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SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-11-05

"We call that an anomaly. A new phenomenon in a new world."

Potter - 2013-11-05

That's some real horror show right there my old chum!

BorrowedSolution - 2013-11-05

I swear I saw Doc Brown waving from in there.

Nominal - 2013-11-05

So that's why the lightning moved so slow when it hit the clocktower.

Flying Omelette - 2013-11-05

It's Killerwatt!

Adham Nu'man - 2013-11-05


chumbucket - 2013-11-05


Innocent Bystander - 2013-11-05

I disagree with the guy. I think this is definitely cool.

Oscar Wildcat - 2013-11-05

Especially when it flies past the pole pig and blows it up. In fact, I think that might have been what finally quenched the arc.

Old_Zircon - 2013-11-05

Also his ball lightning is huge

Old_Zircon - 2013-11-05

(I know it's not actually ball lighning but close enough)

memedumpster - 2013-11-05

Scintillating Sphere is a spell you do not fuck around with.

Caminante Nocturno - 2013-11-05

Only the Swat Kats can stop this power-hungry fiend!

jaunch - 2013-11-05

Ok, physics phags-- what the hell was that and how did it work?

EvilHomer - 2013-11-05

Sorcery. Worked by magic.

Oscar Wildcat - 2013-11-05

Polyphase arc, likely triggered by earlier lightning activity. Why it persists is because the usual breakers that would cut out such a massive local drain on the power system aren't working.

jaunch - 2013-11-05

I see. What makes it travel down a powerline that slowly?

EvilHomer - 2013-11-05

Angels. They know a swift-moving polyphase arc would be dangerous for the children in the town, so they hold onto the arc to slow it down.

Oscar Wildcat - 2013-11-05

Should it move faster? It's superheated air after all, no different than what you see on a jacobs ladder ( single phase arc ). If you are thinking it should be cruising along at speed C? Well, remember, we're here to discuss rubber cartoon horse vaginas, not electrodynamics.

That said, a Portal of Electrodynamics would be a welcome addition to the Internet, IMHO.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2013-11-05

As it was explained on reddit 3 days ago:
This was a high impedance electrical arcing fault. Usually the upstream protective device (ie. fuse, relay/breaker, recloser, etc.) will interrupt these types of faults and prevent them from continuing. They can start because of tree branches or animals or lightning strikes or anything that can bridge two phases or a phase and ground. The air becomes ionized and no longer acts as an insulator but a conductor. This arc is interesting because it was able to be sustained for such a long period of time.

If the fault has a high enough impedance, the current is actually not very high in comparison to regular faults. This makes it very difficult for the protective device to clear the fault since it the current can even be lower than the normal "load" current. The utility should be able to analyze any event reports in the area from the relays to try and determine what happened and if it can be prevented in the future.

Adham Nu'man - 2013-11-05

5 spiritual stars for EvilHomer

Oscar Wildcat - 2013-11-05

I have oft asserted that nothing brings you closer to God than up close personal experience with misbehaving high voltage equipment.

glasseye - 2013-11-05

Hell, even *switching* high voltage equipment is terrifying. Transistors the size of water heaters do not fuck around.

memedumpster - 2013-11-05

Most painful burn I ever got was from radio. Radio burns fucking hurt well beyond your expectations.

WallyTheWonderBadger - 2013-11-05

Quebec huh ... probably another Centre NAD hoax ...

Gmork - 2013-11-05


Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2013-11-05

If only there was a way to harness that energy.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2013-11-05


DriverStabby - 2013-11-05

Is this a fake? It's the best thing I've seen on poeTV lately.

Mister Yuck - 2013-11-06

I have a boner.

kingarthur - 2013-11-07


pyslexic dharmacist - 2013-11-07

Wait, what happened at the end? Did this guy get a hot load to the face?

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