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Old 12-17-2005, 05:11 PM   #29
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O.K. This is off topic but I uploaded some video's of electricity getting out of hand.

CLICK HERE to see them.
Those are some nasty fires!
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Old 12-17-2005, 05:42 PM   #30
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HERE is an airplane being hit by lightning.
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Old 12-17-2005, 06:05 PM   #31
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the third video in that link of the substation fire is commonly known as the "golf course video" we have seen in training films that are not commonly available to the public.

the version of that fire i saw was from the other side, the camerman drops his video camera and runs away! the camera falls on it's side and keeps rolling.

and who said being a lineman ain't fun!

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Now all I need is an online link to the video where the 30Kv sub trans falls into the distrubution (after tree trimmers fall a branch into it) and doesn't relay but cooks a few homes.

It is nasty!
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seen that one too!

sparks from the gutters on the houses!

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If you are like many WBCCI people you have flag poles (lightning rods) mounted on your tongue jack. You also use a conductive jack stand (Call it a lightning grounding plate.) (required by the safety committee at all Internationals). Therefore; if you leave your flag poles up (which are higher than the Airstream) they will more likely to be hit by the lightning than the Airstream itself and will proceed directly to thru the jack stand. (Likely frying the motor, but that is better than frying yourself.)
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seen that one too!

sparks from the gutters on the houses!

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That's it! Back to the topic of lightning. We use a display here that shows lightning in near realtime. The accuracy is about 1/2 mile and it tells us the type (cloud to cloud, ground to cloud and cloud to ground). It also shows the current (estimated) and the multiplicity or number of times the bolt flashed.

It is provided by Vaisala. This is cool stuff. I get calls all the time in the summer asking if there is lightning in the area. I can tell down to the street level. The link goes to the free display they have.
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If you AS got struck by lighting you would be alright but all that beautiful welding on the frame mighy be un-welded and you would have to start all over. What a horrable thought!
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If you AS got struck by lighting you would be alright but all that beautiful welding on the frame mighy be un-welded and you would have to start all over. What a horrable thought!
I would just clamp everything in place with some welding rod in strategic places, and wait for the next lightning bolt to hit it, which would then weld everything back together, no?
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