If a single July 2003
thunderstorm in the Northwest (moving from
) temporarily terminated 38 PCS working cell sites, what would
you expect that same thunderstorm to have been doing to the
surface of the earth? Better yet, what would you expect that
same thunderstorm to be able to do to mines that have metallic
facilities running down into them?
When lightning strikes the earth it looks like rivers of molten
lava in the dark of night. This energy is looking for as many
paths as it can find to dissipate its energy. Lightning energy
follows tree roots, fence lines, and ditches with water in them,
so to be sure it will follow metallic paths such as power or
communications and most certainly a rail line. If these metallic
paths go down into the ground, such as they do in a mining
operation, these metallic paths are even a better path for
lightning strike energy to dissipate its energy.