Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
At the first sign of a storm, mine all line up at the gate and start tapping their toes to be let in. The other day, it had been clear as glass all day long and as it got to the hot part of the day the thunderstorms started popping as they often do here in OK. I've known many people who have lost horses and cattle to lightning strikes, so mine come in to the barn. Anyway, my first warning that a storm was approaching was that my fireplace damper started squeaking. I looked out the window and said, "YIKES" and went out to get everyone in. I got them all inside and covered before it hit, but it was close. I got stuck in the barn until it passed.
REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN HEAR IT (THUNDER) YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO GET HIT BY IT (LIGHTNING).
Yes, the Rules of Play do change, when one lives in the wide open flat spaces, like Oklahoma:(
I currently live in a bowl, on top of a hill. Most of the time, lightening follows the ridge line that is also our southerly boundary line.
However, twice It managed to strike a 100+ yr old oak tree twice, at the end of the back yard chain link, travelled the chain link, hopped to the DirectTv satellite and the Hughes.net satellite dishes.
It was a sad day when that gran old oak tree had to be chainsawed off three fences and the logs rolled down to the big burn pile.
That all happened at night when the horses were already in the barn anyway.
I have heard things "sizzle" during a few storms - I just keep holding my breath and hope for the best; I learned a long time ago, I can only do so much and it doesn't pay to dwell in the "what ifs".