All fields at Dublin Park and Palmer Park are OPEN as of 3pm for Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
Thunderstorms should be in the area within the next few hours.
Per the City of Madison Lightning Policy: It will be MANDATORY to cancel or suspend all activities at City of Madison athletic fields, aquatic facilities and parks if people are in jeopardy due to lightning or inclement weather. When lightning is observed or thunder is heard by a City Employee, officials, umpires or even a parent; at this time, all coaches, officials, spectators, employees, patrons and volunteers in the area must seek shelter immediately. They must go to their vehicles in a quick, but safe manner or a sturdy structure indoors.
It is important to remember, a lightning strike 10 to 15 miles away can strike your area; and therefore it is MANDATORY to suspend or postpone athletic or recreational activities when determined necessary.
When using the “flash-to- bang method”, as the count approaches 30 seconds, all persons should be seeking or already inside appropriate shelter. This is the minimal guideline when using the flash-to-bang method to halt activities.
30-Minute Return-to-Play Rule
Waiting at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash or sound of thunder is warranted. Each time lightning is seen or thunder is heard the 30-minute rule will be applied.