STRANGE Thunderstorm & "New" Lightning Rod
- Approx 1615 hrs yesterday, a Tstorm hit with a series of loud
explosions. Very sharp cracks. Approached from West, going about
due East. Hail about 1/2" for not over 1 minute. Storm gone
in just 5 minutes. Never saw a close lightning strike. Quite
windy, perhaps 20 to 30 mph gusts, but not anything compared
to speed of storm. *UNIQUE* in my history. (My location is
Rockville, MD., about 20 miles North of the formerly white house.
Ten O'Clock news/weather commented on the unusual strikes, and
said they were "Positive strikes." I didn't know the Weather
Bureau was capable of determining this. Does anyone on the list
know of this?
This AM, TV Weather talked about lightning rods and a new
development. They likened it to 'Star Wars," not knowing
that one Nikola Tesla prescribed effectively the same idea 100 years
ago. Of course, his idea used RF, not a laser. Only the frequency
The existing lightning rods were said to be 95% effective, but
this extra 5% is too costly for power companies to accept. They
showed a big lab, having a simulated cloud, which was a circular
sheet of (I'd guess) plexiglas held horizontally about 20 feet off
the floor, charged to a high D.C. potential.
Their discharger was a sapphire laser pointed vertically at the
'cloud.' Its job was to ionize the air and drain the charge
from the cloud. BYF asked, "Won't that necessitate a laser setup
for every large building which now has a lightning rod?" IMHO,
YUP. Consider an elevated million gallon tank filled with
liquid water. Pierce tank bottom with a BB gun (all right, a
BEEG BB gun!). Tank pees onto ground below for perhaps a half
second, then hole is sealed. I'd *guess* that the linear resistance
in a cloud might be quite high, and that the cloud's voltage would
be dissipated across this resistance, thus lowering the 'terminal'
voltage, just as in a normal battery. When the terminal voltage
is sufficiently lowered, the lightning strike would go out, but
most of the charge would remain in the cloud. I also talked with
her about a High Voltage long distance A.C. transmission line.
I believe every tower along the way would require such a laser.
The summed power of all of these lasers could be a huge loss.