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