Good Mall & Movie Day. We’re running nearly a 1″ rainfall deficit since June 1 in the Twin Cities, so yes, “we need the rain”. Certainly southwestern Minnesota, in the midst of a severe drought, really needs some rain, so in spite of the lousy timing – no whining about today’s puddles. A weak twist of cold air aloft will keep us mostly cloudy today with a few light rain showers – the atmosphere overhead to stable and cool for anything severe. Image: Naval Research Lab.
Sunday Weather Map. The WRF model, valid at 4 pm today, shows rain showers from central Minnesota southward to Kansas City (strong storms possible from Des Moines into northern Missouri). Rain lingers for coastal New England with more strong to severe storms over Florida, dry weather the rule over the western third of the USA.
I’m There. Yes, a few days in Idaho would cure me. Thanks to Lisa Kidd for passing this photo along.
Perseid Meteor Shower. One of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year peaks this weekend, although you may still be able to see a few lucky shooting stars Monday night, as skies finally clear. Details from spaceweather.com: “Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Worldwide observers are now reporting more than 30 Perseids per hour, a number that could triple during the weekend when Earth reaches the heart of the debris zone. Forecasters recommend looking during the dark hours before dawn, especially Sunday morning, August 12th, when activity is expected to be highest.“
Where Cars Go To Die. That would be The Wyoming State Fair. Looks like fun.
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