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RE: Severe Weather

More specifically, the rides are either in Groups A+, A, B, and C.

Group A+: Rhine River and Skyride
Group A: water rides and roller coasters
Group B: small/medium rides
Group C: indoor rides

Even if the weather condition moves to yellow following severe weather rides are not called back up until Operations gives the go ahead.
 
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RE: Severe Weather

netdvn said:
Don't we already have a thread like this that was made earlier this year? I remember posting in it a few times.

It was Closed and I wasn't able to make changes to it to reflect the most current and accurate policy. Zach gave me this thread instead.
 
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The current weather code is purple. Due to the size of the storm and the intensity that is predicted, expected the park to be mostly closed until skies clear up which could be a few hours.
 
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Apparently KD was under the same code type earlier today.
 
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My family and I had the "pleasure" of being in a "purple" event a couple or three summers ago. It was the Verbolten's first summer. We had reserved a Cabana that day. We we're almost on Verbolten, 1st time actually, then the announcement came for A shutdown because of Weather.

We almost made it to our Cabana with the intention of getting our belongings out of our locker and getting to Ireland or tracking back to Aquataine for better shelter. We made it as far as Lorikeet Glen, no further. The staff at the aviary said we had to stay put as the storm was almost on top of the park. So as the Aviary had no real solid wall sides not the ideal place to stay for A storm. But it was an experience for sure, seeing sideways rain and almost constant lightning for at least half an hour or so.

Saw some decent size branches come down across from the aviary entrance area. Kids thought it was a "great adventure" I just wish we would have been given the option to seek better shelter as we did have a little time (10 minutes probably) but the staff had been instructed to keep everyone in place probably.

I don't recall the exact date but it was the day before the Miranda Cosgrove concert because we came back the next day so the kids could go to it. Ahh the things you do for your kids.
 
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In the event of Red or worse, team members and guests should seek shelter. While you can not be forced to take shelter all team members should strongly suggest taking shelter during purple and black, especially black.

That said, also note, follow @BGWStatus for weather updates, possibly attendance updates, and other updates as they can be done. Since some of these updates are 'sensitive' such as the release of attendance numbers, it may not always be possible. Also, since the description of the codes are already known, it shouldn't be too hard to determine the current condition; however there may be times when it is off.

I am currently working on setting up an alert system similar to that of the park's system. I know the radar they use, I just need to know how to detect lighting and determine how far from the park it is and what length of time it takes before codes are reevaluated.
 
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There where heavy storms today and I wonder how they fit on the scale. Was anyone there when it hit and know what was the color? I would guess purple.
 
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kenwa said:
There where heavy storms today and I wonder how they fit on the scale. Was anyone there when it hit and know what was the color? I would guess purple.

I don't know about the park but that mini-typhoon made a mess in Va Beach and Chesapeake. It came out of nowhere. If BGW got anything like South Hampton Roads did then the park probably went into "Code WTF!"
 
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I work between Denbigh and Grove on the peninsula and the lightning was intense. I wonder how often Apollo's Chariot gets struck. I try to stay away when the weather gets bad but how neat it would to capture that.
 
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kenwa said:
There where heavy storms today and I wonder how they fit on the scale. Was anyone there when it hit and know what was the color? I would guess purple.

Yes, the park did get to Purple a few times today. But keep in mind, it can rain as hard as it wants, the only real factor in the colors is mostly the location of lighting. The park uses a system much like StrikeStarUS.com in conjunction with the Wunderground Weather Radar to calculate the location of lighting. However, there was lightning the seems to have hit in the middle of the park today which would cause them to go to Code Purple.
 
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