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Do I really need to unplug my stuff during a thunderstorm?

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.
posted by mamamia88 on Oct 2, 2014 - 28 answers

What's the deal with this storm?

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?
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 25, 2014 - 7 answers

lightning blew up my power

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]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me find or make a cat-proof dual iPhone/iPad charging dock or stand

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]
posted by embrangled on Nov 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Save our surveillance

What's the best way to protect surveillance equipment from lightning? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Sep 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Tube guitar amp blowing fuses - suggestions?

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]
posted by unSane on Aug 13, 2012 - 14 answers

How to fix (Windows) Thunderbird issues?

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]
posted by juliebug on Jul 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Essay about ball lightning?

Help me find this essay about lightning! [more inside]
posted by apparently on Jun 3, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I alleviate my fear of thunderstorms tonight?

There is a line of thunderstorms heading our way, and my anxiety (nay, fear) is rising sharply. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Mar 15, 2012 - 23 answers

does a convertible still have a complete faraday cage?

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?
posted by krautland on Sep 4, 2011 - 19 answers

Lightning Fixed My Landline. Really?

Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jul 15, 2011 - 12 answers

I want to chant "Let's Go Flyers!" at my laptop

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]
posted by Shesthefastest on Sep 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Can lightning hurt a person in freefall?

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?
posted by mewmewmew on May 21, 2010 - 10 answers

There...Are...THREE...Lights! (hopefully)

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]
posted by Knicke on Mar 31, 2010 - 3 answers

So MeFi, what do I need to know to bottle lightning?

Help me photograph lightning. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jan 29, 2010 - 5 answers

WTF was that?!

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]
posted by kmz on Oct 16, 2009 - 30 answers

static electricty problem

Would a faraday cage protect sensetive electronic equipment from ambiant static electricty during a lightning storm?
posted by 1joseywales on Sep 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Where to find lightning closures?

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]
posted by Merlin144 on Aug 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Lightning intensity

Why does lightning hitting the CN Tower give off brighter, more sustained strikes? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Aug 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Why is my home audio receiver still working after it burned?

Lightning strike! Home audio receiver got burned but it still works. I'm confused as to why this thing still operates. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Dave. on Jul 30, 2009 - 2 answers

What are the real odds of being killed by lightning, if you are outside in a field during a storm?

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]
posted by Jim Biancolo on Jul 17, 2009 - 19 answers

window fan + lightning storm - will sparks fly?

Is it okay to use a window fan during a thunderstorm? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Jun 11, 2009 - 7 answers

There is a storm outside! Can I shower?

Am I safe showering during a thunder and lightening storm? [more inside]
posted by boulder20something on Jun 10, 2009 - 21 answers

How to sync Blackberry with Google Calendar

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]
posted by backwards guitar on Jun 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Thunderbird and Lightning, very, very frightening me!

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]
posted by maudlin on Mar 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Help us find a clip of a lightning strike.

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?
posted by HSWilson on Feb 8, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics?

How do I prevent lightning strikes on my old Singaporean building from killing my electronics? [more inside]
posted by jimdanger on Jan 18, 2009 - 9 answers

I would like to save as much as my tree as possible

TreeFilter: How do I know what is actually dead? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jul 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Should we install a lightning protection system?

Residential Lightning Protection System: good idea or waste of money? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful on Jul 6, 2008 - 7 answers

You know. Doc Brown style. Into a flux capacitor...

Is anyone working on harvesting the energy of lightning? [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Jun 24, 2008 - 13 answers

There's ectoplasm in my front yard!

What do you suppose caused this effect? [more inside]
posted by pjern on Jun 6, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me overcome my lightning phobia!

Anyone have any tips on overcoming a lightning phobia? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay on Apr 2, 2008 - 8 answers

A prayer to St. Elmo?

Which (American-style) electrical surge protector will most reliably and economically protect my precious computer equipment from unforeseeable disaster? [more inside]
posted by zachxman on Aug 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Splitting ions in the ether

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]
posted by Eater on Aug 4, 2007 - 15 answers

"It's god banging on the piano keys..."

Lightning. Why does it always go to ground? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jul 24, 2007 - 14 answers

Info for a live show on U of Chicago campus

[UofChiFilter] Any Chicagoan mefites familiar with the University of Chicago and it's Cobb Coffee house out there? Live show info appreciated! [more inside]
posted by ronmexico on Mar 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Was I struck by lightning?

Was I struck by lighting? [more inside]
posted by squishy on Aug 28, 2006 - 9 answers

God hates the gogglebox

Disaster! Our flat was struck by lightning. Even worse, now our TV doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by randomination on Jul 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Am I going to die by lightning?

How dangerous is it, really, to ride a steel-framed bicycle around in a thunderstorm? [more inside]
posted by irregardless on May 8, 2006 - 15 answers

Electrical arc photo identification needed.

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.
posted by gummo on Aug 1, 2005 - 12 answers

How can I keep lightning from destroying my stuff?

I'm losing a lot of electronic gadgets to lightning strikes. What are the best ways to prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Jul 26, 2005 - 18 answers

Information on a famous lightning photo?

Anyone have info on this famous lightning photo? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh on May 27, 2004 - 4 answers

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