After the 1st week of college football, this humble meteorologist is going to make a sports prediction for week 2. The only thing that is going to slow down the Buckeyes, or potentially stop them (temporarily) will be Mother Nature.
Already we have a soupy airmass in place with a slow moving frontal boundary that will stall south of our area. This will make for a focal point for rainfall to develop again on Friday, mainly in the southern half of the state.
But on Saturday, that boundary appears to drift north a bit, as energy, and even more moisture from the remnants of Gordon get pulled into our area. To make matters worse, the game is a mid-afternoon affair and will give the weather a few more hours to work in on Saturday.
Already the Weather Prediction Center at NOAA has highlighted our area under a slight risk for excessive rainfall for most of Central and Southern Ohio.
Timing for the rainfall on Saturday
First off, slight differences in the position of the slow moving frontal boundary could change total rainfall amounts during the day on Saturday. At this point, I would plan on rain some point during the tailgating hours, and most likely during the game as well.
Above, in the 10am hour, a respectable tailgating start time, shows scattered showers and storms mostly along and south of I-70.
By kickoff at 330, it looks more like rain showers across the metro and near Ohio Stadium for the game. Temperatures should be held in check, and rather cool for early September.
By halftime (roughly) we will see rain showers still around the I-70 corridor give or take 40-50 miles north and south. Temps may top off in the lower 70s during the middle of the game, and then potentially fall back to the upper 60s late in the 2nd half.
By the end of the game, rainfall should start to pick up in intensity a bit, with the heavier rainfall off to our west in Indiana.
Rainfall totals for Saturday though 8pm, shows the heavies rainfall just south of I-70 and then much heavier rain near I-75 and to the west on Saturday. It is important to note, that this line might shift a bit north or south.
The heavier rain to the west is expected, as it will be shifting east into our backyards Saturday night and into Sunday.
So when you head out to the game on Saturday, I would plan for a cooler game, with temperatures running about 6-10 degrees below normal. Also, it would be safe to plan for rain during the game. A slight shift in the energy might make it a less rainy game.
Then again, a slight shift in the focus of heavy rain could make it an even wetter game than last week too. A great example in the rainfall forecast above is how Circleville has a forecast total 3″ higher than Columbus or Chillicothe, roughly 25 and 20 miles north and south.
The safest bet on Saturday, that the Buckeyes will win. Expect it! Other than that, Storm Team 4 will continue to watch the forecast closely and make any minor adjustments. We will also keep you informed heading up to kickoff.
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