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Close than expected

Precipitation in the northeastern US has been confined to the enormous snow totals seen in the Buffalo area this past week, but one look at Bridgeport‘s temperatures tells you that something else was going on in the area. A warm front lifted through the region overnight into Thursday morning, as highs jumped by 10 degrees. That boundary carried with it the scantest trace of a flurry shortly after midnight. Nobody mentioned it, and nobody really appreciated how warm Bridgeport would be later in the afternoon.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 36, Low 23
Thursday – Trace of precip, High 47, Low 32

Grade: C

Bridgeport, Connecticut

The lake effect machine is in full force over NY. Luckily, Bridgeport is nowhere near these snow bands, so hopefully they have some nice weather as we head into the latter half of the week!

At 852pm EST, the temperature at Bridgeport, CT was 27 degrees under fair skies. A ridge of high pressure is pushing into Southern New England, and combined with the heart of the arctic cold shifting through the Great Lakes, temperatures are going to drop nearly into the teens tonight. Chilly! Conditions should be pretty pleasant for tomorrow, albeit still on the chilly side with temps only rebounding into the mid 30s. A weak frontal boundary looks to move through the region during the overnight hours into Thursday. Dry weather is expected with the front’s passage, but with the increased clouds, temps wont be nearly as low Thursday morning. Temps in the mid 40s are expected on Thursday, so the worst of the chill looks to be on the way out!

Wednesday: Sunny, some clouds in afternoon. High 34, Low 20.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 44, Low 30.

TWC: Wednesday: Sunny. High 33, Low 20.
Thursday: Sunny. High 41, Low 29.

AW: Wednesday: Mostly sunny and cold. High 34, Low 22.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and not as cold. High 45, Low 33.

NWS: Wednesday: Increasing clouds. High 34, Low 20.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 43, Low 29.

WB: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 32, Low 19.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 42, Low 28.

WN: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 34, Low 19.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 43, Low 28.

Here we see the relatively quiet weather of CT, and the current lake effect machine roaring over Lake Ontario and Erie. Some places have already clocked in at 40-60″ with still more on the way. Yee-haw!


Bridgeport, Connecticut to Wheeling, West Virginia

From one of the smallest states in the US to one of the shortest snippets of a state in the US, today we travel a little under 500 miles from Bridgeport to Wheeling. Will it be an enjoyable one-day trip? Let’s find out!


High pressure pushing over the Northeast and New England is going to make for a very nice to start to the day over Southwest Connecticut. We’ll continue westward through New York City and into eastern PA, with mostly sunny skies continuing into the early afternoon hours. Clouds will increase as we make our way through southern PA towards Wheeling. There could be a couple scattered showers in the area by evening, but most of the activity should remain south of our route. All-in-all, a pretty easy day!


Santa Fe, New Mexico to Bridgeport, Connecticut

Here we go, off on a 4 day trek through the heart of the country, stretching from Nexico to New England. It’s 2075 miles between the two cities, and we will average a pace of 63.9mph for our drive. That means 511 miles a day as we march northeastward. For a cross country trip, that’s not very much. More time to enjoy the scenery, I guess.

Santa Fe
There is an area of low pressure that has developed over west Texas and is expected to touch off an active day over Oklahoma and the Dallas area both today and tomorrow. When we hit the road, strong southwest winds ay mean some blowing dust and sand in New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. Clouds will begin to invade the horizon in Oklahoma, and freshly fallen rain will allay the threat for dust as we approach El Reno, which is west of Oklahoma City and our destination for Thursday night.

Expect some lingering clouds across the remainder of Oklahoma as we make our way through the Sooner state, but the leading trough associated with this area of low pressure will lie over western Missouri. Not long after we cross into Missouri, however, we will see the threat for rain and even an isolated thunderstorm. In fact, the entire drive in Missouri will be marked by scattered showers and embedded thunderstorms. Severe weather even, isn’t entirely out of the question, but it would be a narrow window between Springfield and Fort Leonard Wood where we would see that. Our day will end in the west metro of St. Louis, near Valley Park.

The low we have been following through this point will become more associated with a system over the northern US and operate more accurately as a wave along a warm front. There won’t be much organization nor advancement on Saturday so scattered showers will lie in wait for us across central Indiana and Ohio. The trip through southern Illinois will be mostly cloudy but it should be dry until about Danville, when there are no guarantees. Even for the rest of the day, rain will be intermittent and fall mostly within scattered showers, rather than thunderstorms, and there will be long stretchs that the windows an be rolled down. Our day will end in Ashland, Ohio, which is northeast of Mansfield.

We will be north of the remnant area of low pressure which will be spinning over the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday. Northeasterly flow will mean shower activity will continue to be imported into the Mid Atlantic. I’m not entirely sold on the threat for rain west of the Appalachians, but there will be clouds almost the entire way. The threat for rain will increase slightly in far eastern Pennsylvania, but the real issue will be some continued clouds. The real rain will be well south of Bridgeport.

Wrong by 2AM

Bridgeport was fortunate enough to avoid rain through the day Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately for one particular forecaster (me) this is a 24 hour forecast, and there was rain before 2AM on Thursday. An otherwise excellent forecast rendered a disaster! The Weather Service ended up with the top spot to begin August.
Actuals: Thursday – Trace of rain, High 88, Low 71
Friday – High 91, Low 73

Grace: B

Fort Wayne, Indiana to Bridgeport, Connecticut

Did you know that you can get to Connecticut from Indiana in a mere day and a half? Fort Wayne and Bridgeport are only 706 miles apart, and because of the route taken, you would just have to drive a little over 59mph, in an attempt to cover 474 miles on that first day. Let’s forecast that trip, shall we?


Expect things to be hot when we begin the day and throughout the drive through Ohio. There will be some respite from our drive through the Appalachians, where the weather will be cooler with a few clouds being kicked up by the elevation and associated moisture. We will end the day before coming out of the high country, spending the night in Buckhorn/Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. I don’t know the exact mailing address, and they are both at the same exit.

There is a cold front approaching the coast on Friday. Never fear, however, as we will beat it to Bridgeport, which means no hassles through New York City because of the weather, which is really all I can promise. Expect a hot sticky arrival in Bridgeport, with some rain on the way later.

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Off to the east coast and Connecticut for a mid-week forecast. Lots of people may be interested in this particular forecast.

At 1252PM, ET, Bridgeport was reporting a temperature of 77 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Juicy dewpoints in the low 70s were aided by an onshore wind from the southeast. There were a few thunderstorms along the Jersey and Long Island coasts, and an upper level trough further emphasized the instability across the area.
A turbid pattern over the Great Lakes will move towards the east coast. Showers and storms will take a break tomorrow, but as the next wave arrives in the area, a well defined cold front is expected to set up through New England, scheduled for arrival with some thunderstorms in the evening on Friday. The rain won’t be widespread, as most of the moisture will be trapped off shore by the boundary moving through today. Still, some evening plans will probably be ruined.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 86, Low 69
Friday – Isolated afternoon thunderstorms, High 90, Low 71

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 84, Low 71
Friday – Partly Cloudy High 89, Low 72

AW: Tomorrow – Warm and humid with intervals of clouds and sun; an afternoon shower or thunderstorm in spots High 85, Low 69
Friday – Partly sunny and humid high 88, Low 71

NWS: Tomorrow – Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny High 84, Low 67
Friday – Partly sunny, High 92, Low 68

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon High 84, Low 67
Friday – Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 91, Low 68

Am I missing anything? It seems as though I am backwards on thunderstorms, if you believe the other forecasters. Well, thunderstorms are now being seen southwest of town.

Bridgeport, Connecticut to York, Pennsylvania

We’re on the road for just a short little trip today. Well, tomorrow. It’s only about 4 1/2 miles to get from southeastern Massachusetts to eastern Pennsylvania. We will cover 245 miles that will be north of a large swath of the country that suffered some serious storm damage as a derecho tracked from Chicago to Washington DC. More on that tomorrow. For now, a road trip!

The heat across the east will continue thanks to a strong ridge across the region. Temperatures in the 100s are a distinct possibility for the region. As the derecho event yesterday taught us, however, there are many surface boundaries that may not translate into a front that we can define on a map. If storms get going, it could be trouble for a large swath of the country, and it’s difficult in the short term, let alone a day out, to ascertain where those storms may develop. As of this moment, model indication is that the firing line for strong thunderstorms, at least early in the day, will be well south of our route. After about 1, however, some isolated thunderstorms, likely more of the garden variety, will begin to crop up all around our route. The Ohio Valley is still a little jumpy with thunderstorms, certainly, but I think our biggest concern as he head for York should be the steamy heat.


The Northeast totally needed this rainfall. Kidding kidding… The drenching of the region continues relentlessly, as seen in the rainfall totals at Bridgeport. Hopefully they do have a few bridges there, because 2.75″ of rain fell over these 2 days, bringing about some more flooding i’m sure. Everybody had temperatures in the upper 60’s for Tuesday, however the temperature lingered in the mid 70s until around 3am, then the rain moved in and temperatures dropped over 10 degrees in an hour to 64 by 430am. It never got above 65 for the rest of the day, so if we were going for daytime high’s we’d be GOLDEN! In any event, VW took home the top spot with a nearly spot-on temperature forecast from that point forward.

Tuesday: 2.34″ of rain. High 76, Low 62.
Wednesday: 0.41″ of rain. High 69, Low 60.
Forecast Grade: C

Augusta, Georgia, to Bridgeport, Connecticut

This is going to be a hurricane hunting, sloppy road trip. The trip takes us up the eastern seaboard for about 2 days (a little less than a full second day). It’s an 847 mile trip, and our pace will be a fairly slow 60.1mph. This will translate into a first day that covers 481.2 miles. It’s a wet and wild adventure, so let’s be on our way!


Our first rainy day of travel will probably be the least rainy of the two days. This is not saying a lot. Expect Lee’s eastward track to help organize moisture into an almost frontal pattern. It will arrive in Augusta just as we are leaving, which means we will be able to outpace the rain on I-95 for the bulk of our time in the Carolinas, though there will probably be a few frontrunners that dampen our windshield at some point. Rain will really begin to pick up north of Smithfield, North Carolina, but still with the prefrontal showers. Real rain is possible by the time we get to Richmond, but we should make it to Ladysmith, Virginia before the heavy rain arrives.

Lee’s remnants will bring a ton of rain to the Appalachians and Catskills just off to the west, but in major metro areas, it doesn’t always take a lot of rain to cause problems in major metro areas, and we are driving through DC, Philadelphia, northern New Jersey and the heart of the Bronx. As I said, the heaviest rain will not follow us into Bridgeport, but threat for rain, and maybe even a rumble of thunder will accompany us all the way to Bridgeport.