Saturday, May 23, 2009

Yankees vs. Phillies Memorial Day Weekend Weather Update: Sunday Wetter Than Saturday

It has been great not having to create posts like this, updating Yankee Stadium weather conditions. Unfortunately, after a beautiful week of weather, rain is back in the forecast, and that means Steve from is here to let us know how it will affect this weekend's Yankee games. You may have also noticed that Steve has started to include some interesting opinions on how the winds will affect the play on the field. Lets keep an eye on what he has to say, since talk of the supposed wind-tunnel at the new house is all the rage. Here is what Steve has to say:
The good news is that I do not expect a wash out at all today nor tomorrow, however a persistent threat for showers and very strong to possibly severe thunderstorms will remain.

For today, expect partly cloudy conditions for the most part. Showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon, but will be widely scattered. The thunderstorms that do develop will have the potential to be very strong to possibly severe with heavy downpours, frequent lightning, small hail, and damaging wind gusts over 60 mph. The cold front is now south of the Bronx, which will mean a persistent northeast to easterly wind can be expected around 5 to 10 mph. This wind is blowing in and will have an inhibiting factor on fly balls, especially over left and center fields. A micro low level jet along the right field line may be of interest to watch as winds circulate around the stadium. As the cold front rebounds as a warm front this afternoon, the winds will shift to the south towards the end of the game. It is when this front rebounds that the thunderstorms will become a threat and will approach from the southwest. Temperatures through the game will be 69 to 75 through the game.

Tomorrow will be a bit wetter. Another cold front from the Great Lakes will approach with a better threat for showers and thunderstorms. The game, which is expected to start at 1 PM, will have dry conditions through at least the first three innings. From the fourth inning on, the cold front will approach with a threat of scattered showers and strong thunderstorms. There is potential for a lengthy delay in the middle innings of this game, however conditions will clear starting after 3PM to 4 PM to allow the game to resume. Expect winds to veer from the southwest to northwest around 5 to 15 mph. This means that winds will blow out at all directs at the start of the game. However, once the storms pass, winds will blow out from the left and center field but will blow to the right to left over right field. Temperatures will range from 72 to 78 degrees through the game.
Steve also let us know that if any nasty thunderstorms were approaching, he would update us via Twitter. For those of you who use Twitter on your cell phones while at the games, we would encourage you to add @NYNJPAWeather to your friends list, and even set up a text message alert of Steve's updates for the weekend. Wouldn't it be great to know when that heavy thunderstorm is going to hit and get a head start to the Carl's Philly Cheesesteak stand?

We'll be at the game on Sunday in section 428, Row 10, so come and say hello if you are in the vicinity. Hopefully the rain holds off until the game is over, but if not, we'll take solace in the fact that our seats are covered. After all, it is one of the few benefits of our unfortunate seat relocation.
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