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Adam & Maria Peterson
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Username: Adamaria

Post Number: 7
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 08:49 am:   

Last Sunday, the horn sounded on the lightning predictor system at the Warren Field location. There were several soccer teams practicing on these fields. After the horn sounded, we heard nothing more. I was under the assumption that a light was supposed to continue flashing after the horn sounded, but this was not the case Sunday. We packed up soon after the horn sounded and left. Upon checking the FSA website, I found this information: "When a probability of lightning is detected the horn will sound continuously for fifteen seconds and the yellow light will begin flashing. At this time all fields will be cleared. The yellow light will continue to flash as long as a threat exists. When a threat is no longer detected, the horn will sound three short blasts and the yellow light will go off. It is then safe to return to the fields and resume play." What happens in the case on Sunday when the horn sounds and no light flashes? Is it safe to resume practice/play? The horn sounded one time and that was all, it never sounded again after that.

Amy Gill, Assistant to the City Manager
Username: Amyg

Post Number: 76
Registered: 08-2002
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 09:54 am:   

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. After checking the system, we did find a problem with the wiring to the power source. After consulting with our Thorguard representative, the problem has been corrected. The current policy of all of our youth sports organizations is that if the referees or coaches feel there is a threat, the area should be evacuated regardless of what the lightning predictor indicates. As in the case Sunday, our recommendation would be to take the safest course if in doubt and clear the area.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further.


Bob Johnson
Superintendent of Parks

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