Basketball fans across the nation will be treated to a unique experience this evening as the Michigan State Spartans take on the University of North Carolina Tarheels in Coronado, Calif.
The Quicken Loans Carrier Classic will be played on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson. The outdoor game experience will allow weather to play a factor in a sport that is usually played indoors.
Thankfully, tonight's weather should not negatively impact the game, although a storm system off the California coast will spread rain into the San Diego area after midnight. If rain was expected during the game, the contest would be moved below deck.
Temperatures will be around 70 degrees at the 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) tip-off and slowly fall into the mid-60s by the final buzzer. The conditions should be ideal for the players and spectators.
While some of the players have expressed concern over windy conditions, wind gusts are expected to stay under 15 mph with sustained winds between 5 and 10 mph.
This inaugural event was created by Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis as a way to pay tribute to American servicemen and women on Veteran's Day.
The 7,000-person crowd will include President Barack Obama, showing support for those fighting in the armed forces on Veteran's Day.
While no adverse weather impacts are expected tonight, past basketball games have been halted due to severe weather.
On March 14, 2008, a tornado struck the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. Although no one was injured, the wind ripped a hole in the roof and the game was delayed.
While Hurricane Cristobal will track east of the United States this week, it will spread rough surf along much of the Atlantic coast and will have some direct impact on Bermuda.
While the weather over much of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts will be free of rain this Labor Day weekend, a zone of unsettled weather will reach across part of the Central states.
Though Hurricane Marie will weaken through this week, it will bring dangerous waves and rip currents to Southern California.
After several days of summerlike warmth and humidity, cooler and more pleasant air will return to end the week.
The Cleveland area is facing the threat of thunderstorms later this week.
Warm weather fans in the Boston area will have something to be happy about this week, but Atlantic Ocean bathers may need to be aware of Cristobal.
Miami, FL (1964)
Hurricane Cleo battered South Florida area, the first direct hit since 1950. Gusts to 135 mph, barometer 28.57 inches. Damage at $125 million.
East Coast (1971)
Tropical Storm Doria paralleled East Coast, causing serious flooding. It also spawned a tornado in Cape May County, NJ.
Cedoux, Saskatchewan (1973)
Largest hailstone ever recorded in Canada. This stone was 4.5 inches in diameter and weighed a pound.