What, Where, When, And Weather For Weekend Activities


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The forecast map for 6/28. Courtesy of NOAA

The forecast map for 6/28. Courtesy of NOAA

On a weekend sandwiched between the solstice’s Fete de la Musique and the extended Fourth of July weekend, this Saturday and Sunday have plenty to offer, whether you want to go fishing, watch the World Cup on TV, fly to London for the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, or just attend a local festival.

With the jet stream still south of its normal position, severe weather could occur from Texas to the upper midwest.

Both east and west sides of the country will be mostly nice, but hot in the south.

There is always the chance of afternoon thunderstorms at this time of year, as the intense sun creates local areas of instability in the atmosphere.

Decoded Science Boating Pick Of The Week

Good summer weather is on tap on both east and west US coasts this weekend, as the bad weather is concentrated in the middle of the country. But the best of the best will be New England, New York, and New Jersey, where high pressure will dominate, temperatures will be moderate, and winds will be light.

Pressure systems at this time of year tend to be weak. Since the strength of the wind is directly proportional to the pressure gradient (change of pressure over distance), gentle breezes are the rule.

Often this creates stagnant air that becomes increasingly smoggy, but the high pressure over the northeast is courtesy of Canada, and it is as clean as it gets in summer these days.

Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament, Congressional Country Club, Washington, DC, Through Sunday

This tournament is hosted by Tiger Woods, who shot bogies on the first two holes as he comes back from back surgery. Woods finished with a three-over-par 74, seven strokes behind the leader, Greg Chalmers. The second round is today, and the final two rounds will be played Saturday and Sunday.

The weather should be mostly cooperative, though there is always the chance of a seasonal afternoon thunderstorm each day.

Verizon IndyCar Series, Grand Prix of Houston Race One, Saturday, 3 p.m. (CDT)

Could this be a foreshadowing of things to come in a warmer world? Because of the heat, special rules will be in effect regarding engine cooling techniques: brake ducts and duct backing plates may be modified.. Those who follow this sport might know what that means.

Most of Brazil has clear skies. Satellite photo courtesy of NOAA

Most of Brazil has clear skies. Satellite photo courtesy of NOAA

World Cup, Brazil, Ongoing

Group play is finished and the knockout rounds begin Saturday, June 28. The original 12 venues have been winnowed to the eight most hospitable ones; in particular, there will be no more games in hot, humid, rainy Manaus. For the most part, conditions will be fairly hot, but with temperatures no higher than 85. Some rain could pop up, but it shouldn’t affect play.

A large high pressure area has settled over Brazil and will bring mostly clear weather for the next several days. Midwinter often produces extended spells of fine weather in the central latitudes of Brazil, as the jet stream is locked to the south, while tropical weather is confined to the extreme north of the country.

Wimbledon Tennis Championships, The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Rd., London, England, Ongoing Until July 6.

This weekend’s play will be in the middle rounds, which is when some of the higher-ranked players start to get eliminated. The temperature this weekend will be normal for the time of year — around 70 in the daytime. Thunderstorms are possible each day, so the normally tricky grass surface may be even more difficult to cope with. Players and fans will have to keep a stiff upper lip.

The jet stream has moved south of the UK, leaving London in rather a vacuum of weather, with considerable uncertainty in the forecast. Temperatures can be relied on to be moderate, but the precipitation forecast under these circumstances is difficult. Right now it looks like the early part of next week will be rain-free, but the later rounds of play towards the end of the week could have some disruptions.

If there are no major interruptions, the Ladies Singles final will be played on July 5, and the Gentlemen’s Singles final on July 6.

Major League Baseball

There are some great matchups this weekend, with rivalries and lights-out pitchers. Here is Decoded Science’s game of the week:

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium, June 28, 7:15 p.m. EDT.

So all right, the Yankees aren’t what they used to be and the Red Sox aren’t the same team that won last year’s World Series.

If post-season play started today, neither of these teams would make the cut. But it’s still the best rivalry in baseball, and this game features Boston’s best pitcher, Jon Lester, going against the winningest pitcher in the major leagues this year, Masahiro Tanaka.

The retirement of Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter at the end of this season adds drama to any Yankee game.

The weather should be nice for baseball with the temperature in the 70s and a few clouds, but no rain.

Festivals This Weekend

Wherever you are, you should be able to find some kind of music, food, or craft festival. Here’s a sampling:

Gary Clean Water Festival, Marquette Park, Gary, Indiana, June 28, 11-4

The culmination of Gary’s 10th Annual Clean Water Celebration Awareness Month: Community forums, presentations, youth outdoor games, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. Way to go, Gary! Let’s all make an effort to keep the environment clean (You listening EPA and power plant managers?). The forecast is for temperatures in the 80s and afternoon thunderstorms. Will the water falling from the sky be clean?

Boise Music Festival, 5810 Glenwood, Boise, Idaho, June 28, 10 to 10

This event is part of Expo Idaho. Rock and roll in the Rockies with music on seven stages. Guitars and guzzling all day long. The weather will be partly cloudy, with just the slightest chance of a shower. The temperature will be cool for this time of year, topping out at 80, ahead of next week’s heat wave.

Far Out Festival Of The Week

Hove Festival 2014, Arendal, Norway, June 28 through July 3

Camp out in idyllic surroundings and listen to music day and night. Who wants to sleep when there are 23 hours of daylight? If you go, bring appropriate clothing and gear. The average temperature in Arendal is 66 and a cold front has pushed through. It can drizzle at any time. About as good as it gets when you’re this close to the midnight sun.

Perfect Weekend For  … Whatever

Recreation or relaxation, it’s summer, so enjoy. Whatever the weather where you are, there’s something to do.

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