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The weekend is upon us… and so is a line of storms. The wind is already wicked. As the cold front moves through this afternoon it will bring in rain, higher winds, and maybe even a bit of rotation. We are NOT set up for a huge tornado outbreak, but there is the possibility of an isolated tornado. We’ll keep you posted on Local 6.

In the meantime you can always track the radar on JustWeather.com

Let’s talk about the weekend. After about 9 o’clock tonight, the dangerous weather will be over for Central Florida for the weekend. That is not to say it’s going to be perfect. Matter of fact, it’s still going to be windy, cool, and almost uncomfortable. Check out the weekend forecast:

Weekend

It’s dry, but it’s not warm. That means the Nascar Bud Shootout at Daytona will be a little on the cool side. Race time is set for 8:10 Saturday night. My forecast is Temp 52, wind WNW 10-15… that’ s going to feel more like 48 to 45 degrees. Yes, it’s Daytona. No, you can’t wear your shorts. Dress for a chilly night.

Shuttle Launch: People are going to pack the coast for the last night launch of the Shuttle. Launch time is set for 4:39 a.m. Sunday morning. You can watch it live on Local 6 or you can see it live online at ClickOrlando.com  The rain won’t be here to stop the launch. The wind is the main concern. My launch forecast is Temp 52, Wind NW 15 mph. The official forecast calls for an 80% chance of a GO. I think it will happen.

Super Bowl Forecast: Okay, kickoff is 6:30pm Sunday. Last time the Super Bowl was in Miami it poured rain. Not this time. This time it’s going to feel like fall. Here’s the forecast from our Miami JustWeather.com site

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Kickoff forecast is Temp 62, Wind N 5 mph. That’s excellent football weather. Not too cold, no rain, wind not a factor. I’m still torn over who I want to win or think will win. All along I’ve felt like this is the Colts game to lose. But maybe the stars are really aligned for the Saints. Injuries to the defense, Adam Veniteri is not playing, people talking trash about Manning. Could be a weird game. Maybe New Orleans does it. I don’t know. I do know that I LOVE the city of New Orleans, I adore the culture of Louisiana. I listen to WAY too much Better Than Ezra music, and I would wrestle you for beignets and a cup of Cafe Du Monde coffee. Basically my spirit is for New Orleans. But my head says “it’s Peyton Manning. You love Peyton… you know you want the Colts to win.”

Either way I’m watching the game until halftime, from my house, on Local 6. Then I’m into the studio for the late news after the cool new show on CBS called “Undercover Boss.” I’ve only seen previews of the show, but it looks good.

Gotta get lunch done now and get to tracking these afternoon storms.

Talk later,

TS

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Today does NOT feel like February (it’s supposed to be  72 and dry this time of year).  January went by in a hurry. We spent most of the time trying to survive the worst freeze in 7 years. We had a sleet event one Saturday, plants dying all over the place, and more tornado warnings than I can remember in any January. Can’t say I’m sorry to see January end.

Let’s talk football! For me the season really ended when ‘Bama rolled Texas for the BCS title. I’m a college football junkie. I seriously can’t get enough of it. I like small college ball, I like  big college ball. I like the SEC, I like the Big 10. I LOVE to see the old Ohio Valley Conference football teams. If two teams are going to line up and  hit it… I’ll sit down and watch.  If I can get to the game in person, even better. With all that said I do follow the NFL. I just don’t like it as much as I LOVE college football. Part of my problem is that the Miami Dolphins are my first love in the NFL. Do I have to tell you how looooong it’s been since the Dolphins were a threat to play in a Super Bowl?

Do you know the name of the stadium outside of Miami where the Super Bowl will be played (Sunday night on WKMG Local 6)? I would have said Land Shark Stadium. I would have been wrong. Right after the “Fed-Ex Orange Bowl” the naming rights for the stadium expired. It is Land Shark no more. Now the stadium is called “Sun Life Stadium“. It has nothing to do with Florida being the Sunshine State. Sun Life is a Canadian financial services company.  Changing the name of the stadium is part of corporate america. It’s all about the dollars. It’s the 7th name change for the stadium since it opened in 1987.  Am I the only one who thinks this is crazy? I propose we go back to calling it Joe Robbie Stadium. I think it’s kind of our own curse of the Bambino. I don’t see the Dolphins making it back to the Super Bowl until Joe Robbie is restored to his proper place of honor. How much would it hurt to include his name in the title? Why not call it “Joe Robbie Sun Life Stadium”? I wish I were kidding. I’m not.  I know the money trumps all sense of what is right. But I’m still in love with the Dolphins of old. I’m old school and want to honor Joe Robbie. I want Don Shula there all the time… and I want the Dolphins to win more than they lose! I’ll stop now.

Let’s talk weather. Did you know this is the 10th time the Miami area will host the Super Bowl? It’s a record.  The last time the game was played in Miami was 2/4/07. Peyton Manning lead the Colts to a win over the Bears. (For the record, it was called Dolphin Stadium that year.) It rained that day. Usually February is very dry. This winter has been wet because we are in an El Nino pattern. So, is it going to rain this weekend in Miami?  Right now the weather looks wet on Saturday in Miami, but drying out for game day. It actually looks like it will be breezy and turning cooler for game night.  Fans from Florida will find it chilly. Fans from Indy will find it nice and warm. For Saints fans the weather will feel like home. 

Weekend

Keep in mind if the system slows down we’d move those rain chances over to Sunday. No one wants that. Let’s keep hoping for a dry Super Bowl.

Here in Orlando things look a little wet for today and tonight.Orlando

 This is good rain that is coming in calm. No worries about twisters or high winds. Hard to complain about a gentle rain.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more thoughts on the Super Bowl forecast.

Somehow I have to choose which team to pull for. It’s hard for me this year. I like both teams and the Dolphins aren’t involved (no kidding, right?)

Stay dry!

TS

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