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1 hour ago, Mrs Glockrunner said:

I guess conditions have to be perfect for it to happen this way.


The heat from the tremendous current traveling through the sap "usually" causes a steam explosion, blowing the tree apart.

If, however, the core of the tree is dry enough, the heat will cause it to burn instead.  Yes, unusual.

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One day I was in Minneapolis and stopped at a stop sign.  Lightning struck an old Oak on the diagonal corner and split it down the middle.

For  moment I wasn't sure if I needed new underwear.  Yes, it's quite startling.

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Side note:  there are various intensity lightning bolts.

Most common is 10,000 Amps. (approximately)

Next is a stronger group at 100,000 Amps. (approximately)

Last is called a "Super Bolt", at over 100,000 Amps. (approximately)

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Years ago I was sitting in the living room watching a thunderstorm pass over us.  Just then a bolt hit a tree across the street.  I, too, thought I might need to change the underwear.  Bark was flying everywhere, and it was LOUD!  Don't want to be that close (or closer) to lightening again.

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