I was under the cover at Spartan Stadium on Tuesday night shooting video of the Corvallis-Crescent Valley boys 5A semifinal state soccer game.
No rain but it was a bit chilly, with the temperature in the low 40s. At halftime, I wandered onto the field and it felt about 10 degrees colder. I walked back to my truck, grabbed a wool cap, gloves and my heavy jacket. That made the second half comfortable.
For football playoffs tomorrow night, the forecast is for a 70 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-30s. On Saturday, when the Beavers take on USC at Reser State, there’s a 60 percent chanc
e of rain with a high of 43 expected for the day. The nasty part of the fall season has arrived.
The nastiest I can remember was the Ice Bowl Civil War between the Ducks and the Beavers 25 years ago this month at Autzen Stadium. The temperature was in the mid-20s, but the wind chill factor made it about 18 degrees. I marveled watching members of the OSU and UO bands who had to play trumpet and other wind instruments. They struggled, but dutifully performed and made it through the night.
Let’s just hope the temperature doesn’t drop that low in the next couple of weeks as the football season continues.