Phillytown! My home away from home. Feels weird to say, but for every two days I’ve spent in my own bed this year, I’ve spent one in the City of Brotherly Love. Nothing against Philly but what a terrible stat. Anyway, this weekend the Terps travel up 95 to try to avenge last year’s debacle in College Park. If you were to poll 100 Maryland fans, I bet 93 of them would list “The Temple Game” as the low point of the 2011 season. The runner up would be “4th Quarter of the NC State Game”.
I won’t be able to make this one, but the relatively quick drive should bring out a nice contingent of Maryland fans. I’m not a big fan of off campus College Football games, but the last time Maryland went to Temple, it poured the entire time and ended up being one of my most favorite tailgates, so you never know.
Moving on to the weather. This Saturday will be September 8th which is really starting to push us away from summer. Ninety degree days are going to be getting fewer and further in between. The average temperatures in Philadelphia on September 8th is a high of 78 F and a low of 60 F. Overall a pleasant day, but don’t get too excited, I think we will end up being warmer than that. The records are both recent, and both pretty modest. The high was set in 2010 at 91 F and the low was set in 2000 at 52 F. That is only about a 40 degree stretch from the two records. Seems weird to me, but who am I to question.
The Forecast for the day is calling for a high of 83 and a low of 61. Once again, be weary of sunburn as this game is a noon start and is going to be hot. I know, 83 doesn’t sound too bad, but when you are sitting out in it with no cover, it takes a toll. Then again, there is a 40% chance of isolated thunderstorms, which means you should be ready for sun AND rain.
Don’t think this will be a washout, as isolated thunderstorms usually don’t fire up until the heat of the late afternoon, so maybe they will be able to get this one completed prior to the real rain threat, but be advised there could be some renegade showers on the prowl.
As for the sun rise, if you are tailgating, look for the sun to join you at 6:34 am and look for it to set at 7:19 pm. Don’t forget Philly is a bit further east than College Park, so those times are probably a few minutes ahead of what they would be back home.
The moon will not rise on the 8th, but it will set, and that will be around 2:14 pm. If you see it, it will be a wanning gibbous with about 55% illumination.
So there is your forecast, hopefully the Terps can pull this one through and the fans can stay dry, that would be a pretty solid day. Going into Edsall Bowl 1 at 2-0 sure would be a great start to the year. 1-1….eh not so much.