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.
Rain and thunderstorms spreading to the East on Tuesday will put the brakes on the warmup following Easter weekend.
While remaining on a localized level through Tuesday, severe weather will ramp up across the Plains on Wednesday.
Although spring may be in full swing, more than one-third of the Great Lakes remains covered in ice.
A potent area of low pressure moving into the West will dictate the weather from Washington to Texas heading into the new week.
After taking a tumble Easter Sunday, temperatures will quickly rebound in Boston for Patriots' Day.
There hasn't been any measurable precipitation in San Francisco since April 4.
Southeastern VA (1991)
Torrential rain; 5.89" at Norfolk broke the 24-hour record for April (5.19" set in 1883). This was the most rain in one event since Hurricane Cleo dumped 11.40" from August 31 to September 1, 1964.
Omaha, NE (1992)
Snowfall of 9.3" -- only the 6th time in 100 years that over 1.5" of snow has fallen after April 15th. Only 13.3 inches fell for the entire season before this storm. Other snow totals: Brownsville, NE 14.0" Blair, NE 12.5" Offutt AFB, NE 12.0" Eppley, NE 10.0" Kansas City, MO 2.7"
Sacramento, CA (1880)
7.24" of rain, heaviest in 24 hours.