Friday, April 3, 2009

Special Gameday Weather Report By Steve DiMartino From

Instead of hearing me ramble on and on about atmospheric conditions that I don't quite understand, I have wrangled one of the best independent meteorologists in the Tri-State area to formulate a forecast for New Stadium Insider with the baseball games specifically in mind. I have mentioned Steve DiMartino from the great weather blog in the past.

As Steve says in the bio on his site, his website is "all about his passion for weather." Much like we all love following every move the Yankees make, Steve loves to follow the weather. That being said, Steve is also an expert in his field. He spent "6 years forecasting for private weather companies and loved almost every minute of it." Without further ado, here is Steve DiMartino's gameday forecast, found only here at New Stadium Insider:

Of all the days to open the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, at least for exhibition of the major league teams, today is probably the worst day to do so.

A steady, light to moderate rain can be expected through the afternoon as a warm front approaches New York City. The good news is that the cold front should clear New York City by around 6 to 7 PM and put an end to the steady rainfall. Overcast, damp, and drizzly conditions can be expect through at least 8 PM before drier air works in.

Temperatures this evening will range from the 48 to 54 degrees through the evening hours with a wind backing from the east to west around 5 to 15 mph and increasing to 10 to 20 mph as the evening wears on. Field conditions will not be optimal for playing conditions, but we will all get an idea of how well the drainage systems are with these ball parks. Overall, if you are going out to these games, bring a poncho or rain coast, an extra sweat shirt, and plenty of money while you wait out a delay at the concession stands.

So there you have it. Looks like it will be a cool and damp evening - much like many nights we have spent at ballparks in early April. I'd like to thank Steve for doing writing this specifically for New Stadium Insider. If you are an interested in the weather, or just want to know what to wear on a certain day, please cut through the hype and go directly to Steve's site. I have been following his forecasts for the past 6 months and they are much more accurate than most of the TV meteorologists.
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