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Lightning Library

Weather Myths
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.
Lightning Myths
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.
Lightning Safety
A brief lightning safety primer.
Lightning Types
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.
Thunder Basics
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.
Lightning Vocabulary
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.
Recommended Reading
A short list of lightning-related publications on

Dan's Severe Weather Library

Power arcs caused by storm events
The 'real story' behind the flashes mistakenly called 'exploding transformers'.
Lightning Photography Tutorial
Everything you need to know to get started capturing lightning photographs.
St. Louis Tornadoes & Severe Storms: Facts, History & Frequently Asked Questions
All about tornadoes and severe weather in the St. Louis region, including historical events.
West Virginia Severe Weather FAQ
A discussion about myths and questions about severe weather in the Appalachian region.
Thunderstorms triggered by industrial exhaust
Discussion and observations of convection triggered by industrial and power plant exhaust plumes.
850mb charts and atmospheric layers
Introduction to using 850mb charts to forecast snow (and a primer on atmospheric layers).
Introduction to Flash Flood Waves
A primer on flash flood waves.
Upslope Snow in the Appalachians: The Basics
A primer on upslope snow in West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian mountains.
Weather Monitoring Tools
A collection of frequently-used links for real-time forecasting and severe weather tracking.

25 Years of Storm Observing
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