Monthly Archives: November 2016

Seagulls and Lightning Protection

Seagull on roof

Here’s a tip from an architect on Cape Cod, MA. He stretches monofilament fishing line or fine wire between air terminals (lightning rods) to prevent seagulls from perching on the ridges, parapets, and other high places on his buildings. The birds don’t like flying into the almost invisible filament or wire, so go elsewhere. This… Read more »

Lightning May Increase Due to Climate Change

Researchers at Stanford and Purdue Universities report, “Severe thunderstorms are one of the primary causes of catastrophic loss in the United States… We use an ensemble of global climate model experiments to probe the severe thunderstorm response. We find that this ensemble exhibits robust increases in the occurrence of severe thunderstorm environments over the eastern… Read more »

Yes! This is a “Lightning Rod”

Air terminals, the technical term for “lightning rods”, are usually slender metal rods just 10 or more inches tall. Yet other metal items can be used instead of air terminals if they meet the requirements of NFPA 780 – Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection Systems. For example, this monumental bronze sculpture of a… Read more »