It’s time for Maryland Football, it’s time for Tailgating, and it’s time to do a Maryland game day forecast! What else could be better? As you are probably aware (if you bother visiting Maryland themed blogs) the Terps will be hosting William and Mary this Saturday. Now normally, this would be a “Yawn, wake me when the real games start” type of game, but not this year. This year it’s pretty much our Bowl Game. I mean seriously, this could be the only game Maryland is actually favored in all season.
Yeah, yeah, we can talk about that all we want, but as my writing partner said the other day, it’s kick off time, forget your gripes about the AD and HC, and get behind the kids that choose to play for Maryland, so that is what we are going to do. The Randy and Kevin bashing articles will come later, or better yet not at all (though my money is on later!).
Anyway, note to the University. Thank you for the 3:00 pm kickoff. There is nothing worse than playing football in College Park (and by playing football I mean tailgating, the suffering of the players doesn’t really impact my enjoyment) at high noon in what is still technically summer. This isn’t New England or the Upper Midwest, or even out west. It is still pretty hot here in September, just because the calendar changed doesn’t mean the weather followed suit. Sure it will eventually, but Mother Nature doesn’t care what the little squares that humans keep on their walls and desks says. She’ll make it autumn on her own time.
That being said, let’s go to the Almanac. The average high for September 1st is 84 F, and the average low is 62 F. The extremes of the day are 102 F which was set in the glorious year of 1953 (back when they didn’t refer to the William and Mary game as their best chance of a win), and the record low is 42 F set back in 2006. I think I have records for tailgate forecasts going back to 2006, I don’t ever remember it being that cold, but I have learned to repress a lot of football memories lately.
Anyway, we should be just above those averages, and nowhere near those records. In fact the forecast calls for a high of 90 F and a low of 70 F. If you think for one second you won’t get sunburn, you are out of your gourd. So bring sunscreen.
Though it is going to be blazing, the good news is that there is only a very small chance of rain. Explain that to those expecting to tailgate in the path of Hurricane Isaac’s remnants and you will realize how fortunate we are for that bit of good news. There is only a 10% chance of precipitation which I say is pretty negligible. I won’t be bringing a poncho basically. The wind, which actually has a pretty big impact on many of our tailgating games should also be pretty benign with a forecast of light breeze (6 mph) in the books.
Because it is a 3:00 start (thanks again UMCP!!), we don’t really need to worry about the sunrise. It should take place while most of us are still in our beds. 6:36 am is the official forecast and it won’t set until 7:37 pm, which should be about an hour and a half after the game has ended.
The moon will be out, and it will be 100% full, so keep an eye out for it. It will actually set at about 7:41 in the morning, but return for the drive home, rising at 7:54 pm.
So to recap. Hot, not so breezy, and most likely dry. Not too much to complain about, but who can stand to complain when it’s College Football Time!!