It's finally here...the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season! As tends to be the case this time of year, the weather does take some time to catch up to spring-like conditions. Here in North Central Wisconsin, that is certainly true, with still over a foot of snow on the ground in Wausau and many other spots in the area with anywhere from 5-18" still hanging around. It is safe to say that the snow will melt, eventually. At this point, I'd say we may have to wait until the middle of April before it does start to feel more like spring. In the meantime, let's get down the forecast for the season opener for the Brewers.
The first game of the year is against the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday and wouldn't you know it, there is a chance for rain/snow showers in the Ohio River Valley. All of the storms that have been bypassing us to the south will be rolling from the Appalachians to the east coast Thursday into Friday. Cincy is right on the northern edge of this storm, and may be spared if the low tracks a bit farther south or east. On the other hand, regardless of whether precip. is falling, it is going to be chilly. On the backside of the storm system, temperatures are only expected to be in the 40s during the afternoon. Once the Brew Crew wraps up their weekend series against the Reds, they come back home to take on the Braves at Miller Park on Monday. Regardless of what the weather is doing outside, the roof is definitely going to be closed, meaning comfortable baseball conditions. So not only great for seeing all the action on the field, but also the Brewers are debuting their brand new HD Video Board (Fanvision..Jumbotron..whatever it is called). Anyhow, if you haven't had a chance to see HD quality video on a screen as big as the side of a building, this is certainly going to make it worth the price of admission...along with the Brewers beating the Braves.
Anyway, back to the weather, we've first got to melt the snow. If it continues at the slow, steady pace we have experienced as of late, then we avoid major flooding problems. But if a heavy rainfall happens to overspread our part of the state, it could cause problems. Thus far only the Mississippi, Fox & Yellow Rivers have had flood warnings on them. Once we scour out the snow, then the milder...make that warmer air can finally start to make in-roads in the region.
In the meantime, I'll be rooting on my Phillies! Hopefully going for the NL East title by September :-)
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