Q and A with Fritz Coleman
Q: What was your first thought when you heard about this game – outdoors and all?
A: I think it is the best place in the world for hockey to be played because there is no reason for spectators not to be comfortable while the players are on the ice. I saw the game in Michigan a few weeks back and thought those folks must be on severe medication or extremely die-hard to weather that. I don’t think I could ever do that. But this event is the perfect way, in my opinion, to view hockey.
Q: What do you expect the weather to be like around game time?
A: There is going to be a high downtown of about 73 degrees. That would hold for Chavez Ravine as well. At game time expect 68-70 degrees. It won’t be too bad at all. I hear the one thing you don’t want is rain. No issues there. You would know if we would be talking about rain.
Q: What do you expect the weather to be like on Friday at around 4 pm when the Kings skate there for the first time?
A: Friday the temperature is going to be slightly cooler. Wispy clouds – upper to mid-level clouds. 71 is going to be the high. Expect mid to uppers 60s during the two club practices which should be optimum.
Q: Generally speaking how far out can you predict weather…and is predict the right word?
A: Guessing is the more scientific term. We can go 14 days out using a long range computer model but that has to be taken with a grain of salt. We are probably 85, up to 90 percent correct up to 48 hours and then it tapers off a little after that. The whole idea of the 5-to-7 day forecast was that the viewers wanted to know what the weekend would be like so they could plan their lives better. It is not an exact science. They call weather forecasting a ‘technical art.’ In order for there to be a science there would need to be a few more constants. Everything about weather forecasting is variable. Temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind…it is always changing. We take a reasonable shot at it.
Q: What kind of sports fan are you?
A: Southern California was really lit on fire when the Kings marched to that Stanley Cup. That was so much fun to watch. It was also fun to watch the arc of the fans and their enthusiasm. There were lean years and I got on the train then and I am still on the train. It is just awesome.