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    Windsock met with Lightning.

    So we drove home after a meeting at the local airport (KRUT), a squall line was following us. As the storm was making itself known I went to bed.
    Laying on my back winding down with a rather heavy rain with lighting around us, a lull, And then, and then a bolt of lightning strikes the windsock.
    Mind you the head of my bed is against a 4' X 8' picture window, the sky can't hide.
    The windsock is 40' from my bed and is about a 40' tall steel pole set in a 5' lump on concrete. More good concrete than that motel in Fla had.

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    Oh a before shot, Last November when I put this up,
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    Looks like the end of 'Wizard of Oz'.

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    Did your hair stand on end a couple seconds before the strike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mot View Post
    Did your hair stand on end a couple seconds before the strike?
    Not sure this time, was laying on my back head against the wall under the window in the dark.
    Way back in time, mid '80s this is, North 40 at OSH we usually traveled in a C-402. Storm was rolling in, I had never seen Ball lightning, I tend to love thunder storms. Here I am up on the wing leaning against the cabin watching the incoming squall line. Anyone who has met me knows I have almost all my life had "longer hair", a heritage thing.
    So here I am up on the wing and my hair is standing straight up. Guys are calling to me to get down. Two of them climbed up and bodily took me off the plane. Darn, I was feeling great.
    Sometimes I wonder if that was to be my last day.
    Leaving in the morning for OSH, wonder what this year will bring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieN View Post
    So here I am up on the wing and my hair is standing straight up. Guys are calling to me to get down. Two of them climbed up and bodily took me off the plane. Darn, I was feeling great.
    Sometimes I wonder if that was to be my last day.
    Leaving in the morning for OSH, wonder what this year will bring.
    A Fire Weather Meteorologist (IMET) showed this photo in a class I attended on Fire Weather. He said these two were found dead from a lightning strike and this photo was found in their camera. I think it was on El Capitan in Yosemite NP. Google NOAA/PA 99050 ARC 1122 to find the NOAA brochure it is in. On page 13.


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    Sometimes you got to understand a warning.
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    I too had a bit of windsock drama, though a bit milder. My oak 6x8 (got free, somewhere) rotted off in 12 years and went from plumb to almost falling over in a couple days, I was lucky to notice it before it tipped over and buggered up the sock frame. The Jaws of Death attachment on the Kubota made short work of it, and interestingly enough all the rot was just an inch or 2 below the surface level, I don't think it would have made thru the next windy spell. The new install will use some 3" pipe I scrounged and a tilt down base, and a post hole dug/concrete pier. Not the money, I just find it fun to use what I have on hand.
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    Jaws for the tractor would be nice. This pole was originally a base for a BIG TV dish that was near the house when we bought it 24 years back. Had some channels already paid for buy the couch potatoes we bought from. When digital TV started coming in we only had a few Canadian and German channels, humm Arabic as well. We never have paid for a TV service. Having gotten tired of the lightning strikes, Humm forgot about them till writing this, I took the pole and dish down.
    But when we wanted a windsock I recalled the pole which now was grown into the woods. What a job it was to extract that with my antique Kubota.
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    My wife has an App on her cell phone to take lightning photos. She stands out in the yard when there is a storm near by and aims her phone in the direction of the storm. I have to tell her to get in the house when the storms are too close for comfort.







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    Too cool, Can you get the name of the APP .I would like to have it to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahles56 View Post
    Too cool, Can you get the name of the APP .I would like to have it to use.
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    The lightning app is iLightningcam. Type iLightningcam in the search box in the apple app store. $1.99.

    The first three photos above she took with her phone. The last one was taken in1993 with an old SLR camera on a tripod with the shutter held open for a while.

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    I found it oddly disturbing not to have a windsock at the bottom of my property, 2 days was all, but it bugged me enough I went down and dug a new hole, in 90+ degree temps, hauled water and concrete mix down, and planted the scabbed together support (all steel) late yesterday. That wasn't good enough, rather than wait a week or two for the concrete to gain strength, I put the sock on it's new support tonight. All's right with the world again. I've had a wind sock, same frame, numerous socks, for 40+ years continuous, no use stopping now.
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