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NASCAR 2013 DARLINGTON RACE DAY FORECAST

NASCAR 2013 Weather Forecast at Darlington Raceway: Storms Threaten Tonight

Conditions at Darlington SC:
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Cold front approaching South Carolina today will increase the threat of scattered to isolated showers and thunderstorm this afternoon and evening. It is possible some of these storms could be strong to severe, with possible hail and gusty damaging winds. While lightning doesn’t make a storm severe, this is a danger when dealing with an outdoor activity like a NASCAR race. The rule for protecting yourself from lightning is if you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning. At the first sound of thunder, you should seek shelter and wait out the storm. 

It will be mostly to partly cloudy today, temperatures this afternoon a little cooler, but still warm and muggy reaching the mid 80s. There will be a breezy southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, but the main weather concern remains the threat of scattered showers and storms later today and tonight.

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Hi-res computer model for 7 p.m. EDT this evening showing possible development of a line of showers and storms for this evening. This is not certain but it tells me that we will need to watch the radar before and during the race for possible storms that could cause delays. 

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This is the same hi-res forecast model for 9 p.m. EDT, this shows potentially large and strong storm moving into Darlington, SC. Again this is just one computer forecast models interpretation of what could happen. What it tells me is NASCAR and fans need to be prepared for possible rain delays. 

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Any storm that develops has the potential to be strong and even severe. The Storm Prediction Center has northeastern South Carolina in a slight risk for severe weather. This could mean storms could produce strong damaging winds and hail. With any threat of severe storms an isolated tornado is possible but very unlikely. 

Given the scattered nature of these storms, the probability of a washout remains low. I still think it is at 30% or less. The odds for a possible delay or two has gone up a little to around 50% with the odds of getting an “official race” (reaching halfway or beyond) is still around 60%, and a complete rain free race is a little less between 40 to 50%. 

With scattered showers and storms, you never know where they are going to form or go until they develop on radar. We saw that last weekend at Talladega, one minute the radar looks clear the next you have a rapidly growing storm that brings hail to the track and you have to wait out a 3 1/2 hour rain delay. I hope we don’t see that tonight, but delays are possible. 

Because of the uncertainty  follow me on Twitter @NASCAR_WXMAN and like me on Facebook for the latest weather updates throughout the weekend.

DARLINGTON NASCAR WEATHER FORECAST

2012 Darlington Raceway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Taming of the Shrew

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FORECAST UPDATE THURSDAY 2 a.m. EDT (5/9/2012):

This weekend, NASCAR heads to the track that is “Too Tough To Tame” Darlington Raceway. Over the last few weeks it seems like Mother Nature has been a “shrew” that has needed some taming. Looks like mother nature will be on her best behavior in Darlington, SC.

High pressure will control the weather across the Carolinas. Expect sunshine over the weekend and comfortable temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s.

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Conditions at Darlington SC:
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2011 Darlington Raceway Weekend Weather Forecast: Rain Showers, Possible Storms this Afternoon

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Conditions at Darlington SC:
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Darlington, SC

FRI
May 6
SAT
May 7
SAT NIGHT
May 7

Sun & clouds, chc. of storms. Sunny skies Sun and clouds
High: 75
High: near 80
Low: 51
Temps: mid 70s

FORECAST UPDATE Friday 12 PM EDT:

Tracking showers heading towards the track. Most will be light but enough to wet the track and delay or maybe cancel some practice or qualifying. Because of the scattered nature of the showers  it is hard right now to say how long they will last. I think they will move through starting after noon then scattered through early afternoon then see some decrease. Radar is up and running and I will have updates on twitter.

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2011 Darlington Raceway Weekend Weather Forecast: Chance of Storms Friday

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Conditions at Darlington SC:
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Darlington, SC

FRI
May 6
SAT
May 7
SUN
May 8

Sun & clouds, chc. of storms. Sunny skies Sun and clouds
High: 75
Low: 47
High: near 80
Low: 51
High: 84
Low: 58

FORECAST UPDATE Thursday 6 PM EDT:

The only chance of showers and storms for this weekend is Friday afternoon. A few storms could be possible in the evening. The chances are low but a few pop up storms are possible. The rest of the weekend looks good with sunshine and clouds and warmer temperatures on Sunday.

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2011 Darlington Raceway Race Day Weather Forecast: All is Sunny for Some Truck Racing

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Forecast Today :
Lots of beautiful sunshine, comfortable temperatures. Winds: Southwest at 10-150 mph, High temp: upper 60s to near 70

Saturday :
9:00 a.m EST
Truck Practice – Sunny Skies – temp: 43
10:30 a.m EST
Truck Final Practice – Sunny Skies – temp: 55
3:15 p.m EST
Truck Qualifying – Sunny Skies – temp: 67
5:00 p.m EST
Truck Race – Mostly clear – temp: 65 falling to near 60 by Race End.

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2011 Darlington Raceway Saturday Truck Weather Forecast: Sunny & Comfy

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Friday :
Mix of sunshine and clouds, cooler. Winds: west at 15 to 20 mph, High temp: near 60

Saturday :
9:00 a.m EST
Truck Practice – Mostly Sunny – temp: 44
10:30 a.m EST
Truck Final Practice – Mostly Sunny – temp: 55
3:15 p.m EST
Truck Qualifying – Mostly Sunny – temp: 65
5:00 p.m EST
Truck Race – Mostly clear – temp: 60 falling into the mid 50s

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2011 Darlington Raceway Weekend Weather Forecast: One Sunny Saturday

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Conditions at Darlington SC:
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Darlington, SC

THU Mar 10 FRI Mar 11 SAT Mar 12

Showers chance of t’storms Sun and clouds Sunny skies
High: 68
Low: 58
High: 59
Low: 37
High: 68
Low: 35

FORECAST UPDATE Wednesday 2:00 PM ET:

Above Forecast looks good. Detailed forecast along with schedule over at SBNation.com

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Truck Series at Darlington Raceway, Bristol is still too far away

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Conditions in Bristol, TN:
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Since we are still over a week and a half away from Bristol weekend I will not have a forecast up until early next week. Check back then. This weekend the Truck series is in Darlington. I will have that forecast posted on Wednesday

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2010 NASCAR Truck Series Weather Forecast Darlington: Just Sct. Storms

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Conditions at Darlington SC:
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FORECAST DISCUSSION Saturday 9:00 AM EDT:

SATURDAY
9:30 a.m EDT – Truck Practice – Mostly cloudy – temp: 80
12:00 p.m EDT – Truck Final Practice –Mostly cloudy, chc. of showers/storms – temp: 86
4:15 p.m EDT – Truck Qualifying – Variably cloudy, poss. shower/storm – temp: 90
7:00 p.m EDT – Too Tough to Tame 200 – Sun & Clouds, poss. shower or storm – temp: 84

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2010 NASCAR Truck Series Weather Forecast Darlington: Just Sct. Storms

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Conditions at Darlington SC:
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FORECAST DISCUSSION Friday 12:00 PM EDT:

SATURDAY
9:30 a.m EDT – Truck Practice – Clouds and sunshine – temp: 80
12:00 p.m EDT – Truck Final Practice –Sun & Clouds – temp: 88
4:15 p.m EDT – Truck Qualifying – Sun & Clouds, poss. shower or storm – temp: 89
7:00 p.m EDT – Too Tough to Tame 200 – Sun & Clouds, poss. shower or storm – temp: 85

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