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The weather in Burlington went down hill quickly this weekend. After a fairly nice day on Saturday, rain moved in. Two days ago, the models didn’t really quite have a handle on the deluge presently being from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Carolinas. Like I said, we were anticipating a short wave yesterday, but it turned into a soul sapping rain out. Temperatures didn’t reach 70 thanks to the clouds and about 3/4 of an inch of rain. The top forecast went to The Weather Channel, though they were off on yesterday’s high by 11 degrees.
Actuals: Saturday – High 80, Low 57
Sunday – .75 inches of rain, High 66, Low 59

Grade: C

Burlington, North Carolina to Gainesville, Florida

Say, what’s this? Only a 1 day trip? We can manage this, no problem! The busiest city we will pass through is Jacksonville, Florida, as we will bypass most of the major metropolitan areas of the Carolinas (we will start near Greensboro and pass through the west side of Savannah, but that isn’t much either.) It’s 536.9 miles between the two cities, and our 9ish hour drive will mean a pace of 59.9mph. Not very fast, but it’s not a very long trip, either.

A weak surface wave moving out of Georgia will be bringing showers and storms to the Burlington area as we depart. We will get into some clearer air not far south of Greensboro, but there will still be a few scattered showers throughout the remainder of North Carolina, and even through most of South Carolina. South of Charleston and through Georgia we will find some dry skies and some good driving. Some robust sea breeze storms will be possible between Jacksonville and Gainesville, however, so make sure to be on the look out for some rapidly changing weather conditions. Still, it’s warm, so no complaints. It will be winter soon.

Burlington, North Carolina

Things have looked pretty good out east over the past week or so. Will our good fortune continue with this forecast?

At 454PM, ET, Burlington was reporting clear skies with a temperature of 80 degrees. Some showers and storms associated with disturbed flow caused by the Gulf Stream are cropping up over the Outer Banks, but inland, no significant weather is expected. Dew points in the 60s suggest a chance for some haze this evening into tomorrow morning, however.
An area of high pressure is building south from the Great Lakes, and will squeeze the ambient moisture to induce some ridge riding showers and storms at the southern base of the system. The showers and storms will be mostly to the south of Burlington, however, a shortwave developing at the surface will move through north Georgia and eventually into North Carolina late on Sunday.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 83, Low 59
Sunday – Showers and thunderstorms late, otherwise mostly sunny, High 81, Low 60

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 80, Low 60
Sunday – Isolated T-Storms High 77, Low 58

AW: Tomorrow – Patchy fog in the morning; otherwise, partly sunny High 82, Low 58
Sunday – Variable cloudiness with a shower or thunderstorm around, mainly later High 78, Low 60

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 79, Low 60
Sunday – A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, High 77, Low 60

WB: Tomorrow – rtly sunny. High 81, Low 59
Sunday – Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon High 78, Low 61

Seems sort of nice in the southeast, if you were to believe the last verification and this forecast, September in the south seems awfully nice. A little cloudy east of Burlington with some on shore flow.

A dreary start to June

The month of June started in Burlington with rain. The first, Friday, wasn’t so bad, but an occluded front set itself up right on top of northern Vermont, and brought about a quarter inch of rain, some cool temperatures and clouds. What a great weekend, right? It was for Weatherbug, who had the top forecast for the city.
Actuals: Friday – Trace of rain, High 73, Low 46
Saturday – .28 inches of rain, High 64, Low 52

Grade: B

Burlington, Vermont to Gainesville, Georgia

We’re on the road again, headed to Georgia. It’s going to be a slow drive, covering 1114 miles at a pace of only 59.5 miles an hour. It will take us two long days of driving, and we will cover 476 miles on the first day. Not our best work, but there will be a lot of traffic.


We will awake to a driving rain in Burlington, with some thunderstorms and blustery winds to boot. We will drive south along the line of storms for most of the day, with thunder becoming more and more likely as we head southbound. It’s going to keep on storming, probably, until we start our turn east around Newburgh, New York, though by the that point, we will be in some post frontal rain, rather than thunderstorms. Expect things to clear out fairly well over eastern Pennsylvania, but in the valleys of the center part of the state, there could be some clouds and fog settling in late. The day will end in Shippensburg, PA.

Some light rain associated with an inverted trough will be hung up in the Appalachians, and some of that light rain, maybe a bit of fog will be a bother as far south as Staunton, Virginia. Expect some clearing conditions through North Carolina, as a northwest flow will be impeded by the Appalachians, with rain falling there, northwest of our route. There may be an isolated shower in Gainesville at days end, but it won’t be anything like what we left in Burlington.

Burlington, Vermont

The past couple of days in Vermont have been a little dicey, weatherwise. It’s looking a little bit better up there now, but will that hold?

At 154PM, ET, Burlington was reporting a temperature of 71 degrees with mostly sunny skies. A north wind emphasized the fact that northern Vermont was post frontal. Satellite showed that there was a field of strato-cumulus clouds triggered by the cooler overrunning air and the higher elevations of New England.
The jet is generally laminar, along the Ohio Valley, but a kink is developing that will help generate a fairly strong surface system. It is going to pivot northeastward, but the course of the low will slow it down. An associated cold front will move as an occluded/cold front from the south because of the angle of attack of the system. There will be some showers and storms Saturday, but the system is expected to be so distended by the time in arrives in Vermont that the severe threat will be limited.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 75, Low 44
Saturday – Rain with isolated thunderstorms, High 65, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy (PM Rain) High 73, Low 48
Saturday – Showers High 65, Low 57

AW: Tomorrow – Sunshine and some clouds High 72, Low 45
Saturday – Mostly cloudy with periods of rain and a thunderstorm, then a leftover shower High 64, Low 57

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny High 74, Low 46
Saturday – Rain High 66, Low 57

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny (PM Rain). High 74, Low 46
Saturday – Rain High 64, Low 47

So, the bad news is, it’s going to rain this weekend in Burlington. The good news is, no severe storms! Satellite shows some pretty gorgeous conditions.

Burlington, Vermont to Atlantic City, New Jersey

Another day, another road trip. We are heading south from Burlington to southern New Jersey. We will take a full day, navigating through New York City, covering 416 miles at a mere 53.6mph. Slow going, but this is the price you pay when driving through a more urban environment.

There is an area of low pressure off of the New England Coast, and it will eventually try to inch northeast towards the Maritime provinces, all the while pulling south some cold air south. There won’t be much moisture leftover as we head south from Burlington, but there will be some late developing sprinkles south of Albany. In the higher elevations, it will almost certainly be falling as snow. Drizzle for an entire 8 hours? Yep, sounds like April. Good thing there is a lot to do indoors in Atlantic City.

Chico, California to Burlington, Vermont

Oh, man, this is a long trip. It will be a 6 day trip, and I am laid up with the flu. I can’t imagine that I will be getting through this very quickly, but that’s appropriate. We won’t be getting through the road trip very quickly. It’s 2970 miles between the two cities, and we will move at a pace of 64.4mph, which means we will cover 515 miles a day. It’s going to be a long journey, so let’s get on our way.


It seems unlikely, because it’s been so quiet across the country, but an area of low pressure developing over the Pacific will move inland overnight tonight. Expect it to pull in some cold enough air that our drive through the Sierras will be accompanied by snow showers in the mountains. I think it will be just warm enough that the drive through Nevada will be rainy. We will stop at the Victory Highway, exit 373 in Nevada. Not much by way of towns in this part of the world.

Our problems again will be with the mountains, this time those in Utah and western Wyoming. There will be some rain and mountain snow at the higher elevations, but it will taper off after we reach Rock Springs. It will clear out and warm up until we reach the half way point between Elk Mountain and Laramie. Again, not much by way of towns in this part of the world. I hope you don’t mind camping.

The cold front will set itself up east of our route in Nebraska. There will be some remnant cloudiness in the Nebraska prairies, but we won’t have to worry about much rain. Maybe a splash of drizzle between Sidney and North Platte, but not any rain. After North Platte, we will make our way east through Nebraska to Lincoln, where we might actually be able to stay in a hotel.

Hey, the towns we encounter are getting bigger and badder. We will make it as far as Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago. Unfortunately, the cold front that we have been chasing will stall across Illinois. Post frontal rain will be a problem across much of Iowa and all of Illinois. It will start in in Avoca, Iowa, and heavier rain will pick up in Illinois as we find our way to the front. Expect it to get really rainy east of Joliet. Pull out the umbrella as we get into Tinley Park.

The rain on Monday will be heaviest in the morning, beginning to lose some of it’s organization as we head east through Ohio, on into New York. It will just be generally rainy and cloudy all the way to Evans. New York, which is on the shore of Lake Erie, south of Buffalo.

Finally, the trip is almost at it’s end. And the rain is also at it’s end. We will be able to enjoy some blustery, cool conditions, but it will be dry and *gasp* sunny as we finish the drive into Burlington.

Rumbling in Carolina

It ended up a bit stormier in Burlington the past couple of days than I anticipated. Part of that, at least on Tuesday, may have been the added heat, and a bit more instability than initially anticipated. It stormed like crazy in North Carolina yesterday, which is about what was expected (never mind that I said “isolated” in the forecast). The top spot was won by the Weather Service, who snuck ahead of Accuweather with a proper thunderstorm forecast.
Actuals: Tuesday – .05 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 79, Low 43
Wednesday – .58 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 84, Low 57

Grade: C

Burlington, North Carolina to Detroit, Michigan

I can honestly say, I am surprised. It only takes about 10 hours to get from North CArolina to Michigan. Not even close to what I was expecting. Well, a little close. Anyways, it’s only 667 miles between the two cities, which means our pace will be 61.6mph. We can knock this one out no problem, right?

If you saw the footage today, you know about the tornadoes that strafed the Dallas metro this afternoon. That system is going to kick up some nasty weather through the southeast tomorrow. It won’t be too bad along our route however, just some garden variety showers and storms, though they may have some fairly dense coverage. The storm action will be confined predominantly south of the Ohio River, so the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia could be home to storms and really heavy rain. It will clear out quite nicely north of Parkersburg, which will mean sunny to partly cloudy skies the rest of the way to Detroit.