Gulfport, Mississippi to Cheyenne, Wyoming

We’re off on a three day excursion that, for the most part, will take us through the Plains and into one of the most active parts of the country lately. It’s 1492 miles of discovery between the two towns, and we will cover them at a pace of 64.4mph. The first two days of the trip will be a little bit longer, and we willattempt to cover 515 miles on those two days. Away we go!

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast will take a while to get going tomorrow, which is good news, as we will see pretty tranquil conditions through southern Mississippi and Louisiana as we take I-10 to Lafayette before turning north. Our cross-wise drive through Louisiana may be increasingly cloudy, but by the time we hit Shreveport, the sun will be back out. WE will very nearly make it to Oklahoma, but will stop just to the southeast of Paris, Texas, in the tiny town of Pattonville.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
Much of the day will be pleasant in the southern Plains. Well, pleasant to drive in, especially if your air conditioning works. A system working through the northern Plains is expected to dangle an unusual early summer cold front through the central Plains, and will begin to stall right along the final stretch of our drive. Some big time thunderstorms will be posible north of McPherson, Kansas and could continue the rest of the way to the desolate little town of Bunker Hill. The thing about these storms is that they will be at the tail of the system, and will likely thrive on strong updafts. Don’t be surprised if we end up with some dents in the car, thanks to large hail.

DAY THREE (Monday)
It’s possible that it storms all night in Bunker Hill, but it will be clearing out as we head out on Monday morning. Expect a little bit of morning haze across the prairie, but clearing skies and some sun peeking out behind us (as it rises in the east, after all). We will likely see some thunderheads in the horizon, as a northwesterly wind will contribute to some upsloping thunderstorm development in the Rockies. By the time we reach those same mountains, the activity will be much less significant. There could still be a stray shower, but likely no monstrous super cells to finish off the drive from Denver to Cheyenne.