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Lightning Prediction System

Lightning prediction system

The UWF Lightning Prediction System is capable of sensing and monitoring atmospheric conditions within a 12-mile radius. When the system detects a high probability of a lightning strike within a two-mile radius of campus, the system's automatic alarm horns will sound a single 15-second blast and the warning strobe lights above the horn cluster will begin to flash. The lights continue to flash until the atmospheric conditions improve. When the likelihood of a lightning strike passes, the system will sound an "all-clear" signal consisting of three, five-second long blasts of the horns. The alarm hours are programmed to sound from 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. daily.

When the lightning system alarm is sounded, persons in open areas are advised to seek shelter inside a large building, a protected shelter, or substantial vehicle and remain there until the "all clear" is sounded. During the time when a lightning strike is predicted, do not go near open areas, water, tall trees, metal fences, overhead wires, or power lines. Do not attempt to use a telephone, cell phone, radio, or other electrical devices.