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.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
Following a mild Thanksgiving and Black Friday, noticeably cooler air will return to the Northeast this weekend.
Sandra remains on track to target northern Mexico Friday and Saturday, but it should be much weaker at landfall than its current major hurricane status.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
A major Thanksgiving Day storm threatens to ruin holiday events across the Central states with flooding rain, snow, a glaze of ice and fog.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
North Dakota (1896)
Thanksgiving Day Blizzard. "Wind Velocity and snowfall never equalled before."
Destructive windstorm in the Northwest; winds gusting to 105 mph in Cut Bank, MT; 96 mph in Sheridan, WY. Spokane, WA, radio tower downed. Coleville, WA, lumber shed demolished.
Barst, Guadeloupe (1970)
1.50 inches of rain in 1 minute -- world record.