The purpose of this lightning policy is to provide a uniform code of procedures to follow during weather where the risk of lightning strike is high. This is done to protect the health and wellbeing of the student-athletes.
The NCAA has made arrangements through Telvent DTN to provide a lightning detection and weather monitoring system. Weather will be monitored electronically. In case there are issues with the Telvent DTN weather monitoring system, the SkyScan Lightning Detector (portable, electronic) and Internet Doppler radar will be used.
The primary method of communication, in case of inclement weather, will be through the public address announcer. The PA announcer will inform all teams, fans and spectators to seek shelter immediately.
The flash-to-bang method will also be used as a visual reference. To use the flash-to-bang method, begin counting on the lightning flash, and stop counting when the associated thunder is heard. Divide this number (in seconds) by five to determine the distance (in miles) to the lightning flash. For example, if the time in seconds between the lightning being spotted and the thunder being heard is equal to 30, divide that by five, and you get six (30/5=6). Therefore, that lightning flash was approximately six miles away from the observer. Seek shelter immediately, if the count is 30 seconds or less.
Seek shelter in most immediate building or vehicle, depending on your individual location. For severe thunderstorm or snowstorm activity, these will be the main shelters. L.S. Ayres Football Stadium will be used as the tornado site.