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Electricity!

Postby SaulOhio » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:56 pm

I was out snowkiting on Houghton Lake in Michigan today, and it was snowing. At one point I started feeling a sharp stinging sensation at the base of my thumb, like I had a pine needle in the glove. Then the same sensation started in my toes. It got really intense, then passed in about half a minute.

My thinking is that static electricity started to build up because of the friction of the snow against the canopy of my kite. I was worried I was about to do a Ben Franklin. :o

Has anyone else had this experience?

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Re: Electricity!

Postby fernmanus » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:04 am

Yes, I had a similar experience at Skyline. We had low clouds moving in and I noticed a sharp pain in my hands and feet. Other riders noticed it as well. It got so bad that we all put our kites down. After about 30 minutes the clouds cleared away and we were able to ride without pesky static electricity building up.
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Re: Electricity!

Postby SaulOhio » Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:23 am

fernmanus wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:04 am
Yes, I had a similar experience at Skyline. We had low clouds moving in and I noticed a sharp pain in my hands and feet. Other riders noticed it as well. It got so bad that we all put our kites down. After about 30 minutes the clouds cleared away and we were able to ride without pesky static electricity building up.
Was it snowing? Or was it threatening lightning from the clouds?

Its alright. They're only electrons!


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Re: Electricity!

Postby joriws » Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:17 pm

Yes it has happened also me once. Finger muscles in arm become numb. The weather what happened back then is on below video 03:46 => end of video.

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