Certainly, you’ve noticed tumbling clothing create static electricity in a clothes dryer. The same happens in a cloud with tumbling particulates of rain, snow, or ice. This electricity causes an imbalance between the negatively charged clouds and the positively charged Earth. The only way to balance the situation is to cause a current to pass between the two. Lightning is born.
Types of Lightning
The charged electricity can be seen in different forms. It moves cloud-to-cloud in the form of heat lightning. It moves from volcanic eruptions, forest fires, and even in snowstorms. The most fascinating form, though, is a floating ball of light. Scientists still haven’t figured out that one. It’s the cloud-to-ground type, though, that causes all the trouble. Cloud-to-ground lightning strikes cause damage and even death if a person is struck.
Several million volts energize the electricity in a bolt of lightning, making it approximately five times hotter than the sun. It takes the most direct path to make a connection, reaching out to touch the first thing it finds. This might be a high church steeple, a tall building, or a tree.
What Happens Next?
Lightning typically happens during a rainy thunderstorm. Consequently, everything will be wet. When the lightning bolt chooses a tree with which to bond, it hits a wet tree. Steam results from the lightning meeting the tree’s moisture. Additionally, the tree’s sap is super-heated, also turning to steam. All of this steam may cause a fire or the tree could blow up.
A lightning-blasted tree is a dead tree. Sometimes these damaged trees fall on people’s houses, causing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Even if you only have fallen limbs in the yard, you’ll need a professional. If you are looking for tree service in Lutherville, Timonium, Towson or the Baltimore area, Keil Tree Experts are here to help.
Lightning Damage? Use Keil for Tree Service in Lutherville
Keil Tree Experts is a family owned and operated full-service tree company. Pruning, fertilizing, disease and insect examinations, stump and dead branch removal are only a few of the services we provide. Snow removal is one of our specialties, too.
Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, Keil Tree Experts will remove trees damaged from lightning or disease. Contact us for more information about our tree removal and tree trimming services.