Crappy weather up here today, rain, thunder and lightning. Roads are closed and I may not be able to get to my survey areas tomorrow because of it. With some luck it will clear up and dry up overnight.
The iron dust in the air and the grey clouds made for a pretty cool sunset over the crusher at the mine this evening


All of the lightning today reminded me of a couple of things. Firstly this pic from last December of lightning striking the ground behind the same crusher as the pic above and.....


...secondly of a guy I remember hearing about as a kid, his name was Roy Sullivan and he holds the world record for being hit the most times by lightning = 7 times. I shouldn't laugh but you gotta find that sort of bad luck a bit funny. This is his track record...

1942: Sullivan was hit for the first time when he was in a fire look out tower. The lightning bolt struck him in the leg and he lost a nail on his big toe.

1969: The second bolt hit him in his truck when he was driving on a mountain road. It knocked him unconscious and burned his eyebrows.

1970: The third strike burned his left shoulder while in his front yard.

1972: The next hit happened in a ranger station. The strike set his hair on fire. After that, he began to carry a pitcher of water with him.

1973: A lightning bolt hit Sullivan on the head, blasted him out of his car, and again set his hair on fire.

1974: Sullivan was struck by the sixth bolt in a campground, injuring his ankle. It was reported that he saw a cloud, thought that it was following him, tried to run away, but was still struck.

1977: The seventh and final lightning bolt hit him when he was fishing. Sullivan was hospitalized for burns on his chest and stomach.

Sullivan was a park ranger in the US, ya gotta think that you might rethink your chosen career path after say oh I dunno the 2nd strike. Sadly he took his own life when he was aged 71 reportedly distraught over an unrequited love. What a hell of a ride though.


tiff said…
wow 7 times! Someone 'up there' must be sending a message :) I'm glad his insides weren't fried.
Stu said…
it's an amazing story, I'd seriously think of getting a job as a subway train driver or something, no way would I stay working in a wilderness park, haha

god how do you deal with a strike a year like he did between 69 and 74, I'd have been soooo nervous wondering when the next one would hit, 75 must have been a hell of a stressful year for him "today?, It's gotta be today!"