Science: Lightning Lore

To the top of Pittsburgh's grimy Gothic Cathedral of Learning went Dr. Gilbert D. McCann last week, there to bait his traps for thunderbolts and thus officially open the 1943 lightning season. Other claptraps (more than 200) were set out along power lines, on forest watchtowers, atop radio masts and the tall stacks of copper smelters—wherever lightning is likely to strike twice.

If the new season is up to average, lightning will kill some 400 people by October,* burn up about twelve million dollars worth of farm buildings, cause half the oil-tank fires, set...

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