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« on: September 01, 2018, 06:12:42 PM »
I been thunderstruck... Happened to be looking out of the window when out of nowhere an air to ground lightning bolt appeared just outside of the house. Though it hit my pickup, it was that close. Didn't sound like thunder, more like dynamite going off. 

When the dust settled my truck was OK, but this is the second nice poplar I have lost in a two or three years to lightning. 

I wonder what the lumber would look like. 



 



 



 



 
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Re: Thunderstruck
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2018, 08:01:46 PM »
Wow! Is that yellow poplar, then?
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 08:13:21 PM »
It was, I suspect it's Well Done Poplar now. On a good note I can see that the stress has been relieved from the top log.  :D
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Re: Thunderstruck
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 08:18:19 PM »
Put a piece on the mill, I'm curious, water must boil instantly. Does it shatter the wood, what is the moisture gradient like...

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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2018, 08:45:18 PM »
The one that got hit a couple years ago was alive, the piece on the ground was bone dry, so it must boil right off. 
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Re: Thunderstruck
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2018, 08:51:53 PM »
I saw a good bit of lightening killed pine. Bone dry, hard as concrete, usually has some bright red streaks in the butt cut. The amount of energy in a direct hit is just mind boggling. By all means, put the log on the mill.
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Re: Thunderstruck
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2018, 11:34:39 PM »
Ive seen a handful of poplars get hit the past two years in summer, i think theyre just so full of water as to make a lower resistance than other trees.

Im told this white oak was a lightning strike.  The inner core was fully separate from the outer jacket, thru the length of that butt log.  I sold it as stave but only on the inner dimension.  If you get a funny tasting batch of jack daniels, its my fault. 





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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2018, 12:10:48 AM »
That's a great song by the way😁
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2018, 06:16:36 AM »
My Father and me was cutting here. Had some pine slash at a base of a big tree. Lighting hit the tree and caught the slash on fire. Than the rain came and put the fire out. :o Was not much of a fire,4-6 feet away from the tree.
Lighting use to like my big pine. Sometimes it would blow the limbs off the trees. Once I found big pieces of wood on the ground.
I have not seen lighting hit my trees for years.
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Re: Thunderstruck
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2018, 07:11:28 AM »
Wow and wow!  I've never seen anything like those.  :o

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Re: Thunderstruck
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2018, 06:18:46 PM »
Same thing here.. The neighbors brush pile last year was lit by the poplar lightning strike it was kinda near.  I said hey howd you get that pile lit in the rain .. Hes like what the heck.. I didnt light it.  We look at the tree, big bark stripe blown off, top to bottom. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2018, 06:20:37 PM »
I forgot to mention that WO had 4 rows of fence thru it and was among the tallest tree on the property.  Im guess that made for a good antenna. 
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Re: Thunderstruck
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2018, 08:21:49 PM »
Amazing what 1.21 gigawatts will do... :D
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Re: Thunderstruck
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2018, 09:53:20 AM »
It gets me up to 88 pretty fast when im out in the woods sitting on an all steel dozer and a bolt cracks down out of nowhere.
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