Friday, 19 April 2013

Race day forecast: Cold front brings showers and storms tonight, cooler weekend

Race day forecast: Cold front brings showers and storms tonight, cooler weekend, Generally mild weather is expected Friday as warm air infiltrates the entire region thanks to a warm front that passed through the area yesterday. Unfortunately, the warm front is tied to a strong area of low pressure that was over the upper Great Lakes early Friday morning. This system will lift north and east into eastern Canada overnight tonight and Saturday. The forecast track of the low pressure area would drag a cold front through the region later Friday afternoon and overnight. Showers and thunderstorms will become numerous later this afternoon and this evening, and some of the activity may contain strong gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

The front presses east of the region by the early morning hours on Saturday, and precipitation should slowly come to an end during this time. High pressure builds into the region on Saturday and thus increasing amounts of sunshine are expected through the day. The difference in atmospheric pressure between the departing low pressure area, and this incoming high pressure area, will bring a blustery west to northwest wind to the region Saturday afternoon that should diminish by sundown.

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Albany-Saratoga Speedway: Generally dry and mild conditions are expected during the daytime hours, with temperatures generally in the upper 60’s by late this afternoon with a brisk southerly breeze of 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH.

Clouds will be on the increase later this afternoon, and by race time, some showers and thunderstorms may be knocking on the door. The forecast does not get much better from that point on. Showers and storms are expected to become more numerous through the evening hours, and some may contain gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Temperatures this evening should be generally in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s with the gusty southerly winds continuing.


Dodge City Speedway: Some early morning clouds and perhaps a shower or sprinkle should yield to brightening skies during the afternoon hours. As race time approaches by early afternoon, a brisk and gusty westerly wind is forecast. Wind speeds of 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 30 MPH will be possible at times. Temperatures will be noticeably cooler than those experienced on Friday, as temperatures hover in the low to mid 50’s for the majority of the day. The gusty winds will no doubt add a bit of chill to the air.

Fonda Speedway: The possibility of a remnant early morning shower exists, but in general, skies should brighten during the day, along with a brisk and gusty wind from the west and northwest. Due to the fact that the track is right in the heart of the Mohawk Valley, and the winds are forecast to be westerly to northwesterly, funneling down the valley, speeds may increase to 15-30 MPH during the day with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH at times. This will add a chill to the air, as temperatures struggle to reach the low 50’s during the day.

Winds should abate by sunset, and with mostly clear skies expected, it might not be a bad idea to dress in layers, and bring the gloves tomorrow night to keep warm, as temperatures will drop into the 30’s, most likely during the racing program itself.

Lebanon Valley Speedway: The cold front will be in closest proximity to this venue early Saturday morning, so the best chance for a remnant morning shower looks to be here. However, as is the case with the remainder of the tracks scheduled to have racing action Saturday evening, the sun should brighten the sky by afternoon, and a brisk northwesterly wind should commence. Wind speeds of 15-25 MPH with some higher gusts to near 35 MPH are possible during the daytime, with a general lightening to wind by sunset. Temperatures will slowly fall through the 40’s during the late afternoon and early evening. Bundling up, once again, may not be a bad idea!

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