Albany, Georgia

We’re headed down to south Georgia. It’s still hot and humid in south Georgia this time of year, which means there will likely be a bit of precipitation in our forecast.

At 353PM, ET, Albany was reporting a temperature of 92 degrees with mostly clear skies. There were a few thunderstorms in the Florida Panhandle thanks to a light sea breeze, with some lighter storms cropping up in southwest Georgia. Flow aloft is decidedly southerly, with the thunderstorm activity generally remaining confined west of a Perry, Florida – Albany line.
A surface low over the Bight of Georgia is going to help tamp down a lot of convection over north Georgia, but a deep area of low pressure in the Canadian Prairies will maintain an open Gulf, and a threat of afternoon showers and storms in the Albany area. The tail of a cold front associated with that Canadian low will move into the Peach State on Tuesday morning, making the afternoon a bit more active than Monday’s.
Tomorrow – Isolated thunderstorms in the area, High 93, Low 71
Tuesday – Thunderstorms a bit more widespread, High 91, Low 70

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon.High 89, Low 7-
Tuesday – Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 90, Low 69

AW: Tomorrow – Sunshine mixing with clouds and humid (PM Storms) High 91, Low 71
Tuesday – Partly sunny with a shower or thunderstorm in spots High 89, Low 70

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Partly sunny, High 89, Low 71
Tuesday – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. Partly sunny, High 88, Low 68

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 89, Low, 72
Tuesday – Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, High 90, Low 71

WN: Weathernation is broken

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain in the morning and evening. High 92, Low 70
Tuesday – Light rain in the morning and afternoon. High 93, Low 69

Weathernation is not able to find Albany in it’s system when performing a search. Sorry, Albany residents looking for a fine forecast from WeatherNation. Thunderstorms aren’t particularly strong, but they are showing up all over the place around Albany.


Waco, Texas

Down to central Texas this afternoon for a look at the home of Baylor University

At 151PM, CT, Waco was reporting a temperature of 91 degrees with mostly sunny skies. There were isolated showers and storms popping up between Waco and Dallas ahead of a developing cold front that still sat west of Abilene. An upper level trough over the Desert Southwest provides an anchor for that boundary in west Texas, so for now, isolated storms induced by the Gulf flow will be all that should be expected along the I-35 corridor today.
An area of low pressure associated with the parent trough is moving through the northern Plains. Tomorrow, and particularly into the overnight, the northern feature will begin to drive cooler air towards central Texas, changing the orientation of the front in Texas. This will make it a more effective trigger point in the DFW and Waco area until the northern trough moves far enough away that the front truncates, but not after cooler air spills into the region. This will make tomorrow increasingly stormy, with those thunderstorms lasting through the morning on Monday.
Tomorrow – Increasing showers and thunderstorms, High 91, Low 76
Monday – Showers and storms early,  Much cooler, High 73, Low 65

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered thunderstorms developing during the afternoon High 86, Low 73
Monday -Thunderstorms in the morning will give way to cloudy skies late. High 76, Low 68

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon High 87, Low 74
Monday – Mostly cloudy and cooler with a shower or thunderstorm in spots High 73, Low 65

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy High 88, Lo 77
Monday – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, High 78, Low 66

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. Showers and thunderstorms possible in the morning, but more likely in the afternoon. High 87, Low 74
Monday – Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 76, Low 66

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with scattered storms, High 88, Low 73
Monday – Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely, High 79, Low 46

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain throughout the day. High 89, Low 73
Monday – Light rain until afternoon. High 78, Low 67

Scattered storms in Texas. It’s been a long enough break since the flooding that this isn’t completely ominious. Still, not a great end to the weekend, though. Here is the current radar, which will be busier as the week goes on.


Atlantic remains active, no threat to the mainland


This satellite image, with text from Weather Underground, shows a very attractive looking satellite image from about 24 hours ago.  Karl is very well formed for a Central Atlantic tropical storm, moving through the region at that latitude.

Fortunately, Karl and all his well rounded organization is getting hung up in an extratropical feature. This is about as unthreatening a forecast track as yo will find.


Karl is bringing a bit of rain and wind to Bermuda right now, but after that, he is going to rocket northeast towards Ireland by tomorrow evening. With this broad band of troughing, with another round coming off the east coast to begin next week, the track for another tropical storm is similarly undaunting.


That is the weaker and still meandering Tropical Storm Lisa. This is typically the busiest time of the tropical season. Having that blocking trough available to take up nearly a week out of the busiest time of year is very good news for North America.

Upper Midwest inundated

On Wednesday evening, a band of thunderstorms set up in the north metro of the Twin Cities, and were motionless for hours, dumping rain over the region for the duration. When they started moving, they initially did so by continuing to train across the I-694 corridor north of Minneapolis. All told, the town of Maple Grove, northwest of Minneapolis, had the highest total in the metropolitan area, coming at over 9 inches of rainfall.


Maple Grove wasn’t the highest total in the state of Minnesota Wednesday night, however. Additional strong, slow moving thunderstorms emerged in the southern part of the state. The town of Waseca, between Owatonna and Mankato received 14 inches or more! Take a look at this picture of the aftermath from KARE 11 in the Twin Cities.


The somewhat incredible thing is that Waseca isn’t on any creeks or rivers. All the flooding in town is a function of the volume of rain in Waseca, rather than rain there and upstream, for example.

That said, downstream locations, such as those in eastern Iowa, are anticipating floods down the line. There was significant rain in northeastern Iowa as well as what was seen in southern Minnesota, and places like Cedar Rapids, in particular, are in the process of considering evacuations of their downtown area. 

Historic Deluge Pounds Twin Cities

Areas of heavy rain were forecast over Southeastern MN Wednesday night into Thursday, as a stationary front camping out off to the south was expected to fire off slow-moving thunderstorms Wednesday evening. However, nobody expected what transpired to occur.

A thin line of storms developed around 530-6pm over the northern Twin Cities Metro, then continued to train in a west-east axis. For 3-4 straight hours, moderate to heavy rains sat over the exact same area, dumping prolific amounts of rain. Maple Grove reported 3.54″ in an hour at the onset, a 1-in-150-year rain event for the area. Around 6-8″ fell on the North Metro as activity slowly shifted southward and fanned out, dousing the rest of the Metro with 1-2″. Widespread flash flooding was reported in Maple Grove and nearby Brooklyn Park, with many water rescues being performed as motorists were caught off guard. Most areas have had the floodwaters subside by tonight, but a cold front expected to move into the region Saturday evening could complicate things with more thunderstorms.

Additional flooding happened in Southern MN, as storms blew up near Mankato and continued eastward to Rochester and La Crosse. Waseca was the unfortunate bullseye in this scenario, with over 7″ of rain being reported, bringing a 2-day total of theirs up to nearly a foot. Widespread flash flooding was reported in the area as well, as the ground just simply could not hold any more rain.

Not That Cool In Redding

The weather at Redding was quite pleasant during the middle of the week, even if the winds did get a bit gusty on Thursday as a system spun up to the east over Nevada. The temperatures were a bit fickle, however, as the low for Thursday didn’t get nearly as low as was projected, leading to some slightly elevated scores. VW and TWC tied for the win.

Wednesday: High 83, Low 60.
Thursday: High 78, Low 58.
Forecast Grade: B

Detroit, Michigan to Lawrence, Kansas

Today we embark on a 2-day, 806-mile road trip through the Central US. From the Great Lakes to the Great Plains, lets see what we’ll encounter on our trip!



A lingering stationary boundary found over northern portions of Lower Michigan could see some light rain showers in the morning, but they’ll be far north of our route as we depart Detroit and head west towards Lake Michigan. An increase in clouds is expected for the afternoon as the boundary sags a bit further south, but we should dodge any isolated shower activity that pops up. Most of this action should remain fairly close to Lake Michigan as well, which will be in our rearview mirror as we continue southwestward and eventually end the day in Springfield, IL.


High pressure noses its way over the Great Lakes and down over the Ohio Valley overnight and into the morning hours, keeping us fairly dry as we head westward towards northern Missouri. Most of the day should be fairly quiet, but we’ll have to keep an eye on some thunderstorms developing along an approaching cold front as we make our way into Lawrence. If we leave early enough in the morning, we should make it to our destination before the storms fire up!


Lawrence, Kansas

Today we visit the nation’s heartland and take a gander at what’s happening in Kansas. Probably drier than it is around the Twin Cities, we’re still trying to dry out from last night’s historic rainfalls around here!

At 1052pm CDT, the temperature at Lawrence, KS was 70 degrees under fair skies. While broad high pressure sits over the Southeast, Lawrence remains on the outer parts of its influence, keeping the area dry for Friday. As an area of low pressure develops over the Central Plains, a cold front will develops southwards to Western TX. During the afternoon on Saturday, the cold front will sweep eastward throughout the state, bringing thunderstorms to the area in the late-afternoon and evening hours. There’s a small chance some of them could be severe as they sweep though, but no widespread outbreaks are anticipated.

Friday: Sunny and warm. High 89, Low 65.
Saturday: Pleasant morning, increasing cloud and afternoon/evening thunderstorms. High 87, Low 67.

TWC: Friday: Sunny. High 89, Low 65.
Saturday: Thunderstorms. High 86, Low 68.

AW: Friday: Very warm with plenty of sun. High 88, Low 64.
Saturday: A heavy afternoon t-storm. High 84, Low 68.

NWS: Friday: Sunny. High 89, Low 66.
Saturday: Increasing chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High 85, Low 69.

WB: Friday: Sunny. High 89, Low 67.
Saturday: Afternoon/evening thunderstorms. High 85, Low 70.

WN: Friday: Sunny. High 90, Low 66.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with isolated storms. High 84, Low 70.

FIO: Friday: Clear throughout the day. High 91, Low 66.
Saturday: Light rain throughout the day. High 88, Low 67.

Fairly quiet over much of Kansas tonight, and will remain so for another day until the cold front moves in later this weekend.


Relief on its way

It was very warm in the central Valley of California over the weekend, and that bled into the beginning of the week. It was 103 in Hanford on Monday, but the good news was that clearing skies meant the overnight low was in the mid 50s. It was hot during the day, but no sleep was lost. Then, some clouds filtered in late in the day Monday, which meant temperatures didn’t drop as significantly Monday night into Tuesday. It also stayed a hair cooler, lingering in double digits instead of breaching triple digits. Accuweather most successfully charted the cool down, winning the forecast for the day.
Actuals: Monday – High 103, Low 97
Tuesday – High 97, Low 61

Grade: B-D

San Francisco, California to Redding, California

Today is a short, in-state road trip, only 225 miles from the Bay Area to Redding! A nice easy road trip in store for us today…. or IS it?! (Yes, it is)

San Francisco, CA, USA

It should be a fairly nice and mostly sunny morning as we escape the morning rush hour out of the San Fran area, eventually bypassing Sacramento and continuing northwards on I-5. Quiet weather and mostly sunny skies are expected for the duration of our short jaunt upstate, so hope you brought sunglasses for our day trip!


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