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LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING PROTECTION
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: (doi:10.13031/2013.17774) in Lightning and Lightning Protection. Chapter 14 in Fundamentals of Electricity for Agriculture, 3rd edition, 363-377. St. Joseph, Michigan: ASAE. . Copyright 2004 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors: Gustafson, Robert J., and Mark T. Morgan
Keywords: The Nature of Lightning, Principles of Lightning Protection, Protection of Buildings, Protection of Sensitive Equipment, Protection of Trees, Protection of Livestock, Grounding Wire Fences, Risk Assessment for Structures, Personal Safety, Design and Installation of Lightning Protection
Lightning is the visible discharge of static electricity within a cloud, between clouds, or between the earth and a cloud. It is one of natures most destructive forces. Lightning is the largest single cause of fire in suburban and rural areas, and it kills more people than tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods combined. Lightning also causes more than 80% of all accidental losses of livestock. Damage results in three ways: