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Radar update at Chicagoland Speedway 2013 4pm EDT

Anticipating rain from the cold front to arrive between 5 and 5:30 p.m. EDT. It could rain for 40 to 60 min then we could dry. Should be able to get back racing again after this line of showers.


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Radar for Chicagoland Speedway 2013 – Will the rain end in time to let us race?


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Watching the rain move through Chicagoland Speedway. While it doesn’t look great if the rain free area to the west of the current rain at 1:15 pm holds then maybe they can get drying started. The only concern is the cold front and more rain associated with it moving through. Will continue to monitor.

Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Race Day Weather Forecast: Another Monday Race

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UPDATE MONDAY 10 AM EDT:
Mostly cloudy, some sun this morning but before the race starts there is one little disturbance to the west that could produce a few sprinkles, at worst a light shower, before the start of the race. Personally it appears on radar as a non issue.

Once into the afternoon expect clouds to clear, winds will pick up a little out of the northwest to 10 to 20 mph. It will remain cool with high temperatures near or in the low 70s. Race time temperature in the mid 60s.

PREVIOUS FORECAST DISCUSSION MONDAY 3 AM EDT:
Like at Atlanta, NASCAR did everything it could to try and dry the track so there could be racing on Sunday. Unfortunately, mother nature and the weather are out of NASCAR’s control. After showers returned in the evening NASCAR made the decision to postpone the race until 11am CDT (Noon EDT). Now the question is what will the weather be for Monday morning?

As I write this, steady rain continues across northern Illinois and will into the early morning. The steady rain could last until 6 or 7 am CDT Monday morning with scattered to isolated light showers, maybe some drizzle into late morning. Although there is light rain in the forecast for Monday morning I think we are good by the time the cars roll off at 11am CDT. From there just clouds and some sunshine and should improve as the afternoon wears on. Highs will be near 70.

MONDAY
12:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly cloudy, lingering isolated shower or drizzle but should be dry – temp: 67

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Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Race Day Weather Update Thread

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SUNDAY EVENING (Update 8 EDT)
Race rescheduled for noon EDT (11am CDT) Monday. It will be on ESPN.

MONDAY FORECAST
12:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly cloudy, isolated shower lingering but should be mostly dry – temp: 67

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Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Race Day Weather Forecast: I Was Wrong

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FORECAST FOR SUNDAY (Update 11:45 EDT)
You can take my previous forecast and throw it out the window. It was wrong all my odds, everything. Weather forecasting has never been an exact science. I think I broke my number rule, “Never let the fan in you get involved in the forecast.” We call this wish-casting and I think that is what I did this weekend.

Rain arrived over Chicagoland Speedway this morning. It appears it is light rain and drizzle but there are few breaks. It is not looking good now to get the track dry in time to start the race. It takes estimated 60 to 90 minutes to dry the track.

As I look at the radar, it doesn’t look good. I feel like we have maybe a 30% likelihood of getting this race in this afternoon if the rain continues. There may be breaks but not sure they will be long enough. I do my best to keep you updated as we head into the afternoon.

SUNDAY:
2:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Cloudy skies, still cool, possible shower or thunderstorm. Threat of rain increases through the afternoon – temp: 68

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Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Race Day Weather Forecast: Rain has Arrived

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FORECAST FOR SUNDAY
The forecast models have been all over the place the last twenty-four hours. Friday night they were showing the rain arriving later in the day leaving the bulk of the afternoon dry. That was the basis for my forecast Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon the computer models shifted and started to bring the rain into northeast Illinois by midday and early afternoon. Even the National Weather Service jumped on the new scenario when they issued their updated forecast Saturday afternoon and evening. As of Saturday night, the computer are back to what they were saying Friday night bringing the rain in later in the day towards evening. The inconsistency in the forecast models has my confidence in them very low.

THE LIKELIHOOD OF…
Race starting on time – 75% to 80%
Getting to halfway – 50% to 70%
Completing all 400 miles WITHOUT any rain delay – 40% to 50%
Completing all 400 miles WITH a rain delay – 50% to 70%

SUNDAY:
2:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Cloudy skies, still cool, possible shower or thunderstorm. Threat of rain increases through the afternoon – temp: 68

I wish I had a more iron clad forecast for you. Timing is going to be everything thing. If the rain arrives as the National Weather Service is predicting it will not be a fun afternoon. If the forecast models from Friday night and Saturday night verify then we have a really good shot of getting the race in and complete. Bottom line, the radar will need to be watched all morning and afternoon.

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Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Just a Small Threat of Rain Sunday

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Joliet, IL

SAT
Aug. 17
SUN
Aug. 18

Sunny, Clouds and Cool Clouds, some sun, increasing chance of rain/storms afternoon
High: 67
High: 72
Low: 53

FORECAST UPDATE SATURDAY 2 AM EDT:
No worries for Saturday as the cool fall like temperatures continue with mostly sunny skies. It is Sunday afternoon I am keeping my eye on. I don’t think this is a major concern. I think we have a 70-80% chance of getting the whole race in. There is just a risk of isolated to scattered showers or storms Sunday afternoon.

Cold front coming out of the plains will bring the risk of showers and a few storms late Sunday into Sunday night. Because the race is at 1pm CDT (2pm EDT) and the system is moving fairly slow so rain isn’t expected to reach eastern Illinois until Sunday evening and night.

SATURDAY:
12 p.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Sun and clouds – temp: 60
1:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Sun and clouds  – temp: 65
3:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Sun and clouds  – temp: 68

SUNDAY:
2:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mainly cloudy, isolated or scattered shower or storm, best chance is into Sunday evening  – temp: 70

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Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Watching For Possible Sunday Rain

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Joliet, IL

FRI
Aug. 16
SAT
Aug. 17
SUN
Aug. 18

Sun & clouds, Very Fall-like Sunny and cool Clouds, some sun, increasing chance of rain/storms afternoon
High: 60
Low: 38
High: 67
Low: 42
High: 72
Low: 53

FORECAST UPDATE THURSDAY 1 PM EDT:
The threat of rain continues for Sunday. The threat is not very high and the forecast models are not very aggressive bringing the rain in Sunday afternoon. Looking at the most recent data Joliet, IL looks dry for most of the afternoon and early evening. At this point I think a few scattered showers are possible for the afternoon with mostly cloudy skies. Right now, if you are going to the race I wouldn’t be overly concerned about the rain but would bring rain gear just in case.

Besides the rain the other weather story is the cool fall-like temperatures. Temperatures to start Friday morning will be in the low to mid 50s. Highs only in the low 60s.

FRIDAY:
10 a.m EDT
Truck Practice – Mostly cloudy and very cool – temp: 48
11:30 a.m EDT
Truck Final Practice – Clouds, limited sun and cool – temp: 55
12:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Practice – Clouds, limited sun and cool – temp: 56
2:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Mostly cloudy – temp: 60
3:30 p.m EDT
Truck Qualifying – Mostly cloudy – temp: 60
4:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Final Practice– Clouds, limited sun and cool – temp: 59
6:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Partly Sunny – temp: 57
8 p.m EDT
Truck Race – Partly Cloudy – temp: 54

SATURDAY:
12 p.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 60
1:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 65
3:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Mostly sunny – temp: 65

SUNDAY:
2:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly cloudy, chance of a scattered shower or storm – temp: 70

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Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Rain Tries To Creep into the Forecast

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Elwood, IL

THU
Aug. 15
FRI
Aug. 16
SAT
Aug. 17
SUN
Aug. 18

Sunny & Unseasonably Cool Sun & clouds, Very Fall-like Sunny and cool Sun & clouds, scattered showers
High: 61
Low: 40
High: 62
Low: 41
High: 66
Low: 44
High: 72
Low: 53

FORECAST UPDATE WEDNESDAY 1 PM EDT:
Some changes have been made to the forecast since I posted my first look on Sunday. You are reading it correctly, showers have crept into the forecast for Sunday. It’s not a real major threat as of now but it needs to be watched. The area of high pressure that brings very cool air to the Midwest moves  into the Northeast by Sunday afternoon and night. Behind the high pressure a disturbance with showers begins to arrive. Timing is still a challenge and so is the coverage area.  My current thought on the forecast for Sunday is we have morning sunshine as clouds increase during the afternoon. Late afternoon into evening showers become more scattered but also begin to increase. Hoping the timing doesn’t speed up and the rain arrives earlier. Stay tuned.

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Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Fall-Like Weekend Ahead

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Elwood, IL

WED
Aug. 14
THU
Aug. 15
FRI
Aug. 16
SAT
Aug. 17
SUN
Aug. 18

Mostly sunny skies, cool Mostly sunny & cool Sunny and cool Sunny and cool Sunny and cool
High: 67
Low: 48
High: 62
Low: 43
High: 67
Low: 44
High: 69
Low: 45
High: 71
Low: 49

FORECAST UPDATE Sunday 11 PM EDT:
We kick off the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The second half of the week will turn very Fall-like across the Midwest with highs in the mid to upper 60s. Most importantly there will be no rain as things look right now.

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