Sounds like a silly title right? I mean, here I am trying to find the relationship between The Storm Prediction Center and The Oklahoma City Thunder. Sports vs Science. And while I believe there is no better team in the NBA than the Oklahoma City Thunder, I especially believe there is no better team name than THE THUNDER! Roll with me on this one …you’ll see why.
You see, there seems to be a pretty nice relationship between when SPC issues a chance for severe storms and when the Thunder win playoff games.
Let’s start with April 3, 2010. This was the day that OKC secured their 1st playoff birth. The risk map for that day looked like this:
A SLIGHT RISK for severe storms in Southeastern Oklahoma.
The Thunder played The Lakers in the 2010 playoffs. On April 22 when The Thunder recorded their 1st playoff win. The risk map for that day was this:
A SLIGHT RISK for severe storms across most of Oklahoma.
2 days later, when The Thunder beat The Lakers again, the risk map was as follows:
That year, The Thunder went 2-1 in the playoffs when The Storm Prediction Center issued a risk for Oklahoma.
Now let’s jump to 2011 and the playoff run here. On the date that OKC clinched a playoff spot, it just so happened that there was a SLIGHT RISK for severe weather in Eastern Oklahoma that day.
The Thunder went 4-1 in the 1st round of playoffs. Game 1 had no risk for severe weather, but yet The Thunder won vs. Denver. Games 2,3 and 5, all games that The Thunder won had a SLIGHT RISK for severe weather somewhere in the state. So, if you’re keeping track, when SPC issued a risk for severe weather in Oklahoma, the Thunder were 3-0
The 2nd round of playoffs vs. Memphis took a bit longer to play (7 games). Game 1, in which The Thunder lost did have a SLIGHT RISK for severe weather in Oklahoma. Game 2, there was not a risk for severe weather. Game 4 in which OKC won did have a risk for severe weather as did Game 5. So, on days which SPC issued a risk and The Thunder won, OKC was 2-1.
The lone game that OKC won vs Dallas in last years playoffs, SPC did issue a risk. 2 other games vs Dallas in which SPC issued a risk, Dallas won. Booooooo ! So, we went 1-2 that series when SPC issued a risk and The Thunder won.
And now here we are. The day that OKC won the division this year, the risk map from SPC looked like this:
A SLIGHT RISK for severe weather in Southern Oklahoma
And since we’re only 2 games into the playoffs, we do know that on Game 1 and Game 2 this past week, we did have a severe risk that was posted by The Storm Prediction Center. In the last 3 years, The OKC Thunder clinched a playoff spot twice (out of 3) when SPC issued a risk.
So, if you’re keeping track on when SPC issues a risk for severe weather and what The Thunder do during the playoffs:
10-3 record when SPC issues a risk and The Thunder play in the playoffs. Oh..and btw, the risk for severe weather tomorrow, when OKC plays Dallas looks like this
Go figure….a SLIGHT RISK. THUNDER UP!