Throughout the season, as part of our weekly preview, we are going to look at the current match up from a meteorlogical side. It is certainly too early to do a weather forecast for the Cal game, at least when you look at a calendar and see how many days it is away, but when you look at MY calendar, it is pretty much now or never. I will be here and there for the next few days and then next week, if you can believe it we’ll be leaving for Cal on Wednesday morning. From now until then I don’t know how much time I’ll be able to log on the computer. I still plan to post, but this type of information requires a little more digging.
At any rate we are going to try this out, this is a thing I do on our tailgating website (the D7tailgate link on your right if you ever get curious), but for those my gimmick is trying to predict the weather weeks ahead of time. For these I want to provide accurate information. The good news is that this will provide something that is hopefully useful to all Maryland fans, but the bad news is, when you try to be right with the weather, you’re really sticking yourself out there to be exposed. But I’m used to being yelled at, after all I AM married..just kidding honey…sorta… (I kid cause I love!).
So before this gets too long, lets jump into the Weather HIstory of this day in San Francisco, CA. An average September 5th in the Bay Area sees a high of 73 F, and a Low of 56. You see on the Pacific Coast the weather, generally speaking, comes off of the Pacific Ocean (from west to east) therefore as a result, the ocean provides a moderating effect on the surrounding area. We don’t generally see it too much on the East Coast since our weather is coming from the west over land as opposed to water. But if you look at your local news weather generally in the summer Ocean City will be cooler than the rest of the state, and in the winter, warmer than the rest of the state. It’s just much more pronounced out on the West Coast.
The records for this day in San Francisco are 94 F and 45 F. As you can see, here is more proof of what the maritime climate does. The absolute coldest it has been on this day in San Francisco is only roughly 10 degrees lower than what it’s average low should be.
So what does this all mean? Well like I said it is still early for us to do a true forecast. As we move into the season and the games don’t require me taking a plane mid week to be at, we will be able to provide more timely (and when it comes to the weather, timely usually goes hand and hand with accurate) forecasts. But since we are within the 10 Day out look, using weather.com we see that they are calling for a high of 65 F on September 5th, and a low of 57. You see this is why so many people live in California!
Now to us, I worry that a high of 65 is going to feel down right cold. I mean check your thermostat right now, is it anywhere near 65? If you answered yes, I can think of one way for you to lower your energy bills. But being cool is always nicer than being hot. You can always but on a light jacket or sweatshirt, but it’s hard to go the other way with that.
As for rain, there doesn’t seem to be any in the forecast for SF. Granted a lot can change between now and then, but the Bay Area only gets a fraction of what we get on the East Coast, so I’m sticking with the weather.com forecast.
Look for game conditions in the Maryland-Cal game to be quite pleasant. Though the game won’t kick off until the evening, look for an afternoon high in the upper 60′s, say 67, and a low to be in the upper 50′s, with no chance of rain. For us who are making the trip, the early Fall weather won’t make it feel much like home, but then again, who is going to be homesick for upper 80′s with humidity?
So there you have it. Our first ever game week forecast. It’s early for this first one, but as the season starts to settle into a routine, we plan to make them more timely. I also want to remind you, if we haven’t already driven it into your head, we plan to blog througout our trip to SF. So please check back often leading up to the game to see what the turtledroppings guys are up to. And if you are also making the trip, keep an eye out for us, we’ll be wearing red!