The impacts of weather have always influenced almost every aspect of any military operation throughout the world. FSU has a new Commanding Officer (CO) in town and he is looking forward to assault any apposing force whether it is at home, in familiar territory, or in unfamiliar territory. Our new CO will need every tool possible to make sure his forces are prepared physically, emotionally, and mentally. I am sure there is a seasoned meteorologist on the staff and provides him accurate and timely forecast, seeing that FSU has one of the best meteorological schools in the nation. We can only assume that he uses that information and exploits it.
So why do we as fans care about weather? $$$$$. An accurate and timely forecast could help an individual out when using other traditional betting techniques. A slippery field that hinders grip could greatly reduce a point spread. An extremely hot playing field could cause some of the best players to suffer from fatigue and cramps. A rapidly developing thunderstorm moving toward the stadium could force a delay in action and cause a momentum shift from one team to another. Temperatures below freezing could cause havoc on the side lines with players trying to stay warm and cause them to lose focus on the game. Weather plays a large role in the ebb and flow of games.
My plan is provide not only the readers with an accurate forecast for games, but also insight on why what is happening, when it is happening. The way you take the information and use it is totally up to you. Whether it help you with your travel plans to the game, the attire you wear the game (of course it will be Nole gear), or what bet to place in Vegas.
Prior to the game I will post the current weather outlook for the game. On the Thursday night game against NC State I will post it on Sunday afternoon. But that’s not all! We all know that weather is a rapidly changing phenomenon. I will also provide updated data that I receive, in order to help facilitate the needs of individuals that decide to use the information provided. With that being said, in no way shape or fashion do I set out to be the one source of information. My intentions with these posts are to provide real time data and an educated forecast for the games. You're right I won’t always be right, but the information that is put out will be sound and as accurate as Mother Nature wants me to be. Forecasting weather is not an exact science. It’s merely taking data provided by a model or current conditions and combining your experience to make an educated guess at what is going to happen. Mother Nature loves to prove me wrong on a regular basis but I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of trying to figure her out.
This weekend in Tallahassee should not only be the first insight for fans to see the new regime at work, but a weekend that could prove catastrophic to the East Coast with the landfall of our first hurricane. With that said the storm will remain far away from Doak and prove no threat to our ball game. The weather for Tallahassee will be surprisingly HOT! Expect temps in the mid 90’s with light southwesterly winds and a near 0% chance of rain. Bring plenty of cold frosty beverages and stay hydrated.
I do want to note that the tropics are very active right now with three named storms and another wave moving off the coast of Africa right now. Hurricanes are the red headed step children of weather. They operate under completely different parameters than regular convective weather. As stated before Earl will move up the East coast and pose no threat to Florida. Fiona should remain well away from the US and dissipate in the North Atlantic. Gaston on the other hand is forecast as of 7:49EDT this evening to move toward Puerto Rico. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?5-daynl#contents. As you can see with this link it’s only a 3 day forecast. I suspect this storm may pose a threat to FL sometime within the next 10-14 days depending upon the speed and movement of the Subtropical ridge. Way too far out to start making predictions but something we all should keep our eye on. For those of you that are not familiar with the National Hurricane Center, this is a great place to get the most up to date Hurricane info.
Unless there is a significant change in the weather I will not post any updates to this weekend’s forecast. But on Monday I will post the forecast for Norman. Good Luck to the Noles and hopefully I’ll be writing about a 1-0 team headed to Norman looking for a huge upset on National TV!