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Athens, Georgia to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Only a short road trip today, barely clocking in at longer than 2 hours! This could barely be considered a road trip, but it must be traveled! What will be happening for this tiny voyage?

Athens, GA

The slow-moving upper-level low over the Central Gulf Coast continues to pump copious amounts of rain over LA/MS, bringing massive flooding to the low lying coastal areas. Thankfully, all this activity should be off to our west today as an area of high pressure sitting off the East Coast is keeping it at bay just enough. Cloudy skies are expected through the day, however, and could be an isolated midday shower near Spartanburg, but nothing to really worry about.

Spartanburg

Athens Accuracy

North Georgia began August between two features. A weak midlayer boundary to the southeast and a stronger system through the Great Lakes. High pressure was the order of business in Athens, and without the typical late summer cloud cover, temperatures got very warm. It was in the mid to upper 90s through the afternoons, which was pretty close to where most had them. Accuweather and The Weather Channel edged the rest of us by just a hair, but it was a good forecast all around. High pressure will do that.
Actuals: Sunday – High 96, Low 68
Monday – High 97, Low 70

Grade: A-B

Athens, Georgia to Merced, California

Let’s close this weekend out with a long excursion. It’s a 2431 miles and will take us an entire work week. We’re going to be on a pace of 64.5mph, which will gain ourselves 516 miles a day, with Friday being a shorter drive. This is a long drive, certainly, but a cross country trek could certainly be longer. It’s a long trip. Let’s get going.

DAY ONE (Monday)
Athens, GA
It’s an unusual stretch of summer time weather across the southern US. There isn’t much by way of showers and thunderstorms, despite what you would typically see this time of year in terms of nearly constant convection. There is a broad system in eastern Canada that is steering in stable air. It doesn’t happen often in the southern US, but we should drive through Dixie in August with nary a thunderstorm in the forecast. We will reach Wheatley, Arkansas which is east of Little Rock by the end of the day.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
Western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma will be relatively bland on Tuesday. All I-40 and no precipitation to speak of. By the time we reach Oklahoma City, though, we will run into a complex of showers and storms, generally on the west side of town. They will actually be fading with the afternoon heat of the southern Plains leading to a developing cap. By the time we reach Weatherford west of town, we’ll be through the shower activity. We’re going to stop for the night in Elk City, where it should be dry.

DAY THREE (Wednesday)
It will be another dry day as we head west. There will be some mid level clouds throughout western Oklahoma when we get going, but in the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico, it will be sunny, dusty and breezy. Maybe keep the windows up so dust doesn’t get in our eyes. The day will end in Bluewater Village, New Mexico. They have a Dairy Queen!

DAY FOUR (Thursday)
OK, so we’re going to be driving through the desert. Arizona will be a little cooler, since we’re driving at elevation, but the Mojave will be very warm. The funny thing is, though, the monsoon is going to be switched off until very late. We’re not going to see any thunderstorm activity through the drive into southern California. We’ll stop at Kelbaker Road right into the Mojave Preserve. Hot.

DAY FIvE (Friday)
Thunderstorms will be cropping up in the higher terrain, thanks to a resurgent monsoon over the west. Fortunately, the drive from Barstow to Merced will be right in the middle the San Joaquin Valley. Expect a partly cloudy sky in Merced. A weak wave moving through northern California will bring some cooler temperatures to Merced. That’s going to be nice after our dusty trek until this point.
Merced

Athens, Georgia

Tomorrow – Sunny, High 95, Low 68
Monday – Partly cloudy, High 98, Low 68

TWC – Tomorrow – Sunny High 96, Low 69
Monday – Sunny, High 96, Low 69

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 94, Low 67
Monday – Partly sunny High 97, Low 70

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 95, Low 69
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 95, Low 71

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 95, Low 69
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 95, Low 71

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 95, Low 70
Monday – Partly Cloudy High 95, Low 72

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy overnight. High 95, Low 71
Monday – Partly cloudy overnight. High 97, Low 71

Looks like most are staying away from that trap, the GFS’s crazy warm temperatures. Probably for the best.

Logjam

It’s a common situation when you have excellent weather, such as what they had in Athens over the past two days. Everyone was packed in tight atop the leader board, with the top forecaster, Accuweather, registering only 2 degrees better than the last place outlet, WeatherNation. Everyone else was in between. As for the weather, it was cooler than normal, but not any cooler than expected, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 61, Low 31
Thursday – High 66, Low 36

Grade: A

Athens, Georgia

The Masters just wrapped up a couple days ago, just a couple of Bubba Watson length drives up the road from Athens. Weather during the Masters was gorgeous, will it be the same for the next couple of days in Athens?

At 2:51pm EDT, the temperature at Athens, GA was 60 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The cold front that brought almost an inch of rain to the area yesterday and early this morning is shifting off to the east and is bringing most of the clouds in the area with it. Some lower clouds continuing to linger around the area this afternoon should lift out of here by early evening, with mainly clear skies expected tonight. Behind the cold front, high pressure is expected to shift over the area for the next couple of days, so quiet and dry weather is anticipated. Hooray! Bad news? Temperatures the next couple of mornings will be rather chilly, dipping down into the mid-30s. If they can brave a brisk start to the next couple of days, they’ll be alright.

Wednesday: Sunny. High 63, Low 33.
Thursday: Increasing afternoon clouds. High 66, Low 35.

TWC: Wednesday: Sunny. High 61, Low 34.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 65, Low 37.

AW: Wednesday: Sunny, and pleasantly cool. High 63, Low 32.
Thursday: Partly sunny and pleasant. High 67, Low 36.

NWS: Wednesday: Sunny. High 60, Low 33.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 65, Low 37.

WB: Wednesday: Sunny. High 60, Low 33.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 65, Low 37.

WN: Wednesday: Sunny. High 61, Low 34.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 64, Low 37.

Here we see the strong cold front that brought significant rain to the region pushing off the East Coast. Quiet weather ahead!
AHNsat

Weather Guessing

Old people like to call me a “weather guesser” but sometimes, we are forced into the role. You want a yes or no answer, and all we can say is that it “might” rain at your exact location. The southeast is notorious for this. It looks like there could be thunderstorms every day in the summer, so when forecasting for Athens, the best answer is to say, well, there might be thunderstorms. Any firm decision will bite you in the butt. Two outlets, ourselves and The Weather Channel said no rain on Tuesday, but some on Monday. And we whiffed. Accuweather had the top forecast, thanks in part to the fact that they only missed on part of their precip forecast.
Actuals: Monday, High 83, Low 67
Tuesday, .01 inches of rain, High 87, Low 65

Grade: B

Athens, Georgia

Today we’re going east to Athens for a lovely forecast! Georgia that is, not Greece. We’re not going THAT far east! That’d just be silly.

At 9:51pm EDT, the temperature at Athens, GA is 75 degrees under overcast skies. A band of rain showers and thunderstorms is found just off to the southeast of the city and is luckily moving off towards the east. A large trough has dug its way deep into the Eastern US, pushing a cold front through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, but stalling out over the Deep South. Areas of extemeley heavy rains have been reported from the eastern Carolinas to eastern Texas in the last couple days, as lines of thunderstorms have cropped up then proceeded to train over the same areas. Doesn’t make for much relief when the front instigating them doesn’t move anywhere. More of the same is expected on Monday, but thankfully the bulk of them should be over southern GA, with only a few scattered thunderstorms to negotiate. As the trough starts to swing a bit to the east, the activity will to slide a bit off to the southeast as well as the front slowly makes its way to the coast. While there’ll be some increased afternoon cloud cover, I think the precip should avoid the Athens area.

Monday: Few scattered thunderstorms. High 86, Low 66.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds in afternoon. High 86, Low 64.

TWC: Monday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 83, Low 66.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 84, Low 63.

AW: Monday: clouds and sun with a thunderstorm. High 82, Low 67.
Tuesday: An afternoon thunderstorm in spots. High 84, Low 65.

NWS: Monday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 85, Low 68.
Tuesday: Slight chance of thunderstorms. High 85, Low 64.

WB: Monday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 85, Low 68.
Tuesday: A few scattered thunderstorms. High 85, Low 64.

Hey look, NWS/WB have the same numbers. Again. Big surprise! Here we see the large cloudy shield covering the Southeast from the stalled front.

Athens, Georgia to Longview, Washington

Well, it’s time to head home from Memorial Day weekend, and to do so, we will be taking a five day trip from northern Georgia to southwestern Washington. It’s such a long distance that we will be able to cover ground fairly quickly. We will be moving at a 66.5mph pace, and our 5 days will see us cover 531.7 miles a day. Lot’s of driving, but it will be worth it, I promise.

DAY ONE

It will certainly FEEL like we are making good time on out first day of travel, as we will head through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and into southern Illinois and the first day’s destination, Goreville, Illinois. The remnants of Beryl and a strong system in the northern Plains will put the squeeze on this route through Memorial Day. There is going to be a bit of moisture in Athens, and the day will start cloudy, and our drive through western Tennessee will be increasingly sunny. By the time we hit Nashville, however, some scattered isolated thunderstorms will begin to crop up. Don’t expect the storms to persist too long, however, and we should be in an area of subsidence ahead of the front in southern Illinois. Enjoy the night in Goreville, becuase it’s going to get loud.

DAY TWO
We will be in the sweet spot between the front that will roll through Monday night and a post frontal trough found in the Upper Midwest. It will be dry skies until we reach Nebraska City, Nebraska, on the Iowa border south of Omaha. Temperatures will be surprisingly cool, so drive with the windows down!

DAY THREE
A ripple will move through the High Plains on Wednesday, and touch off some scattered showers and storms over a fairly wide swath of Nebraska. Expect a chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorms west of Lincoln. Heavier thunderstorms may be possible later in the afternoon between North Platte and Sidney, but should begin to taper off as we reach Wyoming. We will make it to Laramie for the end of the days’ travels.

DAY FOUR
A drive through Wyoming, northern Utah and part of Idaho will dazzle us only with it’s beauty. Expect sunny skies, pleasant temperatures and a lot of empty roadway between Laramie and Burley, Idaho, the destination for Thursday. It’s in south central Idaho, not quite to Twins Falls.

DAY FIVE
Driving through the Sun Valley and the Columbia River Gorge will be scenic and not challenging through the day on Friday…. right up until we reach Gresham on the east side of the Portland metro. After that, a front moving into the Pacific Northwest will start to bring us some rain and clouds. Drivers in Portland and areas to the west are certainly used to it, so don’t expect traffic to slow down on the way in to Longview.

60s in January

About a week and a half ago, I put together a forecast for Athens, Georgia, while I myself was actually IN Georgia. I can tell you from experience, it was unnecessarily cold on the morning of the 4th. The fountain in front of my hotel was frozen. In Athens, the low on the 4th was 19. That said, the very next day, warm air came a-chargin’ and they hit 61 degrees. Not bad. The Weather Channel had the top forecast.
Actuals: January 4th, High 51, Low 19
January 5th, High 61, Low 32

Grade: B