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Severe Weather

We at Texas A&M University-Commerce take the safety of our students very seriously. To protect our students from weather related dangers, we have implemented several warning systems to alert our faculty, staff and students when there is a danger of lightning strikes or severe weather.  

Severe Weather Lightning:

The university has a system in place called ThorGuard.  ThorGuard is a lightning detection system that will sound through a series of air horns in the event that weather conditions are conducive to a lightning strike.  If such conditions exist, the system will sound a'Red Alert'. This is an air horn blast that is 15 seconds in length, the air horns are located throughout campus.  If ThorGuard goes into red alert, you should proceed immediately to an indoor location until an all clear signal is sounded.  Click here to listen to a sample.  The 'All Clear' blast consists of 3 air horn blasts of 5 second lengths. Click here to listen to a sample.

Outdoor Warning:

The university has an outdoor warning system that was installed throughout the city to alert citizens of Commerce and the campus community when a severe weather warning such as Tornado, 70Mph or greater winds, or golf ball sized hail. It is manually activated by either the University Police, or Commerce Police. Its warning sound is a loud siren that sounds for up to three minutes. Click here for a sample. The outdoor warning system does not have an all clear signal.  

It is very important to note that this is an outdoor warning system only. It is recommended that everyone purchase a NOAA Weather Radio for monitoring indoors.