Game Day Weather

Submitted by mgoweather on September 12th, 2015 at 1:45 AM

Quite the switch temperature-wise from last week's game! Behind a cold front and sitting in a big, cold trough (think of it as a stretched out area of low pressure), Michigan is stuck with chilly temps and northerly winds - relatively breezy ones at that. It'll feel like a fall football game! Grab the extra layer for this one - and if you miss the heat just looking at the forecast, next week is warmer! We're also at the time of year when our Great Lakes are warm, so cool air coming across will give us the slight chance for a passing lake effect shower surviving its way across the thumb. Let's bring home a W for the home opener! 

Tailgating

Brrr!! Grab the hot coffee and the crockpot for this early tailgate! You'll definitely want something warm to start the day, or at least a koozie to put the frosty beverage in! With partly cloudy skies overnight, temps have dropped to the upper 40s. We'll see a little sun to start the day, that helps warm things up a tad. By mid-morning we'll have temps in the low 50s, N winds around 10mph (leaves and small twigs blow around), and a chance for a sprinkle or two. 

Kickoff

Cloud cover increases towards the start of the game, but at least we'll be up into the 60s walking to our seats! 62 degrees for kickoff, with lots of clouds and a chance for rain - it's a small chance, but it's there. Winds continue to pick up as well, remaining out of the N at closer to 15mph (loose papers blow around, small branches move in the breeze) so you may want to keep the hoodie with you into the stadium. 

Halftime

We're starting to feel more of those wind gusts now - up into the low 20s with steady N winds at 15mph (this is high enough to see white horses on a lake). Decent amount of clouds are staying with us, along with the slight chance for rain. Temps by the half are only going up by a degree or two from the start.

Post-Game

Low 60s walking out of the gates, and deciding where to go to celebrate the win! Clouds hang on through the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. We also don't get rid of those breezy northerly winds until around dinner, then they start to die down. We say goodbye to the rain chances and start to see the cloud count go down around then too - letting temps drop quickly. If you'll be out late, we're looking at upper 50s for the mid-evening, and 50 by late-night. If you'll be out til last call, bundle up! We drop to the upper 40s with partly cloudy skies and light winds. Let's go blue!

 

Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for ABC in Flint, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!

Comments

M-Dog

September 12th, 2015 at 10:28 AM ^

Strange . . . it's beautiful and sunny in Ann Arbor right now while it's cold and cloudy and gloomy in E. Lansing.

I guess that sounds about right.