Glen Ellyn parks deactivate unreliable lightning prediction system
GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn Park District has discontinued the use of its lightning prediction system at five parks due to unreliability, according to an announcement from park district officials.
The park district has experienced operational and technical challenges with the system, prompting its discontinuation at Ackerman Park, Village Green Park, Newton Park, Main Street Recreation Center and Lake Ellyn. The system will continue to be used at Sunset Pool and Maryknoll Park, where the same challenges have not occurred, officials said.
Physical impediments at some locations have affected the Thor Guard system's accuracy in predicting potential lightning, officials said. For example, the high electrical wires and property elevation at Ackerman Park are believed to have caused false readings and activations.
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