The 137th Kentucky Derby is set to take place this evening, with post time at 6:25 pm Eastern.
Louisville has been receiving quite a bit of rain lately (related to the flooding in the Mississippi River valley), and there is a chance for thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, so the track may be a bit sloppy.
Following are some maps from the National Weather Service, showing just how much rain Kentucky has received in the last week and last two weeks, as well as the departure from normal. Louisville is in northern Kentucky, on the Indiana border. Note how much above normal the state is!
7-day observed precipitation (click to enlarge)
14-day observed precipitation
7-day departure from normal precipitation
14-day departure from normal precipitation
The National Weather Service office in Louisville put together a very nice list of historical Kentucky Derby weather, from record temperature and precipitation stats to temperature / precipitation / track conditions / winner for each year since 1875: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lmk/?n=historical_kentucky_derby_weather
Today marks the first day of the 2011 Major League Baseball season!
Today’s games include Atlanta at Washington, Detroit at the New York Yankees, Milwaukee at Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kansas City, San Diego at St. Louis, and San Francisco at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I predict the Mariners will once again come in last place in the American League West division, with the Rangers taking first place. I hope I’m wrong on both accounts, though. 🙂 I plan on going to see the Mariners play the Rangers in Arlington early next week.
At any rate, I expect the Mariners will be a bit more fun to watch this year, for when your team hits rock bottom (i.e., practically everyone but Ichiro has the worst offensive season of their career), you can only go up, right? The season will be marked with some sadness, though, as the Voice of the Mariners, Dave Niehaus, will no longer be calling the games.
NOW it is spring! 🙂
My prediction for the Super Bowl today: Packers 24, Steelers 20. Go Pack Go. 🙂
With all the snow, ice, and cold weather affecting travelers going to the Super Bowl, I thought I’d see what I could find on NFL games (not just Super Bowls) that were played in extreme weather conditions.
First, a few stats about the Super Bowl (not including today), based on meteorologist Brian Neudorff’s weather blog:
- 17 of 44 bowls played indoors
- 16 of 44 bowls had a trace or more of rain nearby
- 2 bowls had snow on game day (1982, 2006)
- 1 bowl played during an ice storm (2000)
- Warmest high temperature: 82 °F (1973, 2003)
- Coldest high temperature for dome game: 16 °F (1982)
- Coldest high temperature for non-dome game: 49 °F (1985)
- Wettest Super Bowl: 0.92 inches (2007)
- Outside games with high wind gusts (1980, 1984, 1989, 2007)
And here is the NFL’s list of the “Top 10 weather games in NFL history” (the page has videos clips as well):
- Ice Bowl: Vince Lombardi’s Packers over Tom Landry’s Cowboys at Green Bay, in the 1967 NFL Championship Game (preceding Super Bowl II)…the temperature got to -15 °F and the wind chill to -48 °F (-36 °F under the 2001 scale), in the coldest NFL game (though not in terms of wind chill…see the Freezer Bowl)
- Tuck Rule Game: (Sometimes known as the “Snow Bowl” by Patriots’ fans) Patriots over the Raiders in the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff Game…a controversial call came near the end of a game played during a heavy snow storm in Foxborough
- Fog Bowl: Bears over the Eagles during a surreal, heavy fog in Chicago, in the 1988 NFC Divisional Playoff Game
- Freezer Bowl: Bengals over the Chargers in Cincinnati, in the 1981 AFC Championship Game…the wind chill was -59 °F (- 37 °F under the 2001 scale) and the temperature was -9 °F…this was the first time the Bengals got to go to the Super Bowl
- 1975 AFC Championship Game: Steelers over the Raiders in Pittsburgh, with 20 mph winds, snow flurries, and a temperature of 16 °F
- 1948 NFL Championship Game: Eagles over the Chicago Cardinals in Philadelphia, with near blizzard conditions…the game’s only points came from Steve Van Buren’s touchdown in the 4th quarter, to give the Eagles their first title
- Snow Plow Game: Patriots over the Dolphins in a 1982 AFC East game in Foxborough…during a heavy snow storm, late in the 4th quarter, a small snow plow was used to clear a line from which a 33-yard field goal would be kicked…the snow plow unexpectedly veered left, clearing a good spot for the John Smith’s kick, which provided the only score in the game
- Sneakers Game: Giants over the Bears in New York, in the 1934 NFL Championship Game…freezing rain the night before made it difficult for players to run around on the field; one of the Giants’ players suggested changing to sneakers…in the 3rd quarter, with the Bears leading, the Giants switched their cleats for sneakers, and then went on to win the game
- 1979 Buccaneers vs. Chiefs Monsoon: Buccaneers over the Chiefs, 3-0, in Tampa Bay’s final home game of the 1979 season (and their first winning season)…torrential rain waterlogged the field, in one of the wettest NFL games
- Red Right 88: Raiders over the Browns in the 1980 AFC Divisional Playoff Game in Cleveland…the temperature was 4 °F, the wind chill was -36 °F, and the field was muddy…the game’s finish left a painful, if not memorable impression on Browns’ fans
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
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The Big 12 baseball tournament starts tonight in Oklahoma City.
OU, at second in the Big 12, will be taking on number seven Kansas tonight at 7:30pm. There are two pools in the tournament, each with four teams. After each team plays every team in their pool, the two teams with the best records in their pools will advance to the Big 12 Championship game on Sunday. I have yet to go to a college baseball game, but wish I would have taken the opportunity to go to a few games this spring, especially as three of the students that I taught last fall are on the baseball team (Garrett Buechele, Zach Neal, and Erik Ross).
Third baseman Garrett Buechele is doing very well this year, batting .387. Garrett’s father, Steve Buechele, played major league baseball for the Rangers, Pirates, and Cubs. Right-handed pitcher Zach Neal is also doing very well, with 8 wins and only 2 losses, and an ERA of 4.15. Zach will be starting OU’s second game of the tournament.
Some friends and I plan on going to tonight’s game at Bricktown Ballpark (home of the Oklahoma Redhawks).
In other news, I finally bought Adobe Dreamweaver (it’s one of the best and least expensive [with a student discount] web design programs out there). I have been using MS Publisher for my website so far, but it certainly was not designed for website development. I am excited to be able to play around with Dreamweaver now, and to make the Green Sky Chaser site both nicer for viewers and easier for me to work on.
It may take me a while to figure out how to use the program, but within the next month I may be giving the site a bit of a facelift (perhaps for the one-year anniversary, coming up in late June?).
As I will be focusing my web development time on this, I may not get around to posting the May 19 chase log and photos as soon as I had hoped. I may, however, try to take some time to get that done by or over the weekend.
In the meantime, here’s a look at our nice, summer-like Oklahoma weather lately (courtesy of the NWS Norman):