January 08, 2004

Ask Jen Pete

Paige has a friend who wonders if is dangerous to take a shower during a thunderstorm. My first impression was to agree with him that it is nonsense. Unless, of course, you are a nature type who likes to use an outdoor shower. However after reading the wonderfully paranoid site Thunder Storm Safety I have to wonder. Of course the type of person who worries about getting electrocuted in the shower during a thunderstorm is probably paranoid about a lot of things and it’s a wonder that they ever leave the house. Personally I wouldn’t worry about it, if it’s your time to go you are going to go and it doesn’t matter where you are when it happens. I see that he is from Rochester so if I were his firend, I would worry more about getting buried in a snowdrift or hypothermia.

Posted by Pete at January 8, 2004 06:05 AM


The chance is quite remote, but while getting my PhD in Physics, a friend was studying lightning strikes, and as I recall, from the data he collected, no one who read his paper would take a shower in a thunderstorm again. Of course he was not in Physics, but we did not hold that against him. : )

Posted by: Jay at January 8, 2004 07:02 AM

Your second sentence is incorrect, and I demand a correction, or I shall have to summon the blog police. The word "her" should be replaced by the word "him". Similar corrections are required elsewhere in the article.

Thanks. :-)

Posted by: Paige at January 8, 2004 11:51 AM

sorry about that. Fixed

Posted by: Pete at January 8, 2004 12:00 PM

Bah, showers do too electrocute people! I came here googling for an answer, because the past few days, I've taken a shower, and the stupid metal handles and head shocks me. Lovely, eh.

Posted by: Bob at July 19, 2004 04:24 PM