It's break time for Major League Baseball, except for the league's best, who will compete for home field advantage in the World Series. Will the weather have impacts on the festivities in Kansas City?
It's just past the halfway point in the Major League season and there have been plenty of surprises this year! Including my personal favorite, the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League Central Division.
Along with that, the Washington Nationals have a great core of players who continue to hit and pitch there way to the top of the NL East.
The Yankees look unbeatable while the Phillies could use some serious bullpen help. At any rate, there's a lot of baseball left to be played and for now, the league's best will face off in Kansas City Tuesday night to determine what league will have home field throughout the World Series.
All-Star Game Forecast
First pitch for the 2012 All-Star Game is slated for just after 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday night and the weather looks about as good as it could be for July in Kansas City.
High pressure will remain in control with a light wind out of the northeast. First pitch temperature should end up in the lower to middle 80s under partly cloudy skies.
There is a small chance for a shower or thunderstorm as a weak disturbance dives down from the northwest. Most likely, the game will end up going off without any weather issues, but fans will have to keep that in mind should skies darken around the stadium.
However the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game turn out, it will certainly lead up to an exciting second half of the Major League season with many smaller market teams making a run at history!
Downpours and locally severe thunderstorms over the Central states will not only foil holiday weekend activities, but will also put some lives at risk.
A few days after a chilly storm departs the Northeast, warm weather will make a strong comeback in parts of the Midwest and the East later next week.
The storm responsible for the wind, cold, rain and snow in the Northeast Friday and Saturday will slowly ease up for the balance of the holiday weekend.
"This pup was literally singing when he saw his family," Michelle Karolicki, relocation program manager of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, said about a reunion that took place on Thursday.
During Sunday's race, the skies will be variably cloudy with the risk of a few showers.
Another plunge of chilly air will set the stage for the risk of a frost and freeze centered Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and other nearby states this weekend.
Tornado swarm in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan; 74 killed.
Udall, KS (1955)
This town 25 southeast of Wichita was destroyed by a tornado; 80 people dead.
Philadelphia, PA (1991)
96 degrees -- a record sixth 90-degree reading for the month. (The month ended with twelve 90-degree days.)