Under the radar no longer! Forecaster, not Miami Dolphins, to blame for soaking Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer soaks up the atmosphere at Hard Rock Stadium, where the canopy does not cover the field. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer soaks up the atmosphere at Hard Rock Stadium, where the canopy does not cover the field. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals found it odd that it seemed to pour when they had the ball Sunday, but not so much when the Dolphins did.

An ace meteorologist in Miami doesn’t find it odd at all.

“We were watching the game here and then turning a knob a little bit in our favor when they got the ball,” confessed Pablo Santos, head meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

Santos also suggested that a fanatical forecaster in his office “had a special dance going on” to make certain that the heat the Cardinals felt during their visit was no dry heat.

Santos’ admission, of course, does not throw cold water on the Cardinals’ conspiracy theories for their 26-23 loss (although it does answer the musical question blaring over the P.A. system in pregame: “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”).

Coach Bruce Arians pointed out “when it continually pours when you have the ball, which was kind of odd, it’s tough.”

Quarterback Carson Palmer added, ”Every time we had the ball, it just started turning on and staying on. Then it would stop.”

That excuses Palmer’s performance for three-fourths of the afternoon, when his quarterback rating hovered between 11.0 and 15.0. If you don’t understand the NFL’s QB rating system, just know that a passer plummeting that far down the scale comes along about as often as you see 15 on thermometers in Miami.

Santos’ admission gets Darren Rizzi off the hook. Rizzi, the Dolphins’ assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, roasted the Cardinals on Wednesday. Rizzi said he was offended that the Cardinals accused the Dolphins of shenanigans, including on a failed extra point by Arizona. Rizzi denied the Dolphins did anything unsavory on the PAT but added, “Other than me making it rain when they had the ball, we didn’t do anything illegal.”

But Santos reminded everyone the NWS and sports teams are intertwined. There’s the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Miami Heat. They play indoors, so no doppler on Earth can help them.

But the Dolphins — outdoor mammals — have fans at the NWS.

“You can try,” Santos said. “What the hell? You hope you can put some spell on the opposing team.”

It should be pointed out that the Dolphins had serious footing problems the previous week in a 38-6 loss at Baltimore. Rather than blame Maryland weathermen, coach Adam Gase said he was disappointed the slipping issues weren’t solved in-house during warmups.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, they now must head to East Rutherford, N.J., for a Saturday night game against the New York Jets. The forecast calls for a miserable evening, with temperatures in the 40s and a mix of rain and snow. And, of course, no December game in the Meadowlands would be complete without wind swirling around that stadium.

So obviously it’s time for Santos & Co. to work their magic … right?

“We can do the dance, but I don’t think the office in New York will play with that one,” Santos said. “I’m pretty sure they’re going to turn their own knobs when the Dolphins have the ball.”

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