Friday, August 14, 2009
Sunday red and the famous fist pump is what, nearly 200k, people will hope to catch a glimpse of this week as they flock to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN. Tiger sightings and thunderous roars have been already reported coming out of the southern Metro and more are sure to follow as day 2 of the 91st PGA Championship continues. I've heard of number of golfers remark at how good of shape the course is in considering what happened last weekend. Keep in mind that the Chaska Fire Department was frantically working to pump 1.2 million gallons of water from the golf course last Saturday morning after 6" of heavy rain fell in nearly 4 hours. Tiger Woods sits atop the leader board at 5 under after day 1, but gusty winds and a tough course is likely to have some of the best around the world second guessing and taking chances as they battle to bring home the trophy on Sunday. Wouldn't it be great to see Tom Lehman and Don Berry (local boys) co-leading with Tiger Woods on Sunday? Look for a great show under hot sunshine today and if you're heading to the course, take along an umbrella incase you can't find that coveted shade tree along Tigers route. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will also be possible Friday and Saturday afternoon, but it's likely we won't see anything substaintial until Saturday night and Sunday when the cool front swings through. Sunday could be a wet day with, perhaps, a few delays off the first tee.
Here then is a quick forecast for Chaska:
Friday: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High 92
Saturday: Partly cloudy and unsettled. Isolated showers or storm late. High 89
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning and again in the afternoon. The wettest day of the weekend. High 80
More Local Weather Talk
For those at the 91st PGA Championship in Chaska on Thursday, it certainly looked like it was going to rain, but we lucked out, it stayed JUST to our south. WHEW!
Why did this happen? Here's a quick look at the maps:
Notice the cluster of clouds and green blobs in eastern South Dakota. This complex of thunderstorms developed Wednesday evening/early Thursday morning (known as an MCS or Meso-Scale Convective System) aka large storm cluster - This overnight and summertime storm feature can also create what is known as a MesoLow or a small scale low pressure system that can range from the size of a single thunderstorm to tens of miles wide. If you look close enough at the green blows above, you may even be able to notice a hint of circulation.
Now, take a look at the image below - the up close and personal radar view from the Twin Cities. There is more indication of circulation as the radar echos almost show up as a comma shape. Neat, huh?
Friday: Plenty of sun, plenty hot. High: 92
Tonight: Partly cloud and mild. Low 71
Saturday: Partly sunny and sticky - bordering on uncomfortable. Stray shower or storms possible late afternoon/evening. High: near 90
Sunday: Cooler, cloudier, unstable with a scattered showers and T-storms. High: 80
Monday: Sunnier, cooler and less humid. High: 77
Tuesday: Mix of clouds and sun, comfortable. High: 78
Wednesday: Clouds increase, showers and storms move in. High: 75