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Looks like whole of Texas is going to be under water – Button



Looks like whole of Texas is going to be under water - Button

Looks like whole of Texas is going to be under water – Button

Hurricane Patricia, and the “life-threatening storms” it is set to bring to Austin this weekend, is not the only worry on F1 teams’ minds at present.

Another is the looming Mexican grand prix next weekend — the first at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit since 1992.

Detailed simulations show that the cars could hit top speeds of about 360kph, perhaps in excess of what is seen even at the ultra high-speed Monza.

Mexico City is situated more than 2 kilometres above sea level, which some say can actually cause mild altitude sickness for unacclimatised visitors.

The thin air can also cause problems for F1 engineers, as the wings produce less downforce and the usual cooling mechanisms of the car may not work as effectively.

Whether the innovations can be effectively tested in Austin, however, is questionable, as locals are bracing for downpours that have led weather-men to even warn normal motorists to stay off the treacherous roads.

“It looks like the whole of Texas is going to be under water,” said McLaren’s Jenson Button.

“And with a track with so much elevation you are going to get pools of water. They had a WEC race here last year that was very wet,” he added, “so hopefully they have learned from that.”

Here is a breakdown of the weather forecast courtesy of UBIMET:

Here is a breakdown of the weather forecast courtesy of UBIMET

Here is a breakdown of the weather forecast courtesy of UBIMET

Friday 23 October – FP1 and FP2

“At the start of the Formula-1-weekend on Friday, heavy, partly thundery rain is expected throughout the day in Greater Austin.

“‘During both sessions, Practice 1 and Practice 2, the racers will see quite damp and wet conditions on the track’, predicts Formula 1 Chief Meteorologist Steffen Dietz.

“Due to the compact clouds and the rain, temperatures won’t change too much during the day. After 22 degrees in the morning they will rise up to 25 degrees in the afternoon.

Saturday 24 October – FP3 and Qualifying

“On Saturday, a strong frontal system will arrive in Austin and cater for very unsettled weather. Overcast skies and partly heavy rain with high precipitation rates will affect the track, particularly before noon.

“‘During the afternoon some further, but weaker showers are still expected, so the starting grid could easily be jumbled by the rain too,’ says Dietz.

“Again, a maximum value of 24 degrees is reached in the afternoon.”

Sunday 25 October – Race

“Sunday will see again abundant clouds with probably some isolated showers. However, their intensity should not be comparable to the amounts of the two previous days at all.

“In any case, the race could see one of these showers hitting the track. Temperatures will slightly drop after the frontal passage, reaching highs of 22 degrees at most.

“The moderate-to-fresh northerly winds will lead to not-so-comfortable conditions for the spectators.”

Flash Flood Watch in Austin – San Antonio – National Weather Service

Public Alerts

Austin set for heavy rain across US GP

Austin set for heavy rain across US GP

Heavy rainfall today through Saturday night will lead to a high threat for Flash flooding across much of South Central Texas.

An Upper level trough will interact with intense Hurricane Patricia over the eastern Pacific to create a heavy rainfall pattern over Texas today through Saturday night. Expect Locally heavy to begin this morning and increase over the area through tonight. Heaviest rains are expected late tonight through Saturday night with the heavy rain threat expected to shift east on Sunday. Highest rainfall potential is expected to be generally east of a Mountain Home To Pearsall line where large areas of 5 to 10 inch storm total amounts are expected. Isolated higher totals of 10 to 15 inches will be possible over this area and especially east of I-35. Rainfall amounts west of Mountain Home To Pearsall should be mostly in the 1 to 3 inch range with an isolated 6 inch total possible. These heavy rainfall amounts will likely produce dangerous flash flooding, and areas along and east of I-35 could see significant River rises to at least a moderate flood stage.

Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday morning.

The Flash Flood Watch continues for.

A portion of South Central Texas, including the following areas, Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco. Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, De Witt, Dimmit, Edwards. Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays. Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Lavaca, Lee, Llano. Maverick, Medina, real, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde. Williamson, Wilson and Zavala.
Through Sunday morning.

For heavy rainfall of 5 to 10 inches with isolated totals of 10 to 15 inches. Areas west of Mountain Home To Pearsall are expected to see mainly 1 to 3 inches with isolated totals to near 6 inches.

Heavy Rain will lead to dangerous Flash Flooding of roads, low lying areas, creeks, and streams. There is also a threat for minor to moderate River flooding.


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