What to Do When Lightning Strikes

When you hear thunder that means lightning is striking.  If possible you should immediately go indoors and stay clear from the windows and doors.

There are other precautions you should take as well:

  • Make sure electrical appliances are turned off.
  • Do not take a bath or a shower during a storm or when it’s lightning and thundering
  • If you need to be on your computer make sure it’s on a laptop with battery power and not directly plugged in to a power outlet.
  • Get out candles and a battery powered radio in case the power goes out.
  • If you are outside and can’t get inside make sure to stay away from trees and other tall objects that are more susceptible to being struck by lightning.
  • If someone does get struck by lightning you should all 911.  If need be, you should try to resuscitate them.  The human body doesn’t store the electrical currents so you won’t get shocked by trying to resuscitate them.

Lightning Struck My House

This past week we had some really violent storms.  The lightning strikes were countless and I have never heard thunder like that before.  The entire house was shaking from the rumbling and the thunder was loud and ear splitting for almost two hours.  The next morning after the storm I walked through the house and checked all the appliances, TVs, etc. and to my dismay all of our security cameras were damaged from the lightning.

This makes the fourth time we’ve had lightning damage since we built our home. Within months of building our house lightning struck the house and melted some of the metal and some of the shingles.  It blew out all the wiring in the attic and there was burnt wood and insulation everywhere.  We were lucky the lightning strike didn’t burn the house down.

A couple years later lightning struck the biggest tree on our property and killed it dead.  We had to pay someone to cut it down.  Insurance doesn’t cover tree damage.

A couple years after that, a big thunderstorm blew through and lightning struck the house again.  It blew out three tvs, all of our security cameras and monitors and ruined a refrigerator as well.  Insurance paid for that lightning damage and were surprisingly easy to deal with.

Since that lightning storm I’ve been more cautious.  We use serge protectors for all the expensive TVs and appliances.  However, our video cameras did not have any type of protection, so they are all now fried.  Our deductible has gone up to $1500 and our rate will go up 5% if we have another claim.   For those reasons I’m not going to turn this one in.  I am a nervous wreck each time it lightnings.

The sad part is that I spent thousands of dollars on a lightning rod system that is supposed to draw lightning strikes away from our house.  In hindsight, I think the equipment actually draws and attracts lightning strikes to our house.  What a shame.


Pictures of Lightning Strikes

Here are more pictures of lightning strikes and various types of lightning.

rainbow lightning

The lightning picture above is referred to as rainbow lightning.

tornado with lightning

The picture above shows a large tornado with a huge lightning bolt striking down.  That is one scary looking storm!  That’s one of the scarier lightning strikes I have seen, but a tornado trumps any lightning strike in the scary department.





Pictures of Lightning

Here are a bunch of pictures of lightning.

lightning bolt

The picture above is of a lightning bolt with lots of branches.

lightning picture

The picture above is of multiple cloud to ground lightning strikes in a purple stormy sky.

lightning at night

The lightning picture above is of multiple lightning strikes.

lightning storm picture

The lightning picture above is of ground to cloud lightning.  See how the lightning bolts begin at the ground and go up into the clouds?

lightning striking a tree

The picture above is of lightning striking a tree.  This type of lightning is red burst lightning, where a fireball preceeds the strike and burns things in its path.

We will be posting many more lightning pictures soon so please check back often for updates and keep your submissions coming.

What is Lightning? What is Thunder?

What is the definition of lightning?

When there are unbalanced electrical discharges in the atmosphere it causes a massive electrostatic discharge which makes a huge flash, otherwise known as a lightning strike.

What is the definition of thunder?

When lightning occurs, the sudden pressure and temperature rapidly expand the air.  The air expansion causes a sonic shock wave and the sound is known as a clap, crack, or peal of thunder.  Depending on the nature of the lightning and the distance between the lightning and the person hearing the thunder, the thunder may sound like a sharp loud crack or a low rumble, also known as brontide.

Lightning occurs over 1.4 billion times per year around the world, which is basically forty to fifty times per second!  That is an astonishing number.  As I mentioned previously, we will be posting many pictures of lightning on this website. We may also be posting sound files of thunder in different ranges.  So please check back often for updates.

Types of Lightning and Lightning Strikes

There are many different types of lightning.  Lightning strikes come in all kinds of different forms.  Below is a list and definitions for various types of lightning strikes.

  • Cloud to Cloud Lightning – when lightning travels from one cloud to another cloud it is known as cloud to cloud lightning.
  • Cloud to Ground Lightning – this is very common, when lightning travels from a cloud and strikes the ground or an object on the ground.
  • Ground to Cloud Lightning – this is less common, when lightning travels from the ground to a cloud.

The above list are the types of lightning strikes.  Now let’s explore different kinds of lightning.

  • Normal Lightning – common lightning.
  • Sheet Lightning – normal lightning that gets reflected in the clouds in the air.
  • Heat Lightning – heat lightning is normal lightning that gets reflected in high clouds near the horizon.
  • Red Burst Lightning – This occurs above storm clouds near the stratosphere and can reach a few miles in length.
  • Ball Lightning – this scary form of lightning occurs in a ball of fire that can burn things in its path before burning out.
  • Blue Jet Lightning – blue jet lightning occurs in a cone shaped burst with a blue appearance.  This occurs above storm clouds and races toward the stratosphere at high rates of speed.

Now that we’ve covered different types of lightning and lightning strikes we will begin posting pictures of lightning and lightning strikes.  Check back often for updates as we add new pictures of lightning.