Scientific Insight About the Gods

 

University of Washington researchers have produced a comprehensive study of “superbolts” (lightning with energy in excess of 1,000 times the normal lightning bolt). As you can see on this map, those events are heavily concentrated in a few geographic areas, which to the trained eye indicates that Thor and Jupiter are the real deal and all those other thunder and lightning gods can suck it (except maybe Apocatequil who clearly has something going over there in the Andes).

I have never seen a superbolt but I want to believe.

Source: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/09/10/lightning-superbolts-form-over-oceans-from-november-to-february/

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  1. Jim McConnell Member

    If that were true there would be a lot more red in the Washington, D.C. area, wouldn’t there?

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    • September 10, 2019, at 11:34 AM PDT
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  2. Old Bathos Member
    Old Bathos Post author

    There is no red because the gods have clearly abandoned the area.

    • #2
    • September 10, 2019, at 11:38 AM PDT
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  3. DonG Coolidge

    One point twenty-one gigawatts!

    • #3
    • September 10, 2019, at 12:04 PM PDT
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  4. Brian Wolf Inactive

    Amazing…

    • #4
    • September 10, 2019, at 12:07 PM PDT
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  5. Old Bathos Member
    Old Bathos Post author

    DonG (View Comment):

    One point twenty-one gigawatts!

    And if one could control or redirect that.. then well,  Kneel before Zod! 

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    • September 10, 2019, at 12:20 PM PDT
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  6. Michael Brehm Member

    It looks to me like incidents of superbolts tend to band along the equator and also at the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

    (I don’t know if that’s pertinent to anything, it just seemed like an interesting pattern to point out.)

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    • September 10, 2019, at 12:21 PM PDT
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  7. James Gawron Thatcher

    OldB,

    I must remove the last fear!

    Wait a minute. Who was that Polish guy anyway?

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • September 10, 2019, at 12:23 PM PDT
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  8. Samuel Block Member

    Michael Brehm (View Comment):

    It looks to me like incidents of superbolts tend to band along the equator and also at the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

    (I don’t know if that’s pertinent to anything, it just seemed like an interesting pattern to point out.)

    I’m not sure what those lines are on the map, but they aren’t the tropics latitudes. The Tropic of Cancer is just south of the tip of FL, and the Tropic of Capricorn is closer to northern Argentina/souther Bolivia.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 12:31 PM PDT
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  9. Old Bathos Member
    Old Bathos Post author

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    OldB,

    I must remove the last fear!

    Wait a minute. Who was that Polish guy anyway?

    Regards,

    Jim

    Grzegorz Pecksky

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    • September 10, 2019, at 12:43 PM PDT
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  10. Mark Camp Member

    For my English Lit/Business/Social Sciences friends, a homework assignment.

    1. Roughly what do you pay your utility company for one small superbolt’s worth of residential electricity?
    2. What is the retaliatory homework assignment that you have for us?

     

     

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    • September 10, 2019, at 3:01 PM PDT
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  11. Old Bathos Member
    Old Bathos Post author

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    For my English Lit/Business/Social Sciences friends, a homework assignment.

    1. Roughly what do you pay your utility company for one small superbolt’s worth of residential electricity?
    2. What is the retaliatory homework assignment that you have for us?

     

     

    1. Math is a form of rape. But lightning is renewable so it is free but Exxon, the GOP and the Koch brothers prevent us from using it.

    2. Identify seven lines in the Vagina Monologues that apply to climate change.

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    • September 10, 2019, at 3:19 PM PDT
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  12. cirby Member

    I saw a garden-variety “megalightning” bolt (at least ten times more powerful than normal lightning) once, from about a quarter mile away. Impressive, and loud as hell, even from that distance.

    Unfortunately, it hit the tree next to my house, and took out one of my computers through the cable system – about a thousand bucks, right there.

    Fortunately, while the tree caught on fire, the rain was heavy enough to put it out.

     

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    • September 10, 2019, at 4:20 PM PDT
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  13. Amy Schley Moderator

    Michael Brehm (View Comment):

    It looks to me like incidents of superbolts tend to band along the equator and also at the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

    (I don’t know if that’s pertinent to anything, it just seemed like an interesting pattern to point out.)

     As noted, those aren’t at the tropics, but they are at the right latitude for the westerlies and the Roaring 40s.

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    • September 11, 2019, at 6:19 AM PDT
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  14. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Michael Brehm (View Comment):

    It looks to me like incidents of superbolts tend to band along the equator and also at the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

    (I don’t know if that’s pertinent to anything, it just seemed like an interesting pattern to point out.)

    I’m not sure what those lines are on the map, but they aren’t the tropics latitudes. The Tropic of Cancer is just south of the tip of FL, and the Tropic of Capricorn is closer to northern Argentina/souther Bolivia.

    Now you are bringing that science-y factor into this, which started as a peek into the power of the gods!

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    • September 11, 2019, at 12:03 PM PDT
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  15. Samuel Block Member

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    Michael Brehm (View Comment):

    It looks to me like incidents of superbolts tend to band along the equator and also at the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

    (I don’t know if that’s pertinent to anything, it just seemed like an interesting pattern to point out.)

    I’m not sure what those lines are on the map, but they aren’t the tropics latitudes. The Tropic of Cancer is just south of the tip of FL, and the Tropic of Capricorn is closer to northern Argentina/souther Bolivia.

    Now you are bringing that science-y factor into this, which started as a peek into the power of the gods!

    Fair enough. Let me bring it back on point. I think the tropics are more Poseidon’s territory.

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    • September 11, 2019, at 1:52 PM PDT
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  16. cirby Member

    One thing to remember is that this study wasn’t measuring lightning power directly – it was measuring the radio frequency output at certain frequencies.

    That would explain why so many are over the oceans – I’m sure sea water causes a different frequency response in a strike.

    It would also explain why some land areas with extreme lightning don’t have “super” lightning, since they would return different frequencies.

     

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    • September 11, 2019, at 4:11 PM PDT
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  17. Old Bathos Member
    Old Bathos Post author

    cirby (View Comment):

    One thing to remember is that this study wasn’t measuring lightning power directly – it was measuring the radio frequency output at certain frequencies.

    That would explain why so many are over the oceans – I’m sure sea water causes a different frequency response in a strike.

    It would also explain why some land areas with extreme lightning don’t have “super” lightning, since they would return different frequencies.

     

    Or Poseidon is move involved than we thought. More research and sacrifices are needed.

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    • September 11, 2019, at 5:41 PM PDT
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