By Doug Schneider
There will be very little change to the weather pattern through the weekend across the central California coastal area, so each day of the NASA Western States Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca should see similar weather to the day before. A west-northwest flow off the ocean will result in low clouds to the area each morning - the combination of the low level moisture from the ocean and cooling temperatures at night cause water vapor to condense into clouds. But as the summer sun rises and causes mixing of the lower levels of the atmosphere, the clouds will dissipate, leaving mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. No rain is expected as the moisture off the ocean will be confined to a very shallow layer. Temperatures will be really nice throughout the event, with highs each day in the lower 70s.
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.