York, Pennsylvania to Jonesboro, Arkansas

High pressure is beginning to become the norm across the country, which bodes well for our 979 mile, two day trip from Pennsylvania to Arkansas. As always, we will be slowed by the drive through the Appalachians, however we will be able to maintain a respectable 62.5mph pace. The first day will be a little bit longer, but we’ll cover 500 miles even on that first day. I hope you bring your sunglasses.


High pressure has a crushing death grip on the center of the country. There is a little area low pressure over the northern Rockies trying to gather some energy, but that’s going to promptly fall apart in the face of the much stronger ridge. I guess what I’m trying to say is enjoy the drive, because you won’t have any weather to contend with. The day ends in Huntington, West Virginia.

Kentucky is probably one of my favorite states. Very friendly people, a lot of beautiful natural phenomenon, and generally some of the best weather in the country by almost anyone’s measure. We’ll spend a lot of time in the Bluegrass state, so you’ll be able to tell me if you share my opinion on this second day on our trip. No problems in Kentucky, and none in Jonesboro either.

York, Pennsylvania

Ah, finally, we’re off to the northeast where there has been some weather going on! What, the system is gone? Oh…

At 253PM, ET, York was seeing clear skies and a temperature of 69 degrees. A area of low pressure was finally being forced out of New England ad into the the Maritimes of eastern Canada. Afront that has become more of an inverted trough is angling through the center of Pennsylvania, promising even cooler, drier air.
The high pressure that has been so dominant in the center of the country will finally find it’s way into the northeast and mid-Atlantic, bringing with it sunny skies for the duration of the week, as well as the weekend.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 76, Low 42
Saturday – Still sunny, High 72, Low 45

TWC: Tomorrow – A mainly sunny sky. High 76, Low 45
Saturday – Sunshine, High 78, Low 49

AW: Tomorrow- Bright sunshine and nice High 73, Low 46
Saturday – Sunny and pleasantly warm High 77, Low 48

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 73, Low 46
Saturday – Sunny, High 74, Low 47

WB: Tomorrow- Sunny, High 72, Low 44
Saturday – Sunny, High 72, Low 46

For a pair of sunny days, the temperature trends are all over the map. I am expecting some northwesterly flow to cool things off a bit on Saturday.

Blacksburg, Virginia to Jackson, Michigan

Talk about consistency. The last road trip I did was 507 miles. This one is about a 5K jog longer, at 510 miles. Will this jaunt from Virginia Tech to Eastern Michigan University have sunny skies? It’s the famous Hokies/Eagles showdown, road-trip style!

Upon our departure from Blacksburg, only a few scattered clouds are expected as high pressure continues to build into the Eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. For pretty much the entire trip northward through WV and Ohio, clear skies will rule, along with some gusts of 15-20mph. Don the sunglasses and enjoy the trip!

Gorgeous Start

Typically scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the Gulf of Mexico region on a daily basis. However, a strong area of high pressure has kept the entire region dry as a bone. Houston was no exception, as a couple of warm sunny days were met as we kicked off the week. Victoria-Weather brought home the top spot.

Monday: High 77, Low 53.
Tuesday: High 79, Low 49.
Forecast grade: B


I did a report in 8th grade on Uruguay. This should be a piece of cake! Most of Uruguay is surrounded by water, with only the northern and northeastern portions sharing a land border with Brazil. As such, humidity and fog can be high for parts of the country, particularly along that extensive coastline, which happens to be where most Uruguayans live. Uruguay is far enough south that they aren’t in the tropics, and they have a full compliment of seasons, though it doesn’t get cold enough for snow or too outlandishly warm. The nation is subject to typical frontal systems like we see here, though everything is flipped around, with cold air of course coming from the south, off the Argentine Pampas. In fact, this cool wind has it’s own name, the Pampero. The abundant moisture gives way to some frequent thunderstorms in the summer, which they are just now getting into.
The Direccion Nacional de Meteorologia is Uruguay’s weather service. The first observatory was created in 1882, while the subsequent founding of an actual service came 23 years later in 1905. That’s about all my rudimentary Spanish can tell you. The weather forecasts themselves are under “el Tiempo”, the tab on the side. There really isn’t any weather going on in Uruguay, much like the United States, frankly, so it’s hard to see what they do when there is something to forecast. The radar and satellite imagery is found under the “teledeteccion” option. That’s the site everyone wants to see, right? It’s a good site for a small country, touching base on everything the viewer would want to see.

Mobile, Alabama to Blacksburg, Virginia

We’re on for a nice little day and a half trek to western Virginia. If it weren’t for the fact that we are in the furthest corner of Alabama to begin our voyage, we probably could have done this whole thing in a day. As it stands, we’ll net the 744 miles between Mobile and Blacksburg at a pace of 64.1mph, which ain’t bad. The first day will thus cover 512 of the necessary miles.


An area of low pressure is slowly moving up the Appalachians from about West Virginia, it’s present location. It’s going to inch towards New England over he next 48 hours or so. Behind this front? High pressure and lots of it. Expect delightful conditions with northerly winds keeping temperatures from being oppressive in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The day’s drive will end in beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee, leaving just a few hours of mountain driving for Thursday.

The low will break down over northern Virginia overnight Wednesday into Thursday and reform well away from our route for Thursday. This will end up being a perfectly timed little jaunt through the wilderness of the southeast. Virginia awaits!

Led astray

The airport in Cumberland has a terribly knack for not reporting rain. At first, I thought it was actually dry the past two days there, however I took a look at nearby stations, and they all reported rain, just like was in the forecast. Anyways, the temperatures remained cool, and only cooled off on Monday with a thick blanket of clouds over the mountain town. Victoria-Weather and Weatherbug ended up with the top forecasts in town.
Actuals: Sunday – Rain, probably, High 64, Low 44
Monday – Probably some more rain, High 53, Low 46

Grade: B

Mobile, Alabama

It’s been very quiet along the Gulf Coast, just in time for our two forecasts there in Houston and Mobile. Not bad.

At 1056PM, CT, Mobile was reporting a temperature of 55 degrees with clear skies.High pressure over the center of the country was producing a bit of moderate northerly flow, which was allowing temperatures to remain cool and the skies to remain clear.
The next 2 days will remain equally as pleasant, with two bullseyes of cutoff low pressure straddling the country, allowing for beautiful weather in the center.
Tomorrow- Sunny, High 74, low 46
Wednesday – Continued sunny weather, High 78, Low 48

TWC: Tomorrow – Mainly sunny high 77, Low 49
Wednesday – Abundant sunshine. High 80, Low 50

AW: Tomorrow – Bright sunshine High 77, Low 48
Wednesday – Bright sunshine High 80, low 50

NWS: Tomorrow- Sunny High 76, Low 47
Wednesday – Sunny, High 80, Low 49

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 76, Low 47
Wednesday – Sunny, High 80, Low 49

A look at the satellite shows very little actually going on over land.

Rainy days and Mondays

Well, it’s Monday and I have to report an unexpected rain storm in Bloomington on Saturday. I should say that it was unexpected by me. Everyone else called for a brief shower to begin the weekend, but they would be lying if they said they expected two tenths of an inch of rain. The crazy part is, even with the rain, V-W had the best forecast (tied with Accuweather) thanks to a superior temperature forecast, as we properly called for some cooler weather.

Actuals: Saturday – .18 inches of rain, High 60, Low 42
Sunday – High 59, Low 34

Grade: C

Houston, Texas

Our forecast on this lovely Sunday will take us to the 4th largest city in the country, Houston. 4th largest, but Dallas gets all the Texas attention.

At 1053PM, CT, Houston was reporting an unusually cool 60 degrees with clear skies. High pressure was dominating the center of the country, and northerly flow was bringing in cool dry air to the Houston area.
A pair of cutoff lows will lie over the western and eastern coasts, which will only serve to reinforce the ridge in the center of the country. Expect extraordinary weather for the coming days in Houston.
Tomorrow – Sunny and pleasant, High 77, Low 47
Tuesday – Awesome, High 80, Low 49

TWC: Tomorrow – Mainly Sunny, High 79 Low 51
Tuesday – Abundant Sunshine, High 81, Low 51

AW: Tomorrow – Pleasant with plenty of sunshine High 79, Low 51
Tuesday – Bright sunshine and beautiful High 81, Low 53

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 80, Low 52
Tuesday – Sunny High 81, Low 52

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny, High 80, Low 54
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 81, Low 54

That’s right, I said awesome.

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