This is going to be a dry forecast. To me, the geography is about as interesting as the weather, and in this case, the geography definitely wins out. It will be an 845 mile journey that covers a day and a half of the timeline. We won’t have any company, really, except for satellite radio and scorpions. The drive will be at a pace of 68.8mph, which is pretty good, if I do say so myself. This means our first day will cover a whopping 550 miles. LEt’s get the sun block and start on our way.
This is the time of year for the second severe weather maximum. Deep digging troughs are setting up some dry air in New Mexico, and a nice dry line should develop daily in west Texas. Tomorrow, it looks like it will do just that, but it’s influence won’t quite be felt far enough south by the time we pass through the Midland-Odessa area, the southernmost point for thunderstorms. We will get through there by around noon. From that point forward, smooth sailing all the way into Bowie, Arizona, which is right off I-10 across the border from New Mexico.
We just have a handful of hours of driving on Wednesday to get to Phoenix, and it is going to be hot. Tucson doesn’t tend to be quite as warm as Phoenix, but neither location is going to be terribly comfortable if you don’t have air conditioning. We will grow increasingly warm as we head from Bowie to Tucson to Phoenix, where it will be in the mid 90s when we pull into town.