Rain likely for Homecoming weekend

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 2:15 p.m. CDT; updated 8:47 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 21, 2010

COLUMBIA — Black, gold and damp.

That’s the forecast for Homecoming weekend at MU.

“Wet weather will prevail on Saturday, but we’re not sure how,”  National Weather Service forecaster Benjamin Sipprell said early Thursday afternoon.

Storms could be scattered or isolated during the football game, Sipprell said.

The best chance of rain will be late Friday night and early Saturday morning, National Weather Service forecaster Jim Kramper said. He doesn’t expect more than a half-inch of rain in the Columbia area.

There could be a break in the rain on Saturday, Kramper said.

“Friday night is a little more certain,” he said.

The storm system moving from the southwest to the northeast is expected to bring a “mixed bag,” Kramper said, with periods of showers off and on.

Sipprell doesn’t expect significant changes in the forecast before Saturday.

Here’s the latest thinking on the rain chances:

Saturday

  • 1 to 7 a.m. — 70 percent chance of rain and temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees. Rainfall estimates: about 0.25 to 0.3 inches. Francis Quadrangle opens   at 3:30 a.m. for fans attending ESPN “College GameDay.”
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.— 60 percent chance of rain,  70 to 73 degrees with about 0.1 to 0.2 inches of rain. ESPN “College GameDay” broadcasts from 8 to 11 a.m. The MU Homecoming parade is scheduled to begin at noon.
  • After 4 p.m. — 50 percent chance of rain, between 65 and 70 degrees, with rainfall totals about 0.1 inch. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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This appeared on ColumbiaMissourian.com on Oct. 21. Here’s a link to the story.

My editor wanted a weather story. Weather is something the readers are really interested in knowing and talking about. For the story, I contacted forecasters at the National Weather Service. It’s a big weekend for MU. It’s Homecoming and ESPN College GameDay is here. Hopefully, the rain doesn’t dampen the mood.

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