|Tornado passing Bryant-Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama|
on April 27, 2011. No game was in progress.
Photo: "Birmingham News"
- Most important rule: Trust your instinct. If things don't look or feel right, shelter regardless of what others might chose to do or not do.
- Lightning is a threat in every thunderstorm. Your car offers adequate protection and is superior to some types of stadia.
- "Severe" thunderstorms are those with large hail (≥1") and/or damaging winds (≥58 mph). If there is shelter available in a permanent building (i.e., the high school itself) that would be preferable to your car or under the stadium. For most high school stadia, I'd chose my car in a severe thunderstorm.
- Neither car nor stadium is adequate shelter in a tornado and there is a pretty good chance of at least a few tornadoes Saturday. If a tornado watch is issued and thunderstorms begin to approach, I would probably bail out in plenty of time to get to more substantial shelter long before a traffic jam develops.