posted on Apr, 12 2006 @ 03:50 AM
Yep, as previously mentioned, there are different forms of lightening.
Sheet lightning : The charge spreads from cloud to cloud. This is quite frequent during storms with minimal rain, and dry/thin atmospheres.
Fork lightning : Standard cloud to ground lightning. (Actually strikes many many times during that one flash, but our eyes arent quick enough to
Trailers : Little forks of lightning that trail up from conductive objects. Only visible from afar, these are the little guys that tell you where
lightning is most likely about to strike. Usually to faint to see... however, next time theres a storm rolling in towards a marina... sit at a
distance, and watch the masts closely.
I used to work at a marina... you see it alot. Suprised we never lost a boat yet to lightning.... a couple of strikes on some of the vessels, but no
damage as of yet, maybe theyre built in a way to prepare for just that.