Hopefully, the air conditioning worked

Here in Minnesota, where Victoria-Weather has our headquarters, we get a stretch of 90s, and it’s a big time drain on the energy bill, what with the air conditioning running all the time. I can’t imagine what it’s like down in Alabama, where it’s hot and humid for several months out of the year. Anniston was mostly sunny through the past two days save for a brief thunderstorm both Thursday and Friday. Temperatures were allowed to sneak up into the 90s, like they always do, and the lows never dipped below 75. Victoria-Weather had the top forecast for the steamy city.
Actuals: Thursday – .03 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 94, ow 77
Friday – Thunderstorms reported, precip not measured, High 91, Low 75

Grade: A

The Week Ahead: 8/22/10-8/28/10

We’re staying east of the Rockies this week. I envision a lot of thunderstorms.

Sunday – Road Trip from Springfield, Illinois to Lubbock, Texas
Monday – Little Rock, Arkansas
Tuesday – Knoxville, Tennessee
Thursday – Syracuse, New York
Saturday – Des Moines, Iowa

Sacramento Weather Blog Roundup

It’s time for a weather blog round up! We’re going to look at Sacramento today and see what weather enthusiasts can find to read from California’s state capital.

The Weather blog from CBS 13 is a video blog that is rather infrequently updated (weekly, they claim, though it hasn’t been updated yet this week). Seeing as there isn’t much weather in Sacramento, they bid adieu to an intern in the latest post.

This isn’t exactly Sacramento, but it is Northern California. It’s called the Northern California Weather Blog and details the weather discussion for their area every day.

I hope you aren’t relying on the SPC

As it turns out, the Storm Prediction Center’s website isn’t quite functioning correctly. Note the current warning map put forth by the National Weather Service.

The reddish area in southwestern Minnesota is a severe thunderstorm watch. If you look at the current watches page from the SPC, you see this:

If the issue was with the SPC itself, Scott Air Force Base would issue the various products put forth by the SPC, but the fact that they aren’t showing up at all suggests issues with the website instead. The good news is the information is getting out there, the watches are scrolling across TV screens in Minnesota and they are showing up on the NWS page. The issue is for hardcore meteorology enthusiasts like us who have the SPC pae bookmarked.

Autumn on it’s way

The forecast for Grand Forks was notable for one good reason. Low temperatures were supposed to dip to the low 40s, a downright autumnal feel. They did just that, but summer had a last gasp. getting temperatures up to the mid 80s on Tuesday. Victoria-Weather was the warmest forecaster on Tuesday, and carried through to the end result, where we were the tops in Grand Forks.
Actuals: Tuesday – Trace of precip, High 84, Low 43
Wednesday – .03 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 71, Low 49

Grade: B

Ames, Iowa to Anniston, Alabama

It’s an alliterative road trip to take us to the end of the week from soggy Ames to humid Anniston. We’ll take almost 2 full days to cover the 922 miles that we we want to cover. The route will allow us to cover 63mph, and about 506 miles on the first day. It’s going to be damp at beginning and end. How about the middle?


The only issue we should have on our first day will be leaving Ames. With the recent flooding the town has seen there is a possibility that some roads could still be underwater, making travel a bit sticky as we try to get out of town. The route will take us along a lot of Iowa state highways, which will introduce us to quite a few fun small towns before we are ultimately surprised to come across Saint Louis. The day will end without incident in Goreville, Illinois in the far southern part of the state.

For the most part, the second day of driving, Friday won’t be too bad either. Sure, when we cross into Alabama, we could start seeing some thunderstorms, but that will only be the last hour or two of the entire drive, so we shouldn’t complain. Expect some thunderstorms in and around Anniston upon arrival.

Anniston, Alabama

Anniston finds itself conveniently located between Birmingham and Atlanta, and as far I know, has nothing to do with Jennifer.

At 853PM, CT, Anniston was reporting a temperature of 82 degrees with mostly clear skies. The area was quiet for now, but a fairly well defined cold front through Kentucky was generating widespread showers and thunderstorms just north of Anniston, and would likely be a focal point for thunderstorms along and south of the boundary through the day tomorrow.
The next two days will see the boundary to the north stall. This will have negligible impact on Anniston, as thunderstorm activity will continue as it has all summer, generally cropping up in the afternoon and diminishing after nightfall. The convection will be somewhat more widespread to the north, however, though it won’t influence the overall forecast in Anniston.
Tomorrow – Thunderstorms, High 91, Low 76
Friday – Thunderstorms continue, High 91, Low 75

TWC: Tomorrow – Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. Humid. High 91. Low 75
Friday – Scattered thunderstorms. High 95, Low 74

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm High 89, Low 75
Friday – Variable clouds with showers and thunderstorms High 93, Low 75

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy High 91, Low 75
Friday – Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy High 90, Low 73

WB: Tomorrow – Thunderstorms likely, High 91, Low 75
Friday – Thunderstorms likely, High 90, Low 74

Pretty even forecasts across the board. I love it when there is just one degree difference between the weather Service and Weatherbug. The satellite looks a lot busier than it probably is.


On Wednesday morning, a thunderstorm erupted over Amarillo in the mid morning amid cloudy skies. The sun never came out with showers and storms in the area for the entire day, which led temperatures to remain a lot cooler than anticipated. The nearest anyone got to the correct high was The Weather Channel, and they were 11 degrees too warm. The daily high on Monday in Amarillo was a paltry 77 degrees. Things bounced back to 89 on Tuesday, but that bizarre looking number on Monday really stuck out. The Weather Channel, more for their near perfection on the other verifying times, ended up with the top forecast.
Actuals: Monday – .24 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 77, Low 65
Tuesday – .31 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 89, Low 66

Grade C


Palau is one of the youngest nations in the world. It is an island cluster southeast of the Philippines. It gained it’s independence from the United States in 1994, but continues to freely associate with the United States, relying on our fine country for military protection, among other things. The country is a tropical nation that sees rain all year, never truly escaping the ITCZ. The good news is that the country is too close to the equator to ever really be under the threat of any tropical storms or typhoons.The largest island, Babeldaob, is mountainous and sees more rain than the surrounding, mostly coral islands.
As the United States is entrusted with the protection of the island nation, the US also provides Palau with any weather information they may seek.

Grand Forks, North Dakota to Ames Iowa

Today’s trip will cover exactly 8 hours. Right on the nose. How about that. It’s a 528 mile journey, so if you do the math, that means we’ll average about 66mph, thanks to driving that will exclusively cover interstates. Let’s just hope that Ames isn’t underwater when we arrive. For once, Grand Forks isn’t.

The trip will get off to a somewhat rocky start with a cold front sweeping into northern Minnesota. Overnight, there could be a little bit of severe weather in eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota. The boundary isn’t moving terribly quickly, and we’ll be able to sink south of and shower or thunderstorm activity tomorrow after we have reached the Alexandria, Minnesota area. Since it’s still early in the morning, I don’t think we’re going to be in for any huge thunderstorms, just some nagging rain and thunder. South of the front, everything looks good. Look for the typically clear and warmer weather ahead of a front, which will envelope us all the way into Ames.

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