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Fresno, California to Bridgeport, Connecticut

As if to send our California sojourn into the sunset officially, we’re going to mark the occasion with an 5 1/2 day trip that covers 14 states and 2,975 miles. The pace is surprisingly slow, given all the interstate, at 67.6,, but it sounds better when you say we will encounter about 541 miles every day.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
There aren’t many roads that slice right through the Sierras, so our first day on the road will sweep south before curving back north .We’ll pass through Las Vegas, a part of the world that has recently seen snow, as we shoot to the northeast. Low pressure will be conglomerating east of the Rockies, and clear skies will be settling into the southwest. We wont see any fresh precipitation on our first day, which will end in New Harmony, a town in southwestern Utah.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Our luck will continue on Wednesday, with low pressure shifting away from the Rockies just as we are shifting into the Rockies. We will be out of Utah before the next round – considerably weaker than previous incursions – of low pressure moves in from the Pacific Northwest, and we will delve into the Colorado Rockies after snow falls there. We will make it to Herman Gulch, which is just past the Loveland Ski Area, and home to a trailhead into some of the tall peaks of the central Rockies.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Weather is going to flare up behind us in the Great Basin, while low pressure rockets off to the east. We will once again enjoy dry weather, but it couldn’t be more different. After a day of driving through the mountains of Colorado and Utah on Wednesday, we’ll spend out day in some of the flattest terrain anywhere. The day will end in Lincoln, Nebraska, where we will be able to see as far as we want, from horizon to horizon.

DAY FOUR (Friday)
There might actually be a little bit of light precipitation as we get started in Lincoln on Friday morning, but it’s more likely that we will be contending with some early morning clouds between Lincoln and Omaha. Careful either way, as any precipitation that does fall is liable to do so as light freezing rain or sleet. Regardless, we will be in clear air after we pass into Iowa, and will remain there through Chicago and into northwest Indiana. We’ll stop in Portage, before the Toll Road takes effect.

DAY FIVE (Saturday)
We’re going to be right on the edge on Saturday, with low pressure developing in the Plains and beginning to accelerate. We will still remain dry on Saturday, the way it looks right now, but clouds will build through the Appalachians, and temperatures will take a turn for the warmer as a warm front develops in the Tennessee Valley. We’ll stop near Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, though Mill Hall is closer to the interstate.

DAY SIX (Sunday)
Fortunately, the warm front associated with this wave will arrive in Pennsylvania with lot of warm air. After 5 days of pretty good conditions, the only luck we will have for our last 4 hour drive is “at least it’s not snowing!” A chilly rain, often heavy, will fall from Lock Haven, through the New York exurbs and into Connecticut. In fact, the heaviest rain will probably be as we drive through downstate New York, which is definitely not optimal. Hard to complain after the drive we have otherwise, though.

Bridgeport, Connecticut

OK, we’ve had our fun in California, but now it’s time to head east, and the shadows of New York City. We’re getting there in time for another nasty system.

At 1152PM, ET, Bridgeport was reporting light rain and overcast skies with a temperature of 33 degrees. Snow was reported as nearby as White Plains, while rain was still being noted in new York City where the urban heat island was in effect. That point is going to be rendered moot in the very near future, however, as a large mass of rain is getting ready to sweep into Long Island. Temperatures will linger near freezing, and may actually rise a degree or two with the rainfall, however colder air will cycle in by sunrise on Monday.
Fortunately, the feature is moving very quickly, and clear skies will move in by mid afternoon. The development of the surface low can be owed more to the position over the Gulf Stream, as the pressure gradient surrounding the low will be fairly weak, and although Bridgeport will be cooler Monday night, it won’t be blustery. High pressure will build in on Tuesday, and cool, crisp skies can be expected.
Tomorrow – Rain turns to snow, before shifting out in the afternoon, High 37, Low 26
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, colder, High 33, Low 19

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a mixture of rain and snow in the morning. High 41, Low, 24
Tuesday – Mostly sunny skies. High 32, Low 17

AW: Tomorrow – A little morning rain; otherwise, cloudy (early snow/sleet) High 41, Low 25
Tuesday – Sunny in the morning; partly sunny in the afternoon High 33, Low 18

NWS: Tomorrow – Rain and sleet likely before 10am, then a chance of snow between 10am and 1pm, then a chance of rain after 1pm. Mostly cloudy High 38, Low 24
Tuesday – Sunny, High 34, Low 18

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. Rain, light sleet, freezing rain likely with a chance of snow in the morning, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Little or no additional snow and sleet accumulation. High 41, Low 25
Tuesday – Sunny, High 33, Low 18

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with light wintry mix likely, High 38, Low 25
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 34, low 18

FIO: Tomorrow – Snow (1–2 in.) starting overnight, continuing until morning.High 42, Low 25
Tuesday – Partly cloudy starting in the evening. High 32, Low 18

It’s going to be a nasty morning, but the brevity of the storm means it won’t be backbreaking. That said, look at this wall of water coming towards Long Island!

A turn for the worse

There Bridgeport was, just minding their own business, enjoying a spring weekend with temperatures in the mid 60s on Saturday. Delightful! Well, overnight, a big area of low pressure in the Great Lakes approached, and its friend, Gulfstream Moisture, rushed to meet it. This lead to a much cooler, drizzly day on Sunday, completely turning the weekend on its head. Ultimately, the top forecast went to The Weather Channel, so you can blame them for things getting so nasty as the weekend ended.
Actuals : Saturday – High 64, Low 44
Sunday – .46 inches of rain, High 45, Low 37

Grade A –C

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Things are looking dicey for the Upper Midwest this weekend with a massive late season storm on it’s way into town. Meanwhile, out east, spring is actually on its way.

At 352PM, ET, Bridgeport was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 68 degrees, a luxurious mid April afternoon. A weaker system over New Brunswick tailed a cold front that mergd with a warm front in the Great Lakes, which was tied to a much stronger feature. All this meant southerly flow rushing to low pressure along the boundary, and warm temperatures in the wake. There were some sea breeze clouds in central Connecticut, but Bridgeport was unbothered.
The next strong system is presently in the Great Lakes, and will approach Bridgeport through the weekend. An aggressive, moisture rich southerly flow will arrive in town late on Saturday, and the threat for light showers will linger throughout most of the day on Sunday. These will be a function of the strong southerly flow and moisture, as Bridgeport will continue to lie south of the warm front and still east of the rapidly occluding cold font. Most activity in the area will be as a result of free convection, and should be pretty mild. Temperatures will struggle thanks to the cloud cover and advancing cold front.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, becoming cloudy with drizzle late, High 68, Low 40
Sunday – Scattered showers, High 40, Low 38

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies during the morning hours will give way to occasional showers in the afternoon. High 65, Low 45
Sunday – Cloudy with showers.  High 45, Low 37

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny (late rain)High 69, Low 44
Sunday – Much colder with on-and-off rain and drizzle High 44, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – Increasing clouds (late rain) High 64, Low 42
Sunday – Light rain likely. Cloudy,  High 42, Low 35

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny, (rain late) High 63, Low 45
Sunday – Light rain likely, Much colder, High 45, Low 40

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with scattered showers High 62, Low 43
Sunday – Cloudy with light rain, High 40, Low 35

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon and breezy starting in the evening. (late rain) High 68, Low 42
Sunday – Breezy throughout the day and light rain overnight. High 41, Low 36

I wouldn’t be surprised if they can break out on Sunday and our highs are too low, but right now, it looks pretty overcast. Here is the current satellite, with nary a hint of overcast, at least in southwest Connecticut.

Weather Wayback…. Better days

I won’t linger on this verification for too long. We’re looking at the end of August in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which has been raked over the coals in the last few days, getting blasted by back to back nor’Easters dropping snow and brining damaging winds to the region. Back in August, Bridgeport had the kind of weather that keeps people living in Connecticut. Highs were in the mid 70s with sunny skies for two days in a row. Hard to take exception with that. The forecasts were a lot more accurate with the docile weather too, with The WeatherChannel only ending up with 2 degrees of error for the period.

Actuals: Sunday August 27th – High 75, Low 58
Monday – August 28th, High 74, Low 59

Grade: A-B

Bridgeport, Connecticut to Lake Havasu City, Arizona

This trip will cover 2,578 miles over 5 days, from Coast to Desert Southwest. Looks like there’s some weather we’ll have to push through to get there, so let’s get a move on!


Cloudy skies and perhaps a light rain shower greet us as we head west from Bridgeport and eventually past New York City. As a storm system works through the Northeast, we’ll luck out and stay just on the warm side of this system as we head past Allentown and through southern PA. It’ll be a soggy day though as we meander down I-76 and I-70 to Wheeling, WV, where we end our day.


Another storm system is shifting through the Midwest as we head into Ohio to start the day. Once again, we’ll be on the warm side of things so we just have to deal with rain as we head past Columbus on I-70. We’ll be spending all day on I-70, so navigating will be a piece of cake as we eventually pass Indianapolis, and by this time the precip will be behind us. We continue through IL and finish the night in St. Louis.


Conditions go downhill overnight as yet another system shifts into the Central US (man we just can’t catch a break can wek?!). We wake up to rain showers as today we take a tour of I-44 towards Lebanon and Springfield. Rain will continue to plague our trip, first as we head out of St. Louis and a 2nd wave midday as we head through Joplin, with some thunderstorms possibly mixed in there as well. As we head past Tulsa though, we’re in the clear as the system pushes east, and we end our day in Oklahoma City.


Finally! An easy day today just heading west on I-40 as high pressure of sorts settles into the Southern Plains. More of just a period between systems than high pressure really. Easy sailing as we push into Albuquerque for the night.


Another day of all I-40 fun! And another easy day! Calm weather settles over the Desert Southwest and it’ll be a pretty smooth drive through the rest of western NM and AZ to Lake Havasu!

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Given the destruction that’s happening over Texas right now, one would hope that the rest of the country is pretty quiet so meteorologists can just focus on making sure the residents there are up to date on the most current conditions. Let’s take a look if New England going to give them a reprieve to finish out the weekend.

At 852pm EDT, the temperature at Bridgeport, CT was 69 degrees under fair skies. High pressure is camping out over New England tonight, and models don’t have it moving ANYwhere for the next couple of days. It looks to sit over the area until Tuesday before an area of low pressure tries to dislodge it as it moves up from the Carolinas. Before that, however, it’s nothing but quiet weather and lots of sun for New England. Get out and enjoy it everybody!

Sunday: Sunny skies, few afternoon clouds. High 77, Low 59.
Monday: Mostly sunny, few more clouds. High 75, Low 61.

TWC: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 76, Low 57.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 74, Low 59.

AW: Sunday: Mostly sunny and beautiful. High 77, Low 55.
Monday: Periods of clouds and sun. High 74, Low 59.

NWS: Sunday: Sunny. High 77, Low 58.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 75, Low 59.

WB: Sunday: Sunny. High 75, Low 60.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 62.

WN: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 77, Low 57.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 75, Low 59.

FIO: Sunday: Partly cloudy overnight. High 74, Low 58.
Monday: Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon. High 77, Low 61.

Its pretty quiet in the New England today, with just some clouds traversing Maine. Looks like it’s going to stay that way for the next couple of days at least.

Lake Charles, Louisiana to Bridgeport, Connecticut

How about a road trip? It’s been a pretty quiet week of forecasting, and our previous road trip only covered about 4 hours. Let’s go for 3 full days and cover 1558 miles (about) at a pace of 65.8mph, which equates to 526 miles of travel a day. Things are clearing out across the country. Let’s enjoy the ride.

DAY ONE (Friday)
Lake Charles
It’s not terribly often we get to say this this time of year, but the drive through the deep South looks pretty good on Friday. Temperatures won’t even be terribly warm either, with a Canadian ridge of high pressure diving southeast through the Ohio Valley. Sure, it’s going to be plenty warm, and rather humid, but it could be so much worse this time of year. We won’t really even get too far out of the south by the time we call it a day in Birmingham.

DAY TWO (Saturday)
Low pressure will move off the coast by the time we set forth on our journey on Saturday. Expect some haze in the valleys as we head through the Smokeys and southern Appalachians, but otherwise, we will remain unfettered by the threat for unpleasant weather. At the back end of this upper level area of low pressure, we will be subject to a wash from the Atlantic that will lead to some mountain induced cloudiness, but not any valley rains. The day will end in mostly cloudy conditions in Buchanan, Virginia, which is just past Roanoke.

DAY THREE (Sunday)
There is a surface trough expected to ripple through New England on Sunday. The moisture associated with this feature will be confined to the mountains to the west of town, as well as a little bit more robus through central New England. Officially, Bridgeport is in New England, but they will be too far south to see any wet weather on Sunday. By golly, this is a nice little 3 day weekend drive.

A warm end to the Holiday weekend

It’s Monday afternoon now in Bridgeport, and some people will be working a few days this week. It doesn’t sound tough, but after the spectacular weekend they had after Christmas, it’s going to be difficult to work indoors and away from family. Temperatures were well above normal, with highs in the 50s, and only a bit of rain late Sunday. In the spirit of sharing in the holiday season, The Weather Channel and Weatherbug grabbed top honors, despite some different forecast strategies. (TWC warmer lows, WB hadd the better highs.)
Actuals: Saturday – High 51, Low 33
Sunday – .08, High 53, Low 41

Grade: B

Bridgeport, Connecticut

We find ourselves between systems again. How much further behind is the next round?

At 953PM, ET, Bridgeport was reporting a temperature of 41 degrees with clear skies. High pressure has developed, and is keeping much of the eastern Seaboard clear. Warm temperatures have built up the coast and an unseasonably warm final weekend of 2014 is on the way in Bridgeport.
A weak wave moving through southern Canada will move towards the Maritimes, sweeping a cold front into New England early in the day on Sunday. The boundary will have a lot of cold air behind it, but will be drawing moisture all the way from the Gulf, so heavy precipitation is not expected. A wave riding the base of the upper level trough and the surface boundary will bring a bit heavier rain just as Sunday turns to Monday, but it will be rain, and temperatures will not yet be dropping off with great significance.
Tomorrow – Sunny and warm, High 49, low 35
Sunday – Rain showers possible, particularly in the evening High 50, Low 39

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 49, Low 33
Sunday – Showers, High 48, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny; mild in the afternoon High 48, Low 35
Sunday – Mostly cloudy and mild with a touch of rain High 48, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 53, Low 32
Sunday – A chance of showers, mainly after 7am. Mostly cloudy High 50, Low 38

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 52, Low 32
Sunday – Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. High 50, Low 38

WN: tomorrow – Mostly Sunny, High 54, Low 32
Sunday – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 50, Low 39

Satellite right now looks pretty good. At least the rain is holding off until later on Sunday, so everyone can enjoy Saturday.