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#21 RevWizard

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 05:53 PM

Thank You very much for the very clear explanation!

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 04:03 AM

Wow Hedge! That was incredibly informative and interesting! Thank You for explaining that!

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 07:56 AM

Wow Hedge! That was incredibly informative and interesting! Thank You for explaining that!


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Posted 09 June 2010 - 05:13 PM

There is one more point that may be helpful. Lightning is seeking a path of least resistance over a distances in the range of thousands of feet to several miles. 15 inch metal or carbon fiber handles are not going to be a major player in that path. Trees can be (don't stand under the apple tree when the sky is sparking - please), and kite lines most definitely can be.

However, if the field is strong enough, the sparks or corona discharges may emanate from the handles. That, or any tingling sensation, is telling you that a potential lightning strike is testing a path that includes the handles and you!!! Getting your kite to the ground ASAP is the best way to make that path less attractive. But even that is not a guarantee of safety.

Bottom line - don't fly if there is any lightning or thunder anywhere in your region. Recognize unstable cell activity by the sudden gusts and shifts of wind direction, by clouds that billow upward rapidly, or by hail showers.

(Checking Wikipedia, I see that St. Elmo's fire is defined essentially the same as what I called corona discharge. I was confusing it with the stranger and rarer phenomena called ball lightning. Not important to the thread - but if you see ball lightning, please report it.)
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 07:41 PM

Howard ~ THANKS AGAIN!

Most interesting and I really enjoyed the video of the plane flight over Iraq: (as scary as it was!)

http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded

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