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Late last week, we took a hard look at Boise, where rain had cleared out, and hot dry air was on its way into the Sun Valley. We all knew the hoot air was coming, but even given that, nobody was quite warm enough, with highs of 99 and 103. Forecast.io was closest, though, with highs in their forecast of 97 and 103. Almost there!
Actuals: Friday – High 99, Low 69
Saturday – High 103, Low 68

Grade: A-D

Pueblo, Colorado to Boise, Idaho

There isn’t much of a direct route between Pueblo and Boise, so despite a somewhat short distance between the two cities as the crow flies, it will take nearly two full days to cover the distance between the towns in the car, covering 936 miles. We’ll move at a pace of 67.6mph, or in other words, we’ll cover 541 miles on Sunday’s drive.

DAY ONE (Sunday)

High pressure in the Plains is working to shove a whole lot of moisture right up against the Rockies this weekend, and after some widespread showers and thunderstorms today, there will be more isolated showers and storms tomorrow. There could be some rain as we head north along the Front Range, with the best chance for coming south of the Palmer Divide, but most of the thunder will wait until later in the day, after we have made a westward turn at Laramie, Wyoming. After Laramie, we won’t have any weather issues, stopping near Evanston in the southwest corner for the night.

DAY TWO (Monday)
Expect hot and dry conditions to continue to build through the day on Monday. Triple digits will be possible in the valleys, but fortunately, upper level ridging should do a good job of stamping out too much wind across the region, which will limit the dust and threat for spreading wildfires. Nevertheless, expect to pull into Boise with an immediate need for a glass of water.

Boise, Idaho

Boise is a tough town to forecast for, as they all are in the mountains. It’s isolation in southwestern Idaho only makes it tougher, because there isn’t really a good comparable town. Let’s see what’s going on.

At 1053PM, MT, Boise was reporting a temperature of 80 degrees with clear skies. Temperatures remained warm throughout the Sun Valley even at this late hour, with dew points into the mid 50s as near by as Caldwell. Clear skies and dew points that warm indicate a chance for some fog early tomorrow morning.
A weak upper level trough is moving through the northern Rockies, and while it won’t bring much change to Boise, it will bring a little. There will be some isolated thunderstorms in the higher terrain northeast of Boise, which will add some isolated clouds to the picture. In the wake of more robust, widespread thunderstorms earlier in the week, things will dry out, and the added sunshine will lead to very warm temperatures, with a shot at 100 on Saturday.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 97, Low 68
Saturday – High 100, Low 67

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies. High 98, Low 67
Saturday – Sunny skies. High 100, Low 68

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny and Hot, High 98, Low 66
Saturday – Mostly sunny and hot, High 100, Low 67

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny and hot High 95, Low 59
Saturday – Sunny and hot High 97, Low 63

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 96, Low 66
Saturday – Sunny, High 98, Low 68

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 95, Low 63
Saturday – Mostly sunny, High 97, Low 64

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 97, Low 68
Saturday – Partly cloudy starting in the evening. High 103, Low 68

Man, that’s hot. There are only two of us calling for triple digits though. Look how empty satellite is.

Jackson, Tennessee to Boise, Idaho

Today we embark on a rather length road trip, covering almost 1900 miles from TN to the Northern Rockies. It’ll be picturesque at the end, but we gotta get there first. So let’s get a move on!



We head out of western TN towards the northwest, eventually linking up with I-55 and take it north to St. Louis. High pressure over the area should make for a good start to the day, with some patchy dense fog slowing things down just a smidgen at the start, but will burn off not long after dawn. Conditions should be fairly pleasant as we head west out of St. Louis and eventually finish the day in Kansas City. Let’s see if we can party with fans of the Royals, who will hold their World Series championship parade earlier in the day.


An area of low pressure will push out into the Northern Plains overnight, so some increased southerly winds are expected when we wake up and head northward towards Lincoln, NE. Clouds will increase throughout the day as we head westward along I-80 through Nebraska. There could be an isolated shower or two as we head through Lincoln during midday, but odds are they’ll stay north of today’s route. We end the day in Sidney, NE, just as a cold front looks to be making its way through the area.


Rain will greet us in the morning as we get back onto the road and make our way past Cheyenne. Luckily it won’t be QUITE cold enough to be snow, but still will be a gross start to the day. Good thing it’s warm in the car! As we push through central Wyoming, precip will have moved out of the region, albeit still cloudy as we wind through the mountains. High pressure working its way over the Great Basin will keep skies dry the rest of the day as we eventually pull into Ogden, UT for the night


Our final day of the trip! High pressure has firmly entrenched itself over the region, so dry conditions will persist throughout the day. Some valley fog might linger in places, but our drive out of northern UT and into the Idaho valley should go pretty smoothly, and continue from Twin falls up I-84 into Boise. Should be a relatively quiet weekend, Boise State football has the weekend off!


Boise, Idaho to Phoenix, Arizona

I’m surprised to find out that our journey from Idaho to Phoenix will only take two days. It seems longer than that. The two towns are 908 miles apart, and in fact, the primary connector is a US highway, so speeds will be limited to 60.5mph, and our first day will only net us 483 miles. This is going to be a fairly barren drive, but what will the weather hold?

DAY ONE (Monday)
Boy, there isn’t much going on between Boise and Phoenix, is there? Beautiful drive, but make sure you hit the restroom whenever you have a chance. As for significant weather, it should remain confined to the first few hours of the trip. There could be a splash of rain or an isolated thunderstorms around the Sun Valley. I think our best bet, however, will be for showers or storms between Twin Falls, Idaho and Wells, Nevada. Rain is highly unlikely south of Wells, but will be possible from Boise to Twin Falls as well. I wish there was a better place for us to stop, but we’re just going to call it a day in, oh, I don’t know Seaman Range HP? What he heck is an HP? Maybe the Highest point? Just plan on camping off by the side of Nevada 318 in southern Nevada.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
It’s going to be CRAZY hot driving from southern Nevada to Phoenix. Like, don’t slow down, because your tires will melt to the road if we slow down hot. Sunny skies, a quick trip through Vegas and maybe a cactus at the side of the road, but nothing in terms of climate for our drive on Tuesday. Find some air conditioning though, seriously.

Chilly Mess In Boise

Fog took a while to burn off in Boise on Thursday, but afterwards it was a somewhat pleasant, albiet chilly, afternoon in the area. The fog returned for Friday morning, but stuck around a lot more this time, with some reports of morning freezing fog. It never really fully went away, and at times clocked in with a very light rain or even freezing rain at times. It only amounted to a trace, but sure made for a gloomy end to the week. Temperatures on Friday stayed way below the forecasts due to the persistent clouds. Weatherbug took the narrow victory.

Thursday: High 37, Low 22
Friday: Trace of precip in light rain and light freezing rain. High 33, Low 21
Forecast Grade: D

Boise, Idaho

Hello, and welcome to 2014! The first Victoria-Weather forecast of the year is coming to us from the Sun Valley in Idaho!

At 859AM, MT, Boise was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 21 degrees. While it was clear in Boise, fog was still entrenched throughout the Boise area, and places like Nampa and Caldwell were reporting very low visibility. Temperatures in those location were about 5 degrees cooler than Boise, which has seen some sunlight this morning. The efficient rise in temperature suggests a fairly warm day today.
A ridge remains in place over the Pacific Northwest, and will through tomorrow, but the jet flow is fairly narrow, and will be prone to undulations for the beginning of January. An upper level trough will move into the area overnight Thursday into Friday, and snow will be possible early in the morning Friday. The primary area of low pressure will be in central Montana, and the advancing cold front will have a tough time bringing a lot of moisture to Boise, but it should do an excellent job of knocking down temperatures heading into the weekend.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 40, Low 24
Friday – Cloudy with some flurries early, High 41, Low 30

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 38, Low 25
Friday – Partly Cloudy High 37, Low 29

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sun High 39, Low 25
Friday – Mostly cloudy with showers possible High 39, Low 27

NWS: Tomorrow – Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, High 39, Low 24
Friday – A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, High 39, Low 29

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 39, Low 24
Friday – Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain and snow showers… Mainly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 30 percent High 38, Low 28

It will be tough to work any snow into Boise, but it’s worth having in the forecast. The satellite shows the last little clump of fog in the Sun Valley.

Boise, Idaho to Appleton, Wisconsin

Much to my surprise, this isn’t a trip that takes us through the state of Minnesota. Instead, we will cover 1764 miles that include Nebraska and Iowa over the course of three days. We can do this at a pace of 68mph and 544.4 miles a day. That’s mighty fast.


Disturbed weather is developing in southwestern Canada, and will bring about the threat for rain over the northern Rockies. Our drive through southern Idaho and northern Idaho will likely stay dry, but with the chance of some cloudy skies joining us on the journey. There is always an increased threat for a splash of a rain drop over western Wyoming, for whatever reason, and I will say that it might happen again west of Green River, but it probably won’t. I think we will make it all the way to Wamsutter, Wyoming, which is about halfway between Rock Springs and Rawlins.

Day two, Wednesday, will start well enough, and will stay quiet and dry through the remainder of Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle, which is good, because there is a lot to see out the window during this leg of the trip. After we hit North Platte, however, we may start to see a few showers and storms begin to crop up. They will be of the general, garden variety type, however, and we shouldn’t see more than a few drips between North Platte and Grand Island, the destination for Day Two, as the bulk of the storms will dissipate by the time we arrive in eastern Nebraska.

A moist return flow will follow the Front Range of the Rockies before taking a bit of a jaunt east through Nebraska. When we leave Grand Island, we may have to deal with a few rain showers touched off by this return flow. That threat will continue to haunt us into Iowa, maybe as far east as Cedar Rapids. We can get through Cedar Rapids in short order and be dry through northeastern Iowa and southern France. Appleton will be warm and sunny, waiting for our arrival.