By Paul Douglas
There were more clouds around yesterday than predicted, otherwise holiday weekend weather was better than most years. Less humidity, fewer raging thunderstorms and washed-out picnics; less running and screaming.
Yesterday's persistent cloud cover got me thinking about 'safe sunshine', which is probably an oxymoron. Unprotected exposure to sun results in aging, sagging and wrinkling of skin. The sun is linked to 2 out of 3 cases of melanoma (skin cancer) in the USA. Over 76,000 new cases of invasive melanoma were diagnosed in 2012; over 9,000 resulting in death, according to the American Cancer Society. Everything in moderation, including sunshine.
Dew points surge into the 70s today. Toss in a high near 90F and it feels like 100F later today with an enhanced risk of severe T-storms. Keep an eye out for angry skies later today.
Skies clear Wednesday before the next round of T-storms Thursday. A drop in humidity Friday sets the stage for another fine weekend with highs near 80F under a partly sunny, pleasant sky.
It would appear we've all won the Weather Lotto this summer.
WEDNESDAY: More sunshine, a dry sky. High 85. Low 68. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NE 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY: Another round of showers, T-storms. High 83. Low 65. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind SE 10-20 mph.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, turning less humid. High 80. Low 62. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NW 8-13 mph.
SATURDAY: Plenty of sunshine, quite comfortable. High 80. Low 61. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind E 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Windier and a bit warmer. High 83. Low 67. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SE 10-15 mph.
MONDAY: Sticky, swarm of T-storms late? High 89. Low 70. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind S 10-20 mph.
This Day in Weather History
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 83F (Record: 100F set in 1982)
Average Low: 64F (Record: 45F set in 1972)
Average Precipitation: 0.13" (Record: 1.62" set in 1994)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 5:33 AM
Sunset: 9:02 PM
*Length Of Day: 15 hours, 28 minutes and 51 seconds
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~1 mins & 2 secs
*Next Sunrise That Is Before 6 AM: August 3rd (6:01 AM)
*Next Sunset That Is Before 9 PM: July 11th (8:59 PM)
Severe risk Tuesday. Dark green - marginal threat. Yellow - slight threat. Orange - enhanced threat.
GFS rainfall forecast through Wednesday morning. Green = 1"+. Image: AerisWeather.
GFS rainfall forecast through Saturday morning. Green = 1"+, yellow = 2"+, orange = 3"+, red = 4"+. Image: AerisWeather.
GFS rainfall forecast through Thursday morning. Green = 1"+, yellow = 2"+, orange = 3"+. Image: AerisWeather.