Game Day Weather

Submitted by mgoweather on September 30th, 2016 at 8:30 PM

We have seen days of clouds and passing showers, and Saturday, unfortunately, will be no different. We have one low pressure system at the surface and another above it in the upper levels of the atmosphere- both helping to funnel in rain. The good news? Showers look to break up a bit more for the game. Not going to rule out a thunderstorm, so we'll keep an eye on things. It's simply going to be another one of those game days where you'll want the rain gear, particularly if you'll be out early. Temps will be near normal for this time of year and we'll have lighter winds if that's any consolation! 

Tailgating

Make sure you've got the tent set up for the tailgating site for this one! Temperatures through mid-morning will be in the upper 50s with an ENE wind at 7-8mph (leaves rustle). Rain is likely, and some downpours look likely early on in the day. Definitely another day for a hat and keeping the new white shoes at home as it may get a little muddy! Rain does look to break up a bit getting into the lunchtime hour, and you may even see a little brightness going through the early afternoon. Not going to rule out another passing shower or even a storm, so keep that tent up and the poncho handy! Midday temps will be nearing 65 degrees, and winds will be shifting to come out of the SE, still around 7mph.  

Kickoff

Plenty of clouds for this beginning! Also keeping that chance for a rain shower or storms to move through, so we're definitely going to be watching for any lightning nearby. Winds will be out of the SE at 7mph with a temp of 66 - pretty close to where we should be for this time of year, so we can't complain a whole lot (well, maybe complain about the rain chance :P ).    

Halftime

Struggle is real for the sun today. It'll be trying, and not having much luck. We'll see mainly overcast skies with the chance for rain hanging on. We'll drop a degree to 65 but keep SE winds light - right around 5mph (just enough to feel it on your skin). Our chance for rain goes down a bit during the later part of the game, so hopefully that means the score will go up! 

Post-Game

Light wind conditions will continue through the rest of the night, generally out of the south. Temps will fall slowly, only down a degree or two from the half as you're leaving the game. The chance for scattered showers will stay with us through the rest of the night and into Sunday. Staying out til the end? We're looking at mid 50s, low 50s if you're up for the sunrise! Sunday we'll have a lesser chance for rain, so traveling shouldn't be an issue if you did so for the game. Let's beat those badgers! Let's go blue!! 

 

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

Comments

might and main

October 1st, 2016 at 1:50 PM ^

Thanks so much for the breakdown, really appreciate it.  Did you use to be the meteorologist for TV7&4 in TC?  If so, I always enjoyed your work up there, didn't realize you were mgoweather here!  Outstanding!

You Only Live Twice

September 30th, 2016 at 11:17 PM ^

If the precip is minimal this could really be an ideal fall football day.  I keep telling the kids how in the 70s-80s, we got the perfect fall weather in September and early October, soon to give way to cold winds and rain.  Many November games attended in snow.   They don't want to hear it.

uminks

October 1st, 2016 at 1:29 AM ^

The steady rain should end by noon. A mid-level dry slot will probably wrap around the upper low and there may even be some sun. However, if we do see sun the atmosphere may destabilize enough for an isolated thunderstorm. But at least the heavy rains look to stay north and west of Ann Arbor Saturday Afternoon.

21Z (4 PM EDT) accumulated precip forecast from the 8 PM run of the NAM:

http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/model/eta21hr_sfc_prcp.gif