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If a snowman got struck by lightening... Answered

If a snowman was struck by lightening, wouldn't it explode? The way I see it, all of the water would be instantly turned into steam, so maybe it wouldn't be classified as an explosion, but it would look dang cool. -Now we just have to have a thunderstorm in the wintertime, or we could get the Mythbusters to bring a snowman to one of those 'Artificial Lightening' places-

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

It would indeed by interesting for me to see a snowman struck by lightening... or even a snowman at all haha...

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

It snows in Texas...sometimes...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

Get Plasmaman to build a tiny one and hit it with a spark from his new Marx generator!

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

Well Ice is pretty much non conductive, IE: large amounts of electrical energy shooting through it would create massive levels of heat instantly...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

...so we need to see it in slo-mo.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

I reckon an automotive coil generator may yield more interesting results due to the nature of the discharge, two prongs in to a cylinder of ice... Now capturing it would be hard, I can't even slow down me snapping a zippo closed at 30FPS, someone may get a nice camera, maybe even take a long exposure in correct lighting just to get as close to a decent representation as possible.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. That sounds like a great idea. Probably wouldn't be enough power for a full-blown steam explosion, but it should give one an idea of what will happen. . A Marx generator sounds like more fun. heehee

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

Oh wait, better idea... Make a barrel from extremely tough non conductive stuff, take a bog standard railgun, a big on and load a large piece of ice behind a solid and non conductive object... The result would likely be more powerful than the normal railgun tactics if you had enough energy to make the steam blow up...

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Jackhole
Jackhole

Reply 12 years ago

That is awesome, I want one.

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Chicken2209
Chicken2209

12 years ago

i think is improbable because its more likely to strike a tree or something

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 12 years ago

It is possible in a open area.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. I predict that the water will vaporize very quickly - BOOM!