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#406942 - 12/07/15 02:00 PM Re: Walking - Lightning [Re: Harland]
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I see from this article:-
"Since side flash emanates from trees or other tall objects struck by lightning, never seek shelter near a tree, other tall object, or tall vertical surface. Side flash is one of the reasons that the “cone of protection” is a myth”.
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#406943 - 12/07/15 10:39 PM Re: Walking - Lightning [Re: Harland]
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Originally Posted By: Harland
I see from this article:-
"Since side flash emanates from trees or other tall objects struck by lightning, never seek shelter near a tree, other tall object, or tall vertical surface. Side flash is one of the reasons that the “cone of protection” is a myth”.

Yes, thought there were some interesting points in the article. The dangers of being near a fenceline (pic of all the dead cows!) was one that I hadn't considered before reading the article.
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#406944 - 13/07/15 09:30 AM Re: Walking - Lightning [Re: Harland]
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I emailed the National Trails to see if they had any advice. They suggested the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and The Ramblers Association web sites, see the following:-

http://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/advice/lightning/

and

http://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/thunder-and-lightning.aspx

Trust that this will make us, including me, think more carefully in future. Previously I continued to walk as the ground was very wet and muddy and I thought I would be OK - pretty stupid really!
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