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Q&A How commonly can you see Aurora Borealis with the naked eye on Vancouver Island?

This r/auroraporn post is titled Atlin Lake, British Columbia. This post never stipulates the locality, and merely says "Vancouver Island". Is it usual to see aurora borealis with the nak...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Lundin‭

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Q&A Are there statistics on how often CPR on someone who has been struck by lighting works?

In all of my Wilderness First Responder classes and books, they have said that people who have been struck by lightning and need CPR have the best chance of it working (in general save rates with C...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A Is there such a thing as "heat lightning" without a storm?

Sometimes on a hot, humid day, we see lightning off in the distance. If we're out on a trail or camping in the evening, it's even brighter. It seems to be traveling in almost a sideways motion. We ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Mountain guide leading towards a thunderstorm - does his explanation make sense?

I just got back from a guided walking trip to high mountains. There was one day when we encountered a thunderstorm - and the guide advised we are OK to proceed with the day's walking, instead of tu...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Bennet‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How should we protect ourselves from a lightning strike?

We are in the great outdoors and a massive thunderstorm will be over us soon. What steps should we take to be safe from a lightning strike? This question is not "am I safe in my tent" etc. You ar...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tent or hammock safer from lightning?

If a lightning storm is coming, and you had a tent and a hammock/tarp with you, which would you choose, based only on relative safety from lightning?

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Don Branson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What weather conditions would lead to lightning strikes before sunrise?

Twice now I have been summitting peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park while getting really early starts to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms. However in both cases I could still see lighting in t...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it safe to take a shower outside during a thunderstorm?

Recently I was camping in the local mountains and while showering a storm blew in so I took a shower in a thunderstorm. Some people said it was very dangerous. The showers were basic structures out...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Canoeing in a thunderstorm

What are your chances of getting struck by lightning in a canoe? I've done a lot of canoeing on stormy lakes before, but when the thunder comes what is the real risk of getting struck by lighting? ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to be aware of if lightning strikes close to me?

Many questions (and answers) about lightning seem to focus on avoiding being hit directly by lightning but don't consider being close to where it hits the ground. Granted, it may be intentional (ie...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Roflo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should I do when caught in lightning while in my tent?

Suppose I'm caught in a heavy thunderstorm while lying in my tent, on my foam sleeping bad, in my nice waterproof tent. Suppose I have a good campsite so I don't need to worry about flash floods. ...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it generally safe to hike a pass in a thunderstorm?

Friend and I had this discussion, and came to no conclusion: Hiking in the mountains. Crossing a range through a pass. Peaks on either side are a good thousand feet higher. Are you at serious r...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sherwood Botsford‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where does lightning strike

There was recently a storm near me. T was a lightning storm and I was wondering if it really is true about it only hitting tall things or if it is really just an old wives tale. If it is true why i...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JIMMYPlay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it legal to sail a personal-size boat in the ocean in Massachusetts during a thunderstorm?

When I was younger, during the late 1960's and 1970's, my Dad had a personal-size sailboat, called the Sunfish. He loved it because it was lightweight, easy to sail on his own, and had room to inc...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A If I'm caught in lightning above tree-line, what should I do?

We all know the general lightning guidelines, but what if I am above tree-line and caught in a freak lightning storm. Is it better to: Run like mad to toward the trees Lie flat, and find religio...

6 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is my tent pole a lightning rod?

I have used the Mega Mid tent almost exclusively for hundreds of nights out over the last many years. It's versatile, well ventilated, light... but has this pole sticking straight up the middle. I...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it safe to be in a vehicle during lightning/thunderstorms?

Recently a friend and I were offroading in the local mountains and while ascending a trail a storm blew in. We were out in the open near the top of the mountain when lightning started. We weren't s...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by josh‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Alternatives to retreating quickly when caught in a lightning storm when rock climbing?

The general advice I have heard for surprise lightning storms when climbing is to retreat. Since retreating quickly is not without danger itself and often is not even all that quick (I personally h...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by DudeOnRock‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A Probability of Being Struck by Lightning

I just moved to a new place (Edmonton, Alberta) and I wasn't really prepared for the strange weather here. My room is really hot right now and I want to sit outside for a bit in the rain where it'...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by dspyz‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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