AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's been a tough week so far for golfers dodging Mother Nature at the Master's Tournament in Augusta, but skies are looking brighter for when the players tee off on Thursday.
Practice rounds were wiped out on Tuesday as severe storms moved through the Southeast -- and schedules were once again disrupted on Wednesday with the second round of rain and thunderstorms. Tornado Watches were in effect for Wednesday for the region until 11 p.m. EDT.
Rain around the Masters' weekend, which is usually held the first full week in April (2020 notwithstanding due to COVID) is nothing new for the tournament.
There have been only 28 times since 1934 than the four-day tournament has stayed totally dry from start to finish. There has been measurable rain in the past four tournaments -- 2017 was the last time it was mostly dry; just a trace fell.
As for thunderstorms, lightning has been observed about 10-13% of the afternoons in the first week in April between 1998 and 2017.
But this year looks like it could break the rainy streak, despite the drenchings during the pre-tournament festivities.
The forecast for Thursday is for sunshine after morning clouds with highs in the low 70s. It looks comfy for Friday with highs in the upper 60s amid mostly sunny skies.
Augusta will cool into the upper 50s for highs on Saturday but still holding dry, then another gorgeous day on tap for the final round on Sunday with highs in the mid 60s.