Game-Day Weather Forecast

Howdy doody, friends, it's that time once again for another cornucopia of fun, forecasts, and weather wisdom wrapped into one tidy, convenient package known as Cold Fronts and Field Goals! For the first time in what seems to be a while, we don't have any major hurricanes of which to speak; in fact, our weather around these parts of west-central Pennsylvania has been relatively quiet, with one exception.

It "clearly" appears as though we're going to continue our uneventful ways into Saturday, when the Gophers of Minnesota roll into town for another pigskin party.

At the time of this writing, a cold front is in the process of moving its way across the region. It has brought with it a little bit of rain (a third of an inch outside my apartment in the Johnstown suburbs), much cooler temperatures, and very windy conditions. It's moving swiftly to the east towards Motown Philly and the Big Apple, giving way to a high-pressure system that will bring sunny skies and pleasant conditions from Friday through next Wednesday. One can conceivably say that technically, there won't be any weather going on at the time of the game - and that will make us four for four on pleasant game days weather wise. We're going to have perfect conditions for tailgating, the game, and beyond on Saturday. Your game day forecast: Mostly sunny skies with highs around 70 degrees. It won't get much better than that!

The only thing of note to pass along this week is that it's definitely starting to look and feel like fall around here. While it has been unseasonably mild as of late, we are starting to see a higher frequency of cooler days - and cooler nights! In fact, behind the cold front of the moment is some mighty chilly air, which will drop temperatures tonight well into the 30s, and many spots will see its first frost of the season. Frost isn't a good thing for those of you who are "leaf peepers"; frost tends to knock a lot of the leaves from the trees, hampering the fall pastels that are painted upon the mountainsides of Pennsylvania. Speaking of leaves, I'm often asked what kind of weather is optimal for beautiful, colorful leaves. The answer, which we discussed in one of my meteorology classes at State, is warm, sunny days, cool nights, and a healthy dose of rain.

Rain isn't something we've had a lot of, though it has been wetter in the northern part of the state where tourists make their annual pilgrimage along U.S. Route 6 from Mount Jewitt to Mansfield to enjoy the scenery. I remember making the above drive two years ago after all the rain from Ivan, and it was the most magnificent display I've ever seen. I doubt it will be as colorful this year, but I still think that U.S. 6 and even PA Route 120 from Saint Marys to Lock Haven are two of the loveliest drives this time of year and should be experienced in a few weeks once more leaves change.

That's it for now… enjoy the game and we'll see you back here next week - hopefully with a 5-0 record!

Go Big Blue. Beat Minnesota.



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