This section of the site is a "notes file" I've built from studies and storm chasing experience through the years. I hope you will find these articles informative and fun to read!
Busting myths about lightning, tornadoes, storms and more!
|Lightning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)|
Answering the most commonly asked questions about lightning. One of this site's most popular and longest-running sections.
Common and widespread myths and misconceptions about lightning. Another longtime, most-visited section of this site.
|How Lightning Works|
A detailed, step-by-step description of a cloud-to-ground lightning discharge.
A brief lightning safety primer.
A list of the various descriptive names given to types of lightning.
|Lightning Protection Systems|
What protection systems do and don't do.
|What happens when lightning strikes a house?|
Lightning's impact to houses that are hit directly.
|Do surge protectors provide total lightning protection?|
Discussing myths about surge protectors, UPS devices and lightning protection for sensitive electronics.
|Lightning Strikes to Chicago's Skyscrapers|
Frequently asked questions, photos and videos on lightning strikes to Chicago's tallest buildings.
|How often is the Gateway Arch struck by lightning?|
Answering a frequently-asked question about lightning strikes to St. Louis' famous landmark.
|Lightning Discharges to TV Towers, Skyscrapers and other Tall Structures|
An in-depth look at ground-to-cloud or 'upward moving' lightning discharges to tall structures, including dramatic up-close imagery.
|Lightning and Video Ghosting Artifacts: Not as Close as It Seems|
A closer look at a commonly misidentified artifact that appears on video footage of lightning strikes.
|Catatumbo lightning in Venezuela: Overview and Myths|
A closer look at the newest subject in many TV documentaries about lightning.
|Lightning and Trees|
The effects of lightning strikes to trees.
All about the loud noise produced by lightning. Includes a calculator for using thunder to find the distance to a strike.
|Flashovers and Strikes to Power Lines|
A commonly seen, but frequently misidentified phenomenon observed when lightning strikes an energized power line.
|Lightning and Ipods, Walkmans and headphones|
Will wearing an Ipod and headphones attract lightning?
|Artificial and natural lightning: Practical comparisons|
Examining the differences between small man-made sparks and natural lightning.
A quick run-down of lightning terminology.
|Lightning Strike Survivors|
An overview of the effects experienced by victims of lightning strikes.
|Sferics: Lightning Radio Waves|
Lightning strikes produce a full range of radio waves.
|Static Electricity: Miniature Lightning|
Creating electrostatic discharges indoors.
|Ball Lightning Myths|
Overview of the many phenomena mistaken for ball lightning.
|Lightning in the Bible|
A list of the instances lightning is mentioned in Scripture.
A short list of lightning-related publications on Amazon.com.