Thursday, January 14, 2010
Weather Safety for Outdoor Venues
Here's a handy little device that just might save your bacon (or maybe keep it from becoming bacon). ThunderBolt International (www.tbi-usa.com) has a portable lightning strike monitor that will detect storms up to 75 miles away and provide you with an ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival). This last summer saw way too many outdoor shows that were devastated by storms that resulted in serious injuries and deaths.
This information in combination with a live weather map from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - www.noaa.gov) or other reliable weather reporting source can provide you with advance warning of incoming weather fronts. You can also get portable weather stations that can accurately monitor local wind speeds and barometric pressure drops - just enter "weather station" into your internet search engine and you will find plenty of information.
Don't wait until the last minute to clear the stage and audience. Plan now for a safe summer tour season.