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8B THE JENA TIMES Olla-Tullos-Urania Signal [ WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012 This oak tree at Lincoln Parish Park was struck by a lightening bolt recently. The intense heat generated by the light- ening strike caused sap in the tree to boil with the resulting steam causing the tree to literally explode. Glynn Harris photo a bolt of lightening illuminated his britches.A group of guys were playing soccer in the Houston area a few days ago when a thunderstorm struck. Unwisely seeking shelter beneath the overhanging branches of a big oak, two died when a lightening bolt smashed the oak to smithereens. You don't have to be out on late-night shenanigans to feel the effect of lightening; it can happen anytime there is a thunderstorm going on. North Louisiana has not seen the excessive heat and seri- ous drought conditions that have affected other parts of the country. Thankfully, this area has seen showers and gener- ally cooler temperatures, a welcomed departure from last sum- mer's conditions. Several of these blessed showers have been accompanied by thunder and lightening, and occasionally, a bolt of lightening has been of that "deadly cloud to ground" variety the forecasters warn us about. Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries or fatalities. At Lincoln Parish Park, an oak tree growing among pines towering several yards above it was a victim of a lightening strike recently. Earlier, and just down the road from where we live, an oak standing among pines was the target of a lighten- ing bolt. These two occurrences prompted me to do an on-line search to see if oaks are targeted more often than other trees. My search provided the answer - oaks are among species of trees more likely to be singled out by a lightening bolt. During my search, I learned some other facts about light- ening that were both fascinating and chilling. Here's what hap- pens when lightening strikes a tree. If a tree is well-hydrated, the intense heat caused by the bolt causes the bark and wood to be blown off the tree and here's why; steam generated by sap boiling causes the wood to literally explode. What is impressive is that this all takes place in less than a second. According to statistics, 24,000 people are killed and 240,000 are injured around the world each year by lightening. In the U.S., lightening is the number two weather-related killer, sec- ond only to floods. What are your chances of being struck by lightening? The odds are about the same as your chances of hitting all the Power Ball numbers, about 1 in 1,000,000. Even so, it can and does happen. Fishermen and boaters should be especially mindful of ap- proaching weather because not only lightening but high winds can create havoc. I was fishing with a friend once on Lake Clam- borne when a thunderstorm approached so quickly we didn't have time to make it back to the landing. We rode out the storm inside a nearby boat house. The general rule for being on the water during a thunder- storm is really simple. Get the heck out of there but if caught The lightening strikes; the thunder rolls before being able to get off the water, get as low in the boat as Thunderstorms of recent days have thinking of the you can to avoid being the highest object in the boat. Remem- Garth Brooks song, "The Thunder Rolls',,dpicting an unfaith- ber the 30/30 rule: when you see lightening and you can't ful guy returning home before dawn tt: k.stick on,his collar Count tc30 before hearing th,der, it's time to leave. Also, stay emitting the essence of strange perfume'The song setto the inside fo:i30 minutes after h{tring the last clap of thunder. rumble of thunder, adding an ominous quality to the scenario. Don't take chances with lightening. To do so can produce You'd hope when his wife got through with him, he'd look like results worse than the cheater in the Garth Brooks song. LItSAA and Exxon Mobil partnership Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced that it has re- newed its partnership with ExxonMobil, who will again be recognized as the title sponsor for the LHSAA's All-Academic Scholar Athlete Program. In addition, ISC has partnered with the LHSAA to become the presenting sponsor of the All-Academic Scholar Athlete Program. The LHSAA ExxonMobil All-Academic Scholar Ath- lete Program recognizes stu- dent-athletes that are the composite recipients in all 27 sports. These are graduat- ing seniors who have main- talned perfect 4.0 or above grade point averages (GPAs) for their entire high school careers. Students who receive all-academic scholar honors receive framed certificates at their respective sports' state championships. This year (2012) marks the third year that ExxonMobil Baton Rouge has been the title sponsor of this prestigious awards pro- gram. "This partnership is great way for ExxonMobil to help support students who are committed to excellence, both in the classroom and on the field," said ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery Manager Steve Blume. "We are proud to join LHSAA and ISC in an effort to recognize young people who represent Louisiana's future, our leaders of tomorrow." ISC, a leading supplier of instrumentation and electrical services to industry through- out the Gulf South, has been named the presenting spon- sor of the LHSAA ExxonMo- bil All-Academic Scholar Pro- gram. This is the first year that a presenting sponsor has been named for the awards program. "It was an easy decision to make when approached about joining ExxonMobil in partnering with LHSAA to rec- ognize these outstanding stu- dent athletes," said ISC Presi- dent and CEO Jerry Rispone. "ISC has supported education and workforce development for many years and this is an- other wonderful way to recog- nize outstanding classroom achievement." According to LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson, "Honoring the student-athletes fir achieve- ments in the classroom is vital to our mission of go- ing %eyond the game.' High school sports are an exten- sion of our student-athletes' total educational experience. Our partnership with Exxon- Mobil and ISC assures us the opportunity to recognize our student-athletes who have achieved the highest success in the classroom while partici- pating in high school sports. These seniors truly epitomize the phrase student-athlete." For more information about the LHSAA ExxonMobil All-Academic Scholar Athlete Program, visit the LHSAA's website at About the LHSAA The LHSAA is a private entity that provides and regu- lates interscholastic athletic programs that promote fair and equitabl e competition among its member schools that is in the best interest of the student-athlete. What is the value of a community newspaper? 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