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January 15 2013

7:19 PM

Warmer weather on the horizon

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- A year ago, a damaging wind storm blew down scoreboards, signs and a few tents on Saturday, forcing the suspension of Saturday's third round of the Humana Challenge presented by the Clinton Foundation.

Similar winds in the 50-mph range descended on the desert last Thursday and the field staff delayed putting those same scoreboards up in advance of the tournament. But the wind has moderated and the unseasonably chilly temperatures are slated to climb into the low 70s by the time the PGA TOUR event begins.

That said, a hard freeze overnight has delayed practice rounds each of the last two mornings. There may be some patchy frost Tuesday night but the low is expected to be just 38 with the high on Wednesday climbing into the upper 60s. Tuesday's high was expected to top out at 56 degrees.

By the time the $5.6 million event begins on Thursday, though, temperatures will be in the low 70s, which is even higher than the January norm of 68.

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