It seems just like yesterday that I was figuring out the weather for Penn States opening game and here I am pondering the last home game of the season. Overall, I think we lucked out with the weather again this season. The two biggest home games were the worst weather games, but even then it wasn't too bad. The Notre Dame game was a bit sultry for a night game and the Ohio State game did feature a chilly wind. But the lack of extreme cold or downpours of rain was much appreciated. The good news is that we will not buck the trend for this game.
With a huge area of high pressure over the northeastern United States, there will be no travel problems to or from Happy Valley. Of course I will have to issue a severe visor alert for those coming from the west. The noon kickoff will send travelers to the road earlier in the morning, and those traveling eastward, will have a strong sun in their face. It will be a chilly day, especially for the pre-game tailgates. The temperatures will start off near 30 and will rise into the 40s for the noon kickoff.
It is a November game, so those of you in the shade should be prepared to bring a heavier jacket into the stadium. If your seats are in the constant sun, a lighter jacket or sweatshirt will do just fine. There will be a cool breeze, from the north, but the wind should not be unreasonable. If you plan on staying for a post-game tailgate, it will chill off very quickly as the sun goes down for the last night of Happy Valley football tailgating.
Joe Murgo is a 1990 graduate of Penn State and the Chief Meterologist for WTAJ-TV and WeAreCentralPA.com.