Stormwatch

Full-time meteorologist watches for lightning at Greenbrier Classic

Local - 7/2/2014 5:14 PM by Karen Franklin

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - A full-time meteorologist hired for the Greenbrier Classic says that player and spectator safety is the top priority.

Stewart Williams is a meteorologist with Schneider Electric out of Minneapolis, but he's worked with the PGA for 20 years.

From a small trailer, he uses radar and lightning detection to determine when a storm is coming, how long it will stay and when it's safe to resume play. Williams does not make the rules, but he does inform the rule makers about inclement weather.

“Be sure we can get enough time that we can get the players in and give enough time to hopefully get the spectators back to the buses and back to the cars before it hits the golf course,” Williams said. “The next two days we have some active weather, and then it's going to cool down and be a beautiful weekend, so Friday, Saturday and Sunday is going to be really nice around here.”

Williams is also tracking the movement of Tropical Storm Arthur, which is not expected to impact the tournament.


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