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2013 NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway mid race weather report

Rain showers are trying to develop this afternoon around Kentucky Speedway. As of 2:30 p.m. EDT there was no immediate threat from rain but isolated showers and storms were getting closer to the track.

The race has past halfway so it is official and now we continue to monitor the risk of a slow moving shower hitting the track later this afternoon towards the end of the race.

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Below is my current radar around the track


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NASCAR 2013 KENTUCKY FORECAST

2013 NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway Race Day Weather: Will Rain Washout a Second Day?

Rain postponed the NASCAR Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway until noon Sunday. Unfortunately the same weather system that rained out Saturday’s race, will bring more rain showers and storms for later this afternoon and evening.

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Upper level low that sparked wide spread showers and thunderstorms across Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky on Saturday will stall out over Indiana this afternoon. Like Saturday, when you combine this system and the heating of the day you get another round of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms from midday into the late afternoon and early evening.

The above forecast model is the same model I used Saturday morning. This particular forecast model did a good job at locating and placing the clusters of showers and storms that occurred on Saturday. While still showing the threat of rain and storms for Sunday afternoon and evening across the coverage appears to be less than it was yesterday. Keep in mind this is just one models interpretation of the atmosphere at this given time and should only be used as a guide.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS NASCAR GETS TO RACE TODAY? I think the odds are a little better than they were on Saturday, only because NASCAR is starting the race at noon instead of the evening. I put the odds of racing at around 60%.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS WE GET AN OFFICIAL RACE? When I say “official” race I mean a race that gets to halfway or beyond. I think the odds are still around 50 to 60%. Starting at noon means NASCAR has all afternoon and evening to try and get this race complete.

I think the earlier start time helps NASCAR get at least an official race today. If showers and storms form around and miss the track for a couple of hours then we should be able to get this race complete. Rain showers will be a threat and don’t be surprised if we see more rain delays this afteroon.

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SUNDAY:
12 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Sun & clouds, chance of showers and storms – temp: 74
1 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Sun & clouds, chance of showers and storms – temp: 74
2 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 75
3 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 76
4 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 75

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Forecast for tonight’s Quaker State 400 remains the same. We continue to see showers and storms develop over Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. These storms and cluster of storms will continue through the afternoon and into the evening.

I tend to stick with my forecast once I put it out there, so I am going to try and be cautiously optimistic but also realistic. While I know NASCAR will do all it can to start and get a race in for the fans tonight, mother nature will fight back. I am stopping short of calling this a washout but the odds of being postponed for Sunday is still around 50-60% with the odds of racing and/or getting half way around 40%.

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NASCAR 2013 KENTUCKY FORECAST

2013 NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway Race Day Weather: Possible Showers and Storms

There has been little to no improvement in the weather forecast for tonight’s Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway. Showers and storms remain a threat from early afternoon into mid to late evening. All of this activity is possible as a disturbance moves south and settles across the Ohio Valley Saturday into Sunday.

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The combination of daytime heating and the disturbance settling in over the region, showers and storms are likely from the afternoon into the evening. The problem with this forecast is the nearly impossible task of forecasting when and where all of this rain activity will develop. If rain does move over the track, trying to answer when will it arrive and for how long ? These are just questions I can not answer.

The above animated image is a models interpretation of the atmosphere tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow evening. Don’t look at this as “exactly how the radar will look at the given times” but as what could happen tomorrow. As a meteorologist, I look at the above images and see that clusters and even lines of showers and storms are possible, and could affect the NASCAR race tomorrow evening.

DO WE GET THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE IN TONIGHT? If I had a dime for every time someone asked me that this week. I think the odds of racing tonight are between 40 and 50 percent. There is a part of me that thinks these odds are too high but I know NASCAR will do all it can to make sure the fans see racing . Because there is the possibility these storms and showers miss the track I factored that scenario into the probability as well. Honestly, I am leaning more towards 40 percent we race than 50 percent.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF GETTING AN OFFICIAL RACE? I’d place the odds the same as above, between 40 and 50 percent. This is such a difficult forecast.

IF I HAD TICKETS TO THE RACE WHAT WOULD I DO? I will never tell a NASCAR fan they should go or not go to a race based on the weather. I think it is important for fans to research the forecast from various sources and make the best decision they feel most comfortable with.

If it were me and I was going to the race tonight, I’d still go because there is still a chance they race and maybe get half a race complete, but I would also have a backup plan for Sunday just in case.

WHAT DOES SUNDAY’S FORECAST LOOK LIKE? Looks a lot like Saturday’s weather forecast. The same system that will bring storms today and tonight will do the same thing on Sunday.

With a forecast like this I try to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I commit myself to giving NASCAR fans the most honest weather forecast I can. I call it like I see it, the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly. I will admit, it is hard many times to remove the NASCAR fan in me from the meteorologist.

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SATURDAY:
6:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 78
7:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 76
8:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 74
9:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 72
10:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 70
11:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Possible showers and storms – temp: 68

 

Showers and storms likely for NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway 2013

Threat of showers and storms remain in the forecast for NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway today and Saturday. Today’s forecast is mostly dry with just a small chance of an isolated storm or two, Saturday has a much better chance of seeing showers and storms, especially Saturday afternoon and evening. The question is will the rain impact either the Nationwide race today and the Sprint Cup race tomorrow night.

Weather forecast for today looks mostly dry and warm. Afternoon temperatures will reach the mid 80s. and there is a small chance of an isolated shower or two for the afternoon and into the evening. Although there is a chance of a storm, the forecast and the race should stay mostly dry. Temperatures for the Nationwide race will be near 80 to start and the mid to low 70s by the checkered flag.

 

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Saturday’s forecast is not as dry and not as warm. Disturbance dropping south across the Ohio Valley will spark scattered cluster of showers and storms Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. The above animation has the highest threat of showers over Kentucky Speedway between 4 p.m. EDT and 8 p.m. EDT. Showers could end earlier than 8 p.m. or the could start later than 4 p.m., either way radar will need to be monitored Saturday afternoon and evening and there could be possible delays. Due to some of the uncertainty I am going to give the odds of racing Saturday night somewhere between 40 to 60 percent. I am staying cautiously optimistic.

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FRIDAY:
9:00 a.m EDT
Nationwide Series Final Practice – Partly sunny, slight chance of a shower or storm – temp: 75
11:30 a.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Practice – Partly sunny, slight chance of a shower or storm – temp: 80
1:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Partly sunny, slight chance of a shower or storm – temp: 84
3:35 p.m EDT
Nationwide Series Qualifying – Partly sunny, chance of a shower or storm – temp: 85
5:10 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Partly sunny, chance of a shower or storm – temp: 85
7:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Partly sunny, chance of a shower or storm – temp: 82

SATURDAY:
6:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-race – Showers and storms likely – temp: 78
7:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Showers and storms likely – temp: 78
8:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Showers and storms likely – temp: 75
9:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Chance of showers and storms – temp: 73
10:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Chance of showers and storms – temp: 70
11:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Chance of showers and storms – temp: 69

NASCAR 2013 KENTUCKY FORECAST

Unsettled weather for NASCAR at Kentucky Speedway 2013

Unsettled weather is likely across the Blue Grass state for the NASCAR weekend at Kentucky Speedway. Moisture along with passing disturbances will provide a lot of uncertainty with this weekends forecast.

While there are chances of showers and storms for today and Friday for the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series races, the best chance for rain (as of now) is Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race.

I think there will be plenty of dry time for today and Friday, with just the chance of an isolated shower or storm at times. Highs in the afternoon will be in the mid 80s with race temperatures in the upper to mid 70s.

Saturday a disturbance drops in from the north, this looks like it could bring showers and storms across the Ohio Valley and could cause problems for Saturday night. It is going to come down to timing and I wouldn’t call Saturday a wash just yet but I am nervous about it. I will have to wait and see how the forecast plays out today and into Friday.

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THURSDAY:
10:30 a.m EDT
Truck Series practice – Sun and clouds, chc. of isolated shower/storm – temp: 78
12:00 p.m EDT
Truck Series Final practice – Sun and clouds, chc. of shower/storm – temp: 83
5:05 p.m EDT
Truck Series Qualifying – Sun and clouds, chc. of shower/storm – temp: 86
6:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Series Practice – Sun and clouds, chc. of isolated shower/storm – temp: 85
8:00 p.m EDT
Truck Series Race – Partly cloudy, chc. of isolated shower/storm – temp: 82

FRIDAY:
9:00 a.m EDT
Nationwide Series Final Practice – Partly sunny, chance of a T’storm – temp: 75
11:30 a.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Practice – Partly sunny, chance of a T’storm – temp: 80
1:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Partly sunny, chance of a T’storm – temp: 84
3:35 p.m EDT
Nationwide Series Qualifying – Partly sunny, chance of a T’storm – temp: 85
5:10 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Partly sunny, chance of a T’storm – temp: 85
7:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Partly cloudy, chance of a T’storm – temp: 82

SATURDAY:
6:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-race – Chance of showers and storms– temp: 78
7:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Chance of showers and storms – temp: 78
8:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Chance of showers and storms – temp: 75
9:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Chance of showers and storms – temp: 73
10:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Chance of showers and storms – temp: 70
11:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Chance of showers and storms – temp: 69

KENTUCKY RACE DAY NASCAR WEATHER FORECAST

2012 NASCAR Race Day Weather Forecast At Kentucky Speedway: Hot, Chance Of Isolated Storm

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FORECAST UPDATE SATURDAY 12:30 p.m. EDT (6/30/2012):

Excessive Heat Warning is in effect until 8pm this evening. Temperatures will once again climb to near 100 at Kentucky Speedway and when you factor in the moisture in the air it will feel like 106 to 112.

Because of the heat and steam in the atmosphere there is a chance of a few isolated to scattered showers and storms later afternoon and evening. Although I think the likelihood is very low, as we saw on Friday just winds from these storms can cause major problem and damage.

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SAT
Oct. 1
SUN
Oct. 2

Much cooler, with sun and clouds. Isolated shower possible. Very chilly, sun and clouds.
High: 62
Low: 53
High: 58
Low: 44

FORECAST UPDATE FRIDAY  11 PM EDT:
The forecast has not changed, and scattered showers remain a possibility all weekend thanks to a stalled upper level system.  Skies will range from partly to mostly cloudy, it will be chilly (highs in low 60s and upper 50s) with westerly winds 10 to 20 mph. Chilly air along with instability from the upper level storm and a new surface low off the east coast will allow for scattered showers through the weekend.

My take on these showers is that they will be hit or miss. I am hoping for more miss than hit. This kind of activity is very hard to forecast and pinpoint, actually it is impossible. I expect there to more dry time than wet but that doesn’t mean one of these showers doesn’t work its way over the track and cause possible delays.

SATURDAY:
12:00 p.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Clouds & sun, scattered showers & chilly – temp: 60
1:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Clouds & sun, scattered showers & chilly – temp: 62
3:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Clouds & sun, scattered showers & chilly – temp: 62

SUNDAY:
2:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly cloudy, breezy, chilly, possible scattered shower – temp: 58


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Other than some drizzle Saturday morning the forecast for Kentucky Speedway is partly sunny and chilly. Highs will only reach the mid 50s and winds will be blustery 10 to 20 mph.

SATURDAY:
4:15 p.m EDT
Truck Qualifying – Partly sunny, chilly – temp: 55
8:00 p.m EDT
Truck Race – Partly sunny, chilly – temp: 48

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Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Chilly Race Weekend

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Sparta, KY

FRI
Sept. 30
SAT
Oct. 1

Mix of clouds & sun, possible isolated shower. Cool & Breezy gust 30 mph Partly sunny, chilly and breezy
High: 58
Low:  50
High: 56
Low: 41

FORECAST UPDATE THURSDAY 8 PM EDT:

Colder air will begin to work into Kentucky Friday and stay through the weekend. The best chance for a few scattered showers will be on Friday as the cold front that is moving through will linger during the day. It will be chilly, mostly cloudy, and windy for Friday. Saturday dries out and we will see a mix of sunshine and clouds. The big story will be how cool it will be, highs in the mid 50s both Saturday

FRIDAY:
4:00 p.m EDT
Truck Practice – Mostly cloudy scattered showers – temp: 59
6:00 p.m EDT
Truck Final Practice – Mostly cloudy scattered showers – temp: 57

SATURDAY:
4:15 p.m EDT
Truck Qualifying – Partly sunny, chilly – temp: 57
8:00 p.m EDT
Truck Race – Partly sunny, chilly – temp: 48

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Kentucky Speedway Weather Forecast: Thursday & Friday Could See Showers & Storms

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Sparta, KY

THU July 7 FRI July 8 SAT July 9 SAT Night July 9
Sun & Clouds, Isolates showers & Storms Off and on showers & storms Dry, Hot & Humid, Sun & Clouds Patchy Clouds
High: 91
High: 87
Low: 71

High: 90
Low: 67
Race Time Temp:
80-77

FORECAST UPDATE Thursday 3 AM EDT:

Typical summer weather around the Ohio Valley. Hot and humid with a couple of weather disturbances that could spark isolated showers and storms. The best chance for soaking rain and storms looks to be on Friday. Once we get into the weekend, although hot and steamy we look to be rain free for Kentucky Speedway’s first Sprint Cup Race.

THURSDAY:
10:00 a.m EDT
Truck Final Practice – Mostly Sunny – temp: 82
11:00 a.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Mostly Sunny – temp: 84
3:00 p.m EDT
Truck Qualifying – Sun & Clouds, isolated storm poss. – temp: 91
4:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Sun & Clouds, isolated storm poss. – temp: 90
6:00 p.m EDT
Nationwide Practice – Sun & Clouds, isolated storm poss. – temp: 90
8:00 p.m EDT
Truck Race – Patchy clouds, isolated storm poss. – temp: 82

FRIDAY:
9:00 a.m EDT
Nationwide Final Practice– Sun & Clouds, possible shower or storm – temp: 73
11:30 a.m EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Sun & Clouds, possible shower or storm – temp: 79
1:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Sun & Clouds, possible shower or storm – temp: 82
3:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Sun & Clouds, possible shower or storm – temp: 83
5:00 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Sun & Clouds, possible shower or storm – temp: 83
7:30 p.m EDT
Nationwide Race – Sun & Clouds, just an isolated threat of storms – temp: 80

SATURDAY:
7:30 p.m EDT
Sprint Cup Race – Mostly clear and dry – temp: 83

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