COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Memories of last Saturday’s half-time deluge at Ohio Stadium may be evaporating in the 90-degree heat wave, but there is a possibility we could see pockets of heavy rain again on game day this coming Saturday, when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights come to town for a 3:30 pm kickoff.
The forecast on Saturday will hinge on the future track of Tropical Storm Gordon, which intensified near South Florida Monday, and is expected to make landfall along the Mississippi coast later Tuesday night as either a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane.
The storm will take a northwesterly inland route to the Texas-Oklahoma border, then re-curve along a sagging cold front in the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys at the end of the week. From there, how much tropical moisture makes it east into Ohio with the remnants of the storm depends on the position of the front, which will stall near the Ohio River.
Current indications suggest a wet scenario later Saturday afternoon and evening, with the prospect of heavy rain, although the exact track is far from certain. A slower pace could delay the rain until after the game, but that will become clearer in the coming days.
We are periodically visited by the remnants of Gulf tropical cyclones that bring rain and gusty wind. However, any impact from Gordon will be minimal compared to Hurricane Ike, which blasted Ohio in September 2008, with hurricane-force wind gusts, yet without any rain.
A total of 1.9 million Ohioans lost power as the storm moved through the state on Sept. 14, 2008. Insured losses in Ohio topped $1.25 billion–the state’s costliest storm.