.0  Rogers AR 
  at car dealership    Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
Thu, 05/30/2013 12:00 PM Injured Alberta tree trimmers survive lightning strike  0.0  Edmonton  
  shutting down     Outside,Work 
Two young men are lucky to be alive after lightning struck a tree next to where they were working Wednesday. The two were pruning trees in Devon, Alta., southwest of Edmonton, when an electrical storm quickly moved in. The lightning hit the ground, then up one leg and down the other of one of the men. He was taken to hospital and released this morning, while the other worker was not injured. The owner of the company said the men were shutting down when the lightning struck. "They shut down after the first observed thunder or lightning and unfortunately that was just too late," Cody Anderson said. "I wouldn't say anyone on site was at fault other than being in the wrong place at precisely the wrong time." Company policy is for workers to get out of the trees whenever there is thunder or lightning, he said
Thu, 05/30/2013 03:00 PM Injured Two men ( 1 od 2 )  0.0  Rogers AR 
  at car dealership    Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot 
ROGERS, AR - Severe weather moving through Northwest Arkansas has left two men injured by a lightning strike. It happened this afternoon shortly before three o'clock in the parking lot of All-Star Motors at 401 West Hudson Street. Both victims suffered injuries related to shock as well as falling. Both were bleeding after they fell onto concrete. One of the men was reported to have been knocked unconscious. Officials say it was a close call but both of the man are expected to be okay. The lightning bolt struck about 10 feet from where the men were standing.
Wed, 05/29/2013 06:00 PM Injured Roert Garzaa  0.0  Dallas TX 
  waking to car    Airplane,Indirect,Outside,Parking Lot,Walking to Vehicle,Work 
DFW Airport - A North Texas man was struck by lightning at DFW Airport Wednesday night. It wasn't a direct hit but the lightning traveled along the ground, through his feet and knocked him down. The lightning stuck a light pole then acted like a lightning rod taking the charge down to the ground where Roberto Garza was walking to his car. It was about 6:00 p.m. when Garza left work with advice from the night shift. "They told me you need to get out of here it's fixing to rain," said Garza. Lightning struck at DFW Airport at about the same time Garza was leaving work as a DFW DPS jailer. "I was coming outside and I heard a big boom," said Garza. Garza saw the lightning that came right before the thunder. "I was walking over here towards my car and there was a second lightning and I hear a boom and I saw the lightning hit the pole," said Garza. "The boom was horrendous. Garza said it happened in a flash. It seemed like slow motion then he realized it wasn't over. "It went all the way to the ground and I saw the lightning coming toward me and tried to run away from it," he said. "And it went down and it seemed like the flashing was about a foot off the ground towards me. I tried to get away but it knocked me over I fell on my right side," said Garza. He received bumps and bruises from his fall. He can't forget the feeling of the charge traveling up through his feet. Lightning took a toll Wednesday night in North Texas. Some flights were diverted at DFW because of lightening. Two big fires are blamed on lightning including the house fire in Lantana and an apartment fire in Ft. Worth. Then, there's Roberto Garza who's experienced the risks of being a former officer. However, he never expected to be hit by lightning. Garza said he's lucky the lightning bolt had lost much of its punch by the time it got to him. "I wouldn't be here." Garza said once he fell to the ground he stayed there. He was stunned but wanted to be sure he didn't see any more lightning. He got up then went back inside until EMS crews showed then went to hospital. Read more:
Tue, 05/28/2013 03:30 PM Killed Phyllis Kalinowski  0.0  Brandon FL 
  on the beach  N/A  Beach,Outside 
BELLEAIR BEACH  Phyllis Kalinowski owned a bookkeeping business and spent hours each week volunteering with the Brandon High School Orchestra boosters, staying on even after her son, a cellist, graduated. On Tuesday, she made time to relax and headed to Belleair Beach, sandwiched between Clearwater and Indian Rocks beaches, with a friend. Deputies are still investigating exactly what happened next, but this much is known: Kalinowski, 51, spent the day on the sand with friend Dawn Ryskoski. At some point, Ryskoski left, then returned about 6 p.m. Related News/Archive 2009 was a year for somber news in Hernando County More than a Year ago Largo's Ridgecrest Park reopens after storm damage; work continues elsewhere More than a Year ago Creative people in the area to watch this year More than a Year ago Tropical Storm Debby brings heavy rain, strong winds to Tampa Bay 11 Months Ago Taking stock of turmoil of Tropical Storm Debby 11 Months Ago She found Kalinowski unresponsive on the beach in the 2500 block of Gulf Boulevard, said Sgt. David DiSano, a Pinellas County sheriff's spokesman. A violent storm had rolled through, DiSano said. It appeared Kalinowski had been hit by lightning. "It was a pretty significant storm," DiSano said. "There were a lot of lightning strikes." According to the National Weather Service, there have been just four other deaths caused by lightning strikes so far this year across the country  none in Florida, until Tuesday. "This is a reminder as we go into the summer storm season it's important to pay very close attention to the weather, as it can change very quickly," Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said Tuesday night. Kalinowski had volunteered for the past five years with the Brandon High School Orchestra Boosters Association. On Tuesday, friends from the boosters searched for words to describe her, still unsure of whether to speak in past or present tense. She joined the group because her son, Josef, played with the orchestra, which is the oldest in Hillsborough County. She attended fundraisers and chaperoned trips to San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, said fellow booster Nancy Chinander. Kalinowski continued volunteering this past year even though Josef had graduated and gone on to college. She helped in whatever way she could  even buying fundraiser items from students struggling to raise money for the orchestra's trips, Chinander said. "She was just wonderful, she was so giving to everybody," she said. Kalinowski volunteered as the boosters' treasurer this past year, arguably the most demanding position, said her friend and fellow booster Karen Riddle. She got her energy from the children and was a mentor to them, Riddle said. "She treated those children  every one of them  like she was their mom," Riddle said. "She just had a great connection with the children." She was energetic, approachable and outgoing  all necessary attributes for some of the orchestra's field trips. "She saw how much being part of that organization helped the children," Riddle said. "She saw the benefits and how it created a bond between the students." Kalinowski leaves a husband of 26 years, Paul Kalinowski, and two children, Josef and Erin. Although lightning strikes are especially common in Florida's summer storms, deaths here caused by lightning are unusual  but by no means unheard of. Among the most recent deaths caused by lightning in Florida: " Jesse Watlington, 11, of Fort Myers was struck by lightning in October 2012 as he walked with his middle school classmates to football practice. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died after being removed from life support. " Justin Savers Inversso, 21, a lifeguard at Tampa's Adventure Island, was struck by lightning in September 2011 while evacuating guests from the Key West Rapids ride. Inversso was at the top of the ride, about 700 feet above the ground, when the storm approached. Co-workers began CPR, but he died at a hospital. " A 16-year-old boy, Sam Santilli, died four days after he and his mother were struck by lightning in August 2007 on Treasure Island. His mother survived. " Another 16-year-old, Jose Alvarez Jeronimo, was killed by lightning in August 2006 while working on a roof in Wesley Chapel. " Francisco Tirado, 58, was struck by lightning in July 2006 in St. Petersburg while playing with his 13-year-old grandson. He died from his injuries seven months later, according to his obituary. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at or (813) 226-3433. Dan Sullivan can be reached at or (727) 869-6229. DIRK SHADD | Times (2012) Lightning strikes are common in Florida. Tuesdays apparent fatal strike is a reminder that weather can change quickly, bringing dangerous conditions, said a Bay News 9 forecaster. Safety tips " Plan your evacuation and safety measures. When you first see lightning or hear thunder, activate your emergency plan. Now is the time to go to a building or a vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain, so don't wait for the rain to begin. " If outdoors, avoid water, high ground, open spaces and metal objects. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters or near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows shut. " If lightning is striking nearby when you are outside, you should crouch down, putting feet together; and avoid proximity to other people. " Suspend activities for 30 minutes after the last lightning or thunder. " Injured persons do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Call 911 or send for help immediately. Source: National Lightning Safety Institute Video from the scene of Tuesday's strike is at Links in today's Times at Apparent lightning strike kills Brandon mom on Belleair Beach 05/28/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:46am] Friend recounts beach day that ended in lightning strike death By Keeley Sheehan, Times Staff Writer Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:04pm Facebook 0 Email Share 2 Print 3 Phyllis Kalinowski, 51, of Brandon was killed by a lightning strike at Belleair Beach on Tuesday. BRANDON  When Dawn Ryskoski and Phyllis Kalinowski went to the beach Tuesday, Ryskoski thought it would be like any other they spent together  quality time with a dear friend. But they became separated in a fierce afternoon storm. When the lashing rain and booming thunder finally subsided, Ryskoski discovered her friend isolated and unresponsive on the sand. Kalinowski, 51, apparently had been killed by lightning. "It is still unreal to me that I went to the beach and did not leave with my friend," Ryskoski said Wednesday. RELATED NEWS/ARCHIVE Apparent lightning strike kills Brandon mom on Belleair Beach 1 Day Ago Roll call of some who died in 2012 5 Months Ago As weeks turn into months in NICU, micropreemie's parents wonder: What does a miracle look like? 5 Months Ago FBI's Scientology investigation: Balancing the First Amendment with charges of abuse and forced labor 4 Months Ago The declassified diary of Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi 3 Weeks Ago The women, both from Brandon, had gone to Belleair Beach in Pinellas County. They walked along the sand, and Kalinowski found a shell neither had often seen before. She gave it to Ryskoski, who nicknamed it "the Phyllis shell." "She was even touched by that, something small," said Ryskoski, 45. They went to refill the parking meter. Kalinowski decided to go back to her towel while Ryskoski went for a walk down the beach. Ryskoski was walking in the surf when she saw clouds roll in. She didn't see lightning at first. But the storm grew quickly, and the first strikes were so close she felt like she needed to duck. Heading for sand away from the tide, she followed a path near buildings to get back. "When I got closer, I started calling her name," Ryskoski said. Rain beat down onto her face. "It was hard to see anything." She couldn't find Kalinowski near their spot. She looked for her at the car, then around condominium buildings, thinking her friend might have sought shelter. Ryskoski checked the bathroom, then waited out the worst of the storm in a picnic area. In the drizzle, she walked back to the beach where their things still sat, thinking Kalinowski had left them as a place to meet up after the storm. "I started to pick up our wet mess," Ryskoski said. She rinsed their flip-flops in the water. "I was the first one back on the beach," she said. She spotted what she thought were beach bags, towels or clothes a little way down the beach. But it actually was Kalinowski. "When I got right there, I saw her clothes and realized it was her," Ryskoski said. "Another lady from one of the condos helped me roll her over and see if we could help her." But there was nothing they could do except wait for help. Deaths caused by lightning strikes are infrequent. Until Tuesday, only four other people had been killed by lightning strikes across the country this year, according to the National Weather Service. Between 2006 and 2012, at least four people in the Tampa Bay area have been killed by lightning strikes. Kalinowski lived with her husband, Paul. They have two children, an older daughter, Erin, and a son, Josef, who is in his first year at the University of South Florida. "She bragged about her children to me all the time," Ryskoski said. "She was very proud of her children." Josef had played the cello in the Brandon High School Orchestra. Kalinowski continued to volunteer for the orchestra's booster club after he graduated. Kalinowski grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, the youngest of four siblings. She had many life-long friends, said her brother Art Maldonado, 52, of Orlando. "She had hundreds of friends," Maldonado said. "A lot of people relied on her help." "She was the most kind, caring, giving person anyone could know," said Ryskoski, who has known Kalinowski since about 2005 when she hired her to work at Amy's Hallmark Cards at the University Mall. Ryskoski was the manager before the store closed. Kalinowski was a regular and friendly with other costumers. "She would start fixing the ornaments if they were out of order," Ryskoski said. So she hired her. "We didn't spend hours and hours together, but it was quality time," she said. "We cherished our moments together as friends." Times staff writer Marlene Sokol contributed to this report. Keeley Sheehan can be reached at or (813) 661-2453.
Tue, 05/28/2013 12:00 PM Injured school aide  0.0  Magna UT 
  at recess    Indirect,Outside,School,Work 
Lightning Strikes Near School Aide In Magna (KUTV) A Magna school aide is in the hospital after nearly being struck by lightning during recess. Granite School District officials say the aide was helping get kids inside at Copper Hills Elementary at 7635 West 3715 South when the storm rolled through. Lightning struck near the woman. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries
Sun, 05/26/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lightning strikes 4 to death, one electrocuted in   0.0  Yendi  
Four persons have been struck to death by Lightning in Yendi community of Gundogu, in the Northern Region during a strong rainstorm that hit the area Saturday night. They include a family of three: an old man, the wife and a son. Another person whose name was given as Abdulai Safura was also electrocuted by faulty electrical cable destroyed in the rainstorm. The roof of six schools and several other houses have also been completely ripped off. Several electrical poles were also uprooted and destroyed in the rainstorm. Operations officer of the National Disaster Management Organization in Yendi Municipality Abubakari Hussein Inusah confirmed the incident to Joy News. Two men and one female died at Gundogu, all Fulani, one other person a male also died at kpalse, six schools and several houses have also been destroyed. Alhassan Abdulai Jamoni a sister to Abdulai Safura, who was electrocuted, told Joy News her sister was trying to power on her light when she got electrocuted. This is the third time, in three months, that rainstorm have hit the area. Meanwhile, NADMO is yet to come to the aid of the affected residents in the municipality
Sun, 05/26/2013 04:15 PM Killed Jonathon D Olisio  29.0  Lake Shelbyville Dam IL 
  fishing on a lake in a boat  N/A  fishing,Fresh Water,Outside,Water 
May 27, 2013 Fisherman struck by lightning CNHI SHELBYVILLE, IL.  A fisherman has died as the result of a lightning strike Sunday afternoon. Jonathon D. Olisio, 29, of Mokena, IL, was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville, IL. He was struck by lightning at about 3:50 p.m. while fishing with friends at near the Lake Shelbyville Dam on the Kaskaskia River, according to Shelby County Coroner Brian Green. None of the friends with him were injured in the incident. No autopsy and no further investigation are planned in the incident, according to Green.
Sat, 05/25/2013 12:00 PM unknown What goes on when lightning strikes?  0.0   
What goes on when lightning strikes? One lightning flash could run a whole power station  and there are 8 million strikes around the Earth every day. We still don't know what triggers the phenomenon, although a new theory proposes a role for cosmic rays Share 85 inShare 0 Email Brian Clegg The Observer, Saturday 25 May 2013 Jump to comments (43) Lightning strikes over a barn in Donnellson, Iowa. Photograph: Adrees Latif/REUTERS A new theory from Russian researchers suggests that lightning may be a by-product of cosmic rays. Surprisingly, despite studying lightning for centuries, we are still not sure what triggers it. Divine attribution In ancient times, the drama of thunder and lightning so clearly went beyond human scale that the phenomenon was handed wholesale to the gods. The Greeks had Zeus, the Romans Jupiter. At the head of the Hindu pantheon was Indra, while Norse mythology gave us Thor  all wielders of thunderbolts. Even when thunderstorms were not ascribed directly to the activity of a divine being, they were considered a disturbing premonition. Pliny the Elder, writing in the first century AD, called them prophetic, direful and accursed. Traditionally, thunder and lightning were treated as separate, related, phenomena, because sound travels far slower than light. When a ripple of lightning splits the sky, the light travels towards us at 300,000 kilometres per second. By comparison, the noise ambles along at just 340 metres per second. After the near-instantaneous flash, we have to wait for the sound to catch up. If a thunderstorm is 10km distant, the delay will be around 29 seconds. Famously, American politician and scientist Benjamin Franklin is said to have tested lightning's nature by flying a kite in a thunderstorm. This experiment has a murky history. Franklin certainly proposed it in 1750, but there is no reliable documentation of hands-on kite work on his part. The proposal was to use the electrical charge in the thunderclouds to induce a build-up of electricity on a key tied to the kite string. The charge would then be passed to a primitive storage device called a Leiden jar, where it could be demonstrated that the power of the storm behaved exactly like electricity generated on the ground. Charged theory How the charge builds up in the first place remains uncertain. The best-supported theory is that lightning is caused by ice particles and supercooled water droplets, jostling with graupel (hail embryos) in a cloud, transferring electrons from one to another. Christopher Emersic of Manchester University points out: "Our current understanding, that is best supported in the laboratory, is that these two particle types collide with each other and charge is transferred between them as a result. Precisely how this happens microscopically is still a bit of a mystery (and mind-bendingly complicated)." In this model, heavier graupel, carrying a negative charge, move towards the bottom of the cloud while lighter, positively charged particles are carried upwards. The model dates to 1954, when it was proposed by German physicist Dieter Müller-Hillebrand in a basic form, later developed by John Latham and John Mason of Manchester University, where the mechanism has been studied in cloud chambers for 40 years. Graeme Anderson, of the Met Office, says: "The difference in size and temperature of the ice particles is thought to lead to an exchange of charge, and as this happens many times, the larger particles carry excess negative charge to the base of the cloud, and the small particles carry positive charge upwards to the top of the cloud. An alternative theory is that charge develops at the surface in fair weather conditions, and is then carried up by the updraft in a storm, creating a charged cloud that draws even more charge towards itself." Emersic is doubtful that alternative theories carry much weight. Many mechanisms have been proposed over the years but only the particle-collision theory "is capable of explaining the observations and is supported by modelling studies", he says. Even this model can incorporate input from cosmic rays, a mix of high-energy particles and electromagnetic radiation from deep space. "Thunderstorm electric fields aren't quite high enough to allow electrical breakdown in air and, as such, a catalyst is required to kick it off. Cosmic rays are one hypothesis to account for this." But the new theory from Russia gives cosmic rays a wider role. Aleksandr Gurevich of the Russian Academy of Science's Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow and Anatoly Karashtin of the Radiophysical Research Institute in Nizhny Novgorod suggest that the charged particles in cosmic rays produce a stream of electrons in clouds, which set off a chain reaction, colliding with atoms and producing further electrons. Of itself, this wouldn't be enough to trigger the vast electrical discharge of a lightning bolt. But Gurevich and Karashtin suggest that ice particles become sufficiently electrically polarised to set off their own mini-discharges, multiplying the cosmic ray energy to induce lightning. Although the theory has some way to go to before it is verified, it is supported by short, sharp radio pulses that have been detected before a lightning bolt and which would be expected from the avalanche of electrons. Joseph Dwyer, a Florida Institute of Technology lightning researcher, says: "It is an interesting idea, but much more work is needed to establish a connection between cosmic rays and lightning, for example, experiments to measure radio pulses and air showers simultaneously." Others are less sanguine. Clive Saunders of Manchester University points out that we should see some variation in lightning activity based on the solar cycle that restricts cosmic ray access to the Earth, but none has been observed, while Martin Uman of the University of Florida bluntly describes the theory as "nonsense". Vulcan's sparks One specialised form of lightning does have a known cause. Pliny the Elder not only considered lightning direful, but noticed it often accompanied volcanic eruptions. This phenomenon has been studied in depth using Mount Redoubt in Alaska and the Icelandic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. There, it was found that lightning in the plume was only triggered if temperatures fell below -20C, which implied the formation of ice was significant, because this is the temperature at which the supercooled water droplets freeze in the air. The scale of the storm matched the height of the ash plume, suggesting that lightning monitoring could give a warning of ash clouds before they cause air travel disruption. However the atmospheric charge is built up, it begins to influence the environment around it. Bring a charged object near to another one and it will induce the opposite charge in the second object. Rub a balloon on your hair and it gains a negative charge, dragging electrons from the hair. Bring the balloon near small pieces of paper and the nearer parts of the paper fragments become positively charged because the negative charge on the balloon repels electrons to the far side of the paper. Similarly, the huge negative charge at the bottom of a cloud induces a positive charge in other clouds or in the ground. (Four out of five lightning strokes go from cloud to cloud, rather than the more familiar cloud to ground strike.) Once a significant secondary charge has been induced, there is a relatively weak flow of electricity between the storm cloud and its target. This current produces ions. These electrically charged atoms in the air vastly improve conductivity. The weak discharge from the cloud, called a leader, sets up a path for the main burst of lightning, the return stroke, which goes in the opposite direction. This means that in a ground strike, the main, visible flash runs from the ground up to the cloud. Scientists studying lightning make use of this effect, firing small rockets into thunderclouds. The rockets trail copper wire, providing an artificial leader to produce a return stroke exactly where and when they want it. Electromagnetic superstar The power in a lightning bolt is phenomenal. To run a 100-watt bulb for a second takes 100 joules of energy. A typical lightning flash carries over half a billion joules, the output of a medium-sized power station run for a second. This blasts air molecules into frantic activity. The temperature in the vicinity of the lightning can reach between 20,000 and 30,000 degrees, far hotter than the surface of the sun. The air expands violently away from this sudden increase in temperature, resulting in a shockwave we hear as thunder. The visible lightning flash is not the electrical current. The reason a heated material glows is that electrons in its atoms have been given extra energy, then drop back to a lower level, losing the energy as a photon of light. It is the energised atoms in the air that provide the distinctive glow of a lightning bolt. However, the light we see is just a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum, which stretches all the way from radio waves to high energy x-rays and gamma rays  and recent research has shown that there is a form of lightning emitting invisible light. Many lightning bolts emit some x-rays, particularly at the point that the return stroke sets off from the ground. But there can also be intense bursts of gamma rays  extremely high-energy radiation  from the heart of a storm. In around one in a thousand thunderstorms, electrons crash into air molecules at extreme high speed, generating extra electrons and emitting gamma rays, some of which produce an electron and a positron, a particle of antimatter. The signature of positrons has been detected by the Fermi Gamma-ray telescope above storms and the annihilation of this antimatter with normal matter builds the intensity of the gamma ray flashes. These bursts produce very little visible light, inspiring Joseph Dwyer to dub them "dark lightning". Dwyer says: "The next step is to make direct measurements using aircraft and balloons inside the thunderstorms." This is not without risk. In principle, passengers in a nearby aircraft could receive the equivalent of 100 chest x-rays from a single gamma ray flash, though commercial pilots routinely avoid large thunderclouds. Thunderstorms are anything but uncommon  there are typically around 2,000 on the go around the world at any one time, with around 8m strikes per day. Quite often, lightning is seen as a glow in the sky rather than the explicit, forked electrical stroke. This isn't a different phenomenon  it's just that the lightning is obscured by cloud and so produces a diffuse glow  but somewhere, above the cloud cover, there will still be a vivid bolt. There have also been many reports of ball lightning, usually a glowing sphere 20 to 30 centimetres across that floats through the air quite slowly, with sudden changes of direction. These are usually seen during a conventional thunderstorm and have been observed to penetrate buildings. When they come into contact with people they tend to disappear, sometimes with a loud noise and burning. Despite plenty of eyewitness reports, there is little direct scientific evidence for ball lightning, but there is no doubt of the existence of the real thing, nor of the mystery and awe that this phenomenon evokes.
Fri, 05/24/2013 12:00 PM Injured airport employee  0.0  Austin TX 
Lightning strike near ABIA causes scare print Email this article | MORE by Posted on May 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM Updated today at 3:59 PM AUSTIN -- A spokesperson for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport says one adult male was caused quite the scare after a nearby lightning strike. Austin-Travis County EMS initially reported the man, an airport employee, was struck by lightning, but ABIA corrected that report by saying the strike was near the airport. ABIA says the man was "shaken up" by the close strike and was examined by paramedics. No injuries have been reported
Thu, 05/23/2013 03:00 PM Injured Will Fizer  0.0  Alum Creek WV 
  outside knocking on window  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Yard 
Like many kids, Rhianna and Dalton Fizer say they love their dad. "A lot of people say a girl's first love is her father," said Rhianna Fizer, 13. Now the siblings can say their father, Will, is truly one in a million. "How in the world did he survive this?" Rhianna asked. "How is he talking, how is he not disoriented?" It started on Thursday afternoon during a thunderstorm in Alum Creek. Will Fizer was in his backyard and knocked on the outside of his son's window, according to family members. That's when his son, Dalton, 12, saw a bolt of lightning jump down the nearest hill, jolt across the concrete, and strike his dad in the back of the leg. "I was so scared, I rushed outside to see if he was okay," Dalton said. He mentioned that Will managed to limp back inside the house before calling 911. Paramedics rushed the man to the emergency room just after 3p.m. Fizer, who works at Charleston Area Medical Center, is in stable condition but will stay in the hospital overnight for further observation, according to his wife, who also works at the hospital. The Fizers lived in the community of Quick until January 2012, when their house burned down. That's when they moved to Alum Creek, where a lightning bolt revealed the family's lick of luck. "I am shocked, I'm happy, I'm scared," said Rhianna. "I am definitely going to make my dad buy a lotto ticket." Dalton said the incident made him change the way he views storms. "When I hear lightning and I'm outside, I think I'm really going to think about what could happen," Dalton said. ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning Thursday afternoon outside of his home. Family members tell that Will Fizer was walking on his porch when he got the shock of a lifetime. "You just don't think it could happen to you or someone you love," his wife Shelly said. Shelly says a lightning bolt hit the hillside behind their home on Brushy Knob Way. The lightning then traveled down a slab of concrete onto the porch, where it struck Will in the leg. Will's 12-year-old son, Dalton, watched the flash from his bedroom window. "I was struck by fear," Dalton said. "I saw a really bright light and I almost saw my dad fall to the concrete." Shelly says her husband thought Dalton was playing video games during the storm and was trying to warn him to shut them off when he was struck. "I'm happy because he's alive," his daughter Rhianna said. "There's not a lot of people that can say 'my relative survived being struck by lightning.' I'm one of those people." Shelly says she and Will both work as nurses in Charleston and know the seriousness of being shocked. "You have such a large amount of electricity going through the nervous system," she said. Family members say Will is doing just fine now. They say he was kept overnight in the hospital as a precaution. Emergency dispatchers told another person was also struck by lightning during that same storm. Dispatchers say that person was on Wolf Pen Drive in Sissonville and declined medical treatment
Thu, 05/23/2013 12:00 PM Killed Four children among 5 struck dead by lightning  11.0  Malda district 
Four children among 5 struck dead by lightning Advertisement Share Print E-mail Comment[ - ] Text [ + ]STAFF WRITER 9:25 HRS IST Malda (WB), May 13 (PTI) Five persons, including four children, died after being hit by lightning during a thundershower at Chancold in Malda district, the police said today. Four children - Bittu Saha (10), Joyprakash Singha (11), Md Hossain (11) and Mumpy Khatun (13) - were killed by lightning at Harishchandrapur village when they went to pick mangoes during a thundershower last night.
Thu, 05/23/2013 09:20 PM Injured Michael Heller  0.0  Nuangola PA 
  working on car in garage  N/A  Door,Garage with door open,Indirect 
DORRANCE TOWNSHIP  Last nights storms in Luzerne County brought lots of lightning. One man near Nuangola was injured by a lightning strike but survived. He was working on his car in the garage and thought he was safe form the storm but Michael Heller was injured when lightning struck just a few feet away in his yard. Paramedics were called to Hellers home on Saint Marys Road near Nuangola around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Heller says on the advice of his doctor, hes not doing interviews on camera to keep his blood pressure down. He told us that he was working on the brakes of his Pontiac Grand Prix inside the garage when the lightning bolt hit outside. Desiree Lynn Wersinger lives a few hundred yards away on Saint Marys road. She says the lightning sounded like an explosion shaking her home. I saw a couple of flashes in the sky. It looked like pretty awesome. But when that first strike went down, I saw a big line between the trees over there and it made a big sound and woke up my whole family, Wersinger said. Its very scary. I hope hes safe and I hope everything is fine and I hope his family is fine and everything, because I can just imagine what theyre going through right now after that. Heller was released from the hospital Friday morning. He says hes still has several follow up visits with doctors but he is expected to recover. Dorrance Twp. man survives lightning strike BY JAMES HALPIN (STAFF WRITER)Published: May 25, 2013 ARTICLE TOOLS FONT SIZE: [A] [A] [A] SHARE ON FACEBOOK SHARE ON TWITTER SHARE ON GOOGLE SHARE ON LINKEDIN SHARE ON EMAIL SHARE ON PRINT MORE SHARING SERVICES 0 OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS FACEBOOK SIGN UP TEXT ALERTS | NEWSLETTER DORRANCE TWP. - Rain was falling outside Michael Heller's garage Thursday night when he heard the loud crack of lightning nearby. Heller, a 47-year-old equipment manager at a local shop, was in his garage at 3378 St. Marys Road replacing a sway bar on a Pontiac Grand Prix shortly after 9 p.m. when he felt it. "I was definitely hit, through the car or whatever, but it traveled up both my arms, across my chest and knocked me over a little bit," Heller said Friday. "The car became electrified, I guess, because I had both hands on the car and it went up one arm, across my chest and right down the other one. It felt like I was hugging a big barrel, if you will." The shock knocked him away from the car and took the breath out of him, he said. His arms felt like lead weights. Heller said he got himself up, took a deep breath and walked over to the house, to his wife and daughter. He was able to open the door and he told his daughter to call 911 - he'd been hit by lightning. "Oh my God!" was the reaction, Heller said. They were "freaking out, of course. It was the last thing they expected me to say. Then my wife actually was upstairs sleeping and she got a rude awakening." They called 911 about 9:20 p.m. and an ambulance took him to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. Feeling slowly began to return to his arms, he said. "They were just hanging there," Heller said. "I really couldn't do much. And then (I) got feeling back after about 20 minutes or a half-hour. They started tingling like they fell asleep or something." At the hospital, medical staff conducted an electrocardiogram and did blood work, which showed everything looked normal. Heller said he was released about 3 a.m., although he still has to have blood work done to make sure other organs weren't affected. The only physical sign of the ordeal is some small burns on his fingertips where he was holding the wrench, he said. "I'm feeling OK. I'm nervous, of course. A little jittery," he said. And that saying about lightning never hitting the same spot twice? "I'm getting lightning rods on the house anyway," Heller said. "I don't care.", 570-821-2058
Wed, 05/22/2013 08:00 PM Injured person   0.0  East Hubbardton VT 
A person was struck by lightning Wednesday night in Rutland County. RELATED Flooding rains drench area roads Flooded-out Vt. cemetery re-buries its... Report: Trooper's use of deadly force... Vt. Abenaki chief lawsuit on hold Prison death case before Vt. Supreme... The Rutland Regional Ambulance service said it happened in the area of East Hubbardton. The ambulance service is not releasing many details but did say they were on the scene and will likely be taking the victim to the hospital. Read more:
Tue, 05/21/2013 05:00 PM Injured Ali Stevenson ( 1 of 3 students )  16.0  Granby MA 
  having a picnic  N/A  Cardiac Arrest,CPR,Direct hit,Ground Strike,Outside,Picnic,School 
Granby lightning strike injures three, including 16-year-old MacDuffie School student Print The Republican Newsroom By The Republican Newsroom on May 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM, updated May 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM View/Post Comments GRANBY -- MacDuffie School staff performed CPR to revive a female 16-year-old rendered unresponsive by a lightning strike Tuesday that also injured two young men, one of whom was knocked unconscious. In a media release sent Wednesday morning, police chief Alan Wishart said the Granby Public Safety Center received the 911 call for the incident around 5 p.m. Tuesday as strong thunderstorms moved through the region. First responders discovered a total of three victims: the 16-year-old female student, the 20-year-old male student who was knocked unconscious, and a 17-year-old student who complained of symptoms believed to be related to the strike. The young woman was conscious when first responders arrived. All of the injured parties were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Wishart said the three were having a picnic near the rear of the school's main building when the storm arrived. Investigators believe the girl was directly struck by the lightning bolt; police photographed a damaged picnic table where the injured had been eating. MacDuffie's Head of School Steve Griffin said the girl, a local resident whom he declined to identify, continues to recuperate at Baystate. I have been in contact with the family today," Griffin said. "She is alert and she is asking about homework. This is wonderful news. Griffin said three teachers performed CPR on the girl, adding: Its an unbelievable testament to the people that arrived on the scene. McDuffie tries to ensure that all its faculty are trained in CPR, Griffin said. About 90 percent have completed training VideoPhotoMap Interactive Radar » Weather Alerts Local Forecast Weather News RAW VIDEO: Severe T-storm in Greenfield 22News reporter David McKay took this video from Greenfield as & Be cautious during a lightning storm Lightning struck a house in Whately in the early morning hours & MassMutual donating $100K to Oklahoma MassMutual is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross & Misquamicut Beach Sandy Recovery 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Ashley Baylor tours Rhode & Tornado Warning for Franklin County WEATHER ALERT : The National Weather Service has issued a & Weather Photos » Advertisement 3 hospitalized after teen struck by lightning in Granby Girl was directly hit, two others were nearby Updated: Wednesday, 22 May 2013, 2:52 PM EDT Published : Wednesday, 22 May 2013, 10:53 AM EDT Anthony Fay GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) - Three people had to be taken to Baystate Medical Center after one of them was directly struck by lightning on Tuesday evening, Granby police say. Chief Alan Wishart told 22News that police were called to the MacDuffie School campus on School Street around 5:00 P.M., where they found a 16 year-old girl who had been struck. She was unresponsive at first, but had regained consciousness before emergency workers arrived. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Wishart says a 20 year-old man was also knocked unconscious by the strike, but was conscious by the time police and the ambulance crews arrived. A third person, a 17 year-old boy, also complained of symptoms following the lightning strike. Both of them were also taken to the hospital. A police investigation has found that the girl was sitting at a picnic table near the school, when the sudden thunderstorm came up, and the lightning struck her directly. The two other victims were nearby, though not directly hit. There is no word on any of the victims conditions at this time.
Tue, 05/21/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning more deadly than twisters in Canada:  0.0   
Lightning more deadly than twisters in Canada: Forecaster By JACKIE L. LARSON, QMI Agency Lightning strikes the CN Tower during a thunderstorm in August 2011. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency files) Teacher describes getting struck by lightning Ontario teacher struck by lightning Tornadoes may scare you, but lightning is more likely to kill you  at least in Canada. More people die annually from lightning strikes  80% of them from thunderstorms unaccompanied by official warnings  than from tornadoes, according to Dan Kulak, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. Lightning is the major summer killer. More people die from lightning than from tornadoes, hailstorms and windstorms combined, said Kulak. About 10 people die from lightning every year in Canada, according to Environment Canada. While the U.S. may have 1,000 tornadoes a year, Canada gets just 60-80 tornadoes a year, recording just one F5 tornado in Eli, Man., in June 2007. The difference is moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. That makes a strip from Kansas to North Texas Tornado Alley.
Tue, 05/21/2013 05:00 PM Injured 3 students ( 2 of 3 )  20.0  Granby MA 
    N/A  Indirect,Outside,Picnic,School 
GRANBY, Mass., May 23 (UPI) -- A 16-year-old Massachusetts girl is recovering after being struck by lightning, officials said. The girl was found unresponsive at a wooden picnic table outside the MacDuffie School in Granby about 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the Northampton Daily Hampshire Gazette reported. Steve Griffin, the head of the school, said Wednesday the girl is recovering at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield. "She is alert and asking about her homework, which is wonderful," Griffin said. Two other students -- a 20-year-old and a 17-year old -- were also hospitalized after the lightning strike, Griffin said. The 20-year-old was knocked unconscious and the 17-year-old reported feeling the effects from the lightning, but was further away when the lightning stuck and was not directly hit. Both have since been released from the hospital. Griffin said a number of students were outside watching a lacrosse match Tuesday when a sudden thunderstorm hit Read more:
Tue, 05/21/2013 05:00 PM Injured 3 students ( 3 of 3 )  17.0  Granby MA 
    N/A  Ground Strike,Outside,Picnic,School 
Tue, 05/21/2013 10:30 PM Killed Meshell Foxworth  32.0  Lufkin TX 
  holding umbrella outside in storm  N/A  Direct hit,During the storm,Outside,Umbrella,Work 
Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:23 pm | Updated: 1:46 am, Wed May 22, 2013. By JESSICA COOLEY/The Lufkin News An employee of the IHOP restaurant in Lufkin died after being struck by lightning while standing outside the restaurant Tuesday night, according to a Lufkin Police spokesman. The employee, who was in her 30s, was taken to Woodland Heights Medical Center by Lufkin Fire paramedics following the incident that happened around 10:30 p.m., according to a witness account and Lufkin Police Lt. Ronny LaRue. Medical personnel were attempting to transport her to an out-of-town trauma center, but the medical helicopter could not fly because of the weather. She died at the Lufkin hospital, according to Lufkin Police Lt. Ronny LaRue. The woman had been holding an umbrella as she stood outside during the storm, according to LaRue. He said lightning entered her upper torso and exited her feet. Witness Tanner Dorsett said he heard and then saw an explosion followed by sparks flying off the woman and her umbrella. We saw it and then ran to her. It knocked her on the ground and at first it didnt look like she was breathing, Dorsett said. Within a few seconds she was breathing again. She was conscious and alert when they put her in the ambulance. It wasnt what you would expect from someone who had just been struck by lightning. LaRue said he could not yet release the woman's name. Jessica Cooleys email address is A Texas woman is dead after a vicious lightning strike Tuesday night in the city of Lufkin. RELATED TOPICS EnvironmentExtreme WeatherlightningThunderstormNewsTexas Advertisement The Lufkin News reported Wednesday (May 22) that Meshell Foxworth, 32, an employee of the local IHOP, was standing outside the restaurant under a umbrella she was holding when lightning suddenly struck around 10:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday. View slideshow: Lightning strike kills Texas woman; leaves hole in pavement Lufkin Police Lt. Ronny LaRue reported the lightning strike entered her upper torso and exited her feet. The force of the lightning strike blew a chunk of the pavement out of the parking lot in a space beside the restaurant. The hole was said to be one inch deep. Foxworth was taken to Woodland Heights Medical Center by Lufkin Fire paramedics following the incident with severe burns. Medical personnel were attempting to transport her to an out-of-town trauma center, but the medical helicopter could not fly because of the weather. She died a short time later at the Lufkin hospital. Meshell Foxworth, 32, of Lufkin, Texas killed by lightning Tuesday night outside restuarant. Photo credit: (The Lufkin News) This lightning fatality raises the overall United States death toll from lightning strikes to three with at least 20 others injured, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A 57-year-old woman was struck and killed in the front yard of her home in Missouri back on April 23. A 41-year-old man was struck and killed on a fishing boat in Louisiana on May 10. Most U.S. lightning fatalities occur during the summer months of June, July and August with an average of 54 people killed each year with hundreds more injured. Last year, 28 people were killed and more than 200 others were injured.
Fri, 05/17/2013 12:00 PM Killed 13 year old boy  13.0  General Santos City  
  taking shelter under a tree    Outside,Taking Shelter,Under Trees 
A swimming outing with friends proved fatal for a 13-year-old boy who was struck by lightning in General Santos City, police said Friday. The 13-year-old sought shelter under a mango tree after swimming when rain suddenly fell and lightning struck him, radio dzBB's Tuesday Niu reported. Initial reports reaching Philippine National Police in Camp Crame indicated the incident occurred Wednesday at Barangay Buayan in General Santos City. At the time, the boy and some friends went swimming but the boy decided to rest under the mango tree when he felt chilly. While he was resting, heavy rain from a thunderstorm fell on the area.  ELR, GMA News
Fri, 05/17/2013 05:00 PM Injured Rodney Benton  0.0  Iroquois Ontario 
  leaving baseball field    Baseball or Softball,Indirect,Outside,School,Sports Field 
An Ontario school teacher says he survived being struck by lightning during a baseball practice this week -- and he considers himself lucky to live to tell the tale. Rodney Benton -- a teacher at Seaway District School in Iroquois, Ont., about 100 kilometers south of Ottawa -- said he believes he survived because he was holding onto the rubber grip of an aluminum baseball bat when it was struck Wednesday during the school teams practice. I saw like a peachy-orange light and fell backward on the ground. It felt like my head was going to explode and my hair was being pulled & up to the sky, Benton told CTV Ottawa. PHOTOS An early summer lightning storm is shown in this May 2012 file photo. Lightning strike survivor Rodney Benton speaks to CTV News about his experience at his home in Newington, Ont., Thursday, May 16, 2013. The Grade 7-8 teacher said he had cut the practice short as the sky darkened, warning his team to head indoors. But he was hit before he could get to safety and staggered into the nearby school. At that point couldn't see much & it was really foggy, he said. It sounded like everybody was off in the distance, talking to me. I couldnt really make out much. Benton was treated for minor injuries at Winchester District Memorial Hospital and sent home to rest. He was still in pain Thursday. Every step hurts. Every movement hurts. Its hard to raise my arms, he said. Although he doesnt consider it fortuitous to be struck by lightning, Rodney does consider himself lucky to be here to tell the story. He and his wife, Angela, have two small children and a third one on the way. He plans on framing the bat. I'm just very grateful that he's OK and I believe someone was watching out for him and the whole family," Angela Benton said. Benton plans to be back to work Tuesday after the long weekend. According to Environment Canada, lightning strikes kill about 10 people annually in Canada and seriously injure 164. With a report from CTV Ottawas Norman Fetterley Read more:
Fri, 05/17/2013 12:00 PM unknown Jesse Watlington  0.0  FL 
Southwest Florida Christian Academys lightning detector was still inside the school at the time 11-year-old middle school football player Jesse Watlington was struck by lightning last October. And no coaches were on the practice field with Watlington or his teammates when it happened. Those details emerged from the depositions of six football coaches taken in April in the multimillion lawsuit Watlingtons parents filed against the school and its affiliated church, McGregor Baptist. The News-Press obtained nearly 600 pages of testimony from its partner WINK News earlier today. The lawsuit, filed last November, six weeks after Watlington died in a Tampa hospital after being removed from life support, claims there were dark storm clouds in the area when Watlington and his teammates were told to go out on the practice field and that it wasnt until five to eight minutes after he was struck that a school staff member began performing CPR. Charles Watlington, Jesses father, said he filed the suit because he wanted the facts to come out and to ensure his son did not die in vain. Return to for more on this story.
Wed, 05/15/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 58 Cambodians so far this year  0.0   
Lightning bolts had killed at least 58 Cambodian people and injured 48 others so far this year, a disaster control official said Wednesday. Keo Vy, chief of the Cabinet of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said besides human deaths, lightning strikes had also killed 18 heads of cattle. "Since mid-March to date, the country has subsequently suffered from low pressures, causing strong rains with lightning and thunderstorms," he told Xinhua over telephone. He said on Tuesday afternoon, lightning bolts killed three people and injured seven others in two different places in northern Kampong Thom province while there was heavy rain. Keo Vy appealed to people to be more cautious to avoid dangers from lightning. "People should stay in their houses when there are torrential rains with storms and lightning," he said. Cambodia has one of the highest rates in the world of deaths by lightning at 7.8 deaths per million people, he said, adding that last year, lightning strikes killed 103 Cambodians and injured 72 others. Lightning becomes more common in Cambodia, which occurs every year from March to November.
Tue, 05/14/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning claims eight lives in North Coastal Andh  0.0   
NATIONAL » ANDHRA PRADESH HYDERABAD, May 14, 2013 Lightning claims eight lives in North Coastal Andhra Shoppers Choice - Huge Selection. Lowest Prices. Best Customer Service. Shop Today & Save Ads by Google SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT SHARE · COMMENT · PRINT · T+ TOPICS India Andhra Pradesh weather weather news The freak rains and strong gusty winds were caused by a peripheral effect of Mahasen that lurked in the Bay of Bengal for the third consecutive day on Monday; the cyclonic storm will weaken into a deep depression on May 16 before fizzling out Lightning struck at several places late on Sunday night when rains and strong gales lashed Coastal Andhra region, claiming eight lives besides uprooting umpteen number of trees and electricity/telephone poles. Guntur district accounted for four out of eight casualties, Visakhapatnam three and Vizianagaram one. With this, the toll in the three spells of the lightning so far in the State, the first two in April, has gone up 47. The two spells earlier killed 39 persons of varying ages, Disaster Management Commissioner T. Radha said. Trees uprooted Many places in the region plunged into darkness on Sunday night while road links were severed at other places as uprooted trees or branches and electric/telephone poles fell on the roads. By Monday afternoon, the roads were cleared of the obstacles and opened to traffic. No damage to rabi crops The State escaped from an extensive damage to crops as, fortunately, the harvesting of rabi crops have already been completed in Coastal Andhra. The freak rains and strong gusty winds were caused by a peripheral effect of Mahasen, the cyclonic storm that lurked in the Bay of Bengal for the third consecutive day on Monday. The storm, which lay 700 m south-east of Chennai, was heading towards Bangladesh and Myanmar coast. India Meteorological Department, in its cyclone bulletin, said Mahasen would weaken into a deep depression on May 16 before fizzling out. Rainfall recorded The rains that battered Coastal Andhra ranging up to a maximum of 5 cm (reported by Viajayawada), brought down the temperatures, giving the much-needed relief to the people in the region from the ordeal of sweltering peak summer weather. Therlam and Guntur recorded 4 cm each; Padeu, Nandigama, Araku, Addanki, Bapatla, Kakinada, Avanigadda, Veeraghattam, Tadepalligudem 2 cm each, and many other places one cm each. In Rayalaseema, Satyavedu received 6 cm of rainfall; Perumallapalli, Tirupati each 3 cm; and Jammalamadugu 2 cm. In contrast, skies were merely overcast in Telangana where dry weather prevailed with many places, however, recording temperatures only a little above 40 degrees Celsius. Highest temperature The States highest temperature for the day was recorded at 43 degrees C by Ongole, Rentachintala, Kadapa, Kurnool and Nandyal. The weather in the State on Tuesday will not be much different, an official in the State Met Office said.
Mon, 05/13/2013 12:00 PM Killed Four children among 5 struck dead by lightning  0.0   
Four children among 5 struck dead by lightning PTI SHARE · COMMENT · PRINT · T+ Ads by Google Contractor Time Clock - Go Paperless with 100% Accuracy. Saves You Time & Money Now! MALDA (WB), MAY 13: Five persons, including four children, died after being hit by lightning during a thundershower at Chancold in Malda district, the police said today. Four children  Bittu Saha (10), Joyprakash Singha (11), Md Hossain (11) and Mumpy Khatun (13)  were killed by lightning at Harishchandrapur village when they went to pick mangoes during a thundershower last night. In a separate incident, one farmer died after being struck by lightning when he was returning from field at Kushal village. Keywords: four children, killed by lightning, Chancold, Malda district
Sun, 05/12/2013 12:00 PM unknown Lightning Looks Beautifully Terrifying At 11,000 F  0.0   
GEEK OUT Lightning Looks Beautifully Terrifying At 11,000 Frames Per Second ERIC LIMER TODAY 5:30 PM Share Discuss Bookmark Theres a reason lightning is so often a modifier for fast; you can barely see it even if youre staring at the right place at the right time. But if youre looking at the right place at the right time with a camera that can capture 11,000 frames per second, youre going to see an incredible show. This awesome footage was part of National Geographics Naked Science  Lightning Chasers back in 2011, but its as relevant  and crazy to watch  as its ever been. And as far as we can tell, its still the most detailed footage of a lightning strike ever. Scored with some knowledge-dropping by lightning physicist Vladislav Mazur and meteorologist Tom Warner, this clip is one righteous primer on a beautiful and dangerous natural phenomenon. [Petapixel]
Sat, 05/11/2013 12:00 PM unknown Do cosmic rays grease lightning?  0.0   
Do cosmic rays grease lightning? By Katia Moskvitch ScienceNOW Posted: Sunday, May. 12, 2013 SOCIAL MEDIA » Follow our Science and Technology coverage Become our fan on Facebook More Science & Technology Contact Us We value reader comments and suggestions. Contact John Bordsen, SciTech editor. SciTech is independently reported and edited by the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh. SciTech's sponsor in the printed newspaper plays no role in the selection of the content. Brandon Ivey - MCT FILE PHOTO Russian physicist Alexandr Gurevich says cosmic ray particles ionize the air in thunderclouds. Store Nobody knows exactly what triggers lightning bolts. Now, two Russian researchers say that these discharges of a billion volts or more could be caused by the interaction of cosmic rays  high-energy particles from outer space  with water droplets in thunderclouds. Cosmic rays are created deep in space by powerful events such as star collisions, gamma ray bursts and supernovae. These cataclysms accelerate charged particles, mostly protons, to very high energies. The rays zoom across space, and those that strike the upper atmosphere of Earth generate invisible but highly energetic air showers of ionized particles and electromagnetic radiation. The idea that these air showers could cause lightning when they pass through a thundercloud has been around for two decades. Russian physicist Alexandr Gurevich suggested that the high-energy particles produced by a cosmic ray strike ionize the air in thunderclouds, creating a region with a lot of free electrons. The thunderclouds electric field accelerates the electrons almost to the speed of light, boosting them to very high energies. Then the electrons collide with atoms in the air, generating even more electrons as well as X-rays and gamma rays. This avalanche of high-energy particles in the cloud  which Gurevich calls runaway breakdown  provides ideal conducting conditions for lightning. Researchers have debated Gurevichs idea ever since, says Joseph Dwyer, a lightning scientist at the Florida Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the study. But Gurevich hasnt found concrete evidence that cosmic rays are the culprits. Radio waves could provide a clue, Dwyer says: Cascades of electrons at the onset of a lightning strike should produce radio waves. The cosmic ray community has known that cosmic rays make radio waves, and when there are thunderstorms around, its been seen that you get more of these radio pulses, Dwyer says. But no one has yet closed the loop and really shown that the air showers going through (a thunderclouds) electric field making these runaway electrons are the things that are doing it. To test the concept, Gurevich and his colleague Anatoly Karashtin analyzed data from 3,800 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes recorded in Russia and Kazakhstan. The results, reported this month in Physical Review Letters, show that storm clouds emit hundreds or thousands of short, strong radio pulses just before lightning strikes. Their shape, the researchers say, matches their models of runaway breakdown triggered by energetic cosmic rays. But theres a problem: Cosmic rays with enough energy are too rare to trigger all the pulses that Gurevich and Karashtin observed. So-called hydrometeors  hail and water droplets in each cloud  may be amplifying the pulses, Gurevich and Karashtin propose, and trigger a flurry of microdischarges that boost both the current and the radio pulse signal. But British lightning scientist Clive Saunders remains unconvinced. They have not shown a correlation between lightning activity and the rate of arrival of cosmic rays at the Earth, he said. Most researchers, Saunders said, lean toward another theory: Lightning occurs when collisions between ice crystals and hailstones in storm clouds separate enough electric charge to cause a high electric field. This process alone can ionize the air enough for a lightning bolt to form, he says  no cosmic rays required. Read more here:
Fri, 05/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured Diego Ramierz  22.0  Sevensville MT 
      I Pod,Indirect,Metal,Outside,Work 
STEVENSVILLE, Montana  Authorities say a 22-year-old ranch hand struck by lightning while moving irrigation pipe near Stevensville is expected to make a full recovery. Diego Ramirez was struck Thursday. After being unconscious for as long as 30 minutes he was able to get on his motorcycle and ride to a co-worker. He was then flown by helicopter to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Ramirez's employer, Matt Pendergast, tells the Ravalli Republic ( the lightning followed the wires on an iPod Ramirez was wearing and resulted in perforated eardrums. No one saw the lightning strike. Pendergast says he thinks it probably hit the pipe Ramirez was carrying. Reports indicate skies overhead were clear at the time. National Weather Service meteorologist Luke Robinson says a storm 20 miles away can result in a nearby lightning strike.
Fri, 05/10/2013 09:00 AM Killed Cleve Menard  41.0  Lake Charles LA 
  fishing on a lake in a boat  N/A  Boat,Delayed Death,Direct hit,fishing,Fresh Water,On Water,Outside,Taking Shelter,Water 
Lake Charles man hospitalized after being struck by lightning Posted: May 11, 2013 11:42 PM EDT Updated: May 11, 2013 11:42 PM EDT By Lee Peck - bio | email LOCALmore>> 5A State Tournament Update Updated: May 10, 2013 6:31 PM EDT Barbe trails West Monroe 6-0 in the top of the first. We are currently in a lightning delay and the game won't resume until at least 6:30. As for the rest of the games, here's how the updated schedule More >> Lake Charles man hospitalized after being struck by lightning Updated: May 11, 2013 11:42 PM EDT A Lake Charles man is hospitalized after being struck by lightning. Cleve Menard, 41, is in ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Menard was fishing with his brother-in-law Friday morning at Lacassine More >> Jennings woman stabbed, man in custody Updated: May 11, 2013 6:05 PM EDT Jennings Police are investigating a stabbing. According to police a woman was stabbed shortly after noon Saturday. We're told a man is in custody. The victim was taken to a local hospital and is in More >> New hotel highlights new look in Lake Arthur Updated: May 10, 2013 11:34 PM EDT The Bank Hotel in Lake Arthur is open for business and perhaps even encourage more business to the area. Owners and supporters of the L'Banca Albergo held the hotel's ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, More >> Stews recalled over labels lacking ingredients Acadian Fine Foods LLC is recalling 17,000 pounds of pork and chicken stews because labels don't list whey and soy as ingredients. More >> STAY IN TOUCHmore>> Sign Up for KPLC E-News Download the new KPLC app! LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man is hospitalized after being struck by lightning. Cleve Menard, 41, is in ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Menard was fishing with his brother-in-law Friday morning at Lacassine Wildlife Refuge when the storm moved in to the east. As they tried to get to shelter Cleve was struck by lightning. Cleve's brother-in-law would dial 9-1-1, administer CPR and bring the boat into safety. Two former firefighters were also in the area and helped administer CPR until the paramedics arrived. "Mainly I knew I had to check his vitals. I knew he got struck by lightning and I knew there was going to be issues with his heart and his nervous system. So the first thing I did was jump out of the boat and swam over there to his boat and checked his abc's... to check his airwaves and his breathing. He had a very, very faint pulse," recalled Brandon Conner, helped administer CPR. "If it wouldn't have been for the efforts of the three people doing CPR he would be dead by now. I'm sure of that. Out in the middle of the lake, wherever the refuge is. Thank God, that there was help nearby and the diligent efforts of the three people," said Bryan Menard, victim's brother. We'll have more on this story and the amazing efforts to get help Sunday on 7 News Nightcast. LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles man struck by lightning has taken a turn for the worse. The family of Cleve Menard, 41, said doctors declared him brain dead. The family said they plan to donate his organs. Menard has been in ICU at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital since Friday after being struck by lightning. Menard was fishing with his brother-in-law, Pete, Friday morning at Lacassine Wildlife Refuge when the storm moved in to the east. "When they saw the weather coming, they tried to get to a bridge and hide but it wasn't quick enough," said Bryan Menard, the victim's brother. As they tried to get to shelter, Cleve was struck by lightning. "Pete was operating the motor and heard the thunder. When he turned around, he saw Cleve laying backwards with half his body in the water. At first, he didn't know what was wrong ... and he questioned him and then he saw his eyes roll back in his head and he knew something was wrong," said Menard. Cleve's brother-in-law would dial 9-1-1, administer CPR and bring the boat into safety. Two former firefighters were also in the area and helped administer CPR until the paramedics arrived. "We were hiding under the bridge, riding the storm out and we saw lightning strike and it was very close. I said it's getting bad. Then we see Pete coming around the corner and he was waving his hands and screaming for help. We didn't know what to expect. When he got closer to us, we realized his brother-in-law was down in the boat and had been struck by lightning," said Brandon Conner. Conner was one of the people who helped give CPR. "Mainly I knew I had to check his vitals. I knew he got struck by lightning and I knew there was going to be issues with his heart and his nervous system. So, the first thing I did was jump out of the boat and swam over there to his boat and checked his ABC's ... to check his airwaves and his breathing. He had a very, very faint pulse," recalled Brandon Conner. They would continue to administer CPR as another boat pulled them to the boat launch where paramedics were waiting. Cleve was taken to American Legion Hospital in Jennings and later transferred to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. On Friday and Saturday, he was in and out but still responding. Family members said he suffered several strokes overnight and doctors declared him brain dead Sunday morning. Cleve was a 10-year employee of PPG Industries and was a lead operator in the silicas unit. He is survived by his wife of 18 years and three children. The family is establishing an account at Chase Bank for donations to help offset medical and funeral expenses. To help, you can donate to the "Cleve Menard Medical Account." Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.
Fri, 05/10/2013 11:00 AM Injured Jeremy Garcia  0.0  Houston TX 
Posted: May 10, 2013 3:09 PM EDT Updated: May 10, 2013 3:09 PM EDT By Alexander Supgul, Web Producer - HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department employee was struck by lightning during the fast-moving storms that passed through southeast Texas on Friday. Houston Mayor Annise Parker posted the following two statements on Twitter: Offer prayers for Public Works employee Jeremy Garcia, struck by lightning while at work @ our Seamist facility. In critical condition.-A Thanks to Station 62 for their quick response to Mr. Garcia. They gave him a chance.-A Houston Fire Department Ruy Lozano confirmed that Garcia was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center after the employee was struck by lightning at 11 a.m. at the METRO north office park on Seamist Drive near Haverhill Drive. Read more:
Fri, 05/10/2013 12:00 PM Injured Bud Young  0.0  Charleston WV 
  weeding outside  N/A  Garden,Ground Strike,Outside,Yard 
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia Bud Young is recovering at Charleston Area Medical Center. The Sissonville man experienced an unusual occurrence last Friday. He was hit by lightning. "It was like the whole top of that mountain was coming off. It just hit, just one place and flash," Young said. In fact, since 1993, Young has been struck by lightning four times. The odds against that happening to you just once is estimated at three million to one. "Doctor told me if you ever get hit once, you're more apt to get hit again," Young said. Young said he's never played the lottery before. But when asked if perhaps his knack for beating the odds could be used to win a jackpot, he said he's open to considering the possibility. That's something his nurses are thinking about as well, when asked if they have talked with Young about the lottery. "Not until today," Pamela Cummings, a CAMC registered nurse, said. "But now that we think about it, that would be a good idea for him to play." However, Bud and his nurses are still a longshot to win big money. The odds of capturing the Powerball jackpot are about 175 million to one. Despite the excitement surrounding a record jackpot, the West Virginia Lottery wants you to pump the brakes before you mortgage the house to buy a bunch of tickets. "Play responsibly, stay within your means," Randy Burnside, with the West Virginia Lottery, said. "If you have disposable income and a couple extra bucks and you want to take a chance, go for it." Young said he doesn't believe in luck. He said surviving multiple lightning strikes can be credited to something else. "There's no such thing as luck, I don't think," Young said. "It was the grace of God." Young said his doctors expect him to be released from the hospital in the next couple of days.
Wed, 05/08/2013 01:00 PM Injured Lightning strike injures 39 at Fatherâ¬"s Day part  0.0  Schwerin  
Lightning strike injures 39 at Fatherâ¬"s Day party in eastern Germany 0 Share to Facebook Share on Twitter Add to PersonalPost Save to Kindle Share via Email Print Article More By Associated Press, Published: May 9 BERLIN  A lightning strike has injured 39 people, eight of them severely, at a Fathers Day party in eastern Germany. More than 500 people were attending Thursdays event in a village near the city of Schwerin when lightning struck a group of trees and a nearby switch box on the village fairground around 1 p.m. Photos of the day Australian prime minister visits New Guinea, Victory Day, Jerusalem Day, NASAs ionosphere study and more. Wednesday's gallery Latest stories from Foreign China wrestles with stubborn air polluters Steven Mufson MAY 10 Companies violate regulations as rapid growth promises a surge in energy use  and pollution. Battle for Russiaâ¬"s political future plays out in provincial courtroom Kathy Lally 7:13 PM ET In Kirov, many dont notice the trial of Alexei Navalny despite implications for democracy and its institutions. Last-minute entries reshape Iranâ¬"s presidential field Jason Rezaian 3:27 PM ET Ex-president Rafsanjani and top Ahmadinejad aide Mashaei announce their intent to run. World Digest: May 11, 2013 6:23 PM ET A roundup of news from around the world. Pakistanâ¬"s Sharif claims victory in historic vote Richard Leiby 5:53 PM ET Wealthy businessman who served as prime minister in the 1990s appears to be headed to an unprecedented third term. Police spokesman Joerg Bruhn said many visitors at the fairground suffered burns and were treated for shock. Two rescue helicopters were called to the village of Dabel as well as several ambulances. On Fathers Day in Germany, men traditionally go on day trips or simply get together to drink lots of beer, without their families. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wed, 05/08/2013 12:00 PM Injured Chris Plowman  0.0  Malden Ma 
  outside on phone    Indirect,Outside,Porch,Telephone 
Never answer the phone during a thunderstorm  just ask this guy 1 day ago We've all gotten shocking phone calls, but never quite like this. Chris Plowman of Malden, Mass., stepped outside when he got a phone call during a thunderstorm late Wednesday night. He heard a loud noise, and then couldn't see anything for 30 seconds. He was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital with an irregular heartbeat. Doctors told him he had been struck by lightning and was lucky to be alive. He was out of the hospital the next morning. There is now a burn mark in Plowman's front yard from the strike, just a few feet from where he was standing Wednesday night. "If I would have stepped out another foot or two, I wouldn't be talking to you," he said. [Source]
Sun, 05/05/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning strikes kill 3  0.0  Luzon 
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union  Three persons were killed by lightning in three separate incidents in Northern Luzon last Friday. Police identified the victims as Jimboy Antonio, 16, of Barangay San Andres, Santiago City, Isabela; and Rick Castillo, 13, of Barangay Rizal, Santiago City, both helpers of a duck farm, and Norman Bautista, 21, of Victoria, Tarlac. Richard Coloma, the owner of the duck farm in Santiago City, said Antonio and Castillo were pasturing ducks in the middle of a rice field when a sudden downpour occurred and hit by lightning. Bautista, meanwhile, was about to go back to shore after swimming in a beach in Lingayen, Pangasinan when a lightning bolt struck him. (Freddie G. Lazaro)
Sun, 05/05/2013 12:00 PM unknown Study Says Cosmic Rays Grease Lightning  0.0   
Nobody knows exactly what triggers lightning bolts. Now, two Russian researchers say that these discharges of a billion volts or more could be caused by the interaction of cosmic rays  high-energy particles from outer space  with water droplets in thunderclouds. Cosmic rays are created deep in space by powerful events such as star collisions, gamma ray bursts, and supernovae. These cataclysms accelerate charged particles  mostly protons  to very high energies. The rays zoom across space, and those that strike the upper atmosphere of Earth generate invisible but highly energetic air showers of ionized particles and electromagnetic radiation. The idea that these air showers could cause lightning when they pass through a thundercloud has been around for two decades. In 1992, Russian physicist Alexandr Gurevich of the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow suggested that the high-energy particles produced by a cosmic ray strike ionize the air in thunderclouds, creating a region with a lot of free electrons. The thunderclouds electric field accelerates the electrons almost to the speed of light, boosting them to very high energies. Then the electrons collide with atoms in the air, generating even more electrons as well as X-rays and gamma rays. This avalanche of high-energy particles in the cloud  which Gurevich calls runaway breakdown  provides ideal conducting conditions for lightning. Researchers worldwide have debated Gurevichs idea ever since he introduced it, says Joseph Dwyer, a lightning scientist at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne who was not involved in the study. But Gurevich hasnt found concrete evidence that cosmic rays are the culprits. Radio waves could provide a clue, Dwyer says: Cascades of electrons at the onset of a lightning strike should produce radio waves. The cosmic ray community has known that cosmic rays make radio waves, and when there are thunderstorms around, its been seen that you get more of these radio pulses, Dwyer says. But no one has yet closed the loop and really shown that the air showers going through a thunderclouds electric field making these runaway electrons are the things that are doing it.
Fri, 05/03/2013 12:00 PM Killed 35 dead up 40%  0.0   
PHNOM PENH, May 2  Lightning strikes had killed 35 people in Cambodia in the first four months of this year, up 40 percent compared with the 25 deaths over the same period last year, a disaster control official said Thursday. Besides the dead, lightning strikes injured 24 others during the January-April period this year, said Keo Vy, chief of the Cabinet of the National Committee for Disaster Management, adding that most victims lived in rural areas. Since mid-March this year, there have been strong rains with lightning and thunderstorms, he told Xinhua over telephone. Just one day on April 28, lightning bolts killed up to 8 people in different places. Meanwhile, he appealed to people to be more cautious to avoid dangers from lightning. People should stay in their houses when there are torrential rains with storms and lightning, he said. Cambodia has one of the highest rates in the world of deaths by lightning at 7.8 deaths per million people, he said, adding that last year, lightning bolts killed 103 Cambodians and injured 72 others. Lightning strike becomes more common in Cambodia, which occurs every year from March to November.
Thu, 05/02/2013 12:00 PM Killed Pfc. Jaymar Tumarong  0.0  Tungawan Zamboanga Del Sur 
  standing guard    Military,Outside 
Lightning kills army sentinel in South RP Friday, May 03, 2013 01:17:51 AM ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR (Mindanao Examiner / May 2, 2013)  An army sentinel was killed and another wounded following a lightning strike on a military post in Tungawan town in Zamboanga del Sur province, police said. Police said Pfc. Jaymar Tumarong was killed while Pfc. Jemar Destrajo has been rushed to the hospital in the town of Ipil for medical treatment. Destrajo suffered burns in the body. It said the duo, members of the 6th Special Forces Battalion, was guarding their post when lightning hit them. (Mindanao Examiner)
Thu, 05/02/2013 12:00 PM Killed Edgar  0.0  Pagadian city Zamboanga Del Sur 
  fishing on a boat    Boat,fishing,Work 
Filipino fishing boat hit by lightning, 1 dead Friday, May 03, 2013 12:47:46 AM A typical trawler in Zamboanga. (Mindanao Examiner Photo) PAGADIAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / May 2, 2013)  One fisherman was killed when lightning hit their trawler at sea off Zamboanga del Sur province in the southern Philippines, police said. It said the victim, who was only identified as Edgar, fell into the sea after being hit by the lightning. His body was never found despite efforts by the crew of the fishing boat Wingston. The boats operator, Reynaldo Torres and two others reported the incident to the police in Tabina town. Torres said the boats communication system and antenna were both damage by the lightning strike and this was also confirmed by the police during an inspection of the trawler. (Mindanao Examiner)
Wed, 05/01/2013 12:00 PM Injured 19 injured  0.0  Chirang  
19 injured as lightning strikes Assam's Chirang district PTI May 1, 2013, 05.49PM IST Tags: Lightning| Chirang CHIRANG (ASSAM): At least 19 people were injured and several houses damaged on Wednesday as lightning struck Assam's Chirang district, officials said. Lightning struck several villages in Bengtol area, injuring at least 19 people, they said. Eight of the wounded have been admitted to Bongaigaon Civil Hospital and the rest to Bengtol public health centre. A number of houses were also damaged in the lightning, which was accompanied by torrential rainfall, they said.
Wed, 05/01/2013 12:00 PM Killed Wehrle Robert  52.0  Chowwara Kerala 
Thiruvananthapuram: A 52-year-old German national was struck dead by lightning while he was on a stroll at the beach at Chowwara near here, police said on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Wehrle Robert from Regensburg, Germany, police said. He had arrived with his wife on April 21 for ayurvedic treatment at a resort at nearby Vizhinjam. According to local people, he fell down after being struck by lightning last evening. His wife was beside him at the time. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where was declared dead by doctors. The body was later shifted to a private hospital and the German Embassy officials were informed of the death, police said. PTI
Wed, 05/01/2013 12:00 PM unknown Thunderstorms Generate Mysterious 'Dark Lightning'  0.0   
May 01, 2013 Have you ever heard of "dark lightning?" Few people outside the scientific community have, but it is something real that is actually quite powerful - and possibly dangerous. A group of scientists in Florida has been learning about this mysterious natural phenomenon: We all know what thunderstorms are, and how much havoc their violent winds, torrential rains and lightning strikes can cause. But over the past 10 years, scientists have learned of an even darker side to thunderstorms: they can generate powerful bursts of electromagnetic energy known as Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes, or TGFs. A few years back, a spacecraft started seeing these bursts of gamma rays coming up from the Earths atmosphere," said Joseph Dwyer. "It was very strange. The Earth is not supposed to make gamma rays. If you want to study gamma rays you usually look for places like black holes and supernovas. We figured out eventually that these gamma rays were coming from ordinary thunderstorms. Professor Joseph Dwyer and his colleagues at the Florida Institute of Technology have been researching so-called dark lightning for several years. Dwyer says that while the phenomenon is quite different from what we see flashing brightly in the sky during a thunderstorm, the two types of high-energy events can be produced by the same storms, but in different ways. Normal lightning is very hot," he said. "Its about five times as hot as the surface of the sun and because of that emits a lot of light. But, compared to the gamma ray energy scale, its downright cold. So normal lightning is not hot enough to make the kind of gamma rays weve been seeing and so we needed some other explanation. What we now think is going on is that a thunderstorm acts like a gigantic particle accelerator. Strong fields inside the thunderstorm accelerate electrons to almost the speed of light and then they make the gamma-rays. A tremendous amount of energy is released in dark lightning, yet its powerful discharge is silent, and almost completely invisible to the unaided eye. Scientists have been concerned that since these gamma-ray bursts can originate at the same altitudes where commercial aircraft fly, they could damage the planes and jeopardize the safety of airline passengers. But Dwyer points to a couple of factors that minimize those dangers. First of all, pilots do their best to stay away from thunderstorms," said Dwyer. "Thunderstorms are dangerous places; we all know that already, so no additional warning is needed. And the second piece of good news is dark lightning appears to be relatively rare, maybe one out of every thousand normal lightning flashes would be dark lightning. So combining those two, people should not be worrying about this. Dwyer notes that astronauts peering down from Earth-orbiting spacecraft have reported that these gamma-ray producing storms occur most often around the equatorial regions of the planet. Dwyer says that could be because storms in those areas tend to be taller, higher-altitude thunderstorms, so their gamma-rays are bursting closer to space - and more visibly to the astronauts - since theres less atmosphere for the light to pass through. Dwyer says that in general, any thunderstorm should be capable of generating dark lightning. He says he and his colleagues are still not certain whats happening inside a thunderstorm that makes one storm more likely than another to generate the gamma-ray discharges, so more research on dark lightning is needed. It would be very nice to have instruments that were specifically designed to measure what were interested in studying," he said. "Now, were talking about something thats happening right over our heads that could affect people, that may be relatively common and so it would be very interesting to learn more about this. The researchers say new data from special Earth-observing satellites will help them better understand dark lightning. And while studies of the phenomenon continue, Professor Dwyers research has found no evidence yet that the mysterious gamma-ray bursts in thunderstorms pose any direct threat to public health or the environment.
Tue, 04/30/2013 12:00 PM Killed Lightning kills 2 in Oman storms  0.0   
Muscat: Two expatriates were killed in lightning strikes on Monday as thundershowers lashed vast areas of the Sultanate in a continuing wet weather spell that is entering a record-breaking second week. One of the deaths occurred in the oilfield region of Fahud near Ibri in Dhahirah governorate, while the other was reported at Saham along the Batinah coast. A third person, also an expatriate, is believed to have suffered serious burns in a similar lightning strike in the same area. The fatalities mark a day of torrential downpours that had the emergency and disaster relief apparatus of the Sultanate operating at full-stretch. The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) handled a total of 120 emergencies over the course of Monday and, for the first time, had to tackle a spate of fires linked to electrical short circuits. Since the onset of the current rainy spell on April 23, a total of 320 people have been rescued, mainly from flooded wadis or inundated homes, the Authority said in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA). Dozens of people were evacuated to safety on Monday as flooding threatened homes in Samayil, Bahla, Ibri and Saham, among a host of other places. The capital city, Muscat, bore some of the brunt of Mondays intense downpour which, accompanied by gusting winds, brought traffic to a complete halt along key carriageways. Streets turned into rivers as motorists braved driving rain to get to their destination after work. Much of the city was buffeted by winds with speeds ranging from 25 to 40 knots when the skies opened up late in the evening, the Met Office said. More rain has been forecast across northern areas of the country over the next days as residents endure what experts have described as one of the longest spells of wet weather ever to hit Oman, outside of a tropical storm, in modern times.
Mon, 04/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured van opreator  0.0  San Antonio TX 
  leaving van    Indirect,Outside,Work 
VIA Driver Struck by Lightning By: Fox S.A. Staff Authorities are confident lightning struck a VIA van operator during Monday night's storms. The driver had just finished his shift and parked his van back in the yard at 800 Myrtle when he was hit. The driver was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in stable condition.
Mon, 04/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured construction worker (3 of 3)  0.0  Bee Cave TX 
  construction site  N/A  Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
EMS: Three injured in lightning strike COMMENT(1) 9 39 84 240 By Julie Chang and Ciara O'Rourke American-Statesman Staff 6:44 p.m. update: All three people struck by lightning earlier Monday afternoon were in stable condition by the evening, said Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Warren Hassinger. 5 p.m. update: Two construction workers and a food truck employee were injured Monday by a lightning strike near Bee Cave, officials said. Steve Wilkins, the project manager for the Cielo Apartment Homes complex on RM 620 near Falcon Head Boulevard, said the injured people were in or near the food truck, which was parked at the bottom of a hill. Wilkins said he did not see the incident but went to the scene shortly afterward and said the victims look stunned. All three were conscious, he said, with two standing and one on the ground. He said the storm was brief  about five minutes  but was very intense with lightning. He said all of the workers had gone through safety training, including for lightning storms, and that all of the workers took cover. I care about all my men, he said. We work on safety constantly. 4:15 p.m. update: The three construction workers taken to the hospital with lightning-strike injuries were at a taco truck at an apartment complex under construction when they were struck, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Medics said their shoes and socks were blown off, the agency said. Earlier: Three workers were struck by lightning at a construction site at 3501 FM 620 South, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Medics are taking two of the workers in critical condition to University Medical Center Brackenridge, the agency said. A third worker is being taken to the hospital separately with less severe injuries. EMS described the workers injuries on Twitter as burns to feet and singed hair. Travis County sheriffs office spokesman Roger Wade said the lightning strike was at an apartment complex under construction off Bee Cave Parkway, near the Galleria. This story has been updated to correct the location of the incident.
Mon, 04/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured 3 at construction site ( 2 of 3)  0.0  Bee Cave TX 
  construction site  N/A  Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
Mon, 04/29/2013 12:00 PM Injured 3 at construction site ( 1 of 3)  0.0  Bee Cave TX 
  construction site  N/A  Construction site,Ground Strike,Outside,Work 
Three workers were taken to Brackenridge Hospital Monday afternoon after being struck by lightning, according to Austin/Travis County EMS. TDI Construction Services is working on a Cielo Apartment complex at the location of the strike in Bee Cave. A supervisor at the site said the storm rolled through in about five minutes. They heard a loud boom and then heard over the radio three men were down. The strike injured two construction workers and a catering truck operator, who was the most seriously injured. The worksite is still operating. According to a tweet from Austin/Travis County EMS, the men had burns to their feet and singed hair. Two of the workers are in critical condition.
Sun, 04/28/2013 03:00 PM Injured Brandi Saucier  0.0  Walker LA 
  holding camper doorknob  N/A  Indirect,Outside,Touching a vehicle,Tree 
Hello, its Brandi and we spoke a few minutes ago. I was struck indirectly on Sunday April 28 around 3 pm. I was holding onto my camper doorknob when I heard the loudest sound I had ever heard. Immediately I saw and felt the lightning charge/bolt and was thrown away from the camper. My only immediate effects were a sore jaw ( probably from clenching) and tingling in my right arm.
Thu, 04/25/2013 03:00 PM Killed Lightning kills mother of two  40.0  Tirappane  
 Sri Lanka 
Lightning kills mother of two Gayan Rajapaksa A mother of two working in a paddy field in Tirappane with a group of farmers, died after being struck by lightning on Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Ramani Sanjeewani, 40, of Hidogama, Anuradhapura. The group had been working in the field during a heavy thunder shower. The woman who was thrown on the ground , was rushed to the Anuradhapura Hospital by neighbours and the Grama Niladhari of the area. She was pronounced dead on admission to hospital

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