Futurecast for Augusta National as Golfers Seek Coveted Green Jacket! (Credit: Meteorologist Jessica Olsen)
DISCUSSION: One of the most coveted golf events is set to begin in approximately a week and a half and officials are concerned regarding initial forecasts for the 2017 Masters at Augusta National. Of course in the world of weather, conditions can vary wildly in addition to operational forecasting observations being increasingly difficult after the 72-96 hour mark, which will make this a make or break for some golfers next week.
Augusta National plays as an impressive 7,435 yard course which if models are correct could prove to be difficult for some short players. While Augusta appears to have a grand drainage system, with precipitation the course could play longer. GFS long range indicating a plume of moisture to setup in and around the four corners, over the next few days this plume will gain some enhancement due to the Gulf, remaining stagnant in the early part of next week before propagating eastward to the forecast area of Augusta. Much of this precipitation will be due to the several low pressure systems developing to the west and maintaining agreement with 500mb plots in low pressure steerage for next week and a deep trough in the middle of the country. Certainly an interesting forecast to stay tuned to as the invitees are all hoping for their next green jacket.
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~Meteorologist Jessica Olsen