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?
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:
Marlins don't have rain tarp because they didn't think they would need one with a roof, except that roof has to be closed for that to matter— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) April 6, 2015
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):
Marlins president Samson said he has weather APPs on his phone. "I tried to predict cloud would go north and it went south on..stadium."— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 6, 2015
Samson said when he told Loria there would be rain delay, Loria said: "I thought we have a roof." Samson:"I said that's a reasonable answer"— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 6, 2015
Marlins don't have a meteorologist consultant. Instead, three team executives monitor weather forecasts on APPs.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 6, 2015
Apps, man. Great for productivity. Not so great for self-taught Doppler radar reading.