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Oklahoma State vs. Baylor vs. Lightning

Weather was a factor in several NCAA games today and WDT was right there in the mix providing forecasts and real-time guidance.

Baylor hosted Oklahoma State in Waco, TX this evening for a 6:30 CT kickoff, however discussion was had earlier in the day about possibly moving the contest because the forecast called for flooding rainfall during game time. It's football though and football should be played in all weather - all weather except severe weather or lightning, right?

While it was a wet game, stronger cores remained south of Waco throughout the first thru third quarters. During the fourth, WDT meteorologists in Norman, OK notified Fox Sports Operations that lightning had entered their previously defined 8 mile radius threshold (NCAA is 6 miles for outdoor events). Due to the threshold being exceeded, cameras were fixed at pre-arranged angles to best cover the game without being manned. Cameras remained fixed for the rest of the game and Fox personnel were moved to safe areas.

The image top right shows Baylor's McLane Stadium in green just south of downtown Waco.
47,179 fans were in attendance for this game, the second largest attendance for that stadium (it's new). You will notice a couple strikes within about 5 miles on the map and it was these that caused alert for the Fox crew. More lightning entered the area following the game so this was a good call by our staff and Fox Sports Operations.

To the left is a wider view with past and present lightning strikes overlaid. Clearly the intensity of these cells were on the decrease as evidenced by many more strikes that are red/purple than newer yellow and orange strikes.

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