Posted 7/12/2019 00:14 (#7609997 - in reply to #7608645) Subject: RE: I think I just got (indirectly) hit by lightning
just a tish NE of central ND
dko_scOH - 7/11/2019 09:55
A bolt of lightning creates a huge magnetic field that can induce currents in nearby conductors. Power lines, irrigation equipment, fences -- all can carry currents. I suppose your tractor and baler would qualify as insulated conductors (sitting on rubber tires) and you were a path to ground.
Yep, I agree with this .This is also what happens to power lines much of the time when we get the "lights blinking"
Static is also developed from wind and dirt blowing. 40 years ago I had an external wire antenna sprung for a radio in a bedroom. We got bad storm winds one afternoon and were expecting thunderstorms. Our kitchen radio was constantly clicking about 2 times a second. I walked into the bedroom only to see my bare end of my unused unhooked antenna wire shooting constant reddish blue sparks at the metal window screen probably making a 1 inch gap...yea, I kept an eye on it until the storm passed. It scared the snit out of me and I removed the antenna permanently.Was it induced electricity or static from the blowing dirt? ill never know but i do know that it still was sparking when it started to rain.