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Bloomington, Indiana

Today we forecast for a Bloomington that I HAVEN’T visited in the last couple of months! I live near the one in MN, I went through the one in IL en route to a wedding, but what about Indiana? What’s going on in THEIR Bloomington? Let’s find out!

At 953pm EST, the temperature at Bloomington, IN was 50 degrees under overcast skies. A cold front is done moving through the area with rain showers this evening so while tomorrow should be mostly cloudy, it’ll at least be dry between systems. A low pressure system will drop through the Upper Midwest late Wednesday into Thursday and bring yet another bout of precip to the region. It will start as rain showers and should be that well into the evening, but with colder air shuffling in behind it, I wouldn’t completely rule out a few flakes mixing in with the rain showers and activity winds down late in the day. Don’t fret though, the start of the weekend looks to be promising!

Wednesday: Partly sunny during the day. High 59, Low 41.
Thursday: Rain showers move in midday, possible rain/snow mix in late evening as colder air pushes in. High 52, Low 37.

TWC: Wednesday: Cloudy. High 57, Low 43.
Thursday: Scattered rain showers midday. High 47, Low 38.

AW: Wednesday: Some sun, then clouds. High 56, Low 40.
Thursday: Colder with a shower or two. High 49, Low 38.

NWS: Wednesday: Light rain showers ending in early morning, then mostly cloudy. High 55, Low 43.
Thursday: Chance of scattered showers, becoming snow showers late. High 48, Low 38.

WB: Wednesday: Morning rain showers, then partly sunny in afternoon. High 56, Low 43.
Thursday: Scattered afternoon rain showers. High 48, Low 39.

WN: Wednesday: Scattered showers. High 55, Low 43.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 48, Low 35.

The band of rain associated with the front has just pushed out of Bloomington a little bit ago. Tonight should be alright from here on out, but it won’t remain quiet for long.


Clear as a bell

An autumnal cold front swept through the center of the country over the weekend, bringing rain pretty much everywhere from the Upper Midwest through the western Great Lakes. A few outlets suspected that showers might linger into Sunday morning in Bloomington, but instead, a strong area of high pressure moved in and cleared things out quickly. Temperatures were allowed to climb to 70 degrees both days of the forecast period, which only the Weather Service accurately predicted. They also had the rain moving out of town before the calendar turned to Sunday, ad easily had the best forecast of the day.
Actuals: Sunday – High 70, Low 54
Monday – High 70, Low 45

Grade: A

Bloomington, Illinois to Rapid City, South Dakota

This is a fairly simple, interstate heavy trip, though it will take two days to cover the ground. Because of the interstates, we will cover ground at a pace of 65.4mph, and will be able to be 523 miles into the trip before taking our break Sunday evening. Hotel rooms should be plentiful wherever we stop. Monday night, however, plan on camping somewhere near Mount Rushmore.

DAY ONE (Sunday)
There is a cold front that will lie across southern Illinois by the time we depart tomorrow morning, and an inverted trough brining showers through Wisconsin. Guidance seems to be pretty sure of the fact that Bloomington will be between those two features mid-morning tomorrow. Assuming that’s the case, we will be dry, though with a few clouds dotting the horizon. By the time we reach Iowa, the clouds should clear out, and we will continue through the Corn Belt with little to worry about in terms of the weather. We will make it to the wonderful, charming town of Elk Point, South Dakota, home of my fiancee’s grandparents (you can’t stay with them) by the end of the day on Sunday.

High pressure will remain in place across the South Dakota earlier next week. Early next week includes Monday, and we will be able to fly through the state with relative ease. The toughest part will be avoiding getting suckered into at least one of South Dakota’s many tourist traps.

Rapid City

Before we wrap this trip up, I wanted to make mention of why I was so late to forecast tonight. My dear friend Joel was married this afternoon. I am at the wedding and attended the ceremony. In addition to being a road tripping pal of mine through the years, he was also one of the original founders of this very site. He made the particularly wise decision of getting into another line of work, but we have remained friends, and I couldn’t be happier for he and his new wife.

Richmond, Virginia to Bloomington, Illinois

Well, today’s road trip from Richmond to Bloomington is a day late. Let’s just say one of our tires blew out 2 miles into the trip and we had to wait a day to get it replaced so we could get back on the road. Hey, it’s actually happened to me before! Anyways, we’re finally on our way to tackle this 797-mile, 2-day trip. Let’s get a move on!



A cloudy sky greets us to start the day as we head west out of Richmond. An area of low pressure lifting north from the Carolina coastline is bringing us our cloudy start, but the rain showers should stay out over the Atlantic. The clouds burn off some during the morning, but as a cold front approaches from the west, the day should remain cloudy as we make our way into West Virginia. Some scattered rain showers greet us, as well as a thunderstorm or two, as we push further westward, but luckily the activity doesn’t last too long by the time we make our way into northeastern Kentucky. Conditions improve throughout the evening and just some mid-level clouds should remain as we make our way into Cincinnati, our stop for the night.


Overnight, high pressure dropped south and is parked firmly over the Mid-MS River Valley. It’s gonna be a lovely day from start to finish as we travel westward through Indianapolis, Champaign (where my friend, a fellow meteorology major herself, just got married last weekend!) and eventually get to our destination in Bloomington. A day late, but not a dollar short!


Bloomington, Illinois

What happens when you realize you can’t read calendars correctly? You forecast for Bloomington a day late! Considering I drove through there twice last weekend coming and going to a college friend’s wedding, perhaps I just didn’t think I’d be revising Central Illinois so quickly! Well, it’s a day late, but let’s see what’s going on in my home state for the rest of this weekend!

At 1056am CDT, the temperature at Bloomington, IL is 74 degrees under mostly sunny skies. There’s a cold front working its way through the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes region, and the tail end of it is expected to move through the Mid-MS River Valley later this evening and through the overnight hours. Some showers and thunderstorms have already developed over Central Iowa into southwestern Wisconsin and are pushing their way into the Land of Lincoln. The Bloomington area is actually smack in the middle of a Slight Risk area from the SPC today, so residents should definitely keep an eye out later today of some possible severe weather rolling through the area, mainly after 7pm. Most of the action should be done by midnight, but there is a chance of some lingering showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm lasting into the early morning hours on Sunday. High pressure working its way down into the Central Plains through the day Sunday should clear out most activity over the area, but a lingering mid-level trough could still kick up an isolated shower during the afternoon hours. After that, however, high pressure will keep the region dry through Monday!

Sunday: A lingering morning rain shower. Becoming mostly sunny, but an isolated afternoon shower possible. High 67, Low 49.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 70, Low 44.

TWC: Sunday: Partly cloudy, windy. High 68, Low 50.
Monday: Sunny. High 69, Low 46.

AW: Sunday: An early morning shower/storm, then clouds breaking and cooler. High 68, Low 51.
Monday: Sunshine and patchy clouds. High 68, Low 45.

NWS: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 70, Low 52.
Monday: Sunny. High 70, Low 48.

WB: Sunday: Isolated early morning shower, then mostly sunny. High 70, Low 52.
Monday: Sunny. High 72, Low 48.

WN: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 70, Low 49.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 70, Low 48.

Bloomington is just off the east side of this image, but we see the showers and storms moving in from the northwest.

Boomers in Bloomington

Tuesday was a fairly night day in Bloomington, as the area was between systems and weak high pressure kept things calm. Wednesday, however, was a lot more rambunctious as a front rolled through the area, bringing strong to severe thunderstorms to the region as well as slow-moving heavy thunderstorms. One of these dropped 3/4 of an inch of rain in the Bloomington area as the system worked through Wednesday night. Accuweather lived up to its name this time, nabbing the top spot.

Tuesday: High 79, Low 51.
Wednesday: 0.77″ in late evening thunderstorm. High 82, Low 63.
Forecast Grade: B

Bloomington, Indiana

It’s a Big Ten themed day today, with the verification earlier for Madison, home of the University of Wisconsin, and now the forecast in Bloomington, home of Indiana University. How’s the weather looking?

At 1153AM, ET, Bloomington was reporting a temperature of 73 degrees with sunny skies. There was light, southeasterly flow at the surface, with a deep trough moving in from the Canadian Prairie to the Upper Midwest. Over the Lower Ohio Valley, there was really just an absence of surface features rather than high pressure, and mid to upper level clouds are expected to filter in through the afternoon.
An undercutting ridge over the southern High Plains will move into the Mississippi Valley ahead of the trough and slow down the progression of the system, rendering tomorrow dry. The ridge jet will merge at the southwestern corner of the trough and ultimately work to reinforce and strengthen the surface system by midweek. Very heavy rain and some strong thunderstorms will develop across the Upper Midwest as low pressure develops over the central High Plains and slides northeast. The low will move towards northern Michigan and finally drag a cold front into Indiana on Wednesday evening. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to be associated with some gusty winds, and Bloomington is already in the slight risk for severe weather.
Tomorrow – Sunny, getting warmer, High 84, Low 49
Wednesday – Warmer and mostly cloudy, more humid through the day, with a chance for strong thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, High 85, Low 63

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 83, Low 53
Wednesday -Isolated T-Storms. Potential for severe thunderstorms High 86, Low 65

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 81, Low 50
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy, breezy and humid; a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon High 84, Low 64

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 83, Low 52
Wednesday – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy High 84, Low 65

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny until midday then becoming partly cloudy High 82, Low 52
Wednesday – Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and thunderstorms until midday…then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the afternoon. High 85, Low, 65

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 82, Low 52
Wednesday – Mostly Cloudy with Isolated Storms, High 84, low 64

Satellite shows a cluster of thunderstorms over western Iowa. It’s not the result of the upper level trough, which is still way off to the northwest.

Vallejo, California to Bloomington, Indiana

We are off on another lengthy road trip today, but this is merely a 4 day trek. Pales in comparison to yesterday’s, yes? It’s a 2247 mile journey between our two endpoints, and we will cover that at a pace of 67.3mph, what with all the open country and interstate. This means our first three days will be over after 538.6 miles a day, significantly longer on day four (which will be Saturday. To the forecast!


An area of low pressure over the Pacific Northwest is bringing rain to northern Nevada today, but it’s pinwheeling motion will help to draw the associated rainfall north into Idaho and Montana. We should be in for a pretty spectacular, if toasty day as we head through the Great Basin. We will make it to Wells, Nevada to end the day. It’s in the lonely northeastern corner of the state.

Driving through northern Utah and western Wyoming should be a snap. Weather will be favorable for the length of our trip, and in fact will be so nice, including with tolerable temperatures, that I say we will stop at exit 290, in the middle of nowhere west of Laramie and go camping!

It’s going to be a pretty warm and humid day. An area of low pressure developing over the Dakotas will kick up some showers early in the day over Nebraska, but eventually the storms will become capped, and it will instead be uncomfortably warm through Nebraska. We will make it almost the entire way through the state, but we will call it a day in Unadilla, which is about 20 miles east of Lincoln.

The pattern will continue to bring the rainfall and clouds north along the Canadian border as the weekend begins. Don’t be surprised if our entire day on Saturday is filled with sun and extremely warm temperatures as we cross Missouri and Illinois on our way to the home of Indiana University.

Bloomington, Illinois to Atlanta, Georgia

On the road again. It’s going to be a common theme this week, the road trip. Today’s will take us from Illinois to Georgia over the course of a day and a little bit of change. It’s a 668 mile journey, of which we will cover 501 miles at a pace of nearly 63mph. Shall we?


We are in a pattern of small, fast moving systems right now, and one developing over the central Plains is going to rocket from Kansas to Tennessee and off the coast by the end of the day tomorrow. It looks like Tennessee, particularly eastern Tennessee, will get annihilated by heavy rain and thunderstorms tomorrow morning. The funny thing is, however, our departure from Bloomington will be north of the nasty weather, and by the time we have made it through Illinois, western Kentucky and eventually Nashville then to Pelham, our stop for the day, with only a couple hours left to Atlanta.

The next round of wet weather will be rolling into the center of the country as we begin the day. We should stay dry, with a few puffy cumulus clouds developing, with a very outside shot at a shower when we get to Atlanta. After we are IN Atlanta, however, all bets are off. Bring an umbrella.

The post frontal blues

Anthony provided the forecast for Bloomington in the wee hours of Friday morning as a front was rolling into town. The cold air associated with the system came later in the evening, and was cooler than our cabal of forecasters envisioned, dropping the temperature to 45 before the clock turned to midnight Saturday morning. The temperatures subsequently continued their downward trend to the 30s, colder than anyone had for a morning low in Bloomington on Sunday as well. Anthony and Victoria-Weather had the top forecast in Bloomington because we hedged cooler, and the rest of the forecast, except the low on Friday, was spot on.
Actuals: Friday – .28 inches of rain and thunderstorms, High 66, Low 45
Saturday – High 59, Low 37

Grade: C