Forecast? Not looking good

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Here’s your weather forecast for Thursday, and it’s not good:

There’s a 40-percent chance of rain starting at 4 a.m. There’s a 60-percent chance by the time the first tee shot is scheduled to be hit at 7 a.m. The probability of rain doesn’t drop below 50 percent until 9 p.m., according to

There are 65 paid staff and another approximately 150 volunteers that will work to keep the course playable, according to the U.S. Open Web site. There are 80 squeegees here, as well as nine water hogs – basically, a big sponge that soaks up moisture.