South Florida weather, especially those late-afternoon storms, can be unpredictable -- even for meteorologists. For amateurs? Forget about it.

All of this brings us to Opening Day between the Atlanta Braves and host Miami Marlins, holding just their third season-opener game at Marlins Park. You know, the stadium with the retractable roof meant to stave off the rain delays that marred play at the Marlins' old home for so many years?

Well ...

Marlins ParkMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Yes, one of South Florida's signature downpours caught these residents off-guard, and the roof could not be closed in time to stop rain from soaking the field. And another thing:

Not great. Still, the roof on the $515 million (and quite controversial) stadium -- which takes 13 minutes to open and close -- eventually did its job, ending the ballpark's first-ever rain delay.

Even better, though, is the explanation as to why the Marlins weren't able to foresee this weather. Via Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, who was there as Marlins president David Samson talked to reporters (the "Loria" referenced is owner Jeffrey Loria; read more of Samson's explanation here):

Apps, man. Great for productivity. Not so great for self-taught Doppler radar reading.

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