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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's Lightning Awareness Week!

Did you know it is Lightning Awareness Week?

Did you know that lightning has killed over sixty people this year?

It is also very pretty, comes with its own amazing surround sound and is something I love to photograph!

Just make sure if you do decide to try your hand at photographing lightning, you do so safely.

Lightning photography safety tips.

1. Stay in your car when it is very close.
2. Use a remote control if you have one.
3. Window mounts work well and will keep you and your camera dry.
4. If you can hear thunder, you can be hit by lightning.
5. Don't park under power poles, cell phone towers or under trees.

Read more official lightning safety tips by clicking on the title of this post.

-Steve Douglass


Dale said...

All good advice! Lightning is nothing to play with - unless you're certifiable like we are. Uh....I mean..."certified", as in "storm spotters". ;)

Steve Miller TX said...

Safety Tip #6: When the end of your ham antenna starts crackling and buzzing, and in particular if it is glowing blue, immediately get your hind quarters in the car and duck! :-)

Steve Douglass said...

My closest call when a power poll i was parked near got hit and all the rain on the hood of my car suddenly turned to steam.


Ken Hanson said...

Heading north out of Odessa with Chip, N5LTZ, we removed the antenna lead from the dual band because of the intense lightning all around us. Looking for the ticking sound we were hearing, we realized the PL connector laying in the floor was arcing like a spark plug! We found out later that a tornado crossed the road a few miles behind us. That was close! By the way...I'm WB5QLI

Ken Hanson

Steve Douglass said...

I saw a cow get hit once. Talk about instant BBQ!

Thanks Ken!

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