Just how hot is it?

A few days ago, in the comment thread to this post, “teamyzerman” had this to say about summer weather conditions in Columbus, Ohio versus those in Gainesville, Florida:

August in Columbus is pretty much on par with September in Florida. I have spent a summer in Tampa and it is not much different in Columbus..maybe a few degrees warmer on average. The humidity is still terrible in C-Bus and Florida throughout the summer. The team gets ready in SEC-like weather conditions…

Somehow I doubt the good folks at OSU are making these kind of preparations for their summertime games:

… As for the early kickoff on Aug. 30, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said last week that UF would have a plan to cope with heat, similar to the one the school had for last year’s 12:30 p.m. opener.

“We’ll announce those plans as we get closer to the game,” Foley said. “We’re very sensitive to the heat. We’ll do some of the things we did last year, with the water, ice and cooling zones. Last year we had a very good experience and I’m confident we’ll have one again.”

Among the initiatives employed during last season’s opener:

* Cool misting tents in the concourses of the north, south and west sides of the stadium

* Additional fans on east side concourse

* Plastic cups with ice for free at concessions stands

* 12-ounce waters on sale at concessions stands for $1

* More than 100 water fountains operational in stadium

* Cooling buses on the east and west side to supplement aid stations

* Officers at gates looking out for fans in heat distress and directing to aid stations

And that’s just for the fans. I’ve got to figure it’s much tougher for the players. If anyone knows differently, I’d like to hear about it.

4 Comments

Filed under SEC Football

4 responses to “Just how hot is it?

  1. Summers can get hot in both Ohio and Florida. Sure, Florida is warmer on average, but on those days when the humidity is cranked up, what’s the difference between 97 and 91, really?

    Of course, in September and October the weather differences start to show. It’s normal for Gainesville to stay in the 80s through September and into October, whereas Columbus will be in the 60-70s in September and 40-60s (or worse) in October.

    Humidity is a real problem in both spots. I spent a week in Palm Springs once and I swear it felt hotter in Ohio when I got home (June).

  2. Dash

    You do realize there is a difference between Gainsville (inland) and Palm Springs, which is on the water right? Lolz@ people comparing Ohio to Florida. I was in Columbus last July for a wedding, and walking around in a suit was slightly uncomfortable at most. Beleive me I was releived to get out of the heat of Atlanta. Im not going to look up heat/humidity statistics or anything like that, but from personal experience, it wasn’t even close.

  3. dean

    Honestly the weather doesn’t factor into the outcomes of games as much as it once did. Due to the advancements in synthetic fibers, technology and medical science players are much better equipped these days, than just 10 years ago, to handle various climates.

  4. I apologize, I should have clarified further. Palm Springs, CA is inland (see for yourself master cartographer).

    In June of ’94 I spent 14 days at Twentynine Palms (30m NE of Palm Springs – USMC base) and it was easily over 100º every day. The heat, though, was a dry heat and the humidity in Ohio felt hotter, even though it was actually about 15 degrees cooler.