Monthly Archives: February 2010

Thunder Is The Sound of Wings; Lightning Is Fire and Smoke

The area in which I live in New Jersey is known for its ties to Native American Indians. Due to my basic knowledge that Native Americans have numerous legends that tend to explain elements of Mother Nature and other phenomenon, I did a quick search on what thunder/lightning means to them.

According to Native American legend, “thunder is the sound of the wings of the men who fly above. The lightning we see is the fire and smoke of their pipes.”

In the above quotation, the men who fly above refers to spirits or beings of those who have passed away. The fire and smoke of their pipes refers to the hobby of many Native Americans which was smoking out of a pipe.

To read the full explanation, read The Thunder and Lightning Men legend found on www.firstpeople.us.

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Slow Motion Lightning

Ever wonder what lightning would look like in slow motion? Wonder no longer. Tom Warner, a Ph.D student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, shot an impressive video of lightning using a high-speed video camera capable of recording lightning at up to 54,000 images per second.

Click here to view the video Slow Motion Lightning.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop

“Thunder is good,” I quoted, watching it in a sort of dreamy stupor, “thunder is impressive; but it is the lightning that does the work.” – The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Reading has always been a passion of mine. Currently I’m reading The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. The series features eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall. The books are masterpieces.

While reading The Fiery Cross, I came across the above passage. It caught me off guard and made me think about the parenting strategy of  Good Cop, Bad Cop. Thunder wants to be your friend and only startle you with its loud announcements; however, it is the lightning that punishes you and send you to your room without dessert.

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Weisbrod Topic of Kellyroo’s Post

I’ll admit it – occasionally I Google my name… okay, and occasionally I Google the names of my closest friends. While Googling the late Lee Weisbrod, I came across this blog post written by Kellyroo.

It’s nice to know that while Lee is gone, he and his family are touching lives of other individuals.

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Sabrina’s Site

Sometimes adults forget that children have something to say and have stories of their own. While surfing the Internet, I came across a Web site developed by Sabrina, a young girl that was struck by lightning. Similar to myself, Sabrina created an outlet where she can educate her peers about the dangers of lightning. While her Web site isn’t state of the art, it is hers and I for one am proud of her and her accomplishments.

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Recent Flight Struck By Lightning

On Jan. 31, a US Airways flight from Charlotte to Pensacola, Fla. was struck by lightning. The plane and its 73 passengers were thus forced to divert to Alabama.  There were no reported injuries, according to TheCharlotteObserver.com.

It seems there has been numerous flights struck by lightning in the past few months.

Edward J. Rupke, senior engineer at Lightning Technologies, Inc. provides an explanation as to what happens when lightning strikes an airplane. It can be viewed here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-happens-when-lightni

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