Sunday, June 22, 2014

When fresh bark is in the middle of the cart path.....

I know to look up.  Lightning strikes are amazing.  In my experience, I have witnessed a few lightning "strikes" on the golf course and several "consequences."  I have seen 
The results of strikes on a green, fairway, and trees are remarkable, and leave me with the realization that 1. They occur in places I frequent, and 2. They are powerful events that I hope to never experience.  
The strike on a tree turns the water inside the tree to vapor and the expanding gas blows the bark off the tree.  In the last photo, you can see debris a hundred feet away from the tree.  The third photo shows a tree that was two trees over from the initial strike that suffered damage.  
Please exercise caution when lighting is present, or potentially present.
Please seek shelter (a place with indoor plumbing and wiring) and know the following.

When a Safe Location is not Nearby

Remember, there is NO safe place outside in a thunderstorm. If you absolutely can't get to safety, this section may help you slightly lessen the threat of being struck by lightning while outside. Don't kid yourself--you are NOT safe outside.

These actions may slightly reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:

  • Avoid open fields, the top of a hill or a ridge top.
  • Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees.
  • Stay away from water, wet items (such as ropes) and metal objects (such as fences and poles). Water and metal are excellent conductors of electricity. The current from a lightning flash will easily travel for long distances.
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Know where to go,

Sent from Erwin's phone, please excuse grammar and punctuation.

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