Lightning Protection: A Capital Idea

Each of this trio of Washington, D.C. landmarks has a lightning protection system. Air terminals (lightning rods) are visible on top of decorative finials on the Smithsonian Institution Building — known affectionately as “The Castle” — on the right and Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industry Building on the left. Between them, in the distance, is… Read more »

A Year for the Record Books

2017 is breaking records for the number and intensity of Atlantic Hurricanes. This blog has already reported on lightning activity accompanying Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To keep the record up-to-date, Hurricane Maria — the one that brought devastation to Puerto Rico — was also a ferocious Electrical Storm, as this video shows. To learn more… Read more »

New Generator Rule Enforced in Florida Nursing Homes

Florida is enforcing new rules requiring nursing homes to have emergency generators. This action comes in the wake of Hurricane Irma which left 10 nursing home residents dead due to sweltering heat in buildings that had no power due to storm-related outages. We applaud this potentially life-saving move, and offer a friendly reminder: Permanently-installed generators… Read more »

NASA Looks at Hurricane Irma’s Heat Engine

Sep. 06, 2017 — Data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite combined with World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) shows Hurricane Irma is already creating intense lightning. In this illustration, according to NASA, “each flash is indicated by a yellow sphere plotted at 5 km (3.1 mile) altitude. There is lightning in the ring… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey Spawns Lightning Storms in its Path

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with “non-stop lightning” in the words of the Washington Post. The lightning added to the storm damage caused by winds and floods by sparking fires and destroying critical equipment and services. This experience reminds us that lightning damage accompanies many hurricanes. In addition to fires and damage to structures, the lightning… Read more »

How will lightning affect your business?

We often hear statements like, “80% of businesses affected by a fire or other disaster close within 18 months“. This statistic is impressive but appears to be unsubstantiated. What we do know for certain is that a lightning strike can damage or destroy your business by sparking fires in your facilities, destroying inventory and essential… Read more »

Visit us at ABX / Greenbuild

East Coast Lightning Equipment, Inc. (ECLE) is exhibiting at the Architecture Boston Expo (abexpo.com) in Boston, November 8-10. Come by our booth for a demonstration of an online application to assist in lightning risk calculation. The show is held in conjunction with Greenbuild, a conference and expo dedicated to green building (greenbuildexpo.com). ECLE will be describing… Read more »

Protecting Rooftop Equipment and Fixtures

Anything mounted on top of a building must be considered for lightning protection. These light posts, for example, rise above the parking structure and had to be connected to the facility’s lightning protection system. Air terminals are mounted at the top of the light posts, and cables visible at the base of the posts connect… Read more »

Map of Lightning Strikes in Close to Real Time

Approximately 25 million lightning strikes occur in the United States each year; slightly less that one per second. You can see what this means at blitzortung.org. Using data collected from detectors around the country, the website’s map emits a click and flashes a circle every time lightning strikes. The colored dots indicate where lightning has… Read more »