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Weather forecasts impacting U.S. Amateur

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One of the world's most prestigious golf tournaments is in Atlanta this week. So far, it has been nothing but sunshine and great golf for the United States Amateur Championship.

And even though the weather is pretty tranquil now, the role of the tournament meteorologist is still very important. 

Jake Swick is that man on the hot seat this week in Atlanta, serving as the on-site weatherman. He spends hours monitoring the clouds, the radar and the wind.

He says the wind is probably the most crucial element he is forecasting through the end of the championship. The wind will play a crucial role in determining pin positions and tee locations. It even has a role in how much watering the course will require, as wind speed can impact evaporation.

When he is not checking out the forecast, he is busy checking up on his weather equipment. He is the man responsible for setting up and maintaining a portable weather station and lightning detection system. His system includes a rain gauge, a thermometer and a hygrometer. All that data is fed back into his weather computers and disseminated out to USGA tournament officials as they prepare to make the course as challenging as possible.  

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