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#258722 - 30/01/2002 15:54 Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Jacob Offline
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Registered: 17/09/2001
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Front page of the NT times shows a fantastic CG over the water off nightcliff, one of our northern suburbs.... detailing also two firefighters who were hit by lightning, indirect hit. It first struck the roof of the building they were working at (my uni campus) and got hit by sidestrokes... they are ok tho...

Official counter for lightning over darwin this season so far is over 18,574 strikes... the average total is 30,000 per season.. so yeah.. not bad... That storm dumped more than 1013 strikes.

The story then goes on to confirm darwin as the "lightning capital of the world"...


Jacob smile

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#258723 - 30/01/2002 16:12 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Smitty Offline
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Registered: 23/05/2001
Posts: 2073
Loc: Melbourne City
Jake are you on drugs, surley Adelaide has to be the lightning capital of the world!

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#258724 - 30/01/2002 16:14 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Jacob Offline
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no chris, your thinking of the lightening effect, when people from the antartic move to adelaide, they start to lighten up, and so on with latitude, until you get to darwin : Bliss.. smile

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#258725 - 30/01/2002 16:31 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
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Brisbane isn't to far behind Darwin. We would be a close 2nd in Brisbane.

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#258726 - 30/01/2002 16:45 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Gulf Lines Offline
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Chris - Adeliade certainly is No.1 for lightning when ummmm Im not sure. Possibly when they switch the lights on at the Cricket?

laugh

As for Brisbane I think you will find its not as high as you might expect.

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#258727 - 30/01/2002 16:52 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Jacob Offline
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In terms of capital cities, I guess brisbane would certainly be second.. looking at the thunderday map.. but geographically, certainly not. frown

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#258728 - 30/01/2002 16:54 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
TrenthamStormchasers Offline
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....anyone in Darwin own a scanner? :rolleyes:

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#258729 - 30/01/2002 16:56 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Jacob Offline
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eeek.. really jane.. its a great picture.. I dont even own a scanner... Paul!!! scan the front page at your work!!!

My work dont have one... doh!

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#258730 - 30/01/2002 17:00 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Gulf Lines Offline
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I'll try Jake.

PS - we just got hit by LIGHTNING!!!!!!!!

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#258731 - 30/01/2002 17:20 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Gulf Lines Offline
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City CBD is currently being hamered by CG strikes - so far I have counted about 15, with sirens going off everywhere.

Seems that a cell is building right on top of us - and it hasnt started raining as yet.

Ohhhh another strike across the road. eek eek

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#258732 - 30/01/2002 17:29 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Jacob Offline
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Yep, CG's going nuts here too... it looks better towards your end of the city paul.... But the cell is building over parap now.. a few power surges etc... mmmm....

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#258733 - 30/01/2002 18:40 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Matthew Smith Offline
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Registered: 19/08/2001
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Loc: Hunter region, NSW.
I could not believe my eyes seeing photos of a darwin storm on the forum smile about time you NT guys got your fingers out and put some photos online after all these years!
Darwin webcam is looking particularly tasty at the moment with a nice pulse going up and dumping.

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#258734 - 30/01/2002 19:26 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Overshoot Offline
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Quote:
Originally posted by :
Brisbane isn't to far behind Darwin. We would be a close 2nd in Brisbane.


I thought Sydney got the most storms of all state capitals?

James confused

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#258735 - 30/01/2002 20:57 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
bdm Offline
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Registered: 25/01/2002
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colour me stupid paulM, but do you send posts out while an electrical storm is overhead?? hope you have a good ups. has anybody considered broome as perhaps having more strikes per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world?. comments...

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#258736 - 30/01/2002 21:44 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Smitty Offline
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Registered: 23/05/2001
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Matthew those Dawinites are still sitting on their fingers. If you look closely at the photos, it took a South Aussie to get the ball rolling! laugh

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#258737 - 30/01/2002 22:26 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
seaweed Offline
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Registered: 13/10/2001
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Loc: Robina SEQ
I believe that Kununurra is the lightning capital of Australia. The small mountain, large hill at the back of the town (I think it is called knob Hill)gets the greatest amount of lightning strikes in Australia. And then there is Kampala, Uganda, Africa with 280 thunderstorm days a year. Maybe some one should mention that to the the NT News. smile

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#258738 - 31/01/2002 11:09 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Gulf Lines Offline
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Well Sorry to disappoint Seaweed but the conclusion is based upon actual data (lighting counter) and not sentiment....

Darwin has more strikes then both Broome and Kununurra.

BDM - I am at work, and we dont stop for storms.... happens way too often. There be no work done if we did smile , anyway the whole point was that this storm took everyone by surprise because on radar it was several k's away. It turns out that the lightning came from developing towers.

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#258739 - 31/01/2002 11:36 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Jacob Offline
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Loc: Sydney, NSW
Yep... have to agree with paul, not for conveinience, since I live here.. But I moved here from Derby.. and yeah.. Darwin has the most lightning strikes... We have 90+ thunder days per year,

http://lightning.pwr.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/lrg/thunder.html

the highest in the country, and the lightning rates are ethereal. 30,000 per season over the city.... mm.. thats a few...


Take the one last night.. I cant wait to hear from the lightning counter at the airport... we had at some stages over 8 or 9 flashes per second... no dark gaps at all... pretty scarry..

Plus my powerline is melted at the earthing strips at the base... i have to get photos of that.

smile

http://lightning.pwr.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/lrg/regist.html

That is just 1995...

http://www.pacificislandtravel.com/australia/northern_territory/top_end.htm

There are plenty of websites that will state darwin is the worlds most lightning prone city. And many that will detail all the lightning studies internationally in Darwin.

[ 31-01-2002: Message edited by: Jacob ]

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#258740 - 31/01/2002 15:08 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Thunderstruck Offline
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Darwin is by far the best fot lightning but id say Adelaide took the honours in the early hours of Dec 2 laugh Storms across the state that day gave over 16,000 strikes eek

I would have thought that sydney gets more storms than Brisie and hence have more strikes. If there is ever a severe storm outside Adelaide reported on the news, its from sydney. Never Darwin or Brisie.

Lennie cool

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#258741 - 31/01/2002 15:13 Re: Man Struck by Lightning in Darwin..
Jacob Offline
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Loc: Sydney, NSW
Cool lennie smile

Yeppers, agree with that... our storms dont make the news... damage is usually minimal with the storms... apart from trees...we had a few that produced gusts over 120km/hr.. but with cyclone tracy building standards......

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