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Is this a lightning strike?

CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior MemberPosts: 5,486 Senior Member
I've never seen anything like it. There's no charring but it goes from the ground to nearly the top. At least 70 feet. c07d86ece1c25a99c955ae2cf286ee47.jpg
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Looks like lightning to me. Maybe the bolt just barely made it to the ground before running out of voltage. Most of the time it makes toothpicks out of a tree that small in diameter.
    Jerry
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    I didn't give it any scale, but it's about 30" at the base.


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    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,633 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Looks like lightning to me. Maybe the bolt just barely made it to the ground before running out of voltage. Most of the time it makes toothpicks out of a tree that small in diameter.
    Jerry


    I agree this is a lightning strike. Tree up the road looks just like that... I remember clearly the day it happened. The tree is still there, still doing tree stuff almost 20 years later.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,766 Senior Member
    Yep. Lighting strike.

    Lightening actually travels from the ground up, not from the sky down, even though it appears just the opposite.

    Colorado Springs is almost the lightning strike capital of the U.S. (hint....Tesla's lab was here).

    It's not unusual to see a tree here apparently dead from the ground up to some distance, while the top is still thriving. Cottonwoods, especially.

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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I've hidden in the timber during lightning storms.

    Guess my since of security was delusional at best.
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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    Yep. Lighting strike.

    Lightening actually travels from the ground up, not from the sky down, even though it appears just the opposite.



    Mike

    The scar starts at the base of the trunk. It's strange there's no charring.
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    Yep. Lighting strike.

    Lightening actually travels from the ground up, not from the sky down, even though it appears just the opposite.

    Colorado Springs is almost the lightning strike capital of the U.S. (hint....Tesla's lab was here).

    It's not unusual to see a tree here apparently dead from the ground up to some distance, while the top is still thriving. Cottonwoods, especially.

    Mike

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  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 1,150 Senior Member
    Yes, That's a lightning strike. I got a big oak tree by the barn that was struck about 20 years ago. About a 3" strip of bark missing from the base of the tree up thru the branches somewhere. The bark is just now growing back together.

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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Charring is of course the result of burning, and many lightning strikes cause fires, but the energy superheats the water in the line of the strike causing it to "explode" into vapor and hence the crack.

    Yep, lightning.

    D
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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    Charring is of course the result of burning, and many lightning strikes cause fires, but the energy superheats the water in the line of the strike causing it to "explode" into vapor and hence the crack.

    Yep, lightning.

    D

    Thanks.

    Every lightning-struck tree I've ever seen had char residue. After a quick google image search, the ripped bark effect is common with strikes.
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,159 Senior Member
    Seen that lots on different types of tree.

    Fire will do that near the base of the tree; but, there will then be charred bark
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