Electrical Storm Florence

There were more than 54,000 lightning strokes within Hurricane Florence in the three days between September 10 and 13, while the storm was still out at sea. If this intensity of lightning activity continued, it would have posed a significant danger to everyone in the path of the storm. Compared to the hazards of high… Read more »

Did Lightning Cause Collapse of Bridge in Genoa?

The Morandi Bridge, a major vehicular artery, collapsed in Genoa, Italy on August 14, 2018, killing at least several dozen people. A video that captured the structural failure shows what might be lightning striking the bridge as the fall begins.   In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, attention must focus on rescuing the injured,… Read more »

Fastest Growing Cities are at Risk For Lightning

Most of the Nation’s fifteen fastest growing cities are in areas with warm climates with moderate to high levels of lightning activity. In fact, 11 of the 15 fastest growing cities have lightning density of 8 or higher, indicating that buildings and population there are at significant risk for exposure to lightning. Builders, developers, and… Read more »

A Warning About Dissimilar Metals

NFPA 780 – Installation of Lightning Protection Systems, Paragraph 4.2.1 states, “Combinations of materials that form electrolytic couples of such a nature that, in the presence of moisture, corrosion is accelerated shall not be used.” Such combinations are commonly called, “dissimilar metals”, and the photo shows what happens when, for example, copper components are in… Read more »

Lightning Is Out Of This World

Though it’s typically mentioned in relation to the damage it causes, lightning may also play a constructive role in the evolution of life, causing changes to molecular biology and bacteria. According to New Scientist, lightning activity on other planets might even lend a hand in discovering if alien life exists. Jupiter is among the planets… Read more »

600% Return on Investments in Natural Disaster Mitigation

Every dollar spent on disaster mitigation prevents $6 of damage, including health costs, structural repair and rebuilding, etc., according to a 2017 study by the National Institute of Building Sciences. Considering that the annual damages from lightning alone add up to $5 billion, the cost of investing in lightning protection systems (LPS) may be worth… Read more »

ECLE Invited to Present at Facade Tectonics World Congress

This international conference “brings together industry and academic leaders with a deep exploration of the building facade as the integrative factor in holistic building design.” East Coast Lightning Equipment has been invited to present a paper at the conference on “Lightning Protection as Building Envelope”. According to the paper’s abstract. “A building’s envelope mitigates the… Read more »

Bomb Cyclone with Lightning

As if January 2018’s record cold, snow fall, storm surge, and winter winds are not dangerous enough, the “bomb cyclone” of Winter Storm Grayson generated intense levels of lightning along the East Coast. The density of winter lightning storms, also known as “thundersnow”. has probably been underestimated in the past because snow muffles the sound… Read more »

Zap! —Protecting the Digital Gadgets in your (Almost) Smart Buildings

That’s the title of a session to be presented at the AEC-Next Conference in Anaheim, CA on June 5-7, 2018. The educational session, sponsored by East Coast Lightning Equipment, addresses the “Internet of Things’s” vulnerability to lightning. According to the announcement for the session.