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New system provides more advanced lightning warnings at Balloon Fiesta Park

KOB.com Web Staff
October 07, 2017 06:31 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Weather is key when it comes to maximum enjoyment, and safety, at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. One thing that especially doesn’t want to be seen: Lightning.

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For the 2017 event, there’s an extra layer of protection at Balloon Fiesta Park – a new lightning prediction system.

If you’re at the event and hear a loud siren, that means it’s time to take cover. The new Thor Guard system helps determine how likely it is that lightning will strike, and even provides warnings as far in advance as 15 minutes.

It’s not only meant to protect Balloon Fiesta spectators, but also attendees at the nearly 100 other events that happen at the park each year.

“We already have evacuation plans in place that we used last year when we had some near-lightning strikes to the park,” said Susan Rice of Albuquerque’s Parks and Rec Department. “And the evacuation method will be the same, but we are hoping this will give us a more advanced warning.”

The system was purchased using city council money provided by City Councilor Brad Winter.

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