Electrical Phenomena

'Lightning strike' fear forces plane back to HK

A Taiwan-bound flight from Hong Kong was forced to return to the airport yesterday after it was suspected to have been struck by lightning.

Friday, 20 April, 2012, 12:00am

Sprites on the moor come alive

The Windvale Sprites Mackenzie Crook Published by Faber & Faber ISBN 978 0 571 24071 5

Mackenzie Crook is the latest actor to have a go at writing youth fiction. The British actor starred in The Office and The Pirates of the Caribbean.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Shiver me timbers! This pirate can really write ... and draw

The Windvale Sprites By Mackenzie Crook Published by Faber and Faber ISBN 978 0 571 24071 5

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

6,000 strikes of lightning recorded

The Observatory recorded 6,003 strikes of lightning between 6am and 7am yesterday as a trough of low pressure moved in from Guangdong to bring thunderstorms and rain to the city. The trough weakened during the day to be replaced by a maritime airstream.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am

Luggage late? It may be due to lightning

Passengers' annoyance over luggage delays has led the Airport Authority to publicise details of a warning system that alerts airport staff to approaching lightning.

27 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Daly flees course 'fearing for life' as lightning strikes

American John Daly ran for his life after lightning 'scared the hell' out of him during yesterday's first round of the US$250,000 Macau Open. Daly and playing partner Nico van Rensburg of South Africa walked off the course at the Macau Golf and Country Club, but the rest of the field played on as Asian PGA officials assured players there was no lightning activity in the area.

4 May 2001 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

The Russains never made it to the moon. Why? The Soviet space programme lost momentum after its mastermind Sergei Korolev died in 1966. While the US was moon-crazy, pouring about three per cent of the entire federal budget into the space programme, the Soviets were more interested in making bombs.

9 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Lightning cuts power

Lightning struck an overhead powerline between Tai Po and Yuen Long last night, disrupting power to many areas of the territory and trapping scores of people in lifts.

China Light and Power said power in most buildings would have been restored automatically.

31 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Why lightning can be a killer

Q: I am an avid golfer and play every other weekend. I play even when it is raining. I have heard of numerous golfers who have been struck by lightning on the golf course. Can you please tell me what causes this to happen and how best to avoid it? Dr Rose writes: Every year, there are many direct lightning strikes on people worldwide, with fatality rates about 30 per cent.

24 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Power of the crystals

''AMBER is the symbol of wealth and fortune, while amethyst, the glittering purple crystal, improves your health. Pinkish-rose quartz determines your love life and transparent white crystal is best for calming your emotions.'' This is what you are told if you pop into one of the ''semi-religious'' crystal shops sprouting all over Hong Kong.

15 May 1994 - 12:00am