Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Two Aircraft Hit By Lightning

The Los Angeles Times  reports that two airplanes were hit by lightning in flight over Southern California this morning.  Partly as a result of The Thunderstorm Project in the late 1940's and follow-on research, today's airplanes are able to continue flying safely when struck by lightning. I was on an aircraft on approach to Denver that was struck by anvil-crawler lightning. There was a "thud" in the cabin when the bolt struck and you could hear thunder (one of only two times I have heard it while flying) but the plane continued to a safe landing.

More thunderstorms will be moving into Southern California in the next few hours. Radar at 3:12pm from AccuWeather is below.  Note the red thunderstorm cells off the coast.

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