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Recreation Department

(973) 294-0896
(973) 593-0125
(973) 294-0896
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)

Lightning Alerts

Lightning Warning flyer

Beginning this spring, you will now be able to monitor local lightning storms on your computer or mobile device through Weatherbug. Directions for doing so can be found below.

Click here to view information from our new local weather station.

1. Install the Weatherbug app on your device(s).

2. Open the app and click on the icon in the upper left corner.

3. About halfway down the drop-down menu, you will see a heading entitled "Severe Weather," under that heading is a selection entitled "Spark."  Select it.

4. On the righthand side, it will show you the approximate distance of the closest lightning strikes. If it is indicated that there is lightning within 10 miles, all field or other outdoor activities should be ceased immediately.

5. Make sure location services for the Weatherbug app are enabled on your phone.

6. Make sure your location is set to "Madison, NJ - Madison Public Safety Complex".

Click here to register to be notified of immanent lightning.

Click here to see a Lightning Safety Planning Guide.

Borough Lightning Policy:

All coaches, parents, officials and spectators are encouraged to download the free WeatherBug Smartphone Ap which includes Spark Alert lightning detection.  All games, practices or sports gatherings on Borough fields are to be immediately suspended if the WeatherBug Spark Alert detects lightning less then 6 miles from the field location.  All players are to stay inside a fully enclosed building or vehicle until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike within a 6 mile range of the field.  

If the WeatherBug Spark Alert detection or alternate lightning detection system is not available, then the Flash-to-Bang Method should be used.  With the Flash-to-Bang Method, count the seconds from the time the lightning is sighted to when the clap of thunder is heard.  Divide this number by five to obtain how far away, in miles, the lightning is occurring.  If it reveals lightning to be within 6 miles (a 30 second count between the flash of lightning and the bang of thunder) activity is to be suspended and everyone should seek shelter immediately.  

During a game situation the activity will resume once the coaches and officials have conferred and the above criteria have been met.