5648Re: storms Lightning
- May 10, 2004All depends on the size of your pocketknife. See photo I just
uploaded to Coy Boys photo alblum.
PS OK I admit it ain't exactly a pocketknife. I like it though.
--- In email@example.com, "Ralph Oborn"
> I would like to respectivly disagree with COY,your
> Lightning follows the path of least resistance between the clouds
> and the ground, air is a poor conductor, metal and salty water
> solutions (skin full of blood, (people)) are good conductors, Wet
> wood is a fair conductor.
> Lightning is not attracted to metal like pocket knives unless it
> shortens the path between ground and cloud, which it doesn't in
> pocket. If you were to stand on a bluff, holding your pocket knife
> high during a storm it might get hit, but even without the knife
> you'd probably get it.
> You can reduce risk by not hanging on ridge lines and peaks, not
> picking the tallest tree around (the one with the lightning scars)
> but don't worry about metal buckles or knives.
> If you pay attention, you can get lightning warning, those of you
> with hair will notice it starting to stand on end. Crouch down on a
> low spot immediatly, you are about to become part of the path.
> A car is one of the safest places to be, not because of the rubber
> tires as many believe, but because the metal body makes a "Faraday
> Cage" where all the charge goes on the outside surface.
> PS Many lightning bolts go up, not down.
> I should
> > leave all metal objects well away from my campsite ie hiking
> > pocket knife, pack frame etc... preferably in my pack coverd by a
> > plastic garbage bag. That said I have slept through a few
> > thunderstorms with my hiking poles leaning closeby and my pack
> > me.
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