Wedding weather: Into the homestretch
Alright, here's the deal. My daughter is getting married next Saturday, and we are beginning our weather-watch this weekend. The National Weather Service forecasters out at Sterling make their local forecasts a week out, which means next Saturday's date is just now coming up on the screen.
So far, the week ahead looks relatively mild, with seasonable highs in the mid-80s, and a 30- to 60-percent risk for showers and thunderstorms nearly every day and every night through Tuesday. Then things get even better. No rain, no lightning, just mostly sunny skies and mid-80s highs through Friday.
But it's Saturday we care about, folks. The wedding is outdoors, at 7 p.m. It's the evening after the latest sunset of the year, so the sun will still be quite high. But temperatures should be moderating by then. I'm looking for 80 degrees or cooler, please and thank you. There's no AC under that white gown. Thunderstorms are OK so long as they come after we've gone inside to party. (And so long as the power doesn't go out. That happened at a wedding we attended last year. Not good. Paying a DJ. Need the juice.)
We'll even welcome a few clouds. Cuts the direct sunshine and cools the guests. A nice breeze would be desirable, say 5 mph or so. Enough to push the mosquitoes away, but not enough to blow out the wedding day hairdos or knock over the flowers.
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MEMO TO WEDDING PLANNER: See above. Think you can manage all that? Very important! Just send me the bill.