Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Masters Outlook

It's a "Tradition Unlike Any Other". The Masters, a true signal that spring is here, begins Thursday. All eyes will undoubtedly be on Tiger Woods. He broke out of his PGA victory slump a few weeks ago and now aims to win his first major since the U.S. Open in 2008. The rest of the field ain't too shabby, though. Tons of young guns will be out in force to tame Tiger and Luke Donald, the world's number one player, will be out to prove he belongs atop the world rankings.

There promises to be action on the course but what about the action above the course? Weather is always a concern for the PGA and holding the season's first major in the spring-time in the South can be an issue. However, there hasn't been a round of The Masters cancelled since 1983! In 1936 and 1939, rain forced the players to shoot 36 holes on the final day of the tournament. Other days were a complete wash in 1961 and 1973.

Low Sending Energy Into Georgia Friday Afternoon
The 2012 Masters may get off to a stormy start Thursday and Friday. A cut-off low pressure system that was isolated over Texas over the last couple days has weakened some but is aimed for the Gulf Coast South Thursday and Friday. A cold front will wander in and out of Georgia throughout the day on Thursday, meaning that Augusta will be in the warm, moist sector of the system. As energy from the low pressure system surges eastward, the mix of moisture and energy will combine and may result in some isolated severe thunderstorm cells.

Surface Cold Front Initiates Isolated Storms Fri P.M.

Texas was impacted by this low pressure system Tuesday as several tornadoes were spotted around the Dallas-Ft.Worth metroplex.

High Pressure Ridge Settles in Saturday-Sunday

The good news is that the system is quick-moving and will be out of the forecast area by Saturday. Behind the stormy system, high pressure will replace the unsettled weather. Near-perfect golf and spring-time weather will take over for the weekend rounds. 

It will be interesting to see just when and where these potentially severe thunderstorms pop up on Thursday and Friday. We may see a round cancelled for the first time in 29 years!

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