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Manchester, New Hampshire to Waterloo, Iowa

We have a two and a half day drive ahead of us with this forecast, perhaps getting out of the way of Hurricane Sandy which moves ever closer to the east coast. Will the 1304 mile journey be in time? Plan on a pace of 61.9. That will mean our first two days will be through after 495 miles, with the final leg, of course, being a half day. Let’s go dodge some hurricanes.

Our concern on our Saturday leg will actually be a boundary moving through the Great Lakes and not Sandy. The trip through southern New England and eastern New York will be surprisingly calm, given the storm that’s to come. We will start to see clouds after we pass through Utica, with the threat for rain starting as we pass through Syracuse. Heavier rain with a good dose of cold air behind it, will be a problem when we hit Buffalo. This storm has caused snow in the Midwest, but I think, strange as it sounds, that we will have too much moisture to create snow, as temperatures in Buffalo won’t cool quite enough. Still, it will be rainy and dreary when we arrive in Blasdell, a southern suburb of Buffalo.

Sandy will keep that boundary pinned in the eastern Great Lakes, and will keep rain in the forecast through Cleveland. At the back end of this system, don’t be surprised if at this point, precipitation begins to change over to snow. That won’t last too long, and by the time we get out of the Cleveland metro, we should be in for drier roads. It will still be cloudy through northern Indiana and the south side of Chicago. We will make it through Chicago before stopping in the equally cloudy but by this point fairly day Princeton, Illinois, just west of La Salle.

While Manchester gets blasted by Sandy, we will only contend with some clouds and a very isolated drop as we cross the Mississippi into Iowa. Waterloo will be on the cusp of a warming trend, but it won’t be there yet.

Wednesday morning has an autumnal feel

After yesterday’s overinflated severe weather outbreak swept through the northeast, temperatures have reacted across the country. No doubt, the cold front that generated a moderate outlook and tornado watches from Massachusetts to South Carolina was a strong one, just not a severe weather maker that warranted the acclaim that it did. The strength to the front had everything to do with the cold air behind the system.
The map above is the temperatures from 8AM, ET, this morning across the country. Temperatures were from the 30s-50s across the land, except for places like Florida and the Mojave Desert. There always seems to be one front that is a real season changer, and it appears this weeks was it, at least in the Upper Midwest. We are done with 70s, let alone 80s in the Upper Midwest for a long while.


The weather in Burlington went down hill quickly this weekend. After a fairly nice day on Saturday, rain moved in. Two days ago, the models didn’t really quite have a handle on the deluge presently being from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Carolinas. Like I said, we were anticipating a short wave yesterday, but it turned into a soul sapping rain out. Temperatures didn’t reach 70 thanks to the clouds and about 3/4 of an inch of rain. The top forecast went to The Weather Channel, though they were off on yesterday’s high by 11 degrees.
Actuals: Saturday – High 80, Low 57
Sunday – .75 inches of rain, High 66, Low 59

Grade: C