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    Weather a Factor in Tonight's Carrier Classic

    By By Dan DePodwin; Meteorologist
    November 18, 2011, 7:22:03 AM EST

    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.

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