Lightning Delays and Safely Finishing Your Event

Thor Guard

There are many ways to manage an event’s lightning dangers including sight and sound, electronic detection and advanced prediction. Regardless of the type of system you choose, it is important to pay close attention to the warnings and believe them. Everyone would agree that this would be an obvious choice, but too often people push the safety limit so more of the game or activity is completed. This frequently happens when humans are looking for a lightning strike and counting the seconds until thunder is heard. The subjective nature of human decision making, coupled with an emotional need to finish an event makes this form of lightning safety very dangerous and inconsistent. Electronic methodology is much better and if believed, the human element is totally removed. A lingering question still remains. When can you safely resume the game?  How long should you wait given the fact that lightning can strike from 50 miles away?

Thor Guard Lightning Prediction 

Thor Guard represents the lightning prediction option to help manage anyone’s lightning risk. This technology samples the energy fields and movements that actually permit lightning to come to ground. It doesn’t matter if the strike is a storm’s first, a strike from a storm 10 to 20 miles away, or a return strike from a storm that had seemingly departed your area an hour earlier. Thor Guard’s systems are based on more than 43 years of on-going research and practical application proven throughout the world. We believe that return strikes from storms that seemed to have passed are the most dangerous and most difficult to defend against.

The All Important All Clear Notification 

If someone is using the flash to bang method of lightning warning, they are working under the so-called 30-30 Rule. This states that if there is a 30 second interval between a visible lightning strike and the audible thunder from that strike, then the strike was six miles distant (30 divided by 5 equals 6). The assumption is that a lightning event six or more miles away suggests you are safe. After a storm has passed, you would wait 30 minutes after the last strike is detected six miles from your location. Not only have NOAA and the National Weather Service abandoned this methodology years ago, there is no data to support this practice.

Lightning detection uses the same 30 minute wait period after the last strike occurs eight or ten miles from the sensor. While the waiting period may sound safe, there is no evidence or data to support the practice. Thirty minutes could be way too long or too short!

Thor Guard sees the same energy required to create a strike as when a storm has passed. No energy, no strike. Too much energy, no matter how long you wait, still dangerous. It is all about the energy. Thor Guard, on average, will get you back on the field twenty to forty five minutes earlier than any other method…safely.

For more information visit, thorguard.com. 

Emily Harbourne is the editor for Campus Rec Magazine. She can be reached at emily@peakemedia.com.

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