Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lightning Strike!

 Lightning Strikes Tree 

So, after a little thunderstorm passed through, I looked out of my kitchen window.  I noticed one of the nearby trees looking quite odd.

It looked as if something had peeled off a section of bark the entire length of the tree - from the very bottom all the way to the very top  
Exploded Bark from Lightning Strike

Upon closer inspection - the bark was not peeled, it was blown off, we are talking EXPLOSION!  Pieces and strips of bark everywhere. 

The tree is less than 25 yards from the house and there were pieces of bark actually on the back porch.

Fun fact:  Lightning can cause temperatures in excess of 50,000 degrees F!  When it hits a tree as in this case, the extreme temperatures cause the sap in the tree to boil.  The pressure builds and voila - bark explosion.