By: Stephen McCoy
Consistent late-spring conditions will be present for this weekend's race for the Kyalami 9 Hour. Low temperatures each day are expected in the upper teen's C, low 60's F, with afternoon high temperatures reaching the upper 20's C, low to mid 80's F. Pop up showers and thunderstorms are possible each day, especially in the afternoons, which may lead to cooler afternoon temperatures than predicted, depending on where the rain falls. Mostly clear to partly cloudy skies will be present during the mornings, but will give way to mostly cloudy conditions as storms begin firing off. Surface winds will stay mostly the same through the weekend, coming from the North during the mornings, then shifting to the Northwest during the afternoons.
By: Stephen McCoy
Much like was stated in the initial forecast, a trailing front from a surface low pressure system centered over Scandinavia will sit mostly stationary over the region on Thursday and into Friday. South to southwesterly winds along the frontal boundary will bring a likely chance for precipitation during the day, with some of the heaviest rainfall occurring in the later hours, near qualifying and/or the night practice session. Low level winds from the south to southwest will cause mostly cloudy to overcast conditions through much of the weekend.
A cold front extending from a low pressure system north of the British Isles is expected to move through the region on Friday, bringing another chance for showers ahead of it around mid-day. The front will weaken as it passes through, however low temperatures for Saturday morning are still expected to cool from Friday's, though not as severely as initially thought.
The weekend will round out with another cold front approaching the region from the west. Winds continuing from the south to southwest ahead of the front will bring slight chances for isolated showers on both Saturday and Sunday, though with lighter rainfall than seen earlier in the weekend. However, the front itself will bring heavier rainfall as it passes through Sunday, which could impact conditions in the final hours of the race, depending on the timing of the passage.
By: Stephen McCoy
It certainly won't be the conditions that the teams are typically used to for the 24 Hours of Spa. Temperatures for the weekend are looking to be in the upper 50's °F, or low teen's °C with chances for showers during the practice and qualifying days before somewhat clearer conditions move in for the race.
On Wednesday, a surface low pressure system is expected to move northeastward through mainland Europe, bringing warmer temperatures, strong winds and a likely chance for precipitation to the region. Entering Thursday, the system will be located over Scandinavia, with a front trailing behind to the southwest. The front is expected to sit mostly stationary over the region during the day, resulting in a chance for precipitation along the boundary. South to southwesterly winds will cause temperatures to be relatively consistent through the day, with a high only a few degrees warmer than the morning low. In addition, conditions will be mostly cloudy to overcast in the low levels through the day. The stationary front will move eastward out of the region overnight Friday, however a cold front from a low pressure system north of the British Isles will move into the region Friday afternoon, bringing a chance for scattered showers. South to southwesterly winds continuing overnight will keep temperatures relatively consistent with Thursday before the cold front passes and cools temperatures into Saturday.
After Friday's cold front passage, drier and slightly cooler conditions will move in for the 24 hour. Winds will shift towards the south to southeast for the race as another cold front begins a lengthy approach towards the region, passing through late Sunday or early Monday. Current model output is mixed on the passage time, though an earlier passage could mean heavier cloud cover for the race ahead of the front, with a later passage resulting in clearer conditions. An earlier frontal passage could also bring a slight chance for isolated showers, however for now there isn't enough to definitively say if rainfall will occur.
By: Stephen McCoy
Conditions were overall as expected for the Harvest GP, though with temperatures a bit warmer than anticipated. Now focus shifts to the Indianapolis 8 Hour where there is a large chance for precipitation, especially during the morning hours just before noon. The rain comes as the result of a cold front passing through the region on Sunday; winds ahead of the front will be from the southwest, causing steady temperatures through the overnight hours with a low expected around 50 °F. Mostly cloudy to overcast skies will be present for much of the morning and into the early-to-mid afternoon, though conditions are likely to clear into the late afternoon to evening as the front moves out of the region. The clearing skies will allow for temperatures to warm into the afternoon, though with north to northwesterly winds behind the front, high temperatures are expected in the mid to upper 50's °F.
By: Stephen McCoy
There have been a few changes to the temperatures for the weekend, but overall the forecast for Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still fairly consistent to the initial forecast from Monday. There is a slight chance for isolated showers on Friday, however rainfall rate for the day is expected in the hundredths of an inch, if any occurs.
The synoptic setup for the rest of the forecast period remains the same: a cold front passed through today, which will bring west to northwesterly winds to the region for tomorrow, resulting in cooler overall temperatures. A low pressure surface trough will approach central Indiana on Thursday from the north, bringing a chance for scattered showers in the afternoon. Rainfall totals are expected under a tenth of an inch, but still could disrupt some of the scheduled on track sessions. Behind the trough, high pressure will build in, causing surface winds largely from the north to northwest, continuing to cool temperatures with a morning low in the mid 40's °F and a high in the mid 50's °F.
The area of high pressure is anticipated to move over or close to the Indianapolis region, resulting in calm and variable winds during Saturday morning, with winds then shifting to the south to southwest in the afternoon as the system continues eastward. Saturday night, a warm front extending from a low pressure system to the west will pass through the area, causing Sunday's low temperatures to remain relatively unchanged from the previous day's high. Southwesterly winds behind the warm front and ahead of the pairing cold front will allow temperatures to warm a few degrees before cooling again as the cold front passes through. Both mentioned fronts could bring a chance for precipitation on Sunday, especially in the morning, however rainfall totals will be largely determined by the location of the surface low's center.
Doug Schneider, Scott Martin, and Stephen McCoy are race fans and meteorologists dedicated to providing accurate forecasts and timely weather updates at racing venues around the world. We forecast for IndyCar, Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000, IMSA, Blancpain World Challenge America, and World Endurance Championship, as well as major SCCA and NASA events.