By Paul Douglas
Contrary to urban legend, Tropical Storm Don, an unremarkable tropical system that quickly fizzed in the Caribbean last month, was not named after our president.Every decade or so meteorologists at the WMO, the World Meteorological Agency, meet in Geneva to pick names for upcoming years. The names they use are Anglo, Hispanic and French, reflecting all cultures & languages in hurricane alley.
Especially deadly and devastating hurricanes have their names "retired". There will never be another Hurricane Camille, Hugo, Katrina or Sandy. Why name them at all? Easier to remember and track, especially when multiple storms flare up, simultaneously.
Showers taper off today with a ration of sunlight Tuesday - before the next round of T-storms drops another 1-2 inches by midweek. Models bring warmer, stickier air back into Minnesota by late week - the weekend should bring muggy 80s, with a few spotty T-storms, but no all-day washouts expected.
Tropical Storm Gert stays out to sea, but "Harvey" may threaten the Bahamas and Florida within a week. I expect a busy hurricane season.
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, T-storms arrive late. High 80. Low 66. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind SE 7-12 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Heavy showers and T-storms. High 77. Low 63. Chance of precipitation 80%. Wind S 8-13 mph.
THURSDAY: More clouds than sun, drying out. High 74. Low 61. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind N 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: Plenty of warm sunshine on tap. High 80. Low 63. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 3-8 mph.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, sticky. Lake-worthy. High 83. Low 66. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind S 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Muggy with some sun. Storms north. High 86. Low 69. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind S 8-13 mph.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 81F (Record: 96F set in 1978)
Average Low: 62F (Record: 43F set in 1964)
Average Precipitation: 0.15" (Record: 1.00" set in 1981)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 6:14 AM
Sunset: 8:20 PM
*Length Of Day: 14 hours, 6 minutes and 24 seconds
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~2 minute and 45 seconds
*Next Sunrise At/After 6 PM: August 2nd (6:00 AM)
*Next Sunset At/Before 8 PM: August 26th (8:00 PM)
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