I'm not a weather expert by any measure. When I was playing with
amateur radio I had towers that could act as lightning rods if they
were not properly grounded. I do have my entire house well grounded
now as a "carry over" from the radio hobby that is long gone.
Lightning can be very area specific. Just a few kilometers one
way or the other can make a huge difference. I put together a weather
station and I share the data on a web page because it's a hobby. Keeps
me somewhat sane!
But I am sacred of lightning. Not of getting hit, but of the damage
it can do to your electrical/electronic equipment. In 1996 I lost a
computer, a dial-up modem, a $2000 radio and a new TV because of one
strike. No idea how it got in. But that's when two 8-foot ground
rods were installed! I have everything tied to those and (fingers
crossed) no damage since. I also have all of my toys on power bars
and when I hear thunder, I unplug them. An ounce of prevention . . .
The "project" James and I discuss on here is just analyzing my 7
years of weather data looking for climate change patterns. 7 years isn't
enough . . . you need 20-30 years of data to see trends. So it's just a
distraction to learn a new programming language. Anything I find from
my data is not considered "real" because of the small amount of data