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Windows 7: Explosion

14 Jun 2011   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Explosion

There was a single loud crack a few minutes ago, that at first I thought must have been a very close lightening strike, but when I noticed that there were no more, and when I looked outside, and saw that it was dry, I went to the satellite images of the NWS and saw that even though there were a few very light returns nearby, none appeared strong enough for lightening.

I guess that something must have blown up, but since I don't receive live TV, I guess that I will have to wait for a while to find out.
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14 Jun 2011   #2
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Can't you access any live streamed news where you are? Or a local blog?
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14 Jun 2011   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Not that I'm aware of. I do have a radio that would probably do the job, but I'm in the middle of another issue at the moment, and haven't had time.
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14 Jun 2011   #4
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Clear air lightning is possible. It comes "out of nowhere" (can't hear a storm coming) and frequently is a single strike that is not repeated.

Had one a few years ago. Sunny out, BUT there was a strong cold/warm front collision and there were some clouds in the mountains several miles away. But where I was it was sunny, no clouds nearby at all, just a little hazy. A strike, completely out of the blue hit a palm tree across the street. Sounded like a bomb going off and the explosion of flames made it look that way. But I saw the flash of light and even heard a moment of "tick tick" before the strike so I knew what it was right off. Not having the normal warning of hearing it coming it almost gave me a heart attack! Was completely relaxed in my chair watching TV then BLAM!!! House shook, windows rattled.

No more lighting or thunder followed. Fire engines followed however.
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14 Jun 2011   #5
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Maybe it was just this guy?

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Could have been a power transformer blowing up somewhere.


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14 Jun 2011   #6
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Looks like Airbot has just joined the Dolly club (see avatar)
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14 Jun 2011   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Clear air lightning is possible. It comes "out of nowhere" (can't hear a storm coming) and frequently is a single strike that is not repeated.

Had one a few years ago. Sunny out, BUT there was a strong cold/warm front collision and there were some clouds in the mountains several miles away. But where I was it was sunny, no clouds nearby at all, just a little hazy. A strike, completely out of the blue hit a palm tree across the street. Sounded like a bomb going off and the explosion of flames made it look that way. But I saw the flash of light and even heard a moment of "tick tick" before the strike so I knew what it was right off. Not having the normal warning of hearing it coming it almost gave me a heart attack! Was completely relaxed in my chair watching TV then BLAM!!! House shook, windows rattled.

No more lighting or thunder followed. Fire engines followed however.
Despite the fact that I'm a retired pilot, and do have some weather training and experience, I hadn't heard of clear air lightning, so I googled it and found this:
Quote:
Another frequently asked question concerns "bolts from the blue" — lightning flashes that supposedly come down from a clear blue sky. This is called by atmospheric specialists "clear air lightning." The phenomenon is rare in any case, but it is believed that although the sky directly above the bolt is blue, there is almost always a thunderstorm 10 or more kilometers away to establish the electric field. Still, especially where tall structures are involved, there are a very few cases where a bolt has occurred when the air is wholly clear and there is no obvious thunderstorm around. A related phenomenon is so-called dry lightning, lightning that occurs when there is no rain. This is much more common than clear air lightning and is thought to happen when conditions are so dry that rain evaporates before it hits the ground.
When I checked the NWS radar, the nearest return that even somewhat resembled a storm was 46 miles away, so there was no anvil for it to come out of.

As far as a transformer goes, I suppose that is possible, but I have heard a transformer blow once before, and it was nothing like this. Even if it had been a transformer, with as loud as it was, it would have had to been extremely close by, and that should have caused the lights, computer, etc. to have browned out momentarily, but there was never a flicker.
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14 Jun 2011   #8
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Meteor>meteorite?
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14 Jun 2011   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Meteor, no. I'm not sure what a meteorite might sound like when striking the ground, but I doubt it. Then again, it didn't exactly sound like an explosion either, it really was more like an extremely loud clap of thunder.
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14 Jun 2011   #10
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Wouldn't have to make a sound hitting the ground. Still small, but big enough it could make a sonic boom entering the atmosphere that you would hear.
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