I have heard these sorts of anecdotal accounts (including John's) from
time-to-time. I wonder if all the tall towers are somehow increasing the
capacitance between the cloud and the ground. Based on the relationship
Q = CV, the earth-to-ground potential V would drop given a fixed charge
in the cloud, if the cloud to ground capacitance were suddenly increased.
Perhaps this is too much of an oversimplification, but it does seem to me
like a plausible explanation for these anecodotal observations. What say
I wonder if this could be measured by current sensors placed around the
various towers in big installations like these?
73 de Mike, W4EF..............................
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Beckwith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 8:44 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Re: [Towertalk] More on Lightning protection
> > I recall an anecdote from W0UN describing how severe
> > lightning storms would come across the Colorado prairie toward his field
> > towers, striking frequently as they came, but would stop as they
> > his towers, and resume once past them.
> Along with my completely unrelated W7RM story that's two for the good
> Maybe I really heard the story from John and I am confused? Does ANYbody
> remember the W7RM anecdote?
> Mark, N5OT
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