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JUD11 – Thunderstorm running

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about lightning. Lightning is not attracted to tall things, although it does hit tall things more often. Still, even a blade of grass can be hit. Lightning is also not attracted to metal, and it’s not attracted to water, either, although it moves quickly through it. Lightning can and will hit anything. So if you can hear thunder, you’re close enough that you could be struck by lightning. That’s the accepted practice and rule: when thunder roars, go indoors. And lightning can hit 10 to 12 miles outside of the center of the storm. To figure out how close the storm is, you can apply the rule of counting. When you see the lightning, count before you hear the thunder. It’s five seconds to a mile, so a storm is a mile away if there is a five second break between the lightning and thunder. SONY DSC The biggest thing to remember is that being indoors is always safest during a storm [How does this combine with Juneathon?]. You shouldn’t be running if you hear thunder and lightning. Instead, head to a sturdy building to take cover. If you’re near your car, head there. If you’re on a backroad or a rural road with no buildings around, the safest thing you can do is to find a shorter grove of trees. That’s because tall objects tend to be struck more often, so you don’t want to be the tallest object around, and you also don’t want to be under the tallest trees. Having said that, it’s worth saying that there is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm.

(from Boston Magazine)

P.S. Ran 6 km and then moved indoors, soaked, for some stairs…

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2 thoughts on “JUD11 – Thunderstorm running

  1. plustenner on said:

    that is some lightning! When I grew up in South Africa we had thunder storms almost every day 🙂

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