Ah yes, fretting about the Augusta weather forecast. A Masters tradition unlike any other. Unfortunately, it seems like those fears may be warranted.

The early reports for this week’s tournament do not look good. Not good at all. According to the Weather Channel, thunderstorms are expected in the Augusta area on Thursday, with Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday featuring plenty of rain.

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By the way, did you know that weather percentage doesn’t indicate the chance of rain, but how much of the area will get rain? So it’s not a 61 percent chance of rain on Friday, but that – according to meteorologists – there’s a 100 percent chance that 61 percent of the Augusta area will get rain. And if you already know this, well, forgive me, they never taught this in school.

While the forecast looks ominous, it’s worth noting we go through this exercise nearly every year, and somehow the golf gods always give us a break at the last second. Plus, for all we know, the club could erect a dome before the weekend.

For those wondering, there have been five times in Masters history when the tournament finished on Monday. The last time it happened was in 1983.