Historic Rainfall at the AT&T Pebble Beach
National Pro-Am Golf Tournament

by Jan Null, CCM

Feb. 4, 2014
When professional, amateur and celebrity golfers tee off Thursday at the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the topic most likely to be discussed besides bogeys and birdies will be the tournament's infamous weather, which this year looks dry (despite some rain on the Tuesday practice rounds).

The tournament may have changed its name to the AT&T some years back, but the climatic vagaries that can make the course so challenging are still known as ``Crosby weather.'' The tournament, which dates back to 1937 when Bing Crosby started his annual ``clambake,'' has seen rain, snow, sleet and winds play havoc with the course, the players and the spectators. However, a look at the weather statistics shows that it's not quite the constant deluge we often envision.

Probably the most memorable example of "Crosby weather'' was back in 1962, when the final day of the tournament had to be delayed until Monday because of a half-inch of snow on Saturday night and sleet on Sunday. In the 65 years that the tournament has been played, it has been shortened several times and the final day has been postponed on occasion. But 1996 was the only time it has been canceled. 

In the past 37 years there have actually been 16 when it has not rained any of the days during the tournament.  In the same period there have been just four occasions, most recently in 2009, when it rained all four days. In the other 15 years, it rained one day on eight occasions, two days for another eight years and just once it rained three of the four days. But in 1998 when it rained three days there was 2.74 inches recorded and the tournament ended up being postponed for about six months.

Historically, the chance of getting rain in Monterey on any single day from January through the first week of March is about 35 percent.

The latest forecast charts are showing at least a couple days of rain during the tournament this year.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Rainfall (1977-2013)

Year Tournament Dates Thu Fri Sat Sun Total Days of Rain
2013 Feb 7-10 0.00 0.00 0.27 0.00 0.27 1
2012 Feb 9-12 0.00 0.08 0.11 T 0.19 2
2011 Feb 10-13 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
2010 Feb 11-14 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
2009 Feb 12-15 0.30 0.37 0.21 0.15 1.03 4
2008 Feb 7-10 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
2007 Feb 8-11 0.17 0.13 0.60 0.26 1.16 4
2006 Feb 9-12 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
2005 Feb 10-13 0.00 0.07 0.31 0.00 0.38 2
2004 Feb 5-8 0.00 0.00 0.06 0.00 0.06 1
2003 Feb 2-5 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
2002 Jan 31-Feb3 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
2001 Feb 1-4 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
2000 Feb 3-6 0.65 0.00 0.04 0.00 0.69 2
1999 Feb 4-7 0.00 0.00 0.21 0.94 1.15 2
1998 Jan 29-Feb1 1.89 0.00 0.17 0.68 2.74 3
1997 Jan 30-Feb2 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
1996 Feb 1-4 0.00 0.00 0.48 0.55 1.03 2
1995 Feb 2-5 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
1994 Feb 3-6 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.05 0.05 1
1993 Feb 4-7 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.11 0.11 1
1992 Jan 30-Feb2 0.00 0.00 0.37 0.00 0.37 1
1991 Jan 31-Feb3 0.00 0.00 0.45 0.00 0.45 1
1990 Feb 1-4 0.30 0.02 0.07 0.73 1.12 4
1989 Jan 26-29 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
1988 Feb 4-7 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
1987 Jan 29-Feb1 0.00 0.63 0.00 0.00 0.63 1
1986 Jan 30-Feb2 0.36 0.46 0.01 0.08 0.91 4
1985 Jan 31-Feb3 0.00 0.00 0.14 0.05 0.19 2
1984 Feb 2-5 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
1983 Feb 3-6 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.43 0.83 2
1982 Feb 4-7 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
1981 Jan 30-Feb 2 0.84 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.84 1
1980 Jan 31-Feb3 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
1979 Feb 1-4 0.08 0.35 0.00 0.00 0.43 2
1978 Jan 21-24 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0
1977 Jan 20-23 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0