Just in time.

The sun came out Thursday at Hazeltine National in Chaska. What many called the largest crowd ever for a Ryder Cup opening ceremony basked in bright sunshine under a bright blue Minnesota sky.

As many as 50,000 fans packed the Ryder Cup opening ceremony in Chaska Thursday. Paul Huttner/MPR News.

Temperatures reached 68 degrees during the opening ceremony, but I can assure you it felt a lot warmer out there. Team USA strolled onto the red carpet under under pristine blue sky.

Team USA arrives at the opening ceremony. Paul Huttner/MPR News

Beautiful music from Minnesota’s Sounds of Blackness echoed through the crowd. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus delivered heart felt words before a moving tribute honoring Arnold Palmer.  With Palmer now gone, seeing Jack Nicklaus standing on the Ryder Cup stage at Hazeltine National took on even greater importance to the massive crowd. The U.S. Team is dedicating this Ryder Cup event to “The King” Arnold Palmer.

Spectacular Friday

Sunshine and a high temperature near 70 degrees for the first day of Ryder Cup competition? You just can’t draw it up any better. A few more clouds return this weekend, but temperatures in the upper 60s and light winds all weekend long make for nearly ideal golf weather.

Twin Cities NWS

I spoke with the PGA of America meteorologists working the Ryder Cup again today. They said the grounds crew at Hazeltine is delighted with the drier weather and forecast. The golf course is in excellent shape for golf’s premiere international event.

The wettest year on record so far followed by ‘Minnesota nice’ weather just in time for the world stage of golf?

Priceless.

We haven’t reached 70 degrees in the Twin Cities since last Saturday, but our upper 60s this Thursday afternoon were slightly above our average high of 66 degrees. We’ll top out around 70 tomorrow: and Most of Minnesota saw plenty of sunshine today, and the late afternoon satellite picture shows mostly clear skies over central and southern Minnesota: The clear skies will Read more