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« on: October 16, 2014, 07:23:43 PM »

.... frightening .... i  just saw the brightest  lightning  and heart the most impressive thundering  in my  sweet young live ....

And , me am not used to this in Ireland ..... it   now happens much more often ..... somehow  i am happy that the  windturbine on the highest point of our off grid home is disconnected

Last week  , the whole  area ( depends how big one defines area  whistlie ) was without electricity and  many Phones , router  , and other  el . goods where  fried ...

For us off gridders , is kinda funny  to have electricity  , while the (mainly coal and Nuclear)fired  Grid is down ,  but  please help me , if ever a lightning  hits my system  facepalm

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Love it right now  pitch black sky , enlightened  by lightning , followed by thunder and raindrops as big as sweet cherries ....

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2014, 07:27:24 PM »

Hi billi

Just watching ours on this!!!

http://www.blitzortung.org/Webpages/index.php?lang=en&page_0=12

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2014, 07:51:23 PM »

Had a couple of active storms pass over here in the last hour. Nothing spectacual here but always like a good thunderstorm  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2014, 07:58:37 PM »

 Lightening is dangerous stuff,
                          Some years ago it hit the ground near our turbine and next thing,it was flickering along the the tail of the Turbine. It  blew the big blue plug on the geni,one of the brains on the Symmetra and knocked the sound off the TV for about an hour. I could hardly believe it when the sound came on later. hysteria.
  The bank was ok,as was the controller and inverter. The geni was not running at the time and was not connected to the house ac.After that the whole countryside was  inn darkness and I turned on every light in the place. We had outage locally for days afterwards.
   It was a bit weird really. if the strike had hit the turbine first it would have wiped out the lot,Batteries and all.
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2014, 08:21:46 PM »

Lightening is dangerous stuff,
                    

You're not wrong there Biff

Had several direct strikes here over the years. Lost freezers, phones, and even had a bit of a zap while touching an AGA during a storm. Heatpump had it's brain fried soon after installation. Suppliers assured me it would not have been the lightning that did the damage as the fuse had tripped. Replaced the controls (400 worth) under warranty as the manufacturer thought it their fault  wackoold 
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