Chicago Bears Withstood Weather Delay to Beat Baltimore Ravens

Yesterday, after a weather delay that lasted nearly 2 hours, the Chicago Bears beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20.

Baltimore Ravens players leave the field as play was suspended for a severe thunderstorm blowing through Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Baltimore Ravens players leave the field as play was suspended for a severe thunderstorm blowing through Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Fans are advised to leave the stadium as severe weather passes over Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Fans are advised to leave the stadium as severe weather passes over Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

This was no ordinary weather delay —  the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado watch, severe thunderstorm and flash-flood warnings for the downtown Chicago area, effective until 3:30 p.m. local time.

Fans are warned to take cover as a severe storm moves through Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Fans are warned to take cover as a severe storm moves through Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Ravens led 10-0 at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time when stadium announcers asked fans to start heading for shelter. WeatherBug was also monitoring the situation, helping WeatherBug users in the Chicago-area stay safe!

Spark, an exclusive feature of WeatherBug, turns your phone into a personal lightning detector.

Spark, an exclusive feature of WeatherBug, turns your phone into a personal lightning detector.

Here’s a play-by-play of what went down, with exclusive insight from our networks:

  • At 8:40 am CST, the NWS issued a Tornado Watch for a large fraction of Illinois, including Chicago. Note, this was a “PDS” watch, meaning a Particularly Dangerous Situation. A PDS watch is issued for situations that appear likely to be destructive, in this case: intense tornadoes (destructive, deadly tornadoes), extremely large hail, and wind gusts near 80 mph.
  • At 12:10 pm CST, the first WeatherBug Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (DTA) was issued for Soldier Field. The nearest active NWS Severe Thunderstorm Warning was about 9 miles northwest for northern Chicago suburbs. The nearest active NWS Tornado Warning was about 57 miles southwest (Grundy County – Gardner).
  • At 12:25 pm CSTa second WeatherBug Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (DTA) was issued for Soldier Field.
  • At 12:31 pm CST, play at Soldier Field suspended (4:51 remaining in the first quarter).
  • At 12:35 pm CST, the first Wind Damage Report inside Severe Thunderstorm (SVR TS) Warning Polygon is recorded.
  • At 12:45 pm CST, the first Hail Report inside SVR TS Warning Polygon is recorded.
  • At 12:53 pm CST, the Soldier Field WeatherBug station CHCGS recorded daily gust of 50 mph!
  • At 12:55 pm CST, a third WeatherBug Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (DTA) was issued. The nearest active Tornado Warning was about 10 miles south (Cook County – Chicago Heights)
  • At 2:25 pm CST, play resumed after player warm up.
Spark lightning map shows the location and number of lightning strikes.

Spark lightning map shows the location and number of lightning strikes.

WeatherBug was the first weather app to alert to this dangerous thunderstorm. When severe weather strikes, minutes matter. Since we operate the world’s largest weather and sensor networks, which produces unparalleled real-time weather data, we alert an average of 50% faster than other weather apps!

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-The WeatherBug Team 

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