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Mobile, Alabama to Allentown, Pennsylvania

Well, after long last, it looks like Mapquest is pushing us into using Google Maps. They are releasing a new version that doesn’t include embeddable maps! So, here’s our first shot, trying to figure out how Google will work, and they are pushing us on a 2 day trek, covering 1120 miles, for a pace of 70.5 mph. Holy smokes, Google! At that blistering, Google endorsed pace, we will make it 564 miles on day one. So let’s get going. We’re haulin’

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Mobile Bay is looking good this weekend, but to the north, things won’t be as wonderful. The drive through Alabama will be problem free, fortunately, but there is a chance for a rogue shower of thunderstorm across the Peach State, which could really slow things down around Atlanta. Most of this is general diurnal instability, but when we reach the Charlotte area, we will encounter some heavier storms. High pressure building from the mid-Atlantic is chasing the tail of a cold front, and if you know anything about fronts in the Carolinas, you know that won’t be moving quickly. So neither will we. We’ll stop in Arlington in the Charlotte metro for the night.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
As the ridge over the mid-Atlantic presses east, moisture over North Carolina will be wrapped up the back end of the ridge, bringing more heavy rain north through Virginia. Expect heavy rain until about Winchester, VA, with things clearing out quickly after we hit Maryland. THe little sliver of Mary;amd we drove through? Great. West Virginia? Wonderful. Penssylvania? No problems here, either. Allentown will be in great shape by the time we reach it.

All-Stars for Allentown

Chances of precip were expected for both days, Wednesday moreso. Allentown came through, albeit barely as they reported just a trace on Tuesday. The temperature forecast was pretty spot on for Victoria-Weather, which brings home yet another win. We just keep racking up the W’s as we head towards the All-Star Break! A rest is needed for us.

Tuesday: Trace of precip. High 87, Low 73.
Wednesday: 0.13″ of rain in thunderstorms. High 85, Low 70.
Forecast Grade: A

Allentown, Pennsylvania to Charleston, West Virginia

Our two points at either end of this road trip are only 445 miles and exactly 8 hours apart. The two states DO touch, after all. Of course, we are driving from the far end of either state to the other. The drive is such that, despite the shared border, we will pass through a totally undeserving Maryland, which is in the way. The pace of play is about 63.4mph, if you were curious. Sunrise approaches, let’s bang out this forecast.

Eastern Pennsylvania and western Maryland are being impacted by the diminishing cold front that is sliding through the region. It won’t carry much energy with it, but there will be some light rain. It will begin to pick up in intensity west of About Cumberland as we reach the western exposure of the Appalachians, and will remain fairly heavy for the remainder of the way into Charleston. It will be a combo of the orographic forcing, but also amplified by a wave moving through the Ohio Valley. Some of the rain could be stormy as well, and with the slopes, the drive could be a little white knuckle. Hopefully, the storms will be dappled with breaks in the action. That would be nice. Rain could still be heavy in Charleston whenn we arrive.

Allentown, Pennsylvania

The abservation sites are broken right now. Have to dig a little deeper. We’re still going to make this happen though.

At 1051AM, ET, Allentown was reporting a temperature of 79 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The strongest jet flow today is in Canada, helping generate a slow moving, active cold front in the Plains, but an undercutting, weak but very sharp trough lies over the Appalachians. It’s generating some rain showers over West Virginia at the moment, and promises to bring some onshore flow up Delaware Bay to eastern Pennsylvania as the shear and instability increase across the region.
As the stronger cold front advances, the sharp Appalachian trough will deteriorate through the day tomorrow. There will be some light rain across the Allentown region, and certainly some clouds and morning haze tomorrow, but truly, the day will be marked by rising temperatures. The stormier boundary will arrive in the early afternoon on Wednesday, and will tap into that heat and humidity. Fortunately, the parent low will be well into Newfoundland by the time the boundary arrives, so aside from some torrential rain and frequent lightning, significant severe weather is not expected in the mid-Atlantic.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, with a chance for some rain, especially early. High 86, Low 70
Wednesday – Showers and thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon and evening, High 85, Low 71

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered Thunderstorms, High 87, Low 71
Wednesday – PM Thunderstorms, High 82, Low 72

AW: Tomorrow – Clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm; humid High 85, Low 68
Wednesday – Intervals of clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm; humid High 84, Low 70

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, High 88, Low 69
Wednesday – A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, High 89, Low 71

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy in the morning…then becoming partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog in the morning. High 88, Low 68
Wednesday – Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the afternoon. High 88, Low 72

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 88, Low 70
Wednesday – Mostly Cloudy with Isolated Storms High 90, Low 72

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain until afternoon. High 84, Low 70
Wednesday – Drizzle until afternoon, starting again overnight. High 80, Low 69

There is certainly the potential for a very warm day in Allentwon tomorrow, but I think the blanket of clouds will have something else to say about it. Here are those clouds ready to stumble into Allentown.

Madison, Wisconsin to Allentown, Pennsylvania

We sure picked a great time to take this trip, after a big slice of the Ohio Valley was dumped on by a system that had it’s eyes on the mid-Atlantic and New England and iced them over as well. This trip should be a little bit less daunting as we will travel for two days, covering 876.3 miles. At this pace, we should anticipate a pace of 61.9mph and 495 miles a day, although right now Mapquest is telling me that this drive will take 6000 hours, so the pace might be a little slow.

There has been the worst, most stubborn field of clouds created by the Great Lakes, westerly flow and the Appalachians. We will be just fine as we start through Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, but as soon as we get past Toledo on the Ohio Turnpike, we might start to see a bit more interesting weather, with snow, a little bit of it blowing around thanks to 25mph winds, and clouds all over the place. This will be a possibility all the way to Boston Heights, which lies between Cleveland and Akron.

An area of low pressure was welling up from the Carolinas and will, for the most part, steer clear of the coast, and the hellish weekend that had been in the forecast now appears to be bearable. Unfortunately, it won’t be completely clear. In the last couple of hours of our drive, we will return to a snowy environment. Don’t expect horrible, rapidly accumulating snow, but it could certainly be fairly tough going, what with the elevation changes and visibility issues. Not as bad as it could be, but definitely challenging. It will be nice to arrive in Allentown.

Cold air is somewhat bearable

Temperatures in Allentown turned out to be colder on Tuesday morning than they were on Wednesday, which was not the expectation. Furthermore, temperatures remained above 0 for the entire 48 hour period. That was another surprise, for the most part. The National Weather Service was the top forecaster in this chilly, but not as chilly as it could have been, Pennsylvania town.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 10, Low 1
Wednesday – High 21, Low 6

Grade: B

Casper, Wyoming to Allentown, Pennsylvania

We have a polar vortex sitting right in the middle of the country. What does that mean for our drive? We’ll get to that. For now, I can tell you it’s a 3 1/2 day journey covering 1858 miles. We will do our first road trip of the year at a pace of 66mph, which will allow us 529 miles a day, until we get that 4th half day. Let’s make our way to PA! Bundle up!

I don’t know what I’m complaining about. The cold air is hanging out in the upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, not in Wyoming. It should be clear and calm as we head south towards Cheyenne, and then east through Nebraska. You could do a lot worse this time of year, heading through the heart of the country. We will stop for the night in Alda, Nebraska, which we will reach before Grand Island.

Another ripple will rifle along the southwest edge of our polar vortex and move through the Dakotas and set up right along our route. This will kick up a few very fluffy snow flakes from Omaha east to Chicago that won’t really move. It won’t be a lot of moisture, and it won’t be very heavy, but the sheer persistence may make life tougher the further east we head. This is the type of snow that could lead to some surprise 1-2″ accumulation. That’s a possibility when we reach Peru, Illinois, which is our stop on Wednesday evening.

That same flurry activity will continue to be possible throughout northern Illinois and Indiana, and for a brief time into Ohio as we continue to head east on Thursday. It will be lighter as high pressure forces that wave away from the Canadian low, which is good news. Chilly temperatures abound, however, even after we get away from the snow, but they won’t be historically cold any longer. We will end the night in Knox, Pennsylvania, with only a few hours to go on Friday.

High pressure will continue to be in charge for the mid-Atlantic, and warmer air is going to seep further north as it degrades the polar jet. No snow or anything as we trek through Pennsylvania, and temperatures might even be above freezing when we hit Allentown.

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Here is a strange fact: If you look for a flight close to New York City, many online travel agents recommend flying to Allentown.

At 251PM, ET, Allentown was reporting a temperature of 37 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. A strong area of low pressure has now shifted into eastern Canada, and its associated cold front is now at sea. Temperatures don’t yet accurately reflect the Arctic air mass behind the low, but a brisk 25mph northwesterly wind will continue to usher in the cold air.
Tonight will be very cold in Allentown with blustery northwest winds and clear skies. There are wind chill advisories issued across the region as a result. The situation will modify a bit late tomorrow as high pressure begins to build from the southwest, however it won’t bring much warmer temperatures, instead helping to calm the winds and close the door to more Arctic air. The sunny skies on Wednesday will do the rest in making life more bearable.
Tomorrow – Windy and very cold, High 14, Low 5
Tuesday – Calmer and sunny, High 23, Low 6

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny / Wind High 11, Low 3
Tuesday – Mostly Sunny High 26, Low 6

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, breezy and much colder; extreme cold can be dangerous for outdoor activities High 12, Low 1
Tuesday – Mostly sunny and not as cold High 23, Low 0

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and cold High 13, Low 2
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 23, Low 7

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and windy. Much colder High 15, Low 3
Tuesday – Sunny in the morning…then becoming partly sunny High 22, Low 3

Temperatures are in the process of plummeting. It was 55 degrees this morning, it’s 37 now and temperatures will get to single digits by tomorrow morning. The highs for tomorrow are all midnight highs, if that tells you how chilly we think it will be tomorrow. Everyone is going colder than the models as well. Gross. Be sure to keep up with any discussion that might occur in the Victoria-Weather Forum! Take a look at the satellite. You can see the front off shore, but also the strong flow producing lake effect snow over the eastern Great Lakes.

High and Dry

Temperatures warmed up as expected in Allentown to kick off the week, but the forecasts were pretty split on if they would see a rogue shower during the day Monday. Luckily for the residents of that fine city, the showers stayed away and they saw a couple of mostly sunny days. VW, Weather Channel, and Accuweather all tied for the win.

Monday: High 76, Low 59.
Tuesday: High 86, Low 60.
Forecast Grade: A

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Such a late night forecast, you can just go ahead and call me “Anthony”. Seriously though, it was just a simple internet issue, but here I am, posting this evening glance at the forecast.

At 1051 PM, ET, Allentown was reporting a temperature of 62 degrees with clear skies. An area of upper level low pressure was drifting away from the mid-Atlantic coast. It had brought some light showers to the area today, and may bring about some haze tomorrow morning.
A weak area of high pressure is nosing into the mid-Atlantic and will help force out the moisture from the region. Models are a little over aggressive with the rain in eastern Pennsylvania, and have been for most of the day today. The shower activity that is being promised for tomorrow will likely stay well south of Pennsylvania, and after that, the high pressure and warming temperatures will quickly be on the rise.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 80, Low 59
Tuesday – Sunny and warm, High 87, Low 60

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 78, Low 59
Tuesday – Sunny High 85, Low 60

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm around High 78, Low 60
Tuesday – Mostly sunny High 86, Low 60

NWS: Tomorrow – A slight chance of showers between 9am and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, High 81, Low 60
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 87, Low 61

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon High 81, Low 61
Tuesday – Mostly sunny. High 87, Low 61

We’re looking at a nice little spike in temperature for Allentown. Check out the cloud cover on the back end of the upper low, now in the central Atlantic.