The loneliest guy at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Inside a nondescript trailer you'll find one of the loneliest guys at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic - the on-site meteorologist.
"Every week they have a meteorologist on site. And what we do we help them set up the course. I give them wind speed and direction for the day, but the most important thing I do is lightning safety," said Joe Halvorson, one of six meteorologists contracted by the PGA and LPGA tours.
He'll spend 19 weeks on the road working golf tournaments around the country. An odd looking piece of gear tells Halvorson a wealth of information. At times, he has to make the ultimate decision like he did last week at the LPGA tourney in Texas.
"I actually made the call to pull players and spectators about a half an hour before it would hit. So again, just trying to keep everyone safe. What I look for is charge separation occurring in the clouds," Halvorson said. "And what that tells me is the likelihood that lighting will occur."
On Thursday, the only weather concern at Capitol Hill in Prattville is the gusty winds. But for Halvorson, a boring, lonely day can be a good day.
"Today we're just dealing with the winds, so anything I would have been stressed out about is already over. The course is set up so there's nothing we can do now," Halvorson said.
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