This Billings-terminused trip will be a hair longer than the one from a few days ago that adventured from Mobile to Montana’s largest city. In this case, our pace will be a rather swift 68.9mph, which will allow us to traverse the 2135 miles to Hartford in just shy of 4 full days. The first three days will have a goal of 551 miles, with a little bit less meat on the bone for Tuesday. This trip will wind through the Northern Plains and Great Lakes into New England. But will we be dodging showers and storms the entire way?
DAY ONE (Saturday)
This is going to sound fairly strange, but our drive through Montanan and North Dakota is going to be in pretty good shape, and that’s because of Tropical Storm Hermine, which will be moving up the East Coast as we head eastward. The tropical feature will be pulling in all the Gulf moisture that would otherwise be available for a developing feature in the Black Hills region. There will still be a bit of development late in the day over the western Dakotas, but it won’t be nearly as rainy as it could have been, if it weren’t for Hermine. I think we can make it all the way to the unironically named Peak, North Dakota outside of Valley City unscathed, and subsequently call it a night.
DAY TWO (Sunday)
As Hermine organizes off of the Delmarva, our High Plains feature will also continue to churn. Finally able to tap into a bit of moisture, showers and storms will become increasingly likely in the Dakotas on Sunday, but it should remain mostly unaffected in Minnesota, and 100% free and clear in Wisconsin. We’ll make it to Madison before we retire for the evening.
DAY THREE (Monday)
The only problem we will really have in the Great Lakes is finding cash for the tolls in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The weather will be excellent! No problems there, as Hermine continues to lead to stability in nearby environs. We will make it to the Ohio/Pennsylvania border before calling it a day.
DAY FOUR (Tuesday)
Hermine isn’t going anywhere on Monday or Tuesday, which is bad for coastal concerns in Long Island and New Jersey, but great for forecasters! We will know, for example, that we will be able to expect increased wind and maybe a spiral band of showers and storms (complete with isolated tornadoes!) from Newburgh, New York to Hartford.