Welcome to the Clemson/start of ACC play edition of the game day forecast! Much like our injury-depleted recieving corps, we're forced to settle for a backup weather man this week, as NOLEcasterWX has asked me to fill in from the USAF's 21st OWS here in Sembach, Germany.
Bottom-line-up-front (or BLUF, for you military types) is that the outlook for Saturday afternoon is very good. Expect partly cloudy skies, temperatures at kickoff around 76F falling into the mid 60's by the end of the game. The chance for rain is very low; around 10%. Should make for an enjoyable game day experience for those in attendance, provided you're not wearing orange.
Synoptically, a weak frontal boundary slowly pushes through the western Carolinas by Friday evening, and then stalls out over the Atlantic on Saturday. This means if you're driving up the East Coast or through Georgia the night before, expect to be caught in rain for a portion of the trip, so please drive safely.
Based on my experiences there as a Marching Chief and our proximity to some of CU's students, the chance of D-cell battery/orange paint showers for the band is unfortunately quite high.
I'll be in Deutschland for the game enjoying a 9:30pm local kickoff time, but to those of you who will be in attendance, have a great time and be LOUD! Crowd noise in Death Valley is no joke, and hopefully an early score or two by Trickett and company will take them out of the game.
Clint steps up for the Noles and Clemson's offense gets manhandled by our D. (Bjoern Smash!!!!)
As jet support for the frontal system over the Mid-Atlantic states weakened over the last day or two, the system has progressed more slowly, and the atmosphere is slightly more unstable than originally projected. Bottom line: I'd raise the chance for rain slightly to 20-30% for the afternoon/evening. If you haven't left your tailgating spot yet, go ahead and bring the umbrella/poncho just in case. If any precip occurs, it should be showery and short-lived at most. Have a great time, be loud, and GO NOLES!!!