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Old 11-20-2020, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by STIPulation View Post
The interwebs say 270,000 mph is the speed of lightning. You aren't going to outrun that.
Truth.

I do wonder if youíre in the storm if itís better to stay still rather than move.

Iím thinking like rubbing your wool socks on the carpet (static electricity) if your boat is moving will it ďattract more attention?Ē
Old 11-20-2020, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by nc_native View Post
i am a meteorologist (30+ yrs experience) and i can tell you that weather reporting is 100% unpredictable and there are no hard and fast rules about it.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:06 PM
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Haul ass.
Old 11-20-2020, 09:27 PM
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Just google "lightning hitting plane" to see if speed makes a difference. If you think it does - you donít understand how lightning works.

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Was fishing 15 miles south of a Fort Jefferson last summer at about 9pm when storms came in from the East, West and the North essentially blocking my ability to get back to the sheltered waters by the Fort. Very scary and tons of lightening everywhere. Tracked the storms converging on us on my Sirius XM weather and radar. To get away I had to run 20 miles south (towards Cuba) and cut around the back side of the storm coming in from the west until I made it back to the safety of the Fort. I ran an extra 50 miles in complete dark in basically a giant circle to escape the storms— but it was the only way to stay clear of the lightening. I was with 4 fishing buddies (3 of us are captains) and we all agreed that running away from the storms and around them was the only way to handle the situation. Simply put, I avoid lightening out on the open water at all costs.
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Lightning strikes are like sniper shots.
If you heard it, you weren't the target.
Old 11-21-2020, 02:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Cheesesteak View Post
Just google "lightning hitting plane" to see if speed makes a difference. If you think it does - you donít understand how lightning works.
Doesn't apply. Planes are lightning proof so they fly into storms without concern.
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Old 11-21-2020, 03:14 AM
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Lightning contains a zillion volts of electricity, (not really) it travels miles across the sky, not holding the wheel or staying low will make half of bugger all difference, if you suffer a direct hit, you will know about it, indirect and close by it just scares the shit out of you and can damage electrical stuff.
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Originally Posted by Dave51 View Post
Doesn't apply. Planes are lightning proof so they fly into storms without concern.
explain "lightning proof"
Old 11-21-2020, 03:28 AM
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I suppose that if the lightning hits the gas tank .......... you will meet God in a second .......... but have not read of such thing happening
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I have new respect for lightning after it hit the transformer on the pole behind my house several months ago. It was a sunny blue sky morning when it hit and almost made me drop my coffee. There was a storm line approaching from the west, but it seemed miles away. It was literally a "Bolt out of the Blue" when it hit.

So now, I try to give really wide clearance to any approaching storm.
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Gods way of thinning the herd.... LIVE A GOOD CLEAN LIFE , that will make you feel better about your odds
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Lightening hit a tree about 20 yards from where my buddy and I were standing at the lake one afternoon. It was kind of surreal. His hair stood up perfectly on end and neither of us could hear anything for a minute after. I think that was the closest I've ever come to shitting my pants as an adult.
Old 11-21-2020, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave51 View Post
Doesn't apply. Planes are lightning proof so they fly into storms without concern.
How does being in the storms apply to whether or not speed matters for getting hit?

But even then... I know zero pilots who fly into storms without concern, and while airplanes generally do fine, they are certainly not completely lightning proof.


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Originally Posted by fireboat View Post
I have new respect for lightning after it hit the transformer on the pole behind my house several months ago. It was a sunny blue sky morning when it hit and almost made me drop my coffee. There was a storm line approaching from the west, but it seemed miles away. It was literally a "Bolt out of the Blue" when it hit.
So now, I try to give really wide clearance to any approaching storm.
This^^^^ you do not have to be under the dark cloud. I have seen it come out of clear blue skies many times in front of the storm clouds.
Old 11-21-2020, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by bluewaterpirate View Post
I had XM marine weather on my Whaler we moved to the R16 area 25 miles from the inlet & chose to wait it out I could see the heaviest stuff was over the Cape Lookout area on a line west to Jacksonville. ... we were able to find a hole in the line using XM. Iíve been using XM for 13 years & itís saved my backside a number of times plus keep us fishing when it seemed the weather was about to go south.
Hereís some video of our run to the inlet.
TS storms at Night On the Water Get Your Attention
The plus was with all that lighting you could see the water surface pretty well!
I have been using XM for weather since 2007, and agree that XM is better for avoiding weather than radar, and I have had radar on my boats for the past 30 years. The satellite radar on XM gives you a far better picture than your boats radar does, especially since you can see it over historical time going backwards and predicted going forward - boat radar only shows you the now plus a limited window to the past if you do screen captures every couple of minutes.

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