Lightning has been in the local news in recent days because of a deadly strike to multiple individuals in Washington, D.C.
All should take warning from that unfortunate incident. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case during outdoor sports.
Those who regularly attend outside games of all types during the summer months experience thunderstorm issues, when thunder is sounding, even lightning is seen, but games continue.
Sometimes those in charge of games, like the umpires or officials once contests start, are concentrating so hard on watching the action, they don’t always see the lightning to suspend play. Maybe that’s the case when they don’t hear the thunder, as well. Anyhow, that happens too often. Weather is in the area, but games continue in unsafe conditions.
Weather experts say this. Don’t wait to see lightning to take cover from a thunderstorm. They also say don’t even wait to hear thunder to take cover. If a storm is approaching, take cover then. Again, don’t wait.
Waiting to hear thunder or see lightning can be too late.
It would be a good and safe idea for all to follow those summertime outside storm rules at all times.
– Dave Facinoli