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Chilly On Top

Well it looked like a messy start to the weekend in Bangor as a system shifting by the region brought a couple inches of morning snow. Thankfully, it scooted out pretty quickly and was dry for the rest of the weekend, albeit much colder. VW’s more aggressive forecast for being cold spurred us to victory!

Friday: 1.9″ of snow. High 33, Low 2.
Saturday: High 13, Low -4.
Forecast Grade: A

Bangor, Maine

Tonight we take a trip to the far northeastern corner of the US, the great state of Maine! Let’s see how this weekend will shape up in preparation for The Big Game!

At 953pm EST, the temperature at Bangor, ME was 31 degrees under overcast skies. A strong cold front is pushing through New England tonight, bringing plenty of snow to the area. A couple inches of accumulation is expected by the early afternoon hours when activity wanes as the system pushes out to sea. Much colder air will spill into the region as arctic high pressure builds over the Eastern Seaboard heading into the weekend. Temperatures will plummet Friday night before only rebounding into the teens for Saturday. Luckily, plenty of (cold) sunshine will help things seem fairly nice. Brrrrr.

Friday: Morning snow, clearing out in evening. High 32, Low 2
Saturday: Partly cloudy, much colder. High 16, Low -3.

TWC: Friday: Morning snow. High 29, Low 4.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 15, Low -3.

AW: Friday: Morning snow, clouds breaking. High 29, Low 4.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 16, Low -1.

NWS: Friday: Snow. High 34, Low 4.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 14, Low -1.

WB: Friday: Snow. High 30, Low 4.
Saturday: Partly sunny. High 15, Low -1.

WN: Friday: Partly cloudy with light snow. High 30, Low 5.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 14, Low -1.

FIO: Friday: Snow (2-4″) starting in morning, continuing until afternoon. High 37, Low 4.
Saturday: Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon. high 17, Low 4.

Here we see some light precip starting to slide along the Maine coastline, even though much of what we see isn’t hitting the ground yet.

Bangor, Maine to Lewiston, Idaho

Happy New Year everybody! Who wants to start things off with a 3,000+ mile road trip, shall we? *groans*


We start off on our nearly week-long journey heading southwest out of Bangor with high pressure overhead. It’ll still be cloudy as a system trekking up the East Coast will spread high-level clouds over the region, but it’ll still be dry as we make our way past Portland and through far southeastern New Hampshire. Dry weather continues as we continue west through Massachusetts, but an isolated snow shower or two could greet us as we pull into Albany, NY for the night.


Today is going to be a pretty soggy day as the aforementioned low pressure system shifts through the Northeast today. There’s a chance of some early morning freezing rain but that should pretty much all be gone by the time we make our way past Syracuse. Rain will greet us the rest of the day as we continue by Buffalo and then Erie, PA. Light rain showers will linger as we continue into northeastern OH, with perhaps a changeover to some light snow showers along the lakefront as we continue by Cleveland. We finish the night in Amhearst.

Strong northwesterly winds will no doubt kick up some lake-effect snow showers over the Great Lakes today, but luckily we’ll be past the worst areas of it as we continue westward on I-90 towards northern Indiana. We might see some lake-effect snow showers as we push past South Bend, but the duration of any such precip will be short-lived as we continue past it and drive through Chicago. Quiet weather will be expected the rest of the day as we continue by Rockford, Madison, and finally end our day in Wisconsin Dells.


A quiet start to the day due to high pressure is expected as we’ll head west on I-94 for the entire day. Once we make it past Minneapolis, we might be greeted by a weak low-pressure system bringing some light snow-showers, but it shouldn’t be anything that slows us down too much. Activity should wind down as we pass Fargo and end our night in Jamestown, ND.


High pressure sitting over southern Saskatchewan will keep the travel dry today as we head further west on I-94 into Montana and eventually into Billings for the night. Low pressure ejecting out into the Central Plains will bring clouds to the Billings area for the evening, but snow should remain south of the area.


Finally! The last day! High pressure continues to keep the route dry and quiet throughout much of the day as we negotiate our way through the mountains of Western Montana. Clouds will increase throughout the day due to a storm system pushing inland over the Western US, but only some light snow will make it to Lewiston before we arrive.

Sneaky Showers

Most outlets had the Bangor forecast dry, with showers not making it in there until after midnight Friday night. Looks like the showers made it in there a couple hours earlier than anticipated. On top of that, a rogue shower moved through on Thursday afternoon. Only Accuweather predicted showers at all, and did so on both days. Kudos to them as they easily took home the top spot.

Thursday: Trace of rain in afternoon shower. High 49, Low 25.
Friday: Trace of rain in late evening shower. High 64, Low 44.
Forecast Grade: C

Bangor, Maine to Monroe, Michigan

Our trip is a nice even two day trip. We will be covering almost exactly 1000 miles, but the first day will be a little bit shorter than the second, over after 484 miles. The pace is going to be a paltry 60.5mph thanks to some urbanized and toll road driving. Let’s head into the teeth of that massive storm, shall we?

Our first day will be surprisingly warm as we slice through New England. There could be a few morning clouds, but the warm air will help burn those off as the afternoon progresses. When we rise out of the Hudson Valley departing Albany, we will see trouble on the horizon. The cold front bearing down on the Great Lakes will arrive in Utica at about the same time we do. At that time, we should probably pull in and call it a night.

It’s going to be a wild night in Utica as the front moves through town. Heavy rain and some gusty winds will rip through town as we settle in for the night, but should mostly be out of town by the time we are ready to hit the road on Saturday morning. There will be a few streams of clouds and maybe a rogue flurry between Buffalo and Rochester, and again from Buffalo to the Pennsylvania state line, As we continue west from there, however, things will start to clear out. It will be just like it was when we left Bangor. Except, you know, 20 degrees colder in Monroe.

Bangor, Maine

I would like to point out that Bangor Maine is presently 15 degrees warmer than here in the Twin Cities.

At 453PM, ET, Banfor was reporting a temperature of 57 degrees with clear skies and a stiff northwest wind. The 25mph winds were blowing behind a cold front that lay off the coast and produced the clear skies being seen in Bangor.
The big system spinning up in the center of the country is going to lift northeast through the Great Lakes and winds over Maine will become more southerly. By the end of the day on Friday, a warm front will lie north of the Border and give good evidence that New England is very much in the warm sector of this system, but the heavy weather will hold off until the weekend. The southerly flow will mean mostly cloudy skies and significantly warmer temperatures.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 53, Low 26
Friday – Mostly cloudy, warmer, High 66, Low 39

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 50, Low 32
Friday – Mostly Cloudy High 64, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – Increasing cloudiness with a passing shower in the afternoon High 50, Low 29
Friday – Variable cloudiness with a passing shower; breezy High 62, Low 40

NWS: Tomorrow- Increasing clouds, High 51, Low 28
Friday – Partly sunny, High 64, Low 43

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny in the morning…then becoming mostly cloudy.High 50, Low 25
Friday – Mostly cloudy High 65, Low 43

The Weather Service has rain coming in just after midnight, which is a good call, I think. IT’s going to be close, getting a dry Friday to verify.

Bangor, Maine to Riverside, California

Yup, you read that right. A 3,177 mile road trip that’ll take 6 days to cover. Wouldn’t it just be easier to fly than drive from coast to coast? We’ll need a new oil change after we’re done with this trip! Well, we better get a move on it, there’s a lot of road to cover…



High pressure sitting over New England will make for an easy start to the day as we head southward along the coast and eventually into central Massachusetts. Clouds will be streaming into the region ahead of an approaching system however. As we make our way into eastern New York, past Albany, snow will start to fall as we continue westward on I-90. Luckily, it won’t be TOO heavy before we finish our day in Syracuse.


Better get up early to brush the snow off the car! It’ll still be snowing as we push westward out of Syracuse towards Buffalo, but luckily we’ll be driving out of the heavier snow the further we go west. By the time we pass Buffalo and head towards Erie, we’ll just see a few snow showers that will come off of Lake Erie, and will probably be pretty windy behind the cold front. Other than that, it should be a quieter finish to the day than we started as we stop for the night just north of Angola, IN.


As we head westward through northern IN towards Chicago, we’ll probably see some lake-effect snow come down as NNW flow continues off of Lake Michigan. Hopefully it’s not too intense of a band, but overall, shouldn’t be anything that we’d be driving through for more than an hour. After that, our trip on I-80 will be fairly uneventful for the rest of the day as high pressure is settling in over the Central US. Our half-way mark for the trip will be spending the night in Des Moines.


Today will be the longest leg of the trip, going 673 miles from Des Moines to Denver. Luckily, most of the day will be quiet as we start off under high pressure and just some high clouds are expected as we pass by Omaha and Lincoln. However, a large trough is digging its way into the western US and by the late afternoon hours, a few snow showers will be falling in western Nebraska. As we push into Colorado, however, temperatures will warm up some and it will change to rain, with some heavier showers possible as we pull into Denver after our long day.


Today will be a scenic day, driving through the Rocky Mountains as we start to enter the home stretch of our marathon road trip. The aforementioned trough will continue to dig into the Great Basin, with snow showers expected in the higher elevations of the Rockies in CO and UT, but not until later in the afternoon. Most of the start of the day should be easy going as we negotiate our way past vail and Grand Junction. We could see some snow showers in the late evening as we move through our final portion of I-70 in central Utah before we get onto I-15, finishing our leg in Beaver.


Finally! Our last day is here! And even better, with high pressure nosing its way over the region, this final leg should be pretty easy! Might even have a little time to stop in Las Vegas (which, coincidentally, on this Day Six I actually WILL be in Las Vegas as part of my annual trip there) for some In-N-Out. After that delicious meal, we continue onwards into CA and finally pull into Riverside to finish our trip! Fun fact, Riverside is home to the winning team to this past year’s Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball champions. Who knew?!


Bangor, Maine

We’re off to Maine this evening for a forecast from the corner of the country. Unfortunately, Bangor is on the cold side of a stalled boundary, so it is as yet not very springlike in Maine. Will that change?

At 753PM ET, Bangor was reporting a temperature of 26 with mostly cloudy skies. The moisture wasn’t being directly imported into Bangor, but rather was wrapped in from the northwest, and all clouds were found aloft. An area of low pressure over Newfoundland was generating the northwesterly flow and brining about the high clouds but precipitation is not expected.
High pressure will be moving east towards Maine from the northern Great Lakes over the next two days. There is a good chance that the ridge interacts with the slow moving low by Newfoundland to help induce an even gustier northerly flow. This may lead to a bit of morning fog tomorrow and Monday, but Bangor should stay dry each of the next two days.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and breezy, High 29, Low 9
Monday – Clearing and calmer, with some haze early, High 30, Low 6

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy high 27, Low 15
Monday – Mostly Sunny High 31, Low 9

AW: Tomorrow – Colder with times of clouds and sun; breezy in the afternoon High 29, Low 12
Monday – Sun followed by increasing clouds High 31, Low 7

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 27, Low 12
Monday – Sunny, High 32, Low 5

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. High 28, Low 10
Monday – Mostly sunny.High 29, Low 8

This is way too cold for mid-March, even in Maine. Satellite is awfully quiet, but you can tell where there is snow in the mountains.

Wenatchee, Washington to Bangor, Maine

Are your ready for an extraordinarily long road trip? We’re covering 3153 miles over 6 days! That’s an average of 516 miles a day at a pace of 64.5 mph. Let’s not delay and get this road Trip underway!


There is a system hung up in the Pacific Northwest which will be hung up, unfortunately, right along our route. Driving through low elevation, such as in the valleys of Washington and northern Idaho, we have a chance at being dry, if rather cloudy. When we hit the Montana Rockies, expect sparks and snowflakes to fly. It should be snowing it’s hardest as we pass between Missoula and Butte, with some flurries hanging with us until we arrive in Livingstone, Montana, our destination for Wednesday night.

We will be headed through some snowy High Plains as we depart Livingstone. The snow will accumulate pretty extensively across the state of Montana, unfortunately for our drive, but by the time we reach eastern Montana, they should be ahead of it with their Montana DOT plows. We will duck into Wyoming and South Dakota just in time, as the heavier precipitation will be in North Dakota Thursday evening. It will be unseasonably warm when we stop for the night in the interior of South Dakota in Interior, South Dakota.

Temperatures will be chilly in the morning in Interior, and they will be for the duration of our drive. Expect a few flurries after we hit Sioux Falls do to moisture wrapping around the area of low pressure, which at this point will be well ahead of where we are in our drive. The lingering flurries will be our companion, as will some stratus clouds, all the way to St. Charles, Minnesota, in the southeast corner of the state.

The system that we have been riding east will continue it’s rapid northeastward pace, and won’t be an issue any longer as we continue our trek. We may contend with a brief spit of snow in northern Indiana thanks to Lake Michigan, but things are looking up for us and our drive. We will end the day in Columbia, Ohio, which is just over the border from Indiana.

Now that the initial system has lifted north and out of our route, it has opened the door for a deep trough to dig into the middle of the country. A warm front is expected to develop the Ohio Valley and lift north right at us, Expect some snow to start falling as we leave at our designated 10AM from Columbia. It should be with us (though not terribly heavy) as far east as Sandusky, but by Cleveland, we will outpace the precipitation. Count our blessings, because as we arrive in the eastern Syracuse metro area at the end of the day Sunday, we will be snow free.

The system will be one of those bundles of energy that draws moisture in towards it’s center, rather than advecting different air masses with spiraling bands of moisture. For anyone driving through New England next Monday, this is good news, as it appears the drive will be dry, though cool. If we over sleep, however, a blustery, wintry mix will move slowly into southern New York from Syracuse to Albany by the end of the day. Maybe set the alarm early. After all, the day will end in Bangor, Maine! Bangor, Maine everybody!

Two disparate forecasts, both very wrong

There were two schools of thought on the forecast in Bangor. One said that things would warm up on Sunday after a warm front passed though and some stout southerly flow picked up. Another said the temperature would drop off precipitously on Sunday as clouds and drizzle rolled in. The forecasts could not have been more different. As it happens, they were both wrong. Extremely wrong. The temperature was able to climb to near 80 both days of the weekend, and the lows were also much warmer than expected. On top of that, the rain that was supposed to come on Sunday never came, and instead we looked at some isolated drizzle on Saturday. We could say that The Weather Channel was the winner in Bangor, but the truth is, there was no winner. Well, except for the people of Bangor, who saw such excellent weather.
Actuals: Saturday – rain reported, not measured, High 79, Low 45
Sunday – High 79, Low 55

Grade: D (very close to an F)