Avoiding Lightning Strikes When You Are Aboard Your Yacht


When you’re out at sea, then lightning might be something you’re scared of the most. Some people have never experienced being in the middle of a lightning storm. Some others are people that are scared of not knowing what a lightning strike will entail. The feeling of helplessness being in a lightning storm while at sea also adds to the fear. When you’re in the middle of a lightning storm, something you can try is to move away from the lightning and hope that it won’t follow you. Avoiding and knowing how to be prepared for a situation where lightning is a threat is essential.

How To Avoid Lightning In The First Place

The conditions needed for thunderstorms to form is that the atmosphere’s lower and upper layers to have significant instability. In most cases, there is a period where there is warm, calm weather that comes after a thunderstorm. Although there are some cases, there can be active frontal systems that come with lightning. These will usually arrive with average pressure for a short time, and it comes with a weak breeze as the front quickly moves in with it. The exact location and time can’t be predicted with pristine accuracy, so there isn’t anyone that can predict where lightning will strike.

What To Do When You’re Expecting A Lightning Storm

When you see a lightning storm on the horizon, try not to go towards that direction. But you might have to go towards one or get unexpectedly stuck in one. If that happens, you should prepare for whatever a lightning storm will bring. It won’t just be lightning that comes with a lightning storm. You’ll be able to hear thunder clapping from about twenty-five miles away. So if you see a lightning storm happening on the horizon, but you don’t hear anything, you shouldn’t panic, but you should still be on the watch. The lightning storm is still far away. You should keep moving.

Ensure that you keep watch in all directions. The clouds responsible for generating lightning aren’t at the altitude of the sea breeze. They are at the height of the winds in the upper atmosphere. The height that the clouds are at makes it challenging to track where they’re going. So always make sure to look around vigilantly since the lightning clouds can sneak up on you when you aren’t paying attention. You should be using a compass or a radar if you want to track the lightning clouds in the sky. You should make sure that a squall is something you’re prepared to happen. Lightning clouds have winds that go extremely fast. They can go from forty to ninety knots in a few seconds. You should also note that there will also be significantly reduced visibility as well as torrential rain that comes with the lightning clouds. When you spot lightning clouds nearby, then you should have a crew ready in the cockpit to keep watch. They’ll make sure that you can reef when you have to do so.