• Jan 20th 2009 at 3:58PM
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You can add another life-killing phenomenon to the list of deadly byproducts attributable to cars: increased lightning strikes. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that in the southeastern U.S. from 1998-2008, there was 25% more lightning during the work week than on the weekend.

This follows from research by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center that found rainfall in that same area of the country rose during the week. The suspected culprit is automobile pollution, which is causing more storms during the week and increasing the severity of storms. That pollution, and the humid air in the southeast, makes for more clouds to rise and create more conditions for lightning strikes. It's just another step closer to the apocalypse, and we don't doubt that they'll soon be telling us cars cause cancer. Oh, wait... Thanks for the tip, Corey!

[Source: Scientific American via The College Driver]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      There's a killer on the road
      Riders on the storm...

      • 6 Years Ago
      What a joke! Maybe we can get some data from NASA and Hebrew university on how much exhaust emissions it will take to turn our desert southwest into a lush tropical paradise from the increased rainfall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not car exhaust, it's everyone walking around in business suits making static electricity!

      But, hey, in case it is true I am going to go drive more. I love lightning!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just wondering how this correlates to the near-record drought conditions throughout much of the region.

      That and...I find this mildly awesome. Maybe we can figure out someway to tap into all those 1.21 gigawatts...
        • 6 Years Ago
        A link just to prove that I'm not completely nuts...

        • 6 Years Ago
        Texas must be stealing all of the rain from the South East through thier "rain seeding" programs. They dust the clouds with chemicals like silver iodide to increase the output of rain clouds.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well, wait a few minutes and you'll hear the right wing zealots say that we humans can't do anything to influence the invironment. "it's a left wing conspiracy!"
        • 6 Years Ago
        first of all, the environment is going to do its own thing when it wants and man is helpless to stop it.

        But, you'd be retarded to think that polluting our atmosphere isn't going to have obvious and lasting effects on humans and animals.

        The atmosphere and the hydrosphere can easily and quickly be altered by human activities. The Geosphere - not so much.

        there are chemicals which make lightning strikes more likely - just as releasing excess CO2 makes greenhouse effect more likely.

        The only thing that will ultimately "repair" the environment is its own cyclical rates of destructive activity which kill off every species not fit for survival.

        Man's time will end when it ends and cockroaches till inheret the earth !

        Imagine how suprised the cockroaches will be when THEY have to deal with dumb assed presidents and their own version of the RIAA and Fox News.
        • 6 Years Ago
        not from this right wing. scientist have documented proof that cars caused the global warming that made the earth habitable for the dinosaurs until the liberal dinosaurs banned them and then extinction set in.

        Us on the other hand will need to ban ICE vehicles because we dont like the warmth and want the next Ice age.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's ok Flashpoint, the cockroaches will have CNN - Cockroach Negative News, so they can bitch and complain about everything and demand the cockroach government do something for them that they won't do for themselves. Human, err.., cockroach nature never changes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        not this right wing! scientists have documented proof that cars were the leading cause of the heat wave that enabled the dinosaur era until the liberal dinosaurs banned the ICE engine and we went into another Ice age.

        We'll want to ban now for out ice age since the scientists have proven the earth goes in cycles and if we aren't naturally going into a warming period we must be going into a cooling phase masked by the global warming caused by the gas emitted by cars and teenagers lighting their f*rts,
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think anything can influence the invironment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While I am a believer in global warming and other issues caused by car exhaust, it seems to me that car exhaust is often cited as the cause of many problems that in fact have many causes. Emissions of ALL sorts are higher during the week, not only auto emissions. Business's and factories use considerably more energy, and produce more emissions during the week as well. Now if the lightning strikes spiked during rush hour or within a period of time that directly corresponded to rush hour, say three to five hours after rush hour in a reliable and measurable way I would find this easier to believe. As it stands now it seems like another way of vilifying cars when the issue is considerably more complex.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It all depends on how you read the data....

      Weekdays make up roughly 71% of the week.
      Weekends make up roughly 29% of the week.

      I guess that means percentage wise there is more chance of a lightning storm on the weekend.....

      The same statistics can be read going both ways, depending on how you want people to react.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Ride the Lightning"

      "Thunder Struck"

      "Grease Lightning"

      "Thunder Road"

      • 6 Years Ago

      I wonder where the funding for these studies comes from.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Obama administration. :) Ok, not right now but in a few months...
      • 6 Years Ago
      so Tampa FL being #1 on the lightning list (or used to be) is due to all the commuters... or does lightning take weekends off as well?
      next up, emissions in SE US create hurricanes!

      in other news, trailers cause tornados...

      • 6 Years Ago
      um since when does hebrew university study that kinda stuff
      • 6 Years Ago
      I feel like it makes sense that there would be 25% more lightning during the 5 work days than on the 2 days of the weekend? I mean, more days = more chances for a storm....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Touché salesman, touché.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your logic and reason must be stopped.
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