Near Miss

Fencepost - lightning damage

After yesterday's lightning near-miss, we and the owners of the adjacent property had been looking to see where the strike went to ground. The neighbours found it. My estimate of the strike being up to 400 metres away was a little short – my hand-held GPS made it 500 metres from the datum point of our house, or about 475 metres from the nearest point of the house.

The lightning struck a wire fence, blasting several of the wooden fenceposts and spreading debris over a fairly large area. We saw the smoke from the house.

I have set up a page of images of the damage.