The day has started off beautiful out here at the Barber Motorsports Park, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid 60s at a little after the 8AM hour. The temperatures will warm nicely today, and will be very warm today by the time we reach the afternoon high of 85 degrees. We will have showers and thunderstorms off to the north of the track and most will stay away. We may have a stray shower venture this far south to the track, but the chance of that happening is less than 10%... almost not even worth mentioning. Winds will be out of the southwest at 5-10 MPH.
A SPENDID SATURDAY SHAPING UP AFTER ALL
Great news is that the line of thunderstorms with an associated cold front that will be moving through the area will not make it into the area until well after the track activity has completed for the day. Afternoon high should top out around 83 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Once again, we may have an isolated shower or storm develop out ahead of the front with the heating of the day, but the odds of any rain at the track before the line moves in will be around 1 in 5. Winds throughout the day will be out of the southwest at 5-15 MPH.
MUCH COOLER AND DRY FOR SUNDAY
After the front moves through on Saturday night, you will be able to tell a big difference in temperatures for race day. Skies will be cloudy throughout the day, and winds will be out of the northwest at 5-10 MPH. Morning temperatures will start off in the upper 50s, and only climb into the mid 60s for the afternoon high (around 65). We may have a few sprinkles pass through with wrap around moisture on the back side of the low, but on-track activity should not be affected.
I'll be out at the track giving updates throughout the weekend. I will also be making a couple of interviews on IndyCar Radio throughout the weekend. Listen for me during the morning practice sessions for the Verizon Indycar Series today and tomorrow morning, and during the final warmup before the race on Sunday morning. My updates will be on my Twitter feed, along with our social media feeds.