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WATCH: Lightning blasts sailboat in Massachusetts

PortandTerminal.com, July 8, 2019

Boston, MA – As powerful storms rolled through Massachusetts on Saturday, one person caught the exact moment a boat owner got extremely unlucky.

Lightning strikes on ships

Lightning strikes cruise ship (2015). Filmed from the balcony of the MSC Precioza. The other ship was the Croisières de France.

The lightning strike on the sailboat incident this week in Massachusetts was almost certainly a fluke event.

There is growing evidence though that massive cargo ships cause increased numbers of lightning strikes.

In a study published in Geophysical Research Letters, researchers said they had gone back through the records and found that two international shipping lanes in Asia experienced almost double the number of lightning strikes as identical strips of ocean just a few hundred miles away.

The research shows the giant cargo ships aren’t just belching plumes of exhaust; they are also seeding clouds primed for lightning strikes.

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