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Lightning Strikes Home, Flips Car

A Seneca, South Carolina home owner was surprised Saturday afternoon by a lightning strike which hit his home. Unfortunately, the lightning appears to have attached to the power meter next to his parked Toyota. The strike created an explosion underneath the car which flipped the car onto its roof. Unbelievable. See the full news story and the photos below....

Space Station Video of Lightning Strikes and Milky Way

Terrific new video from the International Space Station. As the station passes over Africa, multiple lightning strikes can been seen through the clouds as the Milky way is seen in the distance. Click the link below to view the video. milkyway_iss_20111229HD_web Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of...

Researcher describes surviving aircraft lightning strikes

Lightning researcher Tom Warner flew in a modified T-28 while researching thunderstorms in 2003. He provides a unique perspective on being struck by lightning while flying. The T-28 is a relatively small plane with a large cockpit canopy so when struck by lightning, Tom states “it felt and sounded like someone slapped the canopy right next to my head.” You can read Tom’s full article on his website:...

Another 737 Radome Strike

A 737-800 was recently struck while flying between Cypress and Turkey. It appears from the photo below that the radome was hit by lightning. The metal bar diverter on the side of the radome is darkened and, with the mechanics looking under the radome, there is likely radome damage. Metal bar diverters, such as those used on the 737, are not designed to withstand large strikes without damage. When the bars are damaged they need maintenance before the aircraft can fly again. So, if metal bars require maintenance after lightning, and the fasteners holding the bars on the radome cause water damage to the radome, why do aircraft manufacturers continue to use them? WXGuard lightning diverters do not require fasteners and are lighter and more aerodynamic than metal bar diverters. Plus, WXGuard diverters are RF transparent. The choice is clear. WXGuard lightning diverters are the future of radome lightning protection. Call Shine Wire at 1-800-543-5151 to learn more about...