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New Memorial Park Lightning Prediction System Explained

City of Russell LogoThe City of Russell has installed a Lightning Prediction System in the Memorial Park Complex, which includes baseball fields, tennis courts, Duke Johnson Municipal Pool, Russell Municipal Golf Course, Play Park, Skate Park, Frisbee Golf and horse-shoe pits.

This system is designed to predict a lightning strike within the park complex. Once the pre-established detection limits are reached, the system activates a horn and strobe light to warn those in the park to seek shelter. Since this system is automated it can provide warning even when there appears to be no evidence of lightning.

When conditions for a lightning strike exist, the following will occur from the system:

  • A 15-second blast on the horn cluster.
  • A yellow strobe will activate and stay on until the danger has passed, or at least 10 minutes after the last detection of lightning.
  • The horns will activate an all-clear signal (three short blasts) and the strobe light will go off, once the potential for a lightning strike has passed.

The Lightning Prediction System is shut down at park closing time and activates at 7:00 AM the following morning.

Park users should stop their activities and seek shelter anytime they believe lightning threatens them, even if a signal has not been sounded.

If you have any questions regarding the Thor Guard Lightening Prediction System or would like to review the city's Lightning Predictions System Policy for the Memorial Park Complex, please call the City of Russell Parks Department at 785-483-7121 or the City Building at 785-483-6311.

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