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Re: Do power substations receive more lightening strikes that other structures?

Date: Wed Apr 19 00:12:24 2000
Posted By: Carl Morgan, Forecaster, Meteorology, National Weather Service
Area of science: Physics
ID: 955933257.Ph

I was unable to find any documentation which suggests a link between power substations and an increase in lightning activity. But if lightning activity is already present, the substation would likely become an attractive target.

One way to look at it...if I were standing on the 12th tee during a thunderstorm (of course we all know better than to do that!!!), I would much rather have a lightning bolt strike the substation 400 feet away than to have it strike me!

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