07/06/08 112 W, 1 I - + 14 - 7 Lightning Rods

Wind, rain, booming thunder, and a house destroyed overnight after an earlier lightning strike. Anyone else started thinking about lightning rods. Here's all about them, from Wikipedia. But do they work, at least when used on houses? The Straight Dope weighs in with this 2001 column. That guys says yes, mostly. Google yields more answers, but most seem affiliated with a lightning rod provider. Shocking, there. What are readers' experiences? Post your thoughts. That's a local strike below, shot some years ago from Lake Wheeler Road south of Tryon Road. Great place for photographing storms. G****** it's so exciting, to quote the Thin Lizzy song1.

1 Thunder and Lightning, John Sykes guitar, 1983.

I work at Bok Tower in Florida, a 205 foot marble and coquina (limestone) bell tower sitting atop the highest point in peninsular Florida. The tower is protected by an engineered lightning arrestor system. In the past year the tower itself, not the arrestor system has been struck twice by lightning. The last being two weeks ago. While no significant damage has occurred I haven’t seen the great benefit of the lightning arrestor system.
stretch - 07/07/08 - 20:25

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