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MARA Weather Warning System


Safety of the players, spectators, and officials
is our main concern at MARA

No weather event is more dangerous than lightning. Because of this

threat, we have installed the Thorguard Lightning Prediction System.

This system can provide advance warning of a lightning hazard, allowing

you the time to seek shelter. The system continually monitors and

evaluates the electrostatic atmosphere and predicts the probability

of a lightning hazard in the immediate area of our facility.


You will be alerted by one loud horn blast that will last 15 seconds.

Upon hearing the horns, everyone should seek shelter immediately.

When this occurs, strobe lights located on the top of the horns

will activate and remain active while under a weather alert.

Every attempt should be made to seek shelter in a safe environment like a permanent building or car. The Thorguard system will determine when conditions are safe to return. Three 5-second blasts will indicate that all is clear and the strobe lights will cease operation.



Athletic Fields & Bleachers

Open Areas

Field Lighting Poles

Isolated Trees

High Elevation


Questions regarding Weather and Field Conditions contact:
Your Commissioner Or Coach


Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association
Kathy Duncan MARA Administrator, PO Box 1023
Matthews, North Carolina 28106

Phone: 704-847-0752
Email: [email protected]

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