80°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Tue
97°
76°
20%
Wed
95°
76°
20%
Thu
96°
77°
10%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Pat Shingleton: "The First Lightning Rod!"

1 year ago March 09, 2014 Mar 9, 2014 Sunday, March 09 2014 Sunday, March 09, 2014 11:50:31 AM CDT in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Ben Franklin invented the Franklin stove, bifocals and suggested daylight saving time in 1783. As noted in a previous column, his first experiment didn't involve a kite but whether electricity and ligtning had exact characteristics. To test whether the clouds were electrified, he proposed placing a manned sentry box on top of a high tower, holding a wire loop connected to an iron rod pointing 20 to 30 feet into the storm clouds. Franklin never executed the experiment, but French academic Thomas Daliband did in 1752. He placed a 40-foot iron rod on top of a wooden pallet, insulated from the ground with wine bottles. A storm approached, the brass wires were connected to the tower, and sparks erupted from the rod - the first lightning rod.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Radar
7 Days