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Weather unlikely to trouble U.S. Open field

The weather — knock on a 3-wood — should not be a factor during this week’s U.S. Open golf championship at Chambers Bay.

Outlooks are calling for warmer than normal temperatures and a less than normal chance of precipitation in the greater Tacoma area.

That translates to highs, mainly, in the low to mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s. There is less than a 20 percent chance of rain each day. Skies are expected to be sunny to partly cloudy, with winds out of the west at 8-9 mph.

Some weather outlets, including weather.com, are calling for a chance of thunderstorms on the evening of Saturday, June 20.

At least that’s the information that was available at the time of this writing (Tuesday, June 9). Forecasters are loathe to predict the weather more than about a week in advance.

The U.S. Golf Association will have meteorology staff on the course throughout the week of the tournament to monitor the weather.

If dangerous or inclement weather approaches, leaderboards and video boards will display signs warning people, the USGA reported.

“When the sign appears, spectators are advised to take immediate precautions (including clearing grandstands) PRIOR to play being suspended,” according to the spectator information guide. “In the event of a weather alert, please avoid open areas, hilltops, high places, isolated trees, golf carts and wire fences.”

The USGA will indicate that play is suspended by sounding one prolonged blast on an air horn.

“Please note that play will resume as soon as conditions allow,” according to the spectator guide.

Ticketholders should look to USGA digital channels for updates on how or if their tickets would be honored in the event of a suspension.

“It is handled on a case-by-case basis, depending on the time, length and circumstances surrounding the suspension,” USGA spokeswoman Janeen Driscoll said. “We will update our digital channels with policies and procedures on the day of suspension, should it occur.”

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