Have you ever thought you needed a vacation? Or more specifically, have you ever thought you needed to travel between two vacation destinations? Well, that’s what we get today, with a 4 ½ day, 2654 mile journey. We will get a good head of steam, with a pace of 71.7mph (cruisin’!) driving through the desert for half the trip, and will encounter 573.8 miles on the first 4 days which is frankly an impressive clip.
DAY ONE (Friday)
I can see why one might think this is an easy forecast, where I could just say “hot and dry until you hit Texas” but this is monsoon season in the Rockies, In Arizona during the early afternoon, the threat will primarily be in the higher terrain between Flagstaff and Phoenix, but there is a chance for some pop up showers and storms as we cross into New Mexico. Those storms are going to continue to be a possibility all the way into Las Cruces, where our night will end.
DAY TWO (Saturday)
That diurnal shower and storm activity of the Rockies will only continue through the weekend. Activity is expected to linger in the El Paso area through the morning, but even as we take the hour or two from Las Cruces should be able to make it to west Texas with nary a drop. Ok, now is the time to complain about how boring it is. We’ll be fully out of the woods by Fort Stockton, and our day will take us to the San Antonio suburb of Boerne.
DAY THREE (Sunday)
Sunday looks to be a dry day across east Texas, and you can rest assured that it will be hot and humid. We should be able to make it through Lake Charles before we have to worry about any thunderstorm activity. The primary risk will be centered around Lafayette, if only because storms are going to shift further inland as the day rolls on. There will be a stray shower somewhere along the rest of the route, I’m sure, but it won’t be as persistent as early in the day around Lafayette. We’ll almost reach Mississippi by day’s end, calling it a day in Slidell.
DAY FOUR (Monday)
Low pressure will be forming in the central Plains, but in the southeast, there won’t be a whole lot of organization to the activity. Right now, the models indicate a splash of rain around Mobile early, and some afternoon thunderstorms in north central Florida, but in truth, I think the threat will be there for showers early and thudnerstorms after about 2pm (say around Destin, Florida) for the entirety of the route. We will be near Orlando by day’s end, stopping in Groveland, Florida.
DAY FIVE (Tuesday)
High pressure mentioned in our forecast for Miami will be braking down in the western Atlantic north of the Bahama This will only mean a more likely clash of air masses in south Florida. Thunderstorms will be possible anywhere through the afternoon, but will likely start close to the coast and press inland as the day continues. Fortunately, we are moving in the opposite direction, and the threat will wind down as we reach Miami.