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.
A winter storm spreading a spreading a swath of snow and ice across the central U.S. will continue to impact travel through Saturday night before reaching the Northeast on Sunday.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast for the start of March.
Yet another winter storm will take aim at the Northeast and Midwest next week with widespread ice and flooding concerns.
A storm will whip across the United Kingdom and the North Sea through Sunday with potentially damaging and disruptive winds.
While more storms are on the horizon to start March, the accompanying cold shots will be less extreme.
An end to winter storms targeting Harrisburg will not come with the conclusion of February.
Severe cold Arctic outbreak in Northern Plains with temps. 40 to 50 degrees below zero. But, at the same time, warm in the East; 80's in Carolinas: Charleston, SC - 86 degrees Wilmington, NC - 85 degrees Minneapolis, MN - -9 degrees/-26 degrees Medora, ND - -47 degrees Big Fork, MN - -44 degrees Thoeny, MT - -52 degrees Huron, SD - -39 degrees, February record
Belouve, Reunion (1964)
52.76" of rain in 12 hours (world record) (Feb. 28-29).
Nome, Alaska (1995)
Seasonal snow record of 108 inches set. The old record was 107.5 inches set during the 1931-1932 cold season.