Nature's Wrath : Lightning - Tips To Stay Shielded From It (RARE VIDEO FOOTAGE)

Lightning knows no boundaries. It can strike anything and anyone at anytime and anywhere. Thus, we should make certain that we are safe and secured from a possible lightning strike. But first and foremost, let us share some interesting facts about lightning and its connection with thunder. Thunder is apparently said to be something that Science is still unable to comprehend till this day. It could be defined as an electrocuted wave resulted from the extremely fast heating and widening of the surrounding air within the lightning bolt.

The bolt transforms the air into plasma and immediately blasts, leading to formation of the sounds of thunder.

This occurrence takes place concurrently with the flash of lightning, but a thunderclap is normally heard subsequent to the appearance of lightning, as according to Science, the speed of light is greater than the speed of sound.

It has also been said that because sound and light move at diverse speeds through the environment, one can gauge the distance of the bolt of lightning by observing the time gap between the point when the flash can be seen and the point when the thunderclap can be heard. The velocity of sound in air is roughly 340 m/s, whereas the velocity of light is too great to be calculated. Hence, the lightning is more or less one kilometer away from the sound within every three seconds.

Those are the interesting facts about lightning that has pretty much explicate how lightning is formed and how it works its way in the natural environment. But one very important fact that all of us should take precaution of is that lightning is dangerous, inevitable, and can be fatal. So when it starts raining cats and dogs and the sky starts to turn cloudy, you should know very well that you would need to safeguard yourselves from the perils of lightning.

Let us take a look at a few ways for you to stay shielded from lightning strikes:

1. Basically you should stick to indoor sheltered areas. Cancel or postpone your outdoor activities. Lightning has the tendency to strike on opened areas or areas that have an abundance of trees and greeneries. So be careful not to walk past an opened area when the rain gets heavy!

2. Always opt for places that have tall buildings and shelters. Lightning only strikes on the tallest objects within that designated area, so if you were around there, you would most probably be safe from being struck.

Still, your safety would be better ensured if you take cover at any place where there are sufficient shelters.

3. Being sheltered from lightning does not guarantee 100% of your safety. Lightning can travel through items that use electricity like your telephones, computers and other electrical appliances. Refrain from bathing and using any electrical items when there is a huge thunderstorm taking place. If you notice that it is going to rain anytime soon, quickly remove the plugs of the electrical appliances, as it would be unsafe to remove them during the thunderstorm.

4. Check that your vehicle doors and windows are completely shut, and do not turn on the stereo when lightning appears as lightning can pass through stereos and, in worse cases, can cause a major explosion to your vehicle.

5. Take note of this one. Lightning recognizes places and people too! It can strike a place or someone more than once.

A park ranger from USA named Roy Sullivan was hit by lightning seven times within a time period of 35 years!

So if you have been struck by lightning before, then let that be the first and last time that you got struck.

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This an amazing and rare close up footage caught on a video

This footage was captured 20 feet away and was claimed that the tree
died a few months after the strike

This footage was captured so near to the person taking the video that it almost took away his life

Start taking precautions to not let it happen to you and your loved ones.

We hope that you have learnt a little something about lightning and ways to prevent your lives from one of the nature's wrath, the lightning.

Think about yourself, and think about your loved ones too. Read this to help you and your dearest ones to stay safe and sound always.


texas_sweetie said...

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Rolando said...

More awesome tips. Thunder and lightening is very scary. Glad we don't get much of them here.


Hello texas sweetie...

Thanks for coming to visit us. We are doing good. Hope u are having a great day too! Will never forget to visit u ok?

Take care.

Hi Rolando...

Wow good for u that u need not have to worry too much about being struck. Yes seriously it is scary. Some of us here are afraid of it. ;p

Anyway glad u like the article. =)

Anonymous said...

Hello Nafa, this is good information, lightning is truly scary, we have that here in our area. Yes the most dangerous place to be when there's lightning is under a tree and open areas. When it starts to rain and the sky appears to be gloomy, we turn off TV's and the Computer, and sometimes cover mirrors with a cloth too, don't know why about mirrors though.


Hi thira,

Thanks for dropping by. It actually depends on the geographical place that you are staying now.

Based on my research, it is actually an old myth tale saying that if a mirror is not covered during a lightning storm it will attract the lightning and the house will be struck and burned down.

There is no scientific evidence or explanation on it. If there is, please do share with us.

Thanks Thira.
Have a great week ahead. =)

Anonymous said...

Hello Nafa, hehe thanks for that, yes that's what I thought too with mirrors that it may just be a myth but I wasn't really sure :)


Hello Thira...

No problem! Well whether it is a myth or fact, it sure is an interesting piece of information there. =)

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Erina Hart said...

These are some great tips. I hope everyone read this post. You should never mess around with lightening.


Hi Erina,

Thanks for dropping by. Glad that you like the post.

Yup i agree with you never mess around with nature's wrath.

So be careful ya... Take care...=)