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Surpassing expectations

A couple of rainy days came and went in the Akron area during the middle of the week. They were the generic kind, not the kind that make news headlines because of their persistence or severity. Just your average, regular old thunderstorms. If there was anything noteworthy, particularly among the meteorology crowd, it was that temperatures still nudged up close to 90 on Tuesday, and were above the forecast highs on Wednesday as well.  Accuweather claimed the top forecast for the day.
Actuals: Tuesday – .17″ of rain in thunderstorms, High 88, Low 70
Wednesday – .01″ of rain, High 86, Low 71

Grade: B-C

Akron, Ohio

Hello, forecast friends! We’re headed off to northeast Ohio, and the home of the Rubber Bowl and at least one very good basketball player and influential humanitarian. Akron, Ohio, let’s go!

AT 251PM, ET, Akron was reporting mostly cloudy skies and a sultry 86 degrees. A cold front sliding through the Great Lakes hasn’t quite become active, but will soon, with severe weather expected this afternoon in the Detroit and Toledo areas. Storms won’t reach Akron tonight, but the southerly flow  leading into the boundary will continue to saturate the atmosphere in northeastern Ohio this afternoon
Storms will move into Akron overnight, and will linger into the morning tomorrow, leading to what projects to be a cool, stormy day. The low associated with this boundary will drfit further north, limiting the cold air and momentum of the front. Storm activity will weaken, but will not advance through eastern Ohio. At the base of the upper level trough, a vorticity maximum will develop late tomorrow in central Illinois. It will follow the jet streak towards Ohio, and will reinvigorate thunderstorm activity for Wednesday. Showers and storms will be persistent, though severe weather isn’t going to be widespread.
Tomorrow – Scattered showers and storms, High 84, Low 71
Wednesday – More showers and storms, High 80, Low 67

TWC: Tomorrow – Thunderstorms, High 84, Low 71
Wednesday – Scattered thundestorms, High 82, Low 67

AW: Tomorrow – A shower and t-storm around, High 86, Low 72
Wednesday – Variable Clouds, a T-storm, High 84, Low 70

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy. High 86, Low 71
Wednesday – Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm High 81, Low 70

WB: Tomorrow – 60% Chance of storms High 82, Low 73
Wednesday – 60% chance of storms, High 78, Low 71

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms, High 85, Low 72
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms, High 82, Low 69

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain starting overnight, continuing until evening, High 84, Low 72
Wednesday – Rain in the afternoon, High 80, Low 69

The internet went out here yesterday, so I couldn’t post in a timely manne, but I pulled these forecasts from the mobile site, and grabbed an archived satellite image. I am dedicated. Here is the line of storms firing over the Great Lakes.


The snow won’t stop

Somehow, The Weather Channel was the only outlet to forecast snow on Tuesday in Akron. Somehow, they were the only one who didn’t forecast precipitation on Monday. They were wrong on Monday but right on Tuesday so it was all a wash, but it was a rather strange wash. They also had the best temperature forecast, properly expecting temperatures not to recover on Tuesday, foreseeing a midnight high. Good for them, I think.
Actuals: Monday – .09 inches of rain/snow, High 34, Low 25
Tuesday – High 25, Low 19

Grade: B

Cleveland, Ohio to Akron, Ohio

Ah yes, the periodic extremely short road trip. It takes less than an hour to get from Cleveland to Akron, and we will be moving at a pace of about 51.5mph over less than 40 miles. The travel time will be significantly impacted by stoplights. Let’s get this over with.

I would be a little bit worried about some snow showers throughout this drive. A weak low coming through the Great Lakes now is going to move into Canada, and by tomorrow morning, there will be a bit of a northwesterly component off of Lake Erie. As we head south, snow will become less and less likely, but still can’t be ruled out in Akron.

Akron, Ohio

It’s our second forecast in a row for the northeastern part of Ohio. How will the weather look with an extra day to look at?

At 1154AM, ET, Akron was reporting overcast skies with a temperature of 24 degrees. A weak area of low pressure thanks to an upper level trough is moving through the Great Lakes and touching off some lake effect snow throughout Michigan. Meanwhile, a surge of warm air lifting out of the Gulf of Mexico is producing heavier snow bands trough central Ohio as well as points to the east. Expect snow to fill in across the Akron area as the day continues.
The more substantial air from the south isn’t expected to reach Akron, but the clipper induced, lake enhanced snow will fill in this afternoon into tomorrow morning in the Akron area. A dry slot will move in with a westerly flow in northeastern Ohio. The cold front associated with the clipper will be mostly inactive as it is robbed of moisture by the disturbance to the southeast, but it may bring some additional clouds to the Akron area on Tuesday afternoon.
Tomorrow – Early snow, High 34, Low 24
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy, High 28, Low 19

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy High 35, Low 25
Tuesday – Few Snow Showers High 25, Low 21

AW: Tomorrow – Breezy; snow, sleet and rain at times in the morning followed by a flurry in the afternoon High 36, Low 24
Tuesday – Periods of clouds and sunshine High 30, Low 19

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of rain, snow, and freezing drizzle before 9am, then a slight chance of snow between 9am and noon. Mostly cloudy, high 35, Low 23
Tuesday – Partly sunny High 24, Low 16

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow in the morning…then partly sunny in the afternoon High 37, Low 24
Tuesday – Partly sunny. High 26, Low 19

Snow storms so rarely avoid Ohio, so this is a pleasant surprise. You can see how Akron is getting squeezed by the snow, however.

Clerical error

I did it again. I wrote up a post and forgot to publish it. Go check out the Akron forecast that is finally come online, and you will know what I was talking about with this verification. Also, go check out the verification for Yakima, because there is some pretty interesting climate data for the city left in the comments. Anyways, in Akron, they were lucky. Thunderstorms stayed well away from the city, which meant Accuweather had a leg up to begin with, as they were the only outlet not to forecast rain. The Weather Service couldn’t have done much better on their temperature forecast, and that, coupled with the Accuweather precip forecast led to a tie atop the Akron leaderboard.
Actuals: Wednesday, High 80, Low 51
Thursday, High 82, Low 57

Grade: A

Barnstable, Massachusetts to Akron, Ohio

Hey, we are back on a road trip, and we are spending some time out east. The drive will take us from Cape Cod to northeastern Ohio over the course of a day and a half. The pace will be fairly slow, about 59.3mph over 702 miles. Let’s see if we can dodge the rain drops and head west.


It’s going to be a rather disturbed weather pattern out east, with chances for showers and storms almost everywhere from Maine to Florida at some point in the afternoon. That won’t come to be an issue until we have reached about the Lake Carmel, New York area, with afternoon showers and thunderstorms popping up after that time. The storms will be at their most widespread through Wikes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and will begin to taper off after that point. It will be a little bit longer to Lamar, Pennsylvania, the stop for the night.

The quick 4 hours to finish off the trip into Akron will start clear. There may be a few clouds beginning to pop up as we approach our destination, but the scattered showers and thunderstorms should hold off until after we have begun unpacking the Road Trip Mobile in Akron.

Akron, Ohio

Just south of Cleveland sits Akron, Ohio, home of Lebron James. I am quite sure he would like to know what the weather will be like there over the next two days.

At 1154AM, ET, Akron was reporting a temperature of 62 with overcast skies. It seemed as though Akron was representing a Lake Effect pattern, with northerly flow and overcast skies. In reality, it was a combination of a dissipating cold front, an area of low pressure moving in from the Mid Atlantic and the Appalachians. Rain appears to be done in Ohio, but the clouds are likely to hang around town through the afternoon today.
A stronger wave pattern is moving into the Great Lakes, and it will start with a ridge to clear out Akron early tomorrow. A strong area of low pressure moving through Canada will draw the moist, unstable air back into Ohio during the afternoon, and again in the afternoon on Thursday. Thanks to a stout southerly flow, there should be enough forcing to touch off a few showers and thunderstorms in northeastern Ohio, given the moisture and increasing temperatures in the area.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, with a few afternoon storms, High 80, Low 52.
Thursday – Warmer, with a few afternoon storms, High 84, Low 60

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 78, Low 52
Thursday – Partly Cloudy (20% chance of rain) High 81, Low 59

AW: Tomorrow – Warmer with times of clouds and sun High 80, Low 52
Thursday – Partly sunny and very warm High 83, Low 60

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 80, Low 51
Thursday – A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, High 84, Low 58

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. High 80, Low 50
Thursday – Partly cloudy. High 84, Low 58

I am surprised at how few thunderstorm forecast there are. I think it’s going to be in that 20% chance range mentioned by the Weather Channel for Thursday, but it’s still worth mentioning, I would think. It’s a cloudy situation currently along the western slope of the Appalachians.