Category Archives: Road Trip

Oxnard, California to Fort Smith, Arkansas

Hey, who’s ready for a nice road trip through the desert? It’s so cold across so much of the country, but we will be taking our route through part of the world that has been able to avoid the really cold stuff. If anything, it’s still unusually warm in the southwest. Our drive will take three days, covering 1564 miles. Our pace will be about 69mph, and the first two days will be longer, with a goal of 553mph.


DAY ONE (Sunday)

The good news for California is that the high pressure dominating the region right now is centered off shore, so there won’t be any Santa Ana winds whipping up flames through the Santa Barbara mountains. Hopefully, this will mean some rain soon to help neutralize the threat even further. Alas, as we drive through the desert California, we will encounter no such wet weather, and we will barely see any clouds, even in the high elevations where they tend to sneak up on you. Our drive will conclude after we have passed through Flagstaff and end up in the ghost town of Two Guns, Arizona. Sounds like a fun place.

DAY TWO (Monday)
Our second day on the road, and the first day of the year will be just as pleasant as the first day of the drive, and last day of 2017. We’re going to be cruising through New Mexico on the way to the Panhandle of Texas, stopping in the town of Wildorado, west of Amarillo. We’re going to be reaching the western edge of that cold area of high pressure at the end of the day, so while it may be fairly warm on Monday, don’t expect the last day to be as accommodating.

DAY THREE (Tuesday)
As I noted in the description of Monday’s forecast, expect some colder weather on Tuesday. Indeed, Oklahoma and Arkansas especially should expect near record cold as cold air pools along the I-40 corridor from Amarillo to North Carolina. Of course, our entire route falls neatly within that stretch of roadway. Clear skies east of Amarillo, but a very brisk feel to the environment when we get to Fort Smith.

Deltona, Florida to Muskegon, Michigan

Today we embark on a 1,257-mile, 3-day road trip from nearly coast to coast! The Atlantic Coast to Lake Michigan coast that is. One of my oldest friends lives in Muskegon, so let’s go pay her a visit, shall we??


Okay, I know I was using the Atlantic Coast moniker a bit loosely, with Deltona being found a good 20-miles or so inland from Daytona. But that’s just a quick jaunt to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream! A boundary that’s been lingering over the FL Peninsula is keeping overcast skies around the Deltona area and we can expect some morning fog as we make our way towards Daytona. After that, however, skies should clear up and mostly sunny skies will greet up as we head towards Jacksonville, then head west/north on I-75 and continue into Georgia, with mostly clear skies all the way to Atlanta, our stop for the night.


A strong area of high pressure continues to push down into the Midwest/Ohio Valley, bringing increasing frigid temperatures with it. This is keeping skies mostly clear as well, and today should be more of the same from yesterday. Sunny skies greet us as we push towards Chattanooga and eventually past Nashville before finishing the day in Louisville, much colder than when we started. Put on your party hats, it’s New Years Eve!


Happy New Year! We’re gonna get a late start on the day because, well, hangovers are no fun. Also, the temperature this morning is going to be sub-zero, so lets let things warm up a bit before we head even further north. Mostly sunny skies will start our final leg, but clouds will increase as we head into Lower Michigan and eventually we’ll get caught up in some lake effect snow as north-northwest winds prevail over the region. It’ll be a slower drive throughout the afternoon hours thanks to these bands, but we eventually make it to Muskegon by early evening. Time for more celebrating!

Baltimore, Maryland to Terre Haute, Indiana

Here is another road trip, just ready for us to take it. We’re going to head from Indiana to Baltimore, a route that is almost entirely due east. We’ll cover the route in one 10 hour day at a pace of about 67mph, with a total of 671 miles accounting for the distance between the two towns. Shall we explore the highways and byways?

The back end of a cold front that brought snow to the southeastern US did the same to the Mid-Atlantic yesterday, and a good chunk of the eastern Seaboard now has a fresh white blanket. Meanwhile, the next trough is getting ready to pivot through the Great Lakes, with a few isolated snow showers moving through the Great Lakes. Here is the good news, though. The snow won’t be far enough south to clip Indiana or Ohio as we drive through those states, and the areas east of the Appalachians, like as we arrive in Baltimore, will have already wave good bye to the snow of the last few days. It comes down to whether or not the departments if transportation in the area have cleared the roads as to whether or not we will have a good drive on Sunday. I think we’ll be ok.

Dothan, Alabama to Baltimore, Maryland

It’s a day and a half from southern Alabama to the shores of Chesapeake Bay, and with a cold front dragging through the country and cold air filling in everywhere, that’s not going to be as dramatic a change as it might usually be in December. Dothan won’t be much better than Baltimore! The towns are 890 miles apart, and the drive will cover the ground at a pace of 64mph. As I noted, it’s a day and a half between the two towns, with Wednesday, the full day of driving, covering 514 miles.

DAY ONE (Wednesday)

There is really no reason for this, but this is the type of pattern that drives me nuts. A cold front, now distended and much less active, will lie off the coast from New England and the mid Atlantic, but will be a stalled stationary boundary wrapping from the Carolinas and southwest through the Gulf Coast states. You get this set up, and then it never seems to want to change. So that’s where we’ll be at. Rain is likely in Dothan as we get going, and then that won’t even ever really change as we head through Georgia and into the Carolinas. The rain will be fairly light, with some breaks, but all the pavement we see will be damp, and it’s unlikely we get any sunlight. We’ll make it to Thomasville, North Carolina, which is in the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area.

DAY TWO (Thursday)
We’ll break out into the sun by the time we reach Richmond, but then we will be confronted with different concerns, namely a brisk northwest wind and chillier air temperatures. It probably won’t reach freezing until the DC area, and even then, it will be a close call, and fortunately, there has been plenty of time between the rain and the temperature drop in this part of the world, so we shouldn’t have any slick roadways. Keep both hands on the wheel because of those winds, and don a jacket when you start exploring the Inner Harbor.

Bismarck, North Dakota to Salisbury, Maryland

We will use up the rest of the workweek with this trek. It’s going to take us three full days, including a little extra on that third day, to cover the 1639 miles between orgin and destination for this trip. We are going to be slowed by the big cities, like Chicago, and the Appalachians, but we should still maintain a pace of about 65.6mph, good for a goal of about 524 miles a day. This is a good little trip, and the weather is looking good. Let’s be on our way!


DAY ONE (Wednesday)

High pressurre is sitting right in the middle of the country, keeping things pretty well in control, butt actually, tomorrow, there will be a wave rippling along the international border. Like almost everything this week, though, it will not have access to any moisture, and even if it did, we will remain ahead odd the attendant cold front, which will only reach the western Minnesota border by the end of our drive time. We’ll make it to Eau Claire to finish our day.

DAY TWO (Thursday)
That band area of low pressure scooting through the boundary region will not maintain its structure overnight, however a moisture will begin to fill into the trough, which will be squeezed between two areas of high pressure, one moving towards the east coast and another building in the central Plains. The shower activity will be light, but unlie on Wednesday, will actually outpace us. Expect things to be a little cloudier as we head east, as well as a bit cooler. We’ll stop in Delta, Ohio, just before Toledo.

DAY THREE (Friday)
Friday will be entirely without intrigue, at least in terms of the weather. Sure, we will pass through the rolling peaks of Appalachia, and we will split Baltimore and Washington, so a detour could be fun, but if you want to see anything but tranquility and the sun, then this is not going to be the drive for you. Enjoy the Eastern Shore!

Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Lewiston, Idaho

Today we depart on a lengthy road trip, from Tuscalosa, AL to Lewiston, AL. It’s a 2,258-mile trek that will take 5 days to cover. Hope you’re not tired from all the Thanksgiving weekend activities, we have quite the drive ahead of us!


High pressure is found throughout the Deep South, keeping conditions in the entire region very quiet. We can expect mostly sunny skies and perhaps some increasing winds later in the day as an area of low pressure intensifies out over the Northern Plains. We’ll get a good view of the Memphis skyline as we drive on by then continue through Jonesboro, AR as we head into southern Missouri and end our day in Springfield, MO.


A cold front has pushed over today’s route during the overnight hours, but we shouldn’t fret too much about it. Temperatures behind it will be somewhat cooler, but not as bad as we’d imagine as we approach December. The front will be lingering around the Kansas City area as we pass northward through the metro and we MIGHT see a couple of rain showers, but shouldn’t be anything that’ll slow us down. The rest of the day should be a fairly quiet trip northwards up I-29 past Omaha and Sioux City before ending the day in Sioux Falls, SD


High pressure shifted through the Northern Plains overnight and as we head westward out of Sioux Falls towards Rapid City, a new cold front is pushing its way into the region. Once again, luckily, as we traverse it, it will be a dry frontal passage. Some spotty snow showers are likelier over ND, but our trip on I-90 through SD should be void of such precip, and while it’ll be colder as we push into southeast Montana, it’ll still be dry as high pressure builds in behind the front. We finish our day in Broadus, MT


It’s going to be a day full of Montana sights and sounds as we make our way back to I-90 and continue westward the entire way. High pressure is found over the Northern Rockies so it will be a quiet and calm day past Bozeman and Butte before finishing the day in Missoula.


A short day today! We’ll be cutting through the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests en route to our final destination of Lewistown. A front is sliding its way into the Pacific Northwest, but isn’t expected to make much headway towards our neck of the woods. Mostly cloudy skies are anticipated throughout the day, but should overall be dry and fairly quiet as we push into our destination around midday!

Memphis, Tennessee to Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Today we embark on a 1,534-mile road trip from Memphis, TN to Lake Havasu City, AZ. From the shores of the Mississippi River to the Colorado River, it’ll take 3 days to cover the distance. We’ll get there just in time for Thanksgiving!


Massive high pressure is sitting over the Eastern US, so dry and fairly pleasant conditions are expected throughout the entire day as we head westward through Little Rock and Ft Smith, AR and finish the day in Oklahoma City.


Today will be more of the same as we spend the entire day on I-40 westward. A bit of a trough will sag over the Plains as we head out of Oklahoma City towards Amarillo. A few more clouds might be expected for the morning, but should mostly clear out as we head into New Mexico. We finish the day in Albuquerque.


More high pressure! The Desert Southwest will be firmly underneath it so just some high clouds are anticipated as we cruise by Gallup and Flagstaff before finally turning south at Kingman and eventually into Lake Havasu City in the late evening. A easy weather trip!

Lincoln, Nebraska to Providence, Rhode Island

All right, let’s take a road trip, shall we? We’re headed towards New England, on a 3 day road trip, though that third day will be a bit shorter than the first two days. It’s a 1,480 mile trip, which we will lope across at a pace of 67.4mph, which will set a goal of 539 miles per day.  This route takes us right over the (Mississippi) River and through some woods, so to Grandmother’s House (In Providence) we go!

DAY ONE (Monday)
This should be one of the more active times of year, but as we get going Monday morning, there is a very summer like pattern setting up. Oh, it’s definitely late autumn, the thermometer doesn’t lie. What is summer like is the big old swath of the country with almost nothing going on. Of course, it’s not the big omega blocking jet pattern – quite the opposite, actually, with a couple of troughs interfering with one another. Still, the effect is the same, as tranquil conditions are expected across the Upper Midwest on Monday, with temperatures much warmer than they are today. We’ll make it through Illinois, and call it a day in Hobart, Indiana, just south of Lake Michigan.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
There is a wave scooting through Canada, giving the perception of a dome of high pressure dominating the heartland. This perception will be betrayed when the system reaches the north end of the Great Lakes. The associated cold front will hook up with that lake moisture and supply a little bit of snow east of Michigan and Erie. We should have no problem outpacing the burst of snow while we are in motion, but when we stop in Le Roy, New York, southwest of Rochester, the boundary will catch up to us. Don’t be surprised to find a thin dusting of snow on our car on Wednesday morning.

DAY THREE (Wednesday)
As that Canadian low starts to move poleward, it will hook up with a big swath of moisture moving through the Gulf stream. Our drive across the Hudson and into New England will be dry, however the coast will be rainy for much of the day. Because of our pace, we might get to Providence before the clouds and rain leave town, but when it does, the sun will be soon to follow. Oh, it won’t be warm or anything, but the sun will definitely be out.

Flagstaff, Arizona to Wichita Falls, Texas

Two cities that tend to find themselves along the way for other, longer trips are the beginning and end of this evening’s trek. It is a day and a half between the two towns, covering 829 miles of very empty roads.  We’ll move at the brisk pace of 68.5mph, which means our Sunday drive will cover 548 miles, certainly a decent chunk of this voyage. The weather is probably going to be ok, but why don’t we find out for sure?

DAY ONE (Sunday)

Things look very good as we start this whole “road trip through the southwest” thing. A ridge is building in the western US, but not one of those obnoxiously strong ones that oppressive heat or gusty wind builds under. Instead, it will just be a nice cool-ish, perfectly sunny drive through the Rockies, past Albuquerque and into Cuervas, New Mexico, which is between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari. I don’t believe it is named after the tequila, but you can find out!

DAY TWO (Monday)
A very weak little vortex is now being forecast to develop in the southern High Plains, expected to swing through the Panhandle towards Wichita Falls on Monday. What does this mean? Probably nothing. Maybe temperatures won’t be as warm as the forecast originally had this morning, and probably a few clouds, especially up around Amarillo. Wichita Falls is going to be dry when we pull in though, and looking good as Thanksgiving approaches.