I was playing a ball game last summer and was very vocal that we should be cancelling the game. No one was listening to me. I was *this close* to walking off the field but my team would have had to forfeit the game if I did.I hope the universe isn't trying to tell me something. I saw this Wednesday, and on Thursday, other random internet life let me to an image of someone doing the same thing. WHile it's good knowledge to have, with all the rain we're having it's making me a little nervous that the universe decided I needed detailed knowledge of this. (Also, while maybe hair-raising would help me focus, I'm not sure how long I could stay in that position, really.)
Not only could I see lightening and hear the thunder but all the girls with fine hair? It was standing on end.
I was livid. Whenever I wasn't on the field, I was in lightning position - crouched on the ground with just the balls of my feet touching the ground. Everyone thought I was a little strange but a guy I worked with was killed by a lightening stike. It makes me very nervous, now.
Years ago, before I had children, I had read an article about a little girl who was 12 years old who was playing softball and was in the outfield when there was a thunderstorm about 3 miles away from the game. There'd been a lot of rain, the ground was really soggy, and lightning struck. She wasn't killed, but ended up with such severe brain damage that she was physically/mentally about as capable as a baby less than a year old (no bladder/bowel control, no ability to walk or even crawl, no intelligible words). It made quite an impression on me.
So when middle son was 8 and playing Little League and a thunderstorm came up (wherein I could see the lightning, but the count indicated it was still a couple miles away), the umpire refused to call the game ("in my day, we kept playing"). I called to middle son and told him I was taking him out of the game until the storm passed because I'd rather have a live and healthy child than worry about a Little League game. Apparently, after I did that, all the other parents felt that they had permission to do the same thing because within 5 minutes, the field was clear of both teams. (there'd been some "I wish the umpire would call the game" noises from some of the other parents ... I guess one of those things where someone has to be first).
I'm glad that nowadays, there's a lot more understanding about that. The pool will clear after lightning is observed and for a set number of minutes after the last strike. The baseball team (high school level) will clear the field and go on a weather delay for a set number of minutes after a lightning strike is observed (and the "clock" resets if another strike is observed before the set number is up). With baseball, depending on the total length of delay and how much game they got in before the weather, they may call the game complete or require it to be completed at a later date.
Seriously, lightning is no joke .. it can kill or otherwise destroy lives. Swimming and other outdoor sporting activities can always wait.