Thunderstorms found to emit significant doses of radiation

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Thunderstorms found to emit significant doses of radiation

Post by Rudy » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:24 am

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ ... story.html

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."
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Post by Colonel Sanders » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:51 am

because 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.
When I'm flying close to Cb's, the last thing I'm
worried about is the long-term health impact of
radiation.

I'm far more worried about the short-term health
impact of hail, turbulence, heavy rain, uncontrollable
downdrafts and updrafts, and lightning.
Joseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology
I can't help but wonder if this researcher is trying to
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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Post by MUSKEG » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:04 am

And to think that for generations we have been running around not knowing we are being poisoned. I suppose now that the info is out the body will just throw up its hands and say "ya got me". Do you think the word "MIGHT" should be considered. I blame the "Illuminaty" for this outrage. Some one should sue.
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Post by Meatservo » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:06 am

Mm. Agreed. I don't think I'm going to spend a whole lot of time worrying about it either. Meteors can have pretty serious health consequences for people who are struck by them too.

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.
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Post by Colonel Sanders » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:11 am

"Publish or perish" is the academic way. Keep in mind
we're talking about him paying his mortgage (or at
least a new SUV) so this is pretty important to the
researcher.
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Re: Thunderstorms found to emit significant doses of radiati

Post by flyincanuck » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:24 am

Interesting article. Thanks for the post.
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Post by Beefitarian » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:39 am

Colonel Sanders wrote:"Publish or perish" is the academic way. Keep in mind
we're talking about him paying his mortgage (or at
least a new SUV) so this is pretty important to the
researcher.
Maybe even flying lessons.
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Re: Thunderstorms found to emit significant doses of radiati

Post by SkyWriterSoft » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:58 pm

Dwyer published this back in 2010:
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.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/sc ... ndlyskies/
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