FORECAST UPDATE FRIDAY 6:00 a.m. EDT (8/30/2012):

Scattered rain showers and a few thunderstorms are in the weather forecast this weekend for Atlanta Motor Speedway. I don’t expect a race to be washed out, but a shower or storm moving over the track could cancel a practice or a qualifying.

What do I mean when I use the word “scattered?”

Imagine you have a bag of marbles and you dump the marbles on the floor. What do the marbles do, they scatter all over the floor. You can’t predict where the marbles will land all you know is they will stop at random points on the floor. That’s similar to the rain showers we can expect this weekend. Hard to know where a rain shower will form but if showers and storms start to form then the threat of a shower or storm hitting the track increases and the radar needs to be watched.

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FRIDAY:
10 a.m EDT
Truck Series Practice – Mostly cloudy, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 75
11:30 a.m EDT
Truck Series Final Practice –  Mostly cloudy, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 82
2:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Practice –  Mostly cloudy, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 84
4:35 p.m EDT
Truck Series Qualifying –  Mostly cloudy, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 85
6:10 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying –  Mostly cloudy, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 84
8 p.m EDT
Truck Series Race – Mostly cloudy, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 78

SATURDAY:
9:00 a.m EDT
Nationwide Series Final Practice –  Patchy clouds, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 74
3:35 p.m EDT
Nationwide Series Qualifying –  Sun and clouds, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 88
5:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice –  Sun and clouds, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 87
7:00 p.m EDT
Nationwide Series Race – Mostly cloudy, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 78

SUNDAY:
5:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race – Variably cloudy, chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 86
6:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race – Variably cloudy,  chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 84
7:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Variably cloudy,  chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 84
8:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Variably cloudy,  chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 81
9:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Variably cloudy,  chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 79
10:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Variably cloudy,  chc. of scattered showers and storms – temp: 77

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