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NASCAR 2013 MICHIGAN FORECAST

2013 NASCAR Weather Forecast At Michigan International Speedway: It Will Rain but Races Should Remain Dry

The main weather concern this weekend at Michigan International Speedway is the arrival of showers and possible thunderstorms later this afternoon and timing their exit Sunday morning.

Most of the today will be dry but showers and storms coming out of the Plains and northern Great Lakes could arrive across southern Michigan anytime after 2 p.m. EDT. At this time I don’t expect rain to arrive until after the NASCAR Nationwide race this afternoon.

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The above image is a Hi-Resolution forecast model from this morning into Sunday afternoon. It shows rain arriving around Michigan International Speedway between 4 and 6 p.m. EDT and then exiting late morning on Sunday. I am about 80% confident that we see rain free racing for both the Nationwide race today and the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. The 20% of doubt is for the rain threat later this afternoon.

The only problem for Sunday is when does the rain finally end and will it end in time to dry the track so that the Sprint Cup race can start on time. The good news is once the rain ends Sunday morning, it will dry out and become partly to mostly sunny.

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SATURDAY:
9:30 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series practice – Partly sunny skies – temp: 62
10:35 a.m. EDT
Nationwide Series qualifying – Partly sunny skies – temp: 67
12:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Final practice – Partly sunny skies – temp: 71
2:15 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Series Race – Mostly cloudy, chance of scattered shower or storm – temp: 76

SUNDAY:
12 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-race – Mostly cloudy, chance of shower or storm – temp: 75
1 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Variably cloudy – temp: 76
2 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Partly sunny – temp: 77
3 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Partly sunny – temp: 78
4 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Partly sunny – temp: 80

NASCAR 2013 NATIONWIDE IOWA FORECAST

2013 Iowa Speedway NASCAR Nationwide Race Day Weather Forecast Take 2

Rain washed out Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide race, so they will try it again today before the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Pocono. While here are no weather problems for the Sprint Cup series, rain remains a concern for the Nationwide race this morning in Iowa. Storm system moving though the region will keep the threat of rain through the start of the race, with scattered showers and storms possible in the afternoon. While the rain threat continues for Iowa and the Nationwide race, I think NASCAR has a better shot of getting the Nationwide race in today, but don’t be surprised if there’s at least one rain delay or possible threat from a shower or storm.

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NASCAR 2013 NATIONWIDE IOWA FORECAST

2013 Iowa Speedway NASCAR Nationwide Race Day Weather Forecast


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I will admit I messed up this NASCAR Nationwide forecast. I spread myself out to thin this week and I overlooked when the race in Iowa was going to run. I was looking at afternoon not Saturday night. As of noon EDT (11:00 a.m. CDT) rain was already in the western part of Iowa moving slowly towards Iowa Speedway. Anticipate rain showers arriving sometime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. and 7 p.m. CDT).

Once the rain and thunderstorms arrive, it could cause a long delay or possibly postpone the race. It will all come down to when the rain arrives and it’s not looking all that promising. To tell the truth, I am not as optimistic about the forecast this evening now given all I am looking at. The odds of getting this race completely finished or to halfway is around 30 to 40%. Bottom line it is going to come down to when the rain arrives later today or this evening.

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NASCAR 2013 DOVER FORECAST

2013 Dover International Speedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Sunny, Hot and Humid

The weather forecast for NASCAR at Dover International Speedway has become completely dry but the heat and humidity continue. Today highs will be in the upper 80s but when you factor in how humid it will be like at least 90. There will be just a slight breeze out of the south between 5 and 15 mph.

Sunday, while a little cooler, is still very warm and humid. Afternoon temperatures will reach the mid 80s but with the humidity it will feel much hotter. The front that I was watching for the potential of an isolated shower or storm is slower so Sunday’s weather looks dry and mostly sunny. The only weather concern we have for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race is the heat and humidity. Enjoy the racing this weekend.

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SATURDAY:
10:00 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Practice – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 82
11:05 a.m. EDT
Nationwide Series Qualifying – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 84
12:50 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 86
2:30 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 87

SUNDAY:
12 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Pre-race – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 82
1 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 83
2 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 84
3 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 85
4 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly sunny, hot and humid – temp: 84

NASCAR 2013 DOVER FORECAST

2013 Dover International Speedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Mostly Sunny and Hot

The NASCAR weather forecast for this weekend at Dover International Speedway is mostly dry. It will be very warm with highs both today and Saturday in the upper 80s to even near 90 degrees. There will be plenty of sunshine and no worry of rain for the Camping World Series Truck race tonight or the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.

Sunday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race looks mostly dry but an approaching cold front could spark some scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. Like most fronts that move through it all comes down to timing. Based on current forecast trends, we should be able to get the whole race in before any rain arrives. I am just leaving in the mention of showers developing afternoon into evening on Sunday

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FRIDAY:
10:05 a.m. EDT
Camping World Truck Series Qualifying – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 80
11:00 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Practice – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 84
12:40 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Series Final Practice – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 86
3:15 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 89
5:00 p.m. EDT
Camping World Truck Series – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 89

SATURDAY:
10:00 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Practice – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 82
11:05 a.m. EDT
Nationwide Series Qualifying – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 84
12:50 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 86
2:30 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Mostly sunny and hot – temp: 87

SUNDAY:
12 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Pre-race – Partly sunny – temp: 82
1 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Partly sunny – temp: 83
2 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Partly sunny – temp: 84
3 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Partly sunny – temp: 84
4 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Partly sunny, slight chance of a t’storm – temp: 84

NASCAR 2013 TALLADEGA FORECAST

NASCAR 2013 Weather Forecast at Talladega Superspeedway: It’s Going to Rain

Cold front associated with an upper level cold core low will slowly work across the state of Alabama today. This will keep Talladega Superspeedway wet for most of the day. Rain will slowly end from the west to east as we head into the early afternoon. Temperatures will also be extremely cold for May. Temperatures across Alabama today will remain in the 40s. 

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SATURDAY’S NATIONWIDE RACE: The above image is from the high resolution NAM weather model for 3pm EDT over eastern Alabama. This is what has me concerned for the Nationwide race scheduled at 3 p.m. EDT. It will all come down to when the rain finally clears out later this afternoon. If it clear out between 1 and 4 p.m. then we could have a delayed race. Unfortunately some forecast models keep the rain around eastern Alabama through the late afternoon and into the evening hours. Because the Nationwide race comes down to the timing of the rains exit it could be delayed or it could be postponed. I can’t call it a washout because we do expect clearing to take place later in the day. This is a toss up. 

SUNDAY’S SPRINT CUP RACE: This forecast is more complicated. Today we are tracking a band of showers across the state and there is a beginning and an end. For Sunday, the center of this upper level storm system is right over Alabama. This will cause a very unstable atmosphere. An unstable atmosphere will lead to the development of scattered showers.

Imagine dumping a bag of marbles on to the floor but before you do, predict where each marble will go and eventually stop. That is the challenge meteorologist have in predicting scattered showers. We know that showers will form as the day goes on but we don’t know necessarily when and where they will form and move after they form.

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Here is the high resolution NAM for 2 p.m. on Sunday, one hour after the scheduled start of the race. The center of the storm system will be right over central Alabama and areas of scattered showers will form close to the center. This model has rain right over Talladega Superspeedway at this time. It doesn’t necessarily mean that exact scenario is going to happen. What it does mean is we could see weather delays through out the afternoon. It all depends on where the rain forms and where it goes. 

The probability of seeing an official race is around 45 to 55 percent. It’s not high but I think it is possible. I have seen far worse rain forecast than this produce at least an official race. (ending the race anytime after halfway). I would say the odds of a complete race is around 40 percent at this given time. Maybe it’s the fan in me, but I am holding out hope that we can at least get this race in on Sunday. 

Temperatures will remain chilly for Sunday. Afternoon temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s. Because the air over Alabama will be colder than average, it is possible that some of the showers and even storms that form Sunday could contain small hail. 

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SATURDAY:
12:10 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup qualifying – Chilly, rain showers – temp: 46
3:00 p.m. EDT
Nationwide race – Chilly, cloudy, rain showers, ending in the afternoon – temp: 60

SUNDAY:
11:00 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup pre-race – Cloudy, mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers – temp: 55
12:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup pre-race – Cloudy, mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers – temp: 57
1:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers – temp: 58
2:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers – temp: 58
3:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers – temp: 57
4:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers – temp: 57
5:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Cloudy, mostly cloudy, scattered rain showers – temp: 57

NASCAR 2013 at Bristol Motor Speedway – Video Weather Forecast

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NASCAR 2013 at Bristol Motor Speedway Weather Forecast: Rain Remains a Threat

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NASCAR 2013 BRISTOL FORECAST

NASCAR 2013 at Bristol Motor Speedway Weather Forecast: Nervous About Rain this Weekend

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Unlike Vegas where we got the rain out of the way early, rain could be a problem for Saturday and Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Cold front drops in from the north Saturday into Sunday and then stall over the Tennessee Valley. This will provide the focusing mechanism for the development of scattered showers both days. I don’t like the looks of this forecast but I am not calling it a wash. The odds of this being a wash at this point is about 45%. I will be tracking the rain and developing rain this weekend. Definitely feel like we will have delays Saturday and Sunday thanks to to rain. If I was going I’d still go, prepare for the worst by bringing my rain gear and hoping for the best.

The images above are the current computer models for Sunday afternoon. As you can see through eastern Tennessee there is a lot of green representing rain. Rain is definitely in the forecast and should have some impact on weekend activities. Like I said above, I am not calling this a wash but rain gear this weekend is a must

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NASCAR 2013 LAS VEGAS FORECAST

NASCAR 2013 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Weather Forecast: Rainy Start to the Race Weekend

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A Pacific storm system moving across Southern California and Southern Nevada into Arizona and Utah will spread scattered showers across Las Vegas today. These showers will be off and on all day and could cause delays and possible cancellations of for Sprint Cup and Nationwide practices as well as Sprint Cup qualifying in the afternoon. Afternoon temperatures will also be chilly as temperatures range from 50 to 55 degrees.

Storm system moves to the east Friday night towards the Four Corners taking the rain showers with it. High pressure builds in from the north bringing more sunshine for Saturday. It remains cool, with highs only in the low 60s. The same high pressure brings sunny skies for Sunday and great weather for the Sprint Cup race, afternoon temperatures will be in the mid to upper 60s.

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