Glum Pirates fans who endured the team's last-minute meltdown Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds might feel that today's gloomy, wet weather is simply adding insult to injury.
But -- dare we say it -- Bucco up!
Forecasters predict that most of the rain should pass through our area in time for tonight's Round Two against the Reds at 7:05 p.m., leaving dry weather in its wake.
"I'd say we'll be in pretty good shape by 4 or 4:30," Bob Coblentz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Moon, said this afternoon. As for game time, he added, "Hopefully it'll be out of here by then."
The rain began around 11 a.m. thanks to cold Canadian air mixing with warm, moist air in our region. As of 1 p.m., the line of showers extended from Zanesville to Cleveland in Ohio and was moving eastward at a good clip.
Rain will likely persist for the next three hours or so, Mr. Coblentz said. And while forecasting models indicate lingering drizzles until 9 p.m., Mr. Coblentz said that based on his review of radar, the worst and wettest should be behind us by then.
Throughout the day, Mr. Coblentz estimated that between a half-inch and three-quarters of an inch of rain will fall.
Temperatures are hovering around 58 or 59 degrees, down from a high of 68 degrees at 9 a.m., and they should stay steady through the Pirates game, Mr. Coblentz said.
On Sunday the Pirates play a day game against the Reds, and Mr. Coblentz warned that the high temperatures will likely have a hard time making it out of the upper 50s.
Temperatures will fall steadily Sunday and by 6 p.m. could dip down to 45 degrees, he said.
A warm up is expected next week, though, with beautiful early fall days in the 70s. And, Mr. Coblentz said, the outlook is all dry.