Makes you think about the health impacts to all those operating in close proximity to these storms if you "might receive in an instant the maximum safe lifetime dose of ionizing radiation — the kind that wreaks the most havoc on the human body."
When I'm flying close to Cb's, the last thing I'mbecause there’s only about one dark lightning occurrence for every thousand visible flashes and because pilots take great pains to avoid thunderstorms, Dwyer says, the risk of injury is quite limited.
worried about is the long-term health impact of
I'm far more worried about the short-term health
impact of hail, turbulence, heavy rain, uncontrollable
downdrafts and updrafts, and lightning.
I can't help but wonder if this researcher is trying toJoseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology
make what he does sound sexy and dangerous and
relevant, so he can get more funding.
Think about that, the next time you read some
frightening study results.
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Still, it's a pretty interesting finding, no? Next time I'm flying on Westjet, if there are thunderstorms in the forecast I am going to keep a careful eye on the flight attendant, just in case a sudden flash of X-rays makes it possible to see through her uniform for a split second.
we're talking about him paying his mortgage (or at
least a new SUV) so this is pretty important to the
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/sc ... ndlyskies/In a recent study,* scientists estimated that airline passengers could be exposed to 400 chest X-rays worth of radiation by being near the origin of a single millisecond blast. Joe Dwyer of the Florida Institute of Technology took part in that research, which used observations from NASA's Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager, or RHESSI, to estimate the danger TGFs pose.