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Gingersnap
06-09-2009, 11:57 AM
HAVE THUNDERSTORMS BEEN MORE ELECTRIFIED THIS YEAR?

So far, 2009 has been a deadly year for lightning strikes. Two people were killed last week, and another Monday, bringing the total number of lightning-related deaths to seven, with 50 injuries reported total. A Southwest Airlines plane was struck by lightning in California earlier last week. Is this trend of lightning strikes on people and airplanes abnormal this year?

On average, 60 people are killed and over 350 people are injured by lightning each year, with June, July and August the most common months for deaths. In 2008, 27 people were killed by lightning and 303 injured.

As for aircraft, 66 have reported lightning strikes so far this year. Last year, 55 reported lightning strikes to airplanes occurred through May.

The number of deaths and the number of airplanes hit does not seem out of the ordinary this year. Actually, the number of lightning flashes is considerably less than what was reported this time last year. As of June 3, 2009, there have been 5,589,686 flashes, with 6,517,381 reported by June 3, 2008.

One of the reasons for this could be colder-than-normal weather across the northern tier of the country that has suppressed the number of thunderstorms and has significantly reduced the number of tornadoes this year. The number of reported tornadoes so far this year is 685, just over half of the average annual amount, which is 1,297.

According to Long Range Expert Joe Bastardi, areas from the northern Plains into the Northeast will have a "year without a summer." The jet stream, which is suppressed abnormally south this spring, is also suppressing the number of thunderstorms that can form. The ones that do form in areas of the Ohio Valley and West are forming in places with very cold temperatures, which can lead to more electrified thunderstorms than normal this year.

:mad:

Accuweather (http://www.accuweather.com/news-story.asp?partner=netweather&traveler=0&zipChg=1&article=9)

Rebel Yell
06-09-2009, 12:14 PM
I would just be happy to have a fall and spring this year. We usually just go from summer to winter and back to summer. Tomorrow is suppose to be 97 with heat index of 102.

noonwitch
06-09-2009, 12:18 PM
We've only had a couple of days over 80 degrees in Detroit so far. That's very unusual by recent standards, although that was what a typical early summer in Michigan used to be like when I was a kid. This means that Lake Michigan in Traverse City will not get warm enough to swim in this summer, not even by August. Hopefully, it will be warm enough where my sister lives, in St. Joseph.

I have my a/c on at my house right now, but that's because of the tree pollen, not the heat.


1992 was a year where we didn't really have much of a summer. I remember it-I bought my first car with A/C, and rarely used it. The volcano in the Phillipines had erupted earlier that year, and coated the atmosphere with enough ash that the sun couldn't really heat up the northern hemisphere.

Gingersnap
06-15-2009, 12:49 PM
Well, we've had damaging hail, torrential rain, and twisters for the past few days. I'm so mad I could spit. :mad:

Rockntractor
06-15-2009, 12:58 PM
Well, we've had damaging hail, torrential rain, and twisters for the past few days. I'm so mad I could spit. :mad:
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/tantrum.gif?t=1245085005

Cheer up you have me to visit with. It is to wet for me to work too.

Gingersnap
06-15-2009, 01:02 PM
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/tantrum.gif?t=1245085005

Cheer up you have me to visit with. It is to wet for me to work too.

Some pair we make. At least you have goats. :D

Rockntractor
06-15-2009, 01:13 PM
Some pair we make. At least you have goats. :D
I was out in the powder keg this morning trying to reload. I had one in my lap and four standing around me nibbleing my ears.

Rockntractor
06-15-2009, 01:43 PM
The goats like it when I stay home they get to run loose.
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/IMG_1491copy.jpg?t=1245087713

Milly
06-15-2009, 02:37 PM
What's the collective for goats? 'Flock' as in sheep, or ''herd' as in cows?

Whatever you call them, that's a very pretty group. You should be proud.

Gingersnap
06-15-2009, 02:38 PM
The goats like it when I stay home they get to run loose.
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/IMG_1491copy.jpg?t=1245087713

Cool pic! Some people keep goats around here. I like my yard too much own goats. We also have coyotes so it's dicey.

linda22003
06-15-2009, 02:45 PM
I love goats, but I don't think I'd like to raise them. It was interesting to visit Carl Sandburg's home in North Carolina; his wife was a noted goat breeder, and there are still animals there from the Sandburg herd, which the National Park Service breeds and makes available to breeders.

http://www.hendersonvilledirectory.com/carlsandburg.php

Rockntractor
06-15-2009, 02:47 PM
I love goats, but I don't think I'd like to raise them. It was interesting to visit Carl Sandburg's home in North Carolina; his wife was a noted goat breeder, and there are still animals there from the Sandburg herd, which the National Park Service breeds and makes available to breeders.

http://www.hendersonvilledirectory.com/carlsandburg.php
My aunt emailed me about them. She lives close by and goes there to visit.

AHeneen
06-15-2009, 07:29 PM
I wouldn't mind a year without a summer! With few exceptions, it's mid-90s every day from May through early September. The 10-day forecast calls for highs from 93-97 and RealFeel (heat indexes) from 103-111. Would certainly help cut back on that $260 electric bill (and our rather small house is only kept at 80!)!!!

Bubba Dawg
06-15-2009, 08:17 PM
The goats like it when I stay home they get to run loose.
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/IMG_1491copy.jpg?t=1245087713

Rock, I like your place. :)

Speedy
06-15-2009, 09:56 PM
The goats like it when I stay home they get to run loose.
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/IMG_1491copy.jpg?t=1245087713


Those goats look delicious!

Rockntractor
06-15-2009, 10:03 PM
Those goats look delicious!
I castrated four males. They will be tasty next spring. I feed them lots of corn. All the girls are my pets.