On any given summer night, there are hundreds of ball games being played all over Kansas, weather permitting. But what happens when the skies turn threatening? Most ballparks have a severe weather plan in place, just in case there's more than fly balls popping in the sky.
Clay Murphy drives from Conway Springs two or three times a week for his son's baseball games at West Urban. As a parent, Murphy is pleased with the severe weather plan in place at West Urban. "We had one warning this year while we were out there," Murphy says. "They came over to the dugout and the stands and told everyone what was going on and what warning we were in."
Mike Logan is one of the guys at the West Urban complex in charge of watching the weather. He says they keep a close eye on the radar when storms are moving in and they also have a lightning detector. "Once we start seeing hits in the 10 to 15 mile range, we start warning the fields that we've got weather in the area and be prepared at a moments notice to get the kids off the field." Logan says they don't like to call games if they can help it, but safety always comes first. That scores big points with concerned parents like Clay Murphy. "The weather, you can't control it, and there's another day you can play, the sun's going to shine tomorrow, and you don't have to get it in tonight," Murphy says.
Logan says fortunately, they have not had to deal with a lot of severe weather over the past few years. But if they do, he says there are a couple of places at West Urban people can seek shelter from a storm.