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Thor Guard re-ups with Chicago courses

Severe Weather Prediction Technology to be Used at One Hundred Golf Courses

(SUNRISE, Fla.)Thor Guard – the world’s only lightning and tornado prediction system – extends its partnership with the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) to deliver the most useful, sophisticated, timely, reliable and accurate advance warning for potential lightning and other adverse weather conditions to one of the oldest and largest golf associations in the United States. 

The partnership will provide for the display of data from one hundred Chicago-based CDGA golf facilities with Thor Guard systems, reducing the potential dangers of severe weather by predicting lightning strikes eight to twenty minutes prior to potentially deadly lightning strikes. Thor Guard will also provide high definition radar imagery to all CDGA handicap kiosks at member clubs.

“Understanding weather conditions is a large part of an establishment’s daily operations,” says Bob Dugan, President of Thor Guard.  “As the meteorological-solutions pioneer, we’re excited to continue playing a vital role in protecting the safety of CDGA guest, staff, and their surrounding communities.”

Through a single sensor, hundreds of thousands of calculations monitor the necessary electrostatic field before a lightning strike can occur between the storm cell and the ground. Systems analyze the ongoing increase or decrease in intensity of this field to generate a prediction in an immediate area. 

“At CDGA, we will always invest in proven technology that allows us to keep our members, staff and guests safe,” says Robert Markionni, Executive Director of CDGA. “The fact that 100 of our member clubs utilize Thor Guard is a great indication of their confidence, as well as ours, in the technology it provides when it comes to protecting golfers”.  

As the longest-tenured company in the category globally, Thor Guard is present in 21 countries and has installed approximately 7,000 systems for golf courses, parks, schools and universities, cities and municipalities, air travel concerns, government agencies, mining and industrial companies, sporting events and broadcast media. 

More information:, 954.835.0900.

About Thor Guard

Since 1976, Thor Guard delivers warning of potential lightning and other severe weather conditions. Utilizing proprietary atmospheric electrostatic analysis technology, Thor Guard provides live streaming local radar to protect people and equipment, and better manage outdoor events. Thor Guard customers include the United States Golf Association, American Junior Golf Association, United States Tennis Association, Tournament Players Clubs, Marriott Golf, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, American Airlines, Jet Blue, Pearson International Airport (Toronto), AT&T, UPS, Google, Rolls Royce, University of Michigan and Broward County (Florida). 



Derika Crowley