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Friday, May 15, 2015

Two hour rain delay in San Diego, Nationals v Padres, May 14, 2015. Average May rain at Padres Lindbergh Field only .21 inches but May 2015 already has 2.08 inches

5/14/15, "San Diego Padres host the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. The game was delayed due to rain shortly after the start in the first inning. Fans initially took cover then it began to rain harder, forcing most to look for cover. | Photo Sean M. Haffey" Final 8-3 San Diego Padres over Washington Nationals

5/14/15, "Nationals-Padres in rare rain delay in San Diego," AP via Kansas City Star

"The Washington Nationals game at San Diego is in a rare rain delay. It is only the fifth rain delay since Petco Park opened in 2004. The last rain delay at Petco was on April 8, 2011, when a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was suspended and resumed the next day. It had rained earlier Thursday, but the tarp came off about an hour before first pitch. Rain started falling during the pregame managers' meeting, and crew chief Gerry Davis sent the players off after Tyson Ross struck out leadoff batter Denard Span."

"Grounds crew members cover the infield during a rain delay in a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals Thursday, May 14, 2015, in San Diego. | Gregory Bull AP Photo" 



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One hour and 56 minute rain delay in San Diego:

5/14/15, San Diego Padres twitter

 Final 8-3 San Diego Padres over Washington Nationals


5/14/15, "Didn't know they even had a tarp in SD! All signs point to a game being played here tonight, tho! #LateNightNats," Washington Nationals twitter


5/14/15, "Tarp is coming off the field...First pitch in one hour!" San Diego Padres twitter


5/14/15, "Lindbergh Field slammed by 1.6'' of rain," UT San Diego, Gary Robbins

"A storm cell unloaded on San Diego's Lindbergh Field on Thursday night, dropping 1.57 inches of rain in less than an hour and spreading moisture that delayed the Padres home game with the Washington Nationals at Petco Park by almost two hours.

The unexpectedly strong system also caused street flooding in Mission Valley and on Shelter Island, which took a hard hit.

"The cell was narrow but it moved directly across the airport as it moved toward Claremont," said Brett Albright, a forecaster for the National Weather Service. "There's another cell coming in. We expect rainfall totals to go up."

"We should go past the all-time record for May tomorrow," Albright said. "That record is 2.54'" Forecasters are calling for periods of heavy rain on Friday morning and afternoon. 

Downpours like the one that hit Lindbergh are rare. But the airport received about 2 inches of rain during a three- hour period on Dec. 3, 2014.

Albright said the storm cell hit at 7:53 p.m. and drenched Lindbergh and Shelter Island until about 8:42 p.m. The 1.5 inches of precipitation caused street flooding, and resulted in a brief lightning advisory. 

The weather service originally said that light showers would fall on Thursday, followed by more intense rain on Friday. But it was not a unanimous viewpoint; Steve Vanderburg, a former weather service forecaster, posted a message on Facebook Wednesday afternoon saying that Lindbergh might get as much as 2.5 inches of rain from the storm. 

The system produced drizzle at Petco at 7:10 p.m., just as the Padres game was getting under way. The rain then intensified, forcing a delay in the action. Play resumed at 9:10 p.m. It was only the sixth rain delay in the history of Petco Park, and the first in 337 games. 

Update: The rain picked up again at about 10 p.m. at Petco. But the game was still underway at 10:34 p.m. 

The weather service says that coastal areas could receive from 0.80 to 1.25 inches of rain, while the local mountains and some inland foothills could get up to 1.5 inches.
Update: This afternoon, veteran forecaster Steve Vanderburg posted a message on Facebook saying, "I would not be the least bit surprised if Lindbergh Field or Chula Vista picked up 2.5 inches of rain out of this.""


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