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Clouds cap temps

There was a little spit of light rain on Tuesday in Bloomington as warm air drifted north ahead of a strong storm that brought blizzard like conditions to the Minnesota-Iowa border earlier today, and has brought some severe weather to the Great Lakes today. Back to the forecast period of Tuesday and Wednesday, though. The little bit of light rain brought clouds in the afternoon, which prevented Bloomington from warming up too much. The clouds were thicker than had been envisioned, and as a result, temperatures ended up a shade cooler than anyone had in their forecasts. Other than that? Not much of a problem in the forecast department, and there was a glut of outlets who tied at the top. Accuweather, Weatherbug and WeatherNation could all shared the victory.
Actuals: Tuesday – .03 inches of rain, High 64, Low 49
Wednesday – High 70, Low 51

Grade: B-C

Green Bay, Wisconsin to Bloomington, Indiana

Good evening! We have a road trip to take ahead of a pending snow storm in the Upper Midwest. Our drive will cover 445 miles, lasting a little longer than 7 hours. Fortunately, there will always be a spot to use the restroom, as we won’t be spending much time in the countryside. Our pace will be at 62.7 slowed by the suburban sprawl.


An area of low pressure over Hudson Bay has a potent, albeit mostly inactive cold front draped just to the south of Lake Superior, and through the day Wednesday, the boundary will get more active as a southerly flow off the Lake really gets going. A more organized area of low pressure off the Gulf Coast of Florida is staunching the flow of anymore moisture into the Mississippi Valley, and as a result, we will stay dry and sun-dazzled as we head into Bloomington.

Bloomington, Indiana

If there is one thing that the Midwest has in spades, it’s towns called “Bloomington”

At 1153PM, ET, Bloomington was reporting a temperature of 52 degrees with clear skies. The still warm temperature at this late hour reflects Bloomington’s position within the warm sector of the pertinent upper level ridge. A weak trough at the upper levels is creating enough instability to develop a closed low over the Lower Mississippi Valley. This duality has given the impression that the two features are connected, but through the day tomorrow, they will pull apart, right over Indiana. The NAM suggests they will completely dissociate tomorrow, however the GFS foresees some rain through much of the day in Bloomington.
The dual systems will continue to the east with a good degree of speed, thanks to the short wave nature of the upper level flow. The shower activity will be out of the area by the time midnight comes and Wednesday arrives. There will be another feature organizing in the High Plains, encouraging warm air to remain in the Midwest. Despite the passage of a cool front on Tuesday, don’t expect Wednesday to be significantly colder in Bloomington.
Tomorrow – Scattered showers, High 68, Low 50
Wednesday – Mostly sunny, High 69, Low 49

TWC: Tomorrow – Overcast. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 68, Low 53
Wednesday – reas of dense morning fog. A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 71, Low 50

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and warm with a shower High 67, Low 51
Wednesday – Patchy fog in the morning; otherwise, clouds moving away to leave sunshine High 69, Low 51

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, High 66, Low 52
Wednesday – Widespread dense fog. Otherwise, partly sunny (very early rain) High 69, Low 50

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. High 64, Low 52
Wednesday – Partly cloudy, High 68, Low 52

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with scattered showers, High 66, Low 52
Wednesday – Partly cloudy, High 70, Low 50

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy starting overnight. High 77, Low 52
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy starting overnight. High 71, Low 53

We caught Bloomington at a good time. That system later in the week could be a doozy. Look at the current satellite though. Look at that wall of clouds right through the center of the country. Weather is fun.

Knoxville, Tennessee to Bloomington, Illinois

Today we are heading from scenic Eastern Tennessee all the way up into the heart of Illinois, where my cousin goes to school at! 528 miles separate these 2 cities, so it will only take us 1 day to traverse the distance. Will it be pleasant as this holiday weekend has been so far? Let’s take a look!


High pressure is found throughout the region, so dry weather is anticipated for the entirety of today’s trip. Some overcast skies are expected for our departure out of Knoxville, but they’re expected to break up by mid-morning with still mostly cloudy skies, but much higher up than the morning’s stratus deck. Winds aren’t expected to be an issue either, staying under 10mph for pretty much the entire day. The only thing that might slow us down is some construction between Louisville and Indianapolis, but the rest of the trip should be easy going!


Spooky splashes

Bloomington had a fairly warm end to Octobe, with highs in the mid-50s on the 30th and 31st. If it had just stopped raining on Halloween, we might have seen even warmer temperatures. That wasn’t how it worked out though, as rain lasted all the way to about 7pm, but it was over after that. Trick or Treating might have been a little damp, but those late parties would have been just fine. Weatherbug had the top forecast for Halloween weekend.
Actuals: Friday – High 56, Low 37
Saturday – .68″ of rain, High 54, Low 45

Grade: A-C

Bloomington, Illinois to Raleigh, North Carolina

Here is a fun thing to do over Halloween weekend: Drive a day and a half to North Carolina! The two cities are 800 miles apart, and the pace we will move along at will be a nice 66mph. That means on Halloween, we will cover 528 miles and get off the road before Trick or Treaters step out onto it.

DAY ONE (Saturday)
A developing cold frotn associated with our next disturbance in central Canada will move very slowly through the Mississippi Valley. We’ll be dealing with some splashes of rain from the outset, but our eastward drive means that we will likely outrun the rain. It will be mostly cloudy with an isolated drop of rain from Indianapolis to Dayton, but a sunny sky and clearer condition will await through the restt of the Buckeye State and across West Virginia. As we just enter Virginia, we will call it a night in the mountain alcove of Bastian, VA.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
Our low will split in two, and the boundary connecting the whole assemblage will fall apart. There might be some drizzle as we cross out of the highest stretch of the Appalachians down towards Wytheville and on to North Carolina. We’ll be skirting the northern edge of the southern area of development, so it will be cloudy through the morning as we head across North Carolina to its capital, but it should be dry when we arrive (though likely not for long after that).

Bloomington, Illinois

Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 56, Low 40
Halloween = Showers through the day, clearing late, High 56, Low 44

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunshine and some clouds, High 59, Low 38
Halloween – Periods of rain, High 52, Low 45

AW: Tomorrow – Warmer with some sunshine giving way to clouds High 57, Low 35
Halloween – Breezy with periods of rain High 51, Low 44

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 56, Low 36
Halloween – Showers – High 55, Low 46

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 56, Low 36
Halloween – Rain Showers, High 55, Low 45

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 57, Low 36
Halloween – Mostly Cloudy with Isolated Showers High 59, Low 43

FIO: Tomorrow – Drizzle overnight.High 50, Low 36
Halloween – Light rain until evening. High 51, Low 47

Interesting to see how much cooler everyone is going than we at Victoria-Weather. Have a Happy Halloween.

Bloomington, Indiana to Bellingham, Washington

It took a long time, but the active clipper pattern finally turned into a massive Nor’easter out east. We were able to track it from the upper Midwest and Great Lakes all the way through the Ohio Valley to its present state, where it is crushing the east coast. Let’s see if we can find any other clippers or looming disasters on the way from Bloomington to Bellingham. It’s a 5 day, 2402 mile journey. The 5th day will be shorter than the first 4, which will cover 512 miles. Our pace will be about 64mph. Let’s rock and roll.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
This is fun. You know that nasty, historic storm headed for New England? Well, it’s being chased out by a pretty strong ridge. It will be cool in Bloomington as we leave, and we may even be under a fine dusting of recent snowfall, and it could be a little cool as we head northwest through Illinois, but we will pass into the surface thermal ridge around the Quad Cities, and rather than temperatures cooling off after sunset, they may even sneak up as we head west West Des Moines, Iowa.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
There will indeed be another wave moving into the northern Plains as we head west through South Dakota. The best news of all, though, is that on Wednesday, this wave will only draw warm air north, as opposed to bringing precipitation to our route. There will be a splash of rain out in the Black Hills very late in the day, but our day will be marked by unseasonably warm temperatures and partly cloudy skies. Winds could get a little brisk, so keep an eye out for swaying semi trailers. We will nearly make it to Wyoming by the end of the day, stopping in North Spearfish, South Dakota.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
That system over the northern Plains, the one that will kick up some light precip over the Black Hills Wednesday night will indeed blossom over the Great Lakes, and then move into New England as a decent snowmaker in New England late in the week. For us, hardly a thing. By the time we get going Thursday, there won’t be anything to worry about. Time to don the jacket though, as it will be a bit cooler through Wyoming and eastern Montana. We’ll make it to Livingston, which is in the south central part of Big Sky country.

DAY FOUR (Friday)
A wave will be moving through Canada, and a deep system setting up over the Four Corners will be impacting the Rockies rather significanty on Friday. Between those two features lie the northern Rockies and interior Pacific Northwest. We shouldn’t have any problems, save for fog in the Spokane Valley, and we will make our way to Warden, Washington, without really struggling with anything beyond visibility and elevation.

DAY FIVE (Saturday)
We’ll be arriving along the Puget Sound at an opportune time. For once, there won’t be a Pacific system slamming into the coast, not at the time we head from Seattle north to Bellingham. Kick back and relax and enjoy a pleasant day of mostly cloudiness with little chance for drizzle. That’s a good day in western Washington in the winter! Especially when New England willj ust be getting done with another snow storm.

Columbus, Georgia to Bloomington, Indiana

Today we embark on a 603 mile road trip between Columbus and Bloomington. It will be a long trek, but we’ll be able to fit it in a single day. Have to get a moving though, gotta leave early if we’re gonna accomplish it!


It will be a cloudy morning as we head out of Columbus towards Birmingham, AL as an area of low pressure pushes through the Central Appalachians and intensifies off the East Coast into our Monday night/Tuesday blizzard in New England. Precip should remain off to the north for the morning, generally getting hung up over the Southern Appalachians as we dodge it to the west in Nashville. There might be some breaks in the clouds as we head through western Kentucky, but they’ll be short lived as another system starts to work in from the northwest. The remainder of the trip between Evansville and Bloomington should remain dry, but there is an outside shot of a few snow showers. They shouldn’t slow us down much as we wind down our long day in Bloomington.


Cold Air Avoids Indiana

Colder temperatures were thought to have made an appearance in the Bloomington area as the workweek wound down, but luckily the core of it stayed off to the north and made sure no snow showers affected the area. Accuweather took home the win with their steady temperature forecasts.

Wednesday: High 54, Low 39.
Thursday: 0.06″ in rain showers. High 48, Low 40.
Forecast Grade: B