a) Summer Watches and Warnings
Environment Canada issues severe weather watches as a heads up to residents and visitors. They tell you when severe weather is likely to develop. The lead time is normally two (2) to six (6) hours. Thunderstorms, however, often form quickly so the lead times may be less than two (2) hours.
All watches are either updated or ended. If you hear that a storm watch has been issued, please watch the skies and listen to your local Canadian radio or television station, Environment Canada’s weatheradio broadcasts or visit the weather website.
b) Two types of watches
• A severe thunderstorm watch is issued when weather conditions indicate the likely development of thunderstorms, some of which may become severe.
• A tornado watch is issued when a thunderstorm could possibly spawn tornadoes.
Severe weather warnings are issued only when severe weather is occurring or is about to occur. The weather service tries to provide lead time of 15 minutes to two (2) hours. Usually a watch is issued first, followed by warnings. In some situations thunderstorms develop quickly and the warning is issued immediately.
c) Lightning – the most dangerous
In Canada, lightning kills between six and twelve people each year and causes 92-164 injuries. Outdoor recreational enthusiasts account for 70% of the victims killed and 62% of the injuries.
d) Safety Tips
• Keep a safe distance from tall objects, such as trees, hilltops and telephone poles.
• Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as metal fences, bats, golf clubs, bicycles.
• If you are in a group in the open, spread out, keeping people several metres apart.
• If caught in a field far from shelter and you feel your hair stand on end, lightning may be about to hit you. Crouch on the ground immediately, with feet together, placing your hands on your knees and bending forward. Do not lie flat.
e) Use the 30/30 rule
• Take appropriate shelter when you count 30 seconds or fewer between lightning and thunder
• Remain sheltered for 30 minutes after the last thunder
f) Obtaining Weather Information
Environment Canada provides summer weather information to the public through local radio and television stations, the Weatheradio network and their website at www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca. Please ensure your event stays informed for the protection of all players, fans and volunteers. Stay alert, stay safe and enjoy the game.
*The above information is provided by Environment Canada