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Opponents and the weather: Two World Cup challenges

11 Jun 2014, 10:40 pm

Let me start by saying this: I am a self-professed soccer fanatic. I write for MLSsoccer.com on the side, covering the Colorado Rapids for Major League Soccer’s official website. And I couldn’t be more excited for the start of the World Cup tomorrow, so I figured I’d tie in the start of the World Cup in this weather blog with a look at the likely forecast for the U.S.’s opening match against Ghana in the northeastern Brazilian city of Natal, Brazil.

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It’s five days out, but the forecast for the U.S.’s opening match against Ghana in Natal, Brazil is already a virtual lock. Temperatures at the 7 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET) kickoff will be around 78-80 degrees, with a chance of a tropical downpour. If it rains in Natal, it RAINS – remember, we’re on the edge of the rainforest here! It’ll come down fast and furious for half an hour to an hour (we’re currently at the end of Natal’s rainy season), and then it goes away. The rains usually are at the end of the day, so most likely we’d see a rain shower in the first half. But we *should* be ok rain-wise in Natal, although it’ll be oppressively humid- something the U.S. trained for by playing their final friendly in Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend.

Unfortunately, Accra (Ghana’s capital) weather is almost identical to Natal. Humid with highs in the low 80s and tropical afternoon downpours. Advantage: Black Stars. At least meteorologically. Hey, if meteorologists can be wrong about weather, we can be wrong about soccer, too.

I’ll get into the fascinating forecast for Manaus (U.S.’s second match, against Portugal) and their group stage finale against Germany in Recife later on. Until then, go USA!

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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