By Paul Douglas
I predict precious little will get done around midday today. For the first time in 99 years a total solar eclipse will track from coast to coast. Will it be visible - or is this the astronomical version of a predicted blizzard that results in a few lonely snow flurries? Insert yawn here.
Even if clouds linger (a good bet over southern counties) skies will darken, and peak eclipse around 1 PM will resemble twilight - an eerie, almost macabre sight.
Public service reminder: clouds won't shield you from the damaging effects of staring at the sun. Only special eclipse glasses or welding goggles are safe.
Skies clear tomorrow (naturally) as a flush of Canadian air drops humidity levels - a rare run of dry weather Tuesday into Friday. A moist southerly flow fuels more showers and T-showers next weekend (naturally) with highs in the upper 70s. We may go through an entire Minnesota State Fair without any obnoxious heat. Mea culpa.
Expect a cool bias into Labor Day, but a run of 80s should return in September. Remember, Minnesota's summers are super-sized now. I'm OK with that.
TUESDAY: Fresh air! Sunny, breezy and cooler. High 75. Low 56. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 10-15 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and spectacular. High 73. Low 55. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 7-12 mph.
THURSDAY: Comfortable sun at Day 1 of State Fair. High 76. Low 59. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SE 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: More clouds, a little stickier. High 78. Low 63. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SE 7-12 mph.
SATURDAY: Unsettled, few T-storms nearby. High 81. Low 62. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind S 10-15 mph.
SUNDAY: Some sun, nagging thunder threat. High 80. Low 59. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind SW 7-12 mph.
Cloud forecast for 2 PM ET Monday. Credit: AerisWeather/Praedictix.