Baltimore, Maryland to Terre Haute, Indiana

Here is another road trip, just ready for us to take it. We’re going to head from Indiana to Baltimore, a route that is almost entirely due east. We’ll cover the route in one 10 hour day at a pace of about 67mph, with a total of 671 miles accounting for the distance between the two towns. Shall we explore the highways and byways?


The back end of a cold front that brought snow to the southeastern US did the same to the Mid-Atlantic yesterday, and a good chunk of the eastern Seaboard now has a fresh white blanket. Meanwhile, the next trough is getting ready to pivot through the Great Lakes, with a few isolated snow showers moving through the Great Lakes. Here is the good news, though. The snow won’t be far enough south to clip Indiana or Ohio as we drive through those states, and the areas east of the Appalachians, like as we arrive in Baltimore, will have already wave good bye to the snow of the last few days. It comes down to whether or not the departments if transportation in the area have cleared the roads as to whether or not we will have a good drive on Sunday. I think we’ll be ok.

Terre Haute, Indiana

All right, I’ve been putting this off long enough… How about a forecast for Indiana!

At 1253AM, ET, Terre Haute was reporting a temperature of 23 degrees with clear skies. A wave was moving through the Great Lakes, producing a little bit of snow, but generally less than had been originally forecast, and any thought of any accumulating snow in Terre Haute should be put out of mind by now.
A sharp, short wave trough would provide all the makings of a good clipper with a couple inches of snow for most of Indiana, however with a strong jet down in the southern United States intercepting any moisture that would be available for this feature, it will simply make for a breezy night. The sharp trough will shift eastward and the flow will become a bit more zonal in Terre Haute. The warm up won’t be dramatic, but it will be there by Sunday.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with some sun late and a very isolated flurry early. High 33, Low 22
Sunday – Mostly sunny, High 38, Low 22

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered snow showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon High 33, Low 24
Sunday – Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 42, Low 20

AW: Tomorrow – A little morning snow with little or no accumulation; otherwise, mostly cloudy and chilly High 35, Low 22
Sunday – Mostly sunny and not as cold High 41, Low 18

NWS: Tomorrow – Snow likely, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog between 8am and 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, High 32, Low 23
Sunday – Mostly sunny, High 39, Low 18

WB: Tomorrow – Patchy fog until midday. Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow until midday then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 33, Low 24
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 41, Low 20

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with light snow, High 32, Low 23
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 39, Low 18

FIO: Tomorrow –  Foggy in the morning. High 36, Low 24
Sunday – Mostly cloudy until evening.High 43, Low 20

A little bit of snow is showing up on radar in northern Indiana, but you can see, it doesn’t look very threatening further to the south.

Dothan, Alabama to Baltimore, Maryland

It’s a day and a half from southern Alabama to the shores of Chesapeake Bay, and with a cold front dragging through the country and cold air filling in everywhere, that’s not going to be as dramatic a change as it might usually be in December. Dothan won’t be much better than Baltimore! The towns are 890 miles apart, and the drive will cover the ground at a pace of 64mph. As I noted, it’s a day and a half between the two towns, with Wednesday, the full day of driving, covering 514 miles.

 
DAY ONE (Wednesday)

There is really no reason for this, but this is the type of pattern that drives me nuts. A cold front, now distended and much less active, will lie off the coast from New England and the mid Atlantic, but will be a stalled stationary boundary wrapping from the Carolinas and southwest through the Gulf Coast states. You get this set up, and then it never seems to want to change. So that’s where we’ll be at. Rain is likely in Dothan as we get going, and then that won’t even ever really change as we head through Georgia and into the Carolinas. The rain will be fairly light, with some breaks, but all the pavement we see will be damp, and it’s unlikely we get any sunlight. We’ll make it to Thomasville, North Carolina, which is in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area.

DAY TWO (Thursday)
We’ll break out into the sun by the time we reach Richmond, but then we will be confronted with different concerns, namely a brisk northwest wind and chillier air temperatures. It probably won’t reach freezing until the DC area, and even then, it will be a close call, and fortunately, there has been plenty of time between the rain and the temperature drop in this part of the world, so we shouldn’t have any slick roadways. Keep both hands on the wheel because of those winds, and don a jacket when you start exploring the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore, Maryland

Tomorrow – Early morning rain, and then mostly cloudy, High 54, Low 42
Thursday – Mostly cloudy, High 45, Low 37

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies. . High 58, Low 43
Thursday – Sunshine and clouds mixed High 48, Low 39

AW: Tomorrow – Breezy with clouds moving away to leave sunshine High 60, Low 46
Thursday – Mostly sunny High 49, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – A slight chance of showers before 8am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny,  High 54, Low 41
Thursday – Mostly sunny High 46, Low 35

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny, High 57, Low 39
Thursday – Mostly sunny, High 46, low 38

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 53, Low 41
Thursday – Partly cloudy, High 46, Low 35

FiO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 54, Low 39
Thursday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 45, Low 34

Weather Wayback…. Summer in the desert

This is almost like a self inflicted punishment on myself. We’ve just had our first snow of the season in the Twin Cities, and I am sitting in the wayback machine, looking at Bend, Oregon, from the middle of July. It was scorching hot shortly after the 4th of July, with temperatures skying into the mid 90s on the 5th and 6th of July, which was a hair warmer than all forecasters suggested, but The Weather Channel had narrowly secured victory back on this July steamer.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 96, Low 56
Thursday – High 96, Low 60

Grade: B-D

One last shot of warmth

The forecast we put together for Salisbury came in the face of an advancing cold front. It wasn’t expected to do much of anything, thanks to upper level dynamics, but there was a subtle change on Wednesday. The temperature actually went up by a few degrees in the early afternoon on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, thanks to the redirected flow patterns ahead of the boundary. Weatherbug, ironically, was able to secure a victory thanks to a cooler forecast, though this came into play on the forecast low on Wednesday.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 62, Low 29
Wednesday – High 67, Low 36

Grade: B-C

Cold air coming

After an unusually warm end to November and start to December, the eastern US is expecting a strong cold front to sweep through early this week. This strong cold front may even bring some severe weather to the lower Ohio River Valley tomorrow as the deep, Arcitc pool comes rushing in.

And then, t’s going to be cold. Not just “back to normal” but significantly colder than average. Take a look:

There is still some ridging out west, and Alaska and southern California look warm, but look at that bullseye over West Virginia and Kentucky. It’s going to be quite chilly for the weekend, with those cooler temperatures continuing even into next week. Of course, it doesn’t appear as though there is a strong system to take advantage of the colder air to bring some December snow, but it is definitely time to break out the winter wear.

10 hours make all the difference

A cold front moving through New England over the weekend wasn’t really a big news maker, mostly because it didn’t carry with it a great deal of rainfall. It was, of course, the main attraction in our forecast for Manchester over the holiday weekend. Temperatures didn’t play nice for the duration of the forecast period, spiking warmer than expected on Saturday, and on Sunday, the temperature leading into the day was close to 50, rather than 40, as everyone expected. That, in large part, is because the front itself didn’t come through close to midnight, as had been anticipated, but rather closer to noon marked by gusty wind and a splash of drizzle on Sunday. Victoria-Weather had the latest time of the front’s arrival, and as a result, were able to claim victory, tortuous though it was.
Actuals: Saturday – High 58, Low 29
Sunday – Trace of rain, High 49, Low 33

Grade: D-F

Bismarck, North Dakota to Salisbury, Maryland

We will use up the rest of the workweek with this trek. It’s going to take us three full days, including a little extra on that third day, to cover the 1639 miles between orgin and destination for this trip. We are going to be slowed by the big cities, like Chicago, and the Appalachians, but we should still maintain a pace of about 65.6mph, good for a goal of about 524 miles a day. This is a good little trip, and the weather is looking good. Let’s be on our way!

 

DAY ONE (Wednesday)

High pressurre is sitting right in the middle of the country, keeping things pretty well in control, butt actually, tomorrow, there will be a wave rippling along the international border. Like almost everything this week, though, it will not have access to any moisture, and even if it did, we will remain ahead odd the attendant cold front, which will only reach the western Minnesota border by the end of our drive time. We’ll make it to Eau Claire to finish our day.

DAY TWO (Thursday)
That band area of low pressure scooting through the boundary region will not maintain its structure overnight, however a moisture will begin to fill into the trough, which will be squeezed between two areas of high pressure, one moving towards the east coast and another building in the central Plains. The shower activity will be light, but unlie on Wednesday, will actually outpace us. Expect things to be a little cloudier as we head east, as well as a bit cooler. We’ll stop in Delta, Ohio, just before Toledo.

DAY THREE (Friday)
Friday will be entirely without intrigue, at least in terms of the weather. Sure, we will pass through the rolling peaks of Appalachia, and we will split Baltimore and Washington, so a detour could be fun, but if you want to see anything but tranquility and the sun, then this is not going to be the drive for you. Enjoy the Eastern Shore!

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