Senior PGA Championship: Weather conditions impacting the tournament

May 22, 2019 11:23 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Heading into the Senior PGA Championship, there is always that chance of some strong to severe thunderstorms.

And with so much depending on the weather forecast, the PGA has their own meteorologist. 


At Oak Hill, his name is Steward Williams.

He is a part of a company called DTN which contracts out to the PGA tournament providing an on-site meteorologist to help reduce the impacts of weather on the tournament but to also keep people safe.

They actually have some rather unique equipment to help do this. 

"As a storm is approaching and we are wondering if it will be dangerous right here, this measures the electrical charge in the atmosphere and when it hits a certain level it allows us to know it's dangerous here at the golf course," said Williams.

This includes hardware actually setup at Oak Hill that measures the amount of electricity in the atmosphere to help predict if lightning is going to strike before it actually occurs. 

What a lot of people don't realize is severe weather is not the only thing that can impact the tournament. Early and late in the year, frost could delay events as they don't want the players to walk on the grass and kill it.

Fog and reduced visibility can also cancel an event.

The wind plays a major role too, even to the point of impacting the actual setup of the golf course. 

All that expertise and all that equipment at Oak Hill will help keep everybody safe heading into the PGA. 

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Robert Speta

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