What if lightning strikes a Boise State game?

Statesman staffSeptember 13, 2013 

Weather delays have been all the rage.

At least eight major-college football games in seven states, and one NFL game, have been delayed by lightning this season, including Idaho’s game at Wyoming last Saturday. On Thursday night, the Rocky Mountain-Meridian high school game was delayed at halftime - and later postponed.

Not taking any chances.

A lightning strike within a 6.5-mile radius of the blue turf will stop a football game there, according to Mountain West policy. Play won’t resume until a half- hour after the last lightning strike within that distance. If necessary, there is an evacuation plan in place for spectators.

Lightning for Air Force? Not likely.

Weather Underground suggests a chance of a thunderstorm for the Boise State-Air Force game (6 p.m. start). Wasyl Hewko of the National Weather Service in Boise said there is a 30 percent chance of light rain.

Is lightning striking more often these days?

Dave Oosting of Vaisala, which provides lightning data to NWS, said strikes have been average nationally and worldwide.

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