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A complete 180

Earlier in the spring, southeast Texas was battered over and over again by line after line of thunderstorms, leading to deadly flooding in Houston and surrounding metropolitan areas. Now, in June, there can be forecasts for thunderstorms for back to back days in Beaumont, and they only see reports of rain on one day, but no actual measured accumulation. The spell has been broken. This was the case way back last week on Tuesday and Wednesday where temperatures in the low 90s with dew points in the low 70s didn’t lead to thunderstorms. Forecast.io ended up with the top forecast for Beaumont last week.
Actuals: Tuesday – Rain reported, not measured. High 90, Low 74
Wednesday – High 92, Low 76

Grade: A-C

Beaumont, Texas to Lafayette, Louisiana

Another quick little trip, playing catch up tonight. The last three trips will include Beaumont, which is fantastic, if you ask me. This trip will last only about 2 hours, covering 134 miles. That means an average speed of about 64mph, all along one dang highway. Let’s turn this car around and make our way to the east.

The difference between the last road trip and this one is that we will be driving through the area a day sooner. As a result, the wave moving into the Plains will still be hung up in eastern Montana, and a weak area of high pressure will lie over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. This is the perfect set up to cycle onshore some low level moisture into east Texas and southern Louisiana. Expect considerable overcast with some showers from Beaumont to Lake Charles, but some clearing from that point to Lafayette. Not a complete washout, but disappointing, compared to the previous trip, covering much of the same ground!

Burlington, North Carolina to Beaumont, Texas

As you may have noted yesterday, Anthony posted a forecast for a road trip from Dover to Beaumont. That was supposed to happen! He is a little bit ahead of me. By like a week. This is a trek from North Carolina to Beaumont, a trip that will last two days and cover 1062 miles. The first day will be a hair longer, covering 550.5 miles at our pace of 68.8mph. That’s pretty quick! The south likes to drive fast.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
The wonderful thing about the south in the summer is that, when there is the slightest of features, it draws all the available energy from around it and all the thunderstorm activity that would otherwise be scattered across the region, to one local area. This time, it’s a weak cold front running from the Delmarva through Kentucky. The Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama look to be in great shape on Tuesday. Hot as the dickens, but in great shape. We’ll end up in Greenville, Alabama, which is about a half hour southwest of Montgomery.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Another wave moving into the Plains will induce an onshore flow off the Gulf, but the uniform southerly flow will ensure that there are no triggers to induce thunderstorms across the Lower Mississippi Valley. All told, there will be some clouds, and there might still be an isolated shower or storm, but it won’t be the type of activity that will really delay our trip. Southern Louisiana is usually good for at least one rumble of thunder in a summer afternoon, so don’t be surprised if that happens, but for the most part, we will be much drier than is typical on a drive along the Gulf Coast. You know, aside from the sweat

Dover, Delaware to Beaumont, Texas

Today’s road trip takes us from the Mid-Atlantic to far Eastern Texas, as we negotiate 1,425 miles between Dover and Beaumont. This will take us 3 days to cover, so let’s see what this trip through the Southeast US brings us!



High pressure is found parked over the Eastern US, making for a relatively pleasant day today as we head west from Dover through Washington, DC and eventually along the spine of the Appalachians in western Virginia. Mostly sunshine is expected for the longest day of the year as we eventually finish the day in Bristol, TN.


High pressure is pushed off further to the south for today, and some layered clouds are expected at the start of the day as an approaching cold front is found over the Ohio Valley. We should push southward quick enough to avoid any of the shower/thunderstorm activity associated with it in the morning. Dry weather is expected for the rest of the day as we pass through Chattanooga and Birmingham, AL as we finish the day in Livingston, AL.


Once again, a fairly quiet day is in store for us as we head down towards coastal MS, then head westward on I-10. There could be a couple afternoon thunderstorms dotting the area as we pass through southern LA, but nothing too widespread that should impede our progress as we eventually make our way into Beaumont!


Beaumont, Texas

Today we head down to the Gulf coast. Tropical Depression Four has developed in the Bay of Campeche, will this find its way northward over the next few days or will it steer clear?

At 1053pm CDT, the temperature at Beaumont, TX was 79 degrees under fair skies. High pressure found over the Southeast US is keeping much of the region dry, however a weak boundary of sorts is found over the Central Gulf Coast and is slowly shifting west over the next 36 hours as the aforementioned high pressure builds down further into the Gulf. This boundary looks to focus some Gulf moisture over East Texas tomorrow afternoon, igniting some afternoon thunderstorms. They should subside fairly quickly after sunset, leading to quiet overnight hours and Tuesday morning as well. The threat for afternoon thunderstorms is there once again for Tuesday, but the focus will be slightly further off to the west. As for T.D. 4, which could be named Danielle by midday Monday, it’s expected to slowly drift westward over mainland Mexico, posing zero threat to the US Gulf Coast.

Monday: Scattered afternoon thunderstorms, rain heavy at times. High 91, Low 75.
Tuesday: Slightly fewer afternoon thunderstorms. High 90, Low 75.

TWC: Monday: Afternoon thunderstorms. High 89, Low 74.
Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 89, Low 75.

AW: Monday: Some sun, a t-storm in spots. High 91, Low 74.
Tuesday: Some sun, a t-storm in spots. High 90, Low 74.

NWS: Monday: 50% chance of thunderstorms. High 91, Low 75.
Tuesday: 30% chance of thunderstorms. High 91, Low 75.

WB: Monday: 50% chance of thunderstorms. High 88, Low 76.
Tuesday: 30% chance of thunderstorms. High 86, Low 76.

WN: Monday: Partly cloudy with scattered storms. High 91, Low 75.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with scattered storms. High 91, Low 75.

FIO: Monday: Light rain until evening. High 90, Low 76.
Tuesday: Light rain starting in evening. High 92, Low 76.

A couple of isolated thunderstorms linger just off the Gulf Coast, slowly shifting towards land. This type of activity will be expected over the next couple of days.

Beaumont, Texas to Des Moines, Iowa

Today we head off on a tour of the Plains, from Beaumont, TX to the heart of Iowa, Des Moines! Just over 900 miles separate the two locales, so it’ll take a couple of days to make the trek. What will we encounter on the trip? Let’s find out!



Low clouds and perhaps some fog will greet us as we head north out of Beaumont, snaking along the TX/LA border for most of the day. Tail end of a cold front is lingering over the region, which triggered some severe weather in north TX earlier on Monday. We could see some showers and isolated thunderstorms persisting early in the morning, however, by the time we pass north of Nacogdoches, we should be clear of most of the inclement weather. High pressure is setting up over the Great Lakes and its influence stretches almost all the way down the MS River Valley, so the rest of the day’s trek up into Eastern OK and Western AR, finishing our day in Fayetteville.


The high pressure will continue to keep the route clear of any significant weather, with at worst some increasing southerly winds as we push through western MO and up I35 to Des Moines. Should be lots of sunshine and warming temperatures!

Des Moines

Weather Madness!!

Today kicked off March Madness, and just like seemingly every game today, this forecast came down to the wire as well in Beaumont. In fact, if we had overtime, we’d need it because there was a FOUR-way tie for the win between VW, Accuweather, NWS, and WeatherNation. Tuesday was pleasant as expected, along with some light showers on Wednesday.

Tuesday: High 79, Low 59.
Wednesday: Some light rain and drizzle. High 78, Low 63.
Forecast Grade: B

Beaumont, Texas

Today we take a trip to far Eastern Texas, almost right on the Gulf Coast. Spring Break Road Trip Anybody? Wooooo!

At 1053pm CDT, the temperature at Beaumont, TX was 63 degrees under fair skies. High pressure is weakening over the Western Gulf Coast, allowing moisture along the Rio Grande to start working its way northward slowly. Clouds will be on the increase Tuesday, but should remain dry and very nice with temps approaching 80. An area of low pressure starts to develop over North Texas early Wednesday and shifts towards eastern OK/western AR. Scattered showers and some isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop over the Arklatex region as the Gulf fully opens up its bounty of moisture. It shouldn’t be any huge deluges of rain, but a hit from one of these storms could ruin a nice afternoon outing.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy by afternoon. High 81, Low 60.
Wednesday: Scattered morning showers, possible afternoon thunderstorms. High 74, Low 63.

TWC: Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 81, Low 58.
Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 74, Low 59.

AW: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High 81, Low 58.
Wednesday: A couple of thunderstorms. High 75, Low 62.

NWS: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High 79, Low 59.
Wednesday: Showers likely. High 73, Low 61.

WB: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High 79, Low 59.
Wednesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 72, Low 61.

WN: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High 79, Low 59.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with light showers likely. High 73, Low 61.

FIO: Tuesday: Increasing clouds. High 80, Low 62.
Wednesday: Drizzle/showers in the afternoon. High 72, Low 63.

Here we see the clouds along the Texas/Mexico border associated with the developing system.


Drips and drops

There wasn’t much rain in Beaumont yesterday, but any rain was too much when forecast verifications were at stake. There is an area of intrigue in the Bay of Campeche that hasn’t quite pulled together as it was expected to, and as a result, the threat for showers lingered along the Gulf coast through the day yesterday. Temperatures were in the range everyone was expecting, but those pesky light showers just threw everything off. Accuweather narrowly edged a bevy of competitors to garner the victory.
Actuals: Tuesday – Trace of rain, High 88, Low 55
Wednesday – .01 inches of rain, High 89, Low 71

Grade: B

Los Angeles, California to Beaumont, Texas

Back on the road. It’s a three day trip from the nation’s second largest city to one of Texas’ 100 largest towns. The two cities are 1631 miles apart and connected by seemingly endless stretches of interstate. This will serve our purposes just fine, as our rate will be 66.4mph, and we will cover 531 miles a day. That’s really quite excellent. Will the weather be as cooperative?

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
Los Angeles
High pressure is building through the southwestern United States. It’s going to be hot and dry as we head through a part of the country that sees that kind of thing almost all the time. We will hit Phoenix and Tucson through the day, on top of starting the drive in Los Angeles. We will be just fine spending the night in the wilderness of Pima County, Arizona, southeast of Tucson.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
We will continue to skirt the Mexican border as we head east. There won’t be any particular concerns as we head through New Mexico, but we could see a few clouds east of El Paso. It’s even drier in this part of Texas than it is in the rest of the state, so dust is a bigger concern than pretty much anything. It will be hot and dry again when we pack it in for the night in Fort Stockton in west Texas.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
A potential tropical system in the Bay of Campeche will work to keep moisture away from the Texas coast. If it can’t even permeate the Texas coast, just imagine how dry the interior of the state will be. And so it goes. No significant weather, just warm, increasingly humid conditions as we barrel along the interstate thrrough San Antonio and Houston. It will be warm, sunny and almost unbearably humid when we get to Beaumont, especially after the arid conditions seen on Tuesday and Wednesday.