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Bloomington, Indiana to Sioux Falls, South Dakota

A nice springtime drive through the Upper Midwest is in our future. It will take a day and a half to get from Bloomington to Sioux Falls, covering 805 miles. We will move along at 63.6mph which means the one night we spend at a hotel or camp ground will be 509 miles along out way


The pattern is, dare I say, almost summerlike for the next couple of days, given the dearth of well organized systems in the Plains. There is disagreement between the models, mostly because the pattern is so directionless on whether or not moisture will filter as far north as Iowa. Knowing how certain models react in certain situations, I will say, somewhat confidently that it will not be raining at any point in our drive, and instead Des Moines will be foggy when we arrive with some low clouds, thanks in large part to any remnant snow melting away.

Overnight, a system moving through the Dakotas will develop a bit and draw the moisture north into a legitimate warm front, and it will likely be raining in Des Moines as we awake and make our way northwestward. The back edge of heavy rain will be near Des Moines when we awake, but it will clear out a bit and warm up as we continue into Sioux Falls to begin the week in South Dakota.

Bloomington, Indiana

Coincidence that these last 2 forecasts I’ve done have been in Indiana, a hotbed of basketball activity, with March Madness starting up today? Perhaps the competition for the title in this forecast will be just as exciting. We can hope anyways…

At 11:53PM EDT, the temperature was 66 degrees under mostly cloudy skies and some gusty winds at Bloomington. A cold front has been making its way through the Mid-MS River Valley, kicking up a few isolated showers ahead of it. Most of this activity has been seen in Lower MI and Northern IN as well as approaching the St. Louis area. There is a VERY slight chance a thundershower could pop up in this activity as the front slides through during the midday hours, but odds are convective activity will stay off to the southwest. Clouds will remain behind the system as it sags off to the south, but doesn’t make too much headway before it stalls out in advance of another system developing over the Southern US. High pressure will build down over the area on Saturday, keeping things dry, but with only patches of sun expected. So clouds and a couple showers on Friday you say? More reason to stay indoors and enjoy some more quality college basketball!

Friday: A few isolated showers, remains cloudy. High 66, Low 56.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy but dry. High 60, Low 39.

TWC: Friday: Scattered showers, an isolated tstm perhaps. High 66, Low 55.
Saturday: Early AM shower, poss thunder, then cloudy. High 58, Low 46.

AW: Friday: Mostly cloudy with a shower. High 66, Low 56.
Saturday: Partly sunny. High 62, Low 47.

NWS: Friday: Slight chance of a shower or thundershower. High 66, Low 56.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 59, Low 43.

WB: Friday: Late afternoon thunderstorm? High 66, Low 54.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 59, Low 43.

Here we see the clouds associated with the cold front shifting through the region, hiding a few light showers underneath. Spring is coming! Literally, the 1st day of spring is only 4 days away.

Rainy days and Mondays

Well, it’s Monday and I have to report an unexpected rain storm in Bloomington on Saturday. I should say that it was unexpected by me. Everyone else called for a brief shower to begin the weekend, but they would be lying if they said they expected two tenths of an inch of rain. The crazy part is, even with the rain, V-W had the best forecast (tied with Accuweather) thanks to a superior temperature forecast, as we properly called for some cooler weather.

Actuals: Saturday – .18 inches of rain, High 60, Low 42
Sunday – High 59, Low 34

Grade: C

Bloomington, Indiana to Cumberland, Maryland

A short trip today, only 507 miles. Not sure if dad will like having to spend an NFL Sunday in the car, but that’s what the AM band is for, right?

We head out from Bloomington and head north through Indianapolis, with some clouds expected from our small cutoff low sitting over Ohio. As we travel eastward past Dayton and Columbus, rain showers are expected as the system slowly drops southward towards the Southern Appalachians. Better chances of rain are expected as we head towards the OH/PA border, but should drop off once we make our way into extreme western MD. Clouds will continue to cover the sky as we make our way into Cumberland, with perhaps an isolated shower pushing into the area as we finish our trip. Time to check our fantasy football teams!

Bloomington, Indiana

We’re trundling off to the home of Indiana University today, Bloomington. It’s a beautiful town, but will they have beautiful weather?

At 1253PM, ET, Bloomington was reporting a temperature of 66 degrees with clear skies. The only real system anywhere in the country, outside of the high pressure dominating it’s center was a strong area of very rainy low pressure along the east coast. Bloomington was safely behind this low, and appeared to be in good shape.
A weak upper level eddy at the base of a jet trough is going to pivot through the Great Lakes today into tomorrow. The threat for rain in Bloomington is negligible, but the proximity of the eddy would mean a few clouds for Bloomington tomorrow. Those clouds could linger into Sunday, and a northerly flow at the leading edge of the rebuilding ridge will bring somewhat cooler conditions to end the weekend.
Tomorrow – Increasing clouds, High 64, Low 43
Sunday – Cloudy and breezy, High 61, Low 36

TWC: Tomorrow- Mostly cloudy skies with a few scattered showers. High 65, Low 47
Sunday – Sunny. High 62, Low 38

AW: Tomorrow – Times of sun and clouds with a passing shower High 66, Low 43
Sunday – Partly sunny, breezy and cool High 63, Low 37

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny High 63, Low 46
Sunday – Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny High 62, Low 48

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers, High 64, Low 45
Sunday – Partyl cloudy, High 62, Low 48

A look at the satellite shows a pretty docile pattern for the center of the country.