WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wells Fargo Championship is attracting thousands of people from across the country. It’s important to keep everyone safe from bad weather while on the green.
While local meteorologists are forecasting the weather for spectators heading out to Eagle Point Golf Club, there is PGA Tour meteorologist on site at every tour stop, including here in Wilmington, and there is a lot that goes into their job.
Stewart Williams is one of seven meteorologists who travel all around the country forecasting in many different climates. He gives two briefings to officials and organizations each day during the tournament. He says lightning is their number one concern for players and those attending the tournament. Wind also plays a big role in how the golf course will be set up, and of course if rain is a possibility or not.
“Any time there is a threat for lightning in the area we are going to stop play, and we are going to get the players off and hopefully give enough time spectators back to the buses and back to their cars, so that’s the ultimate goal,” Williams said.
Williams says he normally gets in around 5:30 a.m. and will leave when the last putt drops. That means it could be 12 to 15 hour days. He covers 26 tournaments throughout the year.
Williams also has weather instruments set up on the course. One detects positive and negative charges in the air, so if a storm is approaching, it can warn him before lightning actually happens.