We’ve analyzed this specific event to see how our network would’ve performed had this school used WeatherBug for weather alerting or if someone at the game was using WeatherBug w/ Spark on their smartphone:
- At 8:42 PM EDT– In-cloud lightning (magenta) is detected by our Total Lightning Network less than 5 miles away from the school.
- At 8:43 PM EDT – Additional in-cloud lightning is detected less than 5 miles away.
- At 8:44 PM EDT – A cloud-to-ground strike (yellow) and an in-cloud strike are detected less than 3.5 miles away!
- At 8:45:45 PM EDT – A cloud-to-ground lightning strike hits a tree on school grounds, near unsuspecting fans. Luckily, no one was injured.
As you can see, WeatherBug would’ve given 3 minutes of warning before lightning came too close to comfort. There were no NWS alerts associated with this event. Download WeatherBug to stay safe!
Post from 9/17/2013:
Imagine this — you’re at your kids high school football game, enjoying the half-time festivities, when out of nowhere a bolt of lightning strikes too close for comfort!
This is exactly what occurred on Friday, September 13th at Orlando University High School’s football game against Boone during half-time.
Check out the video — the action starts at 5:07.
The bolt of lightning appears to hit a tree behind the stands, close to a pack of Boone players huddled on the track, while the University High School band performs.
“We all ran for cover,” said Bob Jones, father of Boone kicker Austin Jones. “The weather was great and it hit with no warning. Friday the 13th was a crazy night.”
As Mr. Jones states, the weather does NOT need to be bad for lightning to strike, in fact, we don’t believe it was triskaidekaphobia either as we’ve monitored many instances where lightning struck when there were blue skies overhead! If lightning is 10 miles or less from your location, you are in danger of being struck.
So how can you know if you (or your loved ones) are in lightning danger?
WeatherBug’s exclusive Spark feature!
A part of the WeatherBug application available on Android and iOS, Spark turns your smartphone into a personal lightning detector with real-time, minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning monitoring direct from our Total Lightning Network. Spark will tell you how far away the danger is with steps you can take to stay safe. Download it today, it’s FREE!
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Stay Safe. Know Before™.
-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team