Game Day Weather

Submitted by mgoweather on November 4th, 2011 at 3:58 PM
High pressure keeps us with a good amount of sunshine! A storm system moving across the high plains pulls in warm air giving comfy temps but makes for a breezy football Saturday.

If you're traveling to Iowa City...

Tailgating

Scrape the frost off the car and pour some hot coffee if you're headed out early! We'll be sitting in the 30s until 8am, winds out of the southeast at 10mph- and climbing. 45 degrees by 10am, but it'll still feel about 5 degrees cooler with the wind chill. By 10am, winds will have gone up to a steady 15mph with gusts up to 20mph (loose paper blows about, small twigs scatter across the ground).

Kickoff

Remember it's an 11 o-clock CT start! Partly sunny skies and 49 degrees for the start of the game. Winds will have picked up to 15mph, gusts up to 20mph (small trees sway), still out of the southeast.

Halftime

Warming up just a bit with more clouds building in- but no rain! Mostly cloudy and 52 by halftime, and those SE winds are still climbing. 17mph winds, complete with gusts up to 25mph (empty plastic garbage cans tip over, you can hear the wind "whistling").

Post-Game

Hitting 54 degrees around game's end with mostly sunny skies. SSE winds continue with a steady 17-18mph flow, and gusts remain up to 25mph (you need to use effort to walk against the wind). Winds will stay up through the night into early afternoon Sunday. Temperatures stay mild with all that warm air streaming in- staying in the 50s throughout the entire night, just touching in the upper 40s before Sunday's sunrise. Cloud cover decreases in the evening for partly cloudy skies, which will continue into tomorrow- dry, but windy, conditions whether you're leaving for home after the game or Sunday.

 

If you're staying home...
Not quite as warm (we'll see the warmer, windier weather Sunday) as Iowa, but still a fantastic day! Temperatures in the upper 20s until 9am (yep, it's November), then warming quickly to 42 degrees by noon. Ann Arbor will see a high of 51 degrees, with mostly sunny skies. Winds will be out of the southeast at about 10mph all day. By 9pm, mostly clear skies let us get back down into the 30s, so grab that coat as you're headed out for some late-night celebrating!

Go Blue and have safe travels, or fun watching here at home! And don't forget to turn your clocks back!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!

Comments

bluebyyou

November 4th, 2011 at 4:02 PM ^

Thanks for the report.  So it looks like the passing game will take a big hit due to the winds.  At least Iowa, not being EL, should have less garbage flying around.  Maybe.

go16blue

November 4th, 2011 at 4:13 PM ^

Eek. I'll say the same thing that I did before the MSU game, and thats that wind really hurts us. MSU (and NW, for that matter) showed that if you stack the box theres nothing our offense can do to run on it (from the spread, at least). We *need* the pass to at least keep the defenses honest. Maybe this is the game we successfully manball run against 8 in the box. If not, we still probably win, but it might be a disappointing offensive performance.