Gluhwein and Lightning

Michael Grant
Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 19:00
Come out of hibernation and warm up with us tomorrow evening over a glass of Gluhwein, courtesy of ESSA, to hear Michael Grant bust myths on lightning and speak in depth on this fascinating topic.   For those of us who didn't know- lightning does strike the same place more than once - in fact it can happen many times at a rapid rate, so the comforting proverb is just an old wives tale. And at certain times of year, South Africa is is the hottest spot in the world in terms of lightening strike density, with many people killed as a result.   Michael is an expert on lightning and will tell us why this is the case, how to avoid being struck and how to help people in that eventuality.    He has a PhD in the subject and has received awards for his research in lightning from the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), the International Centre for Lightning Protection, and the International Electrotechnical Commission.  He is also the founder member of the international Lightning Interest Group for Health, Technology, and Science.   For many years Michael ran the Gauteng section of Mountain Rescue and dangled out of helicopters in many wild spaces from Blouberg to the Drakensberg.  Recently he has started racing triathlons and has several half-ironman races and one full ironman race under his belt.  He says he does all this stuff to just try and keep up with his wife.   Do try to be punctual so you don't miss out on the Gluhwein.. ;-)


Cricket Pavilion, Johannesburg Country Club


Free for members, guests R40