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The climate is changing and extreme weather events
are becoming increasingly more frequent. Sports
officials need a clear view of current conditions and an
accurate understanding of how forecasted weather will
impact their event. In recent years, there has been
greater awareness of the importance in understanding
weather conditions and the necessary caution when
considering delaying games or evacuating people.
Sporting events are an exciting, shared experience. Thousands of fans and spectators are energized by the drama of the game and the promise of a thrilling win. However, if you are in charge of ensuring the safety of those fans and players, you may have to make some hard
decisions about delaying the game when dark or stormy clouds start rolling in. Safety must always come first when lightning, rain, high winds, or other conditions threaten play.
And if it seems like this scenario has been happening more often to you in recent years, you’re right. Sporting event delays due to weather are becoming more and more common, for two major reasons: 1) there is an increase in extreme weather events and 2) officials have a better
awareness of how weather situations can harm players and spectators, and are wisely suspending or canceling events more often.