We’re excited to announce that a new Thor Guard 360 lightning prediction and detection system is up and running at the National Sports Center.
While this system detects lightning, it also uses algorithms to accurately predict lightning.
What you need to know:
- If lighting is predicted or detected in the vicinity, the system will go into ‘RED ALERT,’ and the horns will sound for 15 seconds. The amber strobe light will flash continuously.
- When the lightning threat diminishes, the system will return to ‘ALL CLEAR,’ and the horns will sound three times for 5 seconds each. The amber strobe light will discontinue flashing.
- The system has other levels that include ‘SEVERE STORM,’ ‘TORNADO’ and ‘HEAT WARNINGS.’
- There are two additional strobe lights on each horn cluster. The white strobe light indicates ‘HEAT WARNING 1,’ and the blue strobe light indicates ‘HEAT WARNING 2.’
- At the moment, the system is operating 24/7, and the strobe lights will flash if necessary. The horns, however, are set to only activate between the hours of 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- The system can be viewed from any computer, tablet or phone by visiting http://360.thormobile.net/nsc/.
- Some of the information you will see on this screen include radar, lightning or heat warnings, lightning information, current conditions and forecast.
How it affects golfers:
- When the horn sounds the first time, lightning has been detected within a certain radius, and junior golfers must be pulled off the course. Adults are allowed to decide for themselves what to do.
- When the horn sounds a second time, it is all clear for everyone to resume play.