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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 08/28/2009

SkinsCast: In the 70s, With Showers or Storms?

By Dan Stillman

* Our Full Forecast | Weather Wall | Redskins Insider *

Redskins vs. Patriots (Preseason)
Friday Aug. 28, 8 p.m., FedEx Field
Kickoff2-Min WarningWeatherChance of Precip.
While we may get lucky with some lulls in the rain, periods of soaking showers and a few thunderstorms are a legitimate threat leading up to and during the game.

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Updated: Friday Aug. 28 @ 4:05 p.m.

By Dan Stillman  | August 28, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  SkinsCast  
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Well....You guys were waaaay wrong last week...So, we'll see...


Posted by: 4thFloor | August 28, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Back to Redskins Insider, 4thFloor.

Posted by: CindyBoren | August 28, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for the comment. We welcome the criticism, though I'd say that is an exaggeration. The 20% chance of rain in the 5 a.m. version of last week's SkinsCast was too low in retrospect, and so was the 30% chance in the 10:30 a.m. update. But the updated forecast text -- "Though the bulk of the rain is likely in the afternoon and early evening, more widely scattered showers could persist into the game" -- wasn't far off. We got a ton of rain in the late afternoon, then it decreased in intensity and eventually diminished to some mist or drizzle during the first half of the game, I think stopping altogether eventually, before another shower popped up and came through late in the game.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | August 28, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

When did FedEx Field move to Baltimore?

Posted by: ramgut | August 28, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

When we forgot to remove the word from the coding used for the game against the Ravens a couple weeks ago :) ...thanks for alerting us on the typo.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | August 28, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Wow...Post is on Edge Friday....

I believe the chance of rain for last game was 35%....

Like I just posted on RI....I got 2 kids coming with me who already started coughing (lightly) yeasterday afternoon. I don't want to get caught in one of those monsoons and we RARELY get a chance to go to the games. (Even though I can see FEdEx from my house).

So EXCUSE ME, if I poke and prod...But the last thing you guys put was SCATTERED and 35%...Wrong and WRONG...It was a consistent haeavy rain shower....I know because I LIVE right next to FEdEx.....And it was NOWHERE near 35%...I thought that's what the Post wanted....But when someone finally speaks up, they get slammed.........

Professionalisim (sp?) at it's BEST. Thanks....

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 28, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Back to Redskins Insider, 4thFloor.

Posted by: CindyBoren | August 28, 2009 7:48 AM

I am going to the game tonight Cindy. So my post isn't relevant?

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 28, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

All the more reason to wish they'd never passed that stupid law (rammed through Congress by the private bus companies) which forced the end of the Metrobus shuttles to FedEx - I'll be monitoring this and other weather sites to see if there's still a chance of lightning (Yahoo! Weather still sees a possibility of thundershowers) - I don't drive and there's no way I'm walking that mile from Morgan Boulevard Metrorail to FedEx in a thundershower just to watch a pre-season match. (Will the Redskins be forced to have the same abysmal luck with the weather - or at least predicted weather - that the Nationals have had this year?)

Posted by: Lukashenko | August 28, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse


As I mentioned before, we do welcome the criticism, and in fact appreciate it because it only helps make us do better. I apologize if the response sounded like a slam. We can take the criticism, but are also going to defend our forecasts when warranted. Bottom line with this one is that we had a 35% chance of rain (thanks for noting it actually higher than I quoted) and it rained. So while it was far from a perfect forecast, it wasn't terrible.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | August 28, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey 4floor... if your kids are coming down with a cold, don't you think it's in their best interest to make a game time decision re weather? I mean seriously... it's a FREAKING FORECAST created by an error prone species. If you want more precision, consult

And on top of that it's a PRE-SEASON GAME against a non-divisional opponent. So, there you go... you wanted a SLAM... you got your SLAM>

Posted by: Spanky66 | August 28, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Man, people picking on the CapitalWeatherGang ... whats next, kicking baby kittens? :) Weather isnt a perfect science, so take a chance like the rest of us and head out to the game. Of course, bring a raincoat and a trash bag to sit on or cover your legs with. It will be fun!

Posted by: BRand2 | August 28, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow...I didn't some people represent the 'Holy Grail'....Next time send me the memo....

@Spanky - Thanks for the website....GOD told me to forgive your snarkyness....Have a Blessed Day....

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 28, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Wow...I didn't some people represent the 'Holy Grail'....Next time send me the memo....

I've read this sentence 10 times and still don't understand it...someone help me out.

Posted by: Axel2 | August 28, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

didn't know some people


Posted by: 4thFloor | August 28, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@4th floor

Maybe you're misinterpreting what a 35% chance of rain MEANS.

It doesn't mean it's going to rain 35% of the evening... it means that roughly 35% of the area is going to get a shower of SOME length.

It might be a brief shower or a prolonged downpour... but only 35% of the area is going to feel it.

If you happen to be where that rain is falling, then it feels like a 100% chance of rain to you lol.

Posted by: AJohn1 | August 28, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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