Friday, July 15, 2005

The Dreaded R Word

Rockville MD--
When we arrived early this afternoon at Dulles, it began to rain. And then it rained, and rained, and rained some more. All kinds of rain: drizzle, steady, torrential. We took a tour of several of the clubs serving as sites for the Clays, but couldn't leave the car. The standing water near the courts at Woodmont Country Club, the host site, was green with dissolved HarTru. It was still raining as the gloom turned to darkness.

Tournament director Jeff Szkeley is beginning to fret, because it rained all day yesterday too, and there are limited indoor possibilities, particularly for clay.

And this is the worrisome part--there was a 30% chance of rain today. The extended forecast features several percentages greater than that. It looks like a 100% chance of stress before this system moves on.