With Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the Gulf Coast, is it the right time to go ghost hunting? Absolutely! Get your best ghost hunting equipment handy and ride out the storm with your ghostly friends.

The theory behind thunderstorms and ghost hunting is that the spirit can draw from the extra electrical energy to help it become more visible or detectable by the living. And since we the living are also experiencing the added atmospheric energy from the storm, it helps us become more in-tune with the spirits' level. Therefore, we have a much better chance of a paranormal sighting than on a clear, calm night.

Even if you can't time a ghost hunt with a thunderstorm, it most definitely doesn't hurt to drag out the compass, digital camera and whatever else you have in your ghost hunting kit next time you are sitting at home during a strong storm. You may be surprised at the results!

The full moon is also by far the most active time to experience paranormal activity. There are many theories as to why this is -- from the air being charged with extra positive ions to the added gravitational pull on the earth and us. The full moon has been associated with paranormal and supernatural activitys since the beginning of time.

The new moon is probably the second most active time for experiencing paranormal phenomena. During this time, the moon rises at the same time as the sun. Because of this, you can't see the moon, making for some really dark ghost hunting. We have found no theories as to why, physically, this is a good time to ghost hunt, but it seems to hold true.

The sun is also believed to play an important role in how open we are to ghosts and paranormal activity. Most of us don't realize how often we actually go through a geomagnetic storm caused by solar wind, which, like a lightning storm, is thought to somehow increase paranormal strength. Any serious ghost hunter is well aware of solar conditions at any given time.

So take it from this seasoned ghost hunter: don't pass up an opportunity to investigate the paranormal just because of inclement weather.