Weather Intelligence

To Play or Not to Play: Ensuring Athlete and Spectator Safety

Have you noticed this year’s extreme weather? It makes it even more important that sporting event officials understand the impact on players. Extreme weather not only impacts the decision to delay or continue a game, but also it affects evacuation plans.

In recent years, extreme weather has been on the rise, adding to the adrenaline of already-exciting sporting events. When faced with dangerous weather conditions, such as hail, lightning, or high winds, safety must always come first.

To ensure safety, game delays are becoming more prevalent — and there are a couple of reasons why. First, extreme weather events are increasing in frequency within the United States. The second is that there is greater awareness of the effects of extreme weather on people and their safety.

Highly-targeted weather tools

Weather management systems are extremely sophisticated, allowing users to pinpoint what conditions will be at a given time and place. In addition, today’s powerful storm tracking capabilities help officials easily make fast and accurate judgment calls based on highly-localized, real-time information.

With advanced lightning tracking technology, you can monitor lightning approaching your event in real time.

With advanced lightning tracking technology, you can monitor lightning approaching your event in real time.

To help manage lightning threats, there are solutions that allow you to track strikes in real time. The real-time component is critical; if you get your information from free Internet sites, it is important to note that many are updated infrequently and lack the precision necessary to provide a safe environment for players and patrons.

To improve decision making, alerts can be instantly sent via email or text message, keeping you on top of strikes within a pre-defined radius of your location. This provides the information needed to ensure the safety and well being of people at your events. The addition of all-clear notifications also helps you manage the delays better, and make sure it’s safe before activities are resumed.

Know when lightning strikes are detected within a set area, which is vital for early decisions that support spectator and player safety.

Know when lightning strikes are detected within a set area, which is vital for early decisions that support spectator and player safety.

Everyone who is in charge of making safer play decisions is responsible for ensuring that their sporting events go on without a hitch. Extreme weather tools and alerts can go a long way to making sure safety is at the forefront of a great experience.

Protect Crews from the threat of lightining


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