Recently I got a new surge protector because, the old one didn't have enough outlets anymore and it got me thinking if I really need to unplug my stuff during a thunderstorm. I don't want to just not play my games or something just because it's storming. I only get so much free time to play games and I don't want to have it squandered by the weather. So do I really need to unplug my stuff during a storm? Right now it's storming and I unplugged everything but, my ethernet switch which I need to type this.
Currently there is a lightning storm on the France / Spain border which is oddly circular. It looks like this as seen on lightningmaps. Why is it this shape?
There was a huge lightning storm this morning, in the middle of it my power went out. All the breakers on my boat are on, all e breakers on the power bollard are on. The odd thing is that the bollard has power to the meters and register 5v on the ac setting of my multimeter across live and earth. Also the RCD buttons trip out the breakers. This suggests that it has power. But nothings coming out. Any ideas for a) How come it has some power but no output b) Is there anything I can do. My electrical skills = I own a nice multimeter My fear of zappy death = relatively high [more inside]
I am tired of having wires all over my desk. I want to charge both my iPhone and iPad Mini on my bedside table, standing up in a single dock or stand that my cat can't knock over. Can you recommend such a thing or suggest creative ways to improvise one? [more inside]
What's the best way to protect surveillance equipment from lightning? [more inside]
My Egnater Tweaker 40w head is blowing fuses. Possibly lightning-related, or possibly not, but I need to fix it. More details inside. [more inside]
Someone I know recently asked me to do a couple of hours of work on her (Windows) laptop and such to help sync up things like calendars with her new iPhone and various and sundry little tasks. Most of this went perfectly well. However, I've encountered two major issues both to do with Thunderbird (which I've never really used). Details within. [more inside]
Help me find this essay about lightning! [more inside]
There is a line of thunderstorms heading our way, and my anxiety (nay, fear) is rising sharply. What should I do? [more inside]
top gear taught me cars are protecting their occupants from lightning by working pretty much like a faraday cage. they also taught me car companies don't really test this. I drive an audi TT convertible with not much more than a bit of cloth above my head in thunderstorms. should I be scared of lightning or am I still inside a faraday cage?
Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
The new NHL season is fast approaching (yay hockey!) I'm living abroad for the year. How can I best watch full Flyers games online from outside North America? [more inside]
I'm an amateur skydiver, on my last jump at around 9000 feet I saw a lightning bolt in a cloud a mile or two away. In 170 jumps I've blown through plenty of clouds, sometimes with rain, without ever giving lightning a thought. Although ungrounded, am I likely to be struck in freefall? Would being struck in freefall damage or melt tightly packed nylon?
I have three big, lightweight, plastic spheres, and want to turn them into a three-light swag-type fixture. It would be cool to have all three controlled by one switch (kinda like a three-way floor lamp). Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
Help me photograph lightning. [more inside]
My fiancee and I were just now woken up by the sound of a large explosion right in our bedroom. Almost like a gunshot but not quite that loud. And I think I saw a flash of light. Both seemed to come from near the ceiling by the door. I turned on one of the lights but there's no residue I can see from anything. Nothing seems to be broken in terms of lights or circuits. Was it some kind of giant static discharge? [more inside]
Would a faraday cage protect sensetive electronic equipment from ambiant static electricty during a lightning storm?
Where can I find lightning closures for purchase sans bottle? I want to install them on my own bottles. (Description and photos below) [more inside]
Why does lightning hitting the CN Tower give off brighter, more sustained strikes? [more inside]
Lightning strike! Home audio receiver got burned but it still works. I'm confused as to why this thing still operates. Advice? [more inside]
What are the real odds of being killed by lightning, if you are outside in a field during a storm (i.e. factoring OUT all the people smart enough to stay inside)? [more inside]
Is it okay to use a window fan during a thunderstorm? [more inside]
Am I safe showering during a thunder and lightening storm? [more inside]
Can I sync a blackberry curve 8300 with Mozilla Thunderbird (+ Lightning) or Google Calendar without Outlook and with no data plan on my blackberry? [more inside]
My Thunderbird/Lightning combo has been behaving oddly ever since a failed attempt to create a repeating event yesterday. It wiped out all events for March and stalls whenever I launch it now, although once launched, it seems to work smoothly. I've been able to add non-repeating events back into March and they are staying in place. My profile is backed up. What next? [more inside]
My wife is trying to find a clip that she saw on Spike TV of a guy getting hit by lightning. He was holding a video camera and it gets hit by lighting, after which he says "Shut up mom, let me gather myself." The clip took place at night. Can anyone help her find it?
How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics? [more inside]
TreeFilter: How do I know what is actually dead? [more inside]
Residential Lightning Protection System: good idea or waste of money? [more inside]
Is anyone working on harvesting the energy of lightning? [more inside]
Anyone have any tips on overcoming a lightning phobia? [more inside]
Which (American-style) electrical surge protector will most reliably and economically protect my precious computer equipment from unforeseeable disaster? [more inside]
What happened last night? My friend and I were sitting in my apartment living room, lights on, not intoxicated, during a thunderstorm, which seemed to be nearby but not directly over us. Suddenly there was a spark in the air -- literally, in the middle of the room. [more inside]
Lightning. Why does it always go to ground? [more inside]
[UofChiFilter] Any Chicagoan mefites familiar with the University of Chicago and it's Cobb Coffee house out there? Live show info appreciated! [more inside]
Was I struck by lighting? [more inside]
Disaster! Our flat was struck by lightning. Even worse, now our TV doesn't work. [more inside]
How dangerous is it, really, to ride a steel-framed bicycle around in a thunderstorm? [more inside]
Please help me find this great picture of electrical arcs. I saw this photo a while back. I'm pretty sure it was in a magazine. It was of a great big round room, with some sort of large apparatus, like a collider or something (it wasn't a collider I don't think). There were scaffolding and cat walks running everywhere. Lots of pipes and fittings. Everything was gold or copper or something. And the entire room is covered in arcs of electricity. Great big bolts running all around the room, with smaller and smaller branches and fingers breaking off to fill up every metal surface area with arcs. It was some sort of electrical discharge as a result of the experiment that was being run. I can't remember what it was, so I don't even know what to look for in Google. Any help would be appreciated. Even just a guess as to what the device was that would produce that, so I have a starting point to try and find it. Thanks.
I'm losing a lot of electronic gadgets to lightning strikes. What are the best ways to prevent further damage? [more inside]
Anyone have info on this famous lightning photo? [more inside]