Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- News19's Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy made an appearance on the Weather Channel Thursday morning talking about Gamecocks football and how he helps advise the team on severe weather chances.
Gandy advises the Gamecocks crews on the potential chances for lightning and severe storms on game day. The Weather Channel discussed the protocol that is in place for the Gamecocks and how the decision is made to delay or cancel a game. "If lightning strikes 10 miles within the practice field or the stadium, I call them and let them know lightning is in the area. And when it gets 6 miles within the practice field, I call them and tell them it is time to get off the field," Gandy explained.
Last season Gandy consulted with the team during their decision to suspend the season opener against North Carolina with 8:20 left to play. Fans left the stadium as thunder and heavy rain fell at the stadium for about an hour.
No severe weather is expected during Thursday's game with Texas A&M.