The players in the last major championship of 2012, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Championship, are likely to contend not only with a tough course, but with thunderstorms. A stormy weather pattern across the Southeast is aimed to affect play this week at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C.
Typical August, South Carolina heat and humidity will fuel numerous showers and thunderstorms near the course late this week, especially during the afternoons and evenings. The unsettled weather can bring interruptions to play throughout the entire tournament.
However, a full-fledged washout is not on the table.
Although some thunderstorms can turn severe, unleashing damaging winds, cloud-to-ground lightning and torrential downpours are the main threats.
Lightning brought tragedy to the sports world this past weekend at a NASCAR event at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.
High temperatures for the PGA Championship will be in the upper 80s on the thermometer, but AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be near 100 during the afternoons.
Downpours and locally severe thunderstorms over the Central states will not only foil holiday weekend activities, but will also put some lives at risk.
A few days after a chilly storm departs the Northeast, warm weather will make a strong comeback in parts of the Midwest and the East later next week.
The storm responsible for the wind, cold, rain and snow in the Northeast Friday and Saturday will slowly ease up for the balance of the holiday weekend.
During Sunday's race, the skies will be variably cloudy with the risk of a few showers.
"This pup was literally singing when he saw his family," Michelle Karolicki, relocation program manager of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, said about a reunion that took place on Thursday.
Another plunge of chilly air will set the stage for the risk of a frost and freeze centered Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and other nearby states this weekend.
Chicago, IL (1992)
32 degrees, latest 32 or lower on record.
New York, NY (1979)
A one-hour and 18 minute delay between the Pirates and Mets game due to fog.
Philadelphia, PA (1991)
96 degrees -- a record sixth 90-degree reading for the month. (The month ended with twelve 90-degree days.)