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Old May 28, 2006, 1:30 AM   #1
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That's why we should not use trees as shelters during a storm.
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Old May 28, 2006, 7:01 AM   #2
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I promise you when it rains, never under a tree if this is what it looks like. :G Regards. Jaki.
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Old May 28, 2006, 4:37 PM   #3
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Sure would have been a terrible place to be....
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Old May 29, 2006, 4:58 PM   #4
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Pretty vivid reminder to stay away from those tall trees during a lightning event.
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Old May 29, 2006, 9:28 PM   #5
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Thanks, Jaki, Keith and VP for your comments. Yes, I certainly would not like to beunder this particular tree.
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Old May 30, 2006, 9:23 AM   #6
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Did you see lightning hitting that tree?

Because that looks really like typical tree broken by wind gust which quite often snaps upper part of tree away.



If lightning hit that tree there's often over foot long "toothpicks" lying around tree, also bark tends to fly away with associated crack in tree trunk.
And often grass is turned over on above some root.


Primary reason for avoiding trees at time of thunderstorm is that if lightning hits tree and you're close to tree it can jump to you from tree, also lightning continues along roots and can strike you through that way. Also splinters can easily fly, say 40 feet away.
Best place to be would be about at distance of tree's height from it, in hunched position and keeping feets together for minimizing voltage difference between them if lightning goes through root near you.
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Old May 30, 2006, 11:26 AM   #7
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Hi E.T., no I did not see the lightning hitting the tree. The tour guide told us the story (perhaps he was just fantasizing it to make the tour more interesting).
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