Lightning can inflict significant damage to a tree as it did in March to the pine tree pictured above growing in a home landscape in Clear Lake. Being struck by lightning does not automatically spell doom to a tree as many such trees are able to make a remarkable recovery given good care and time.

Lightning evokes a range of human emotions from fascination to fear.

I was amazed when viewing television replays of a lightning strike that occurred on the grounds at the PGA Tour Championship series Saturday in Atlanta.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at

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