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Storm season will be here again, shortly. Pretty good video!
since that video is in chicago and i see you are in illinois,and video shows been posted in youtube back in july 2011... did you remember that loud thunder back then? unless you are not in chicago
 

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almost the same thing happened to me many years ago...was sitting on the back porch during a storm and lighting hit a apple tree about 50 yards away...that was way to close for me...
 
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almost the same thing happened to me many years ago...was sitting on the back porch during a storm and lighting hit a apple tree about 50 yards away...that was way to close for me...
must the apples get cooked?
 

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Just this past summer my uncle was looking out the back garage door standing just inside out of the rain and it hit his maple tree about 100' away in the backyard. It knocked off a bunch of bark from top to bottom. Said the lightning came down to about 3' off the ground and then jumped out into the lawn and the ground lit up below it. By looking at it the burn mark on the tree it is pretty narrow to what I have seen before. I suspect it may have been a lower voltage/current off shoot runner rather then a direct hit from a main channel bolt. Still though that is too danged close to be! :eek: My aunt was in the house and was almost afraid to look out in the garage to see if he was OK. There was something I think blowing around on the patio and she was afraid he might have been outside yet tending to that.

I asked him if he had to clean up more then just tree bark after that. He had no comment. ;) :D
 
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Just this past summer my uncle was looking out the back garage door standing just inside out of the rain and it hit his maple tree about 100' away in the backyard. It knocked off a bunch of bark from top to bottom. Said the lightning came down to about 3' off the ground and then jumped out into the lawn and the ground lit up below it. By looking at it the burn mark on the tree it is pretty narrow to what I have seen before. I suspect it may have been a lower voltage/current off shoot runner rather then a direct hit from a main channel bolt. Still though that is too danged close to be! :eek: My aunt was in the house and was almost afraid to look out in the garage to see if he was OK. There was something I think blowing around on the patio and she was afraid he might have been outside yet tending to that.

I asked him if he had to clean up more then just tree bark after that. He had no comment. ;) :D
glad your aunt/uncle are ok,hope they fixed the tree up like it was before:)
 

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glad your aunt/uncle are ok,hope they fixed the tree up like it was before:)
Not really much you can do for it. The real test will be how it leafs out in the Spring to see the extent of damage done to the little channels along the outside that carry water on that side of it to the top. I've read before that sooner or later after a lighting strike they will die. But it's the better part of 3' in diameter at the base and being a minor hit I imagine it will hold on for a number of years unless bugs get to it.

It started life as a sprout in mom's flower bed we dug out and he planted when he built the house 40 years ago. :D
 
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Not really much you can do for it. The real test will be how it leafs out in the Spring to see the extent of damage done to the little channels along the outside that carry water on that side of it to the top. I've read before that sooner or later after a lighting strike they will die. But it's the better part of 3' in diameter at the base and being a minor hit I imagine it will hold on for a number of years unless bugs get to it.

It started life as a sprout in mom's flower bed we dug out and he planted when he built the house 40 years ago. :D
nice:)
 
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