How to Take Pictures of Lightning

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Taking pictures of lightning is not nearly as hard as you may think. In fact, it’s actually quite simple assuming you’re taking pictures at night. If you’re shooting during daylight hours, you’ll either need lightning quick reflexes (pun intended) or some expensive shutter trigger hardware. At night, the entire scene is dark, or nearly dark, which allows you to keep the shutter open for long periods of time without over-exposing. When a lighting strike occurs, it acts as a natural flash capturing the scene. The same cannot be done when…
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Lightning Odds, Facts and Statistics

Lightning is one of Mother nature’s offerings that captures everyone’s attention because there’s just the right mix of fear and curiosity which draws folks to the show. Moreover, the amounts of ozone and nitrogen oxides created by lightning surpass those generated by human activities in that level of the atmosphere (source: NASA)! Below is a comprehensive list of lightning facts and statistics. Everything listed on this page has been verified with valid sources, such as NOAA, NASA, The National Weather Service (NWS), and medical professionals. Although some of the tid-bits…
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Can Lightning Cause an Airplane Crash?

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Can lightning cause an airplane crash? Not today. In fact, the last time a commercial airplane crashed in the United States due to a lightning strike was about 50 years ago. On December 8, 1962 lighting hit a Pan American Boeing 707 in a holding pattern over Elkton, Md. The lightning created a spark that ignited jet fuel vapor in a holding tank, triggering an explosion that killed all 81 aboard. Nowadays, the FAA estimates that each commercial airliner will be hit by lightning once a year (some will get…
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Insulating a Hot Water Heater

Most of the new hot water heaters are pretty efficient and don’t need any additional insulation. However some of the older tanks, or less efficient newer tanks, could benefit from some added insulation. They way to tell if you need more insulation is to simply touch the side of your hot water tank. If it is warm to the touch, then some of the heat is escaping which is a sign the tank isn’t that efficient. You can buy a hot water insulation blanket for a 45 to 55 gallon…
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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) – The Good and the Bad

Environmentalists would like you to believe the energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) are the next best thing to sliced bread. That’s because they use roughly 75% less electricity compared to the normal incandescent bulbs. Each household using CFLs will draw less power from the electrical grid thus lessening the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. As a result, we will save the world from certain global warming apocalyptic doom. Wal-Mart, the largest retail store in the world, has embraced the CFL and has dedicated itself to…
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Wind Chill Index and Its Affects

Wind chill is a measure of how cold people and animals feel based on heat loss due to wind and evaporation. In cold and windy weather conditions, the skin loses heat through evaporation much more quickly than if the wind were not blowing. Therefore, it feels much cooler when it’s cold outside and the wind is blowing. The faster the wind blows, the greater the evaporation and thus, the greater the chilling affect. This is called windchill, “real feel”, or apparent temperature. There are a few misconceptions about wind chill….
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Is Home Wind Power Worth The Money?

Perhaps the most cost efficient means of generating your own power lies in the windmill. It’s a very simple design and doesn’t cost a whole lot, but just like solar power there are a few drawbacks one must take into consideration before purchasing a windmill thinking they will eliminate their electric bill. The first and most important thing you need is wind and for most this is a showstopper. Most places just don’t have enough consistent wind to spin a windmill. The other problem if you do have wind is…
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