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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.

The automatic alarm horns are located in areas with high concentration of outdoor activities, primarily the core campus. 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.