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Carson City, Nevada

We’re headed out west this evening for a late night forecast. What’s kickin’ in the Great Basin?

At 935PM, PT, Carson City was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 59 degrees. A narrow ridge had found itself entrenched over the Great Basin, leading to clear skies regionwide.
An upper level trough moving into the Pacific Northwest will attempt to drive some moisture and cold air south towards Nevada, but it will be to no avail. Carson City’s position in the foothills of the Sierras will be advantageous to sun seekers, as northwesterly flow will help to scour the environment around town. Some mid to high clouds will help to suppress temperatures a bit
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 71, Low 44
Tuesday – Partly cloudy, High 64, Low 44

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy/Wind: High 72, Low 42
Tuesday – Partly cloudy/Wind: High 65, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine; breezy in the afternoon High 69, Low 42
Tuesday – Breezy with sunshine and some clouds High 62, Low 42

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High High 68 Low 43
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 61, Low 42

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 70, Low 43
Tuesday – Partly cloudy, High 62, Low 43

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 72, Low 45
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 64, Low 45

FIO, Tomorrow – Partly cloudy throughout the day and breezy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening. High 67, Low 41
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy in the morning and breezy until afternoon. High 61, Low 39

A look at the satellite shows a pretty quiet environment. We’ll see what happens with the temperatures., which everyone went over guidance on in their forecasts.
Yuba City

The difference a couple of feet makes

When I was first attempting to verify, I looked at the Reno numbers rather than Carson City. A couple outlets, namely ourselves and WeatherNation, ended up with only 1 degree of error. We nailed a Reno forecast with our Carson City forecast! Well, then we looked at the numbers for Carson City. Oops. The Nevada capital has an elevation 300 feet higher than Reno, and is nearer the mountains. As a result, temperatures were cooler than those in Reno by a few degrees. Enough to make V-W 16 degrees off and WeatherNation 14 degrees off. As we looked at the correct verification, the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel had the top forecast.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 68, Low 28
Thursday – High 66, Low 30

Grade B – D (WB gets a big fat F for not having a forecast.)

Carson City, Nevada to Reading, Pennsylvania

We’re on the road again, this time it’s a massive 2647.75 mile, 5 day journey. We’ll cover ground at a pace of 65.3, which will mean our days will require coverage of 522 miles. There is a lot of driving to do, so we better start doing it.

DAY ONE (Thursday)
Carson City
It’s going to be pretty chilly in the open basin of northern Nevada, particularly as night begins to fall over the eastern portion of the state. That should be the only issue we have to deal with, however, as a broad upper level ridge remains in place, smothering any hint at instability. The day will take us to Lake Point, Utah, just south of the Great Salt Lake.

DAY TWO (Friday)
A ridge moving out of western Canada into the northern Rockies will bring some snow showers to the western half of Wyoming. If we leave early enough in the day, we might be able to avoid much of the activity. Still, I think by the time we reach the highest points of Wyoming, between Laramie and Rock Springs, and particularly around Rawlins, we may see some flakes. There will be a chance for some snow after we pass Laramie, as precipitation will be filling in across the region. It won’t be as efficient in the low lands as it was in the higher terrain, so the stretch from Cheyenne to Kimball, Nebraska, our destination for Friday night, may in fact be dry. I wouldn’t count on it being completely dry, though.

DAY THREE (Saturday)
An inverted trough and very strong cold air moving into the Plains will join forces to make for a particularly dangerous drive through western Nebraska on Saturday. The worst of the day will be from Big Spring, right northeast of Colorado, to Grand Isle, where white out conditions will be possible. There will be a trend towards improving conditions later in the, but even eastern Nebraska and Iowa will have seen snow and will be enduring the post-storm winds. Visibility will be low, and we will be white knuckling it the whole way through. The day will end in Menlo, Iowa, west f Des Moines, and it will likely be much later than we intend.

DAY FOUR (Sunday)
After Saturday’s nightmare of a drive, tehre was nowhere to go but up on Sunday. The system that wrought such nastiness on Saturday will be forming a more frontal orienation by the end of the weekend, with the focal point setting up to our southeast. Of course, behind this boundary, we will be well within the cold sector of the advancing system, and a cold north wind will push us around I-80 through eastern Iowa, northern Illinois and northern Indiana. Traffic is always a nightmare in Chicago, and will be done no favors by lake effect snow south of Lake Michigan in the southeastern Chicagoland area. The good news is, when we arrive in Angola, Indiana, the snow will be done. Present and on the ground, but done.

DAY FIVE (Monday)
As with the drive on Sunday, the drive on Monday will be free of significant snowfall, outside of the northwind induced lake effect snow. We are at the mercy of a different lake this time around. North winds of of Lake Erie mised with the hills of western Pennsylvania will lead to some flurries around Pittsburgh. In the end,when we descend the Appalachians towards Reading, we will find an area of the country recovering from another nor-easter (except we will have been dealing it since it was a mid-wester). This round will have been warmer, with rain changing to snow in Reading. Keep an eye out for some slick spots as we slide into our final destination.

Carson City, Nevada

We’re off to Nevada for a fun little forecast today. What’s going out west?

At 1255PM, PT, Carson City was reporting a temperature of 55 degrees with clear skies. A sharp, high amplitude ridge over the west coast was allowing the region to remain sunny and dry.
The northern ridge will weaken while an undercutting trough will develop over northern Mexico. There won’t really be much change throughout the region, but a westerly flow may lead to a brief rise in temperatures for Carson City. Eventually, a trough will develop off the California coast, and snow shower activity will be possible later, over the weekend, well after the forecast has expired.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 70, Low 34
Thursday – Sunny, High 70, Low 34

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 68, Low 33
Thursday – Sunny, High 67, Low 33

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 67, Low 37
Thursday – Partly sunny High 65, Low 37

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 67, Low 32
Thursday – Sunny High 67, Low 33

WB: 🙁 No forecast given

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 70, Low 32
Thursday – Mostly Sunny High 70, Low 34

FIO – Tomorrow – Partly cloudy in the morning. High 60, Low 35
Thursday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 59, Low 37

Just east of the mountains, there is a lot of potential for a busted temperature forecast. I mean, look at Forecast.io and how different they are. Weatherbug is AWOL, so we don’t get to know their thoughts. Here is the water vapor imagery… not much going on.
Carson City

Springfield, Missouri to Carson City, Nevada

Our trip is deceptively long on this occasion, covering 3 1/2 days and 1795 miles through the Rockies and Great Basin. Thanks to our use of the one interstate through much of the drive, we will have a pace of about 64.85mph, which will lead to a daily goal of 518.8 miles on Saturday through Monday, leaving a little chunk of Nevada for Tuesday. We have a lot of open country in our future, so we’d best be on our way.

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Many people don’t appreciate the featureless terrain of Kansas and Nebraska, but I for one am a big fan. The open road with the windows down and tunes blaring is one of the most pleasurable sensations in life. We will get to experience it in full on Saturday as warm temperatures and sunny skies will have infiltrated the Plains. The drive through western Missouri and Nebraska will be pretty easy, and will end in Overton, Nebraska, in the western part of the state

DAY TWO (Sunday)
There isn’t much going on synopticly for us to contend with from Overton west through Nebraska and in southern Wyoming. Monsoonal thunderstorms develop late in the afternoon, and shouldn’t cause too many problems until about 4pm. Even then, we may not see any storms, because they will be extremely isolated, and mostly will be south of I-80 anyways. Still west from Rawlins we might need the wipers. Our drive will be through in Point of Rocks, which is just east of Rock Springs.

DAY THREE (Monday)
High pressure over the Great Basin will do wonders for our travel route. Not only will we be driving through much of the route before daily convection kicks off, but the ridge will help stabilize the Great Basin and thunderstorms will be shunted north of Salt Lake City and northern Nevada. Good luck getting any radio stations in this part of the world though for that whole windows down tunes blaring thing. The day will end west of Winnemucca in the tiny oasis of Valmy.

DAY FOUR (Tuesday)
The end of the road will be pretty uneventful. No, really, until you get to Reno, there isn’t much going on in Nevada. Our arrival in Carson City will be to sunny skies and elevation cooled air.
Carson City

Hot and hazy

The Rim fire has been a huge story out west, and those west winds have led to some smoky skies, but that haze did nothing to temper the hot air in Carson City. Temperatures exceeded expectations, hitting 92 degrees yesterday, reminding everyone, perhaps, how close those fires burned. Victoria-Weather and The Weather Channel tied for the top spot.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 89, Low 58
Thursday – High 92, Low 56

Grade: C

Carson City, Nevada

Today we head off to the Western US, where we visit the capital of Nevada! There have been some wildfires burning throughout the region, will Carson City avoid some of the effects?

One of the sensors at Carson City is down currently, but temperatures appear to be in the mid 80s under mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Some monsoon activity is kicking up over the Sierra Nevada, but that should remain to the southeast of the area. The main story over the next couple of days, is the dangerous Rim Fire near Yosemite. It has now grown to over 180,000 acres, or larger than the city limits of Chicago. Now, Carson City, isn’t in any direct danger from this fire, but the smoke that’s blowing off this blaze is going to the north, over the entire Lake Tahoe area. Thankfully it disperses some as it lifts over the mountains, but it is putting a distinct haze in the sky. This pattern looks to stay the same over the next couple of days, hitting the upper 80s in the day, but dropping down into the low to mid 50s at night. If there was no smoke, it’d be a downright pleasant couple of days, but the effects of the fire will continue into the latter part of the week.

Wednesday: Dry with hazy sunshine. High 89, Low 52.
Thursday: Continued dry with hazy sunshine once again. High 88, Low 54.

TWC: Wednesday: Sunny. High 87, Low 54.
Thursday: Sunny. High 89, Low 53.

AW: Wednesday: Smoky with dimmed sunshine. High 85, Low 53.
Thursday: Smoky with dimmed sunshine. High 86, Low 52.

NWS: Wednesday: Areas of smoke. High 85, Low 53.
Thursday: Smokey skies continue. High 88, Low 55.

WB: Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 86, Low 50.
Thursday: Sunny. High 89, Low 52.

Here we see the smoke from the Rim Fire being blown northward over the Lake Tahoe area, bringing haze and smoke to the Carson City/Reno area. Hopefully they continue to get this fire under control, and spare Yosemite in the process.

Cool in the hills

Carson City lies at a slightly higher elevation than cities around it. Reno is the closest city that puts out numerical forecast information, so it’s a little tough to figure out exactly what’s going on in the state capital unless you look at the town often. Weatherbug handled the lack of reliable data quite handsomely, nailing the forecast and winning the top spot.
Actuals: Sunday – High 80, Low 44
Monday – High 82, Low 46

Grade: A

Carson City, Nevada to Lincoln, Nebraska

Today we head off for a 3-day, 1,425 mile road trip, from Carson City, NV to Lincoln, NE. It’ll sure be a scenic trip, so get that camera ready!

Carson City


We start off leaving our lovely point of origin in the Sierra Nevada. With an upper ridge over the Western US, today should remain dry and fairly cloud free the entire route to Salt Lake City, our stop for day one.


Today is gonna be much like the previous one, with a pretty quiet start to the day as we continue our trek on I-80. Much of the day will be benign, but as we get into the eastern half of Wyoming, some afternoon convection is expected to pop off. Things might get a little dicey as we head into Cheyenne, where we’ll end this leg of the trip, but should only affect the final 50-100 miles to today’s jaunt, and odds are the worst of it will ignite after we’ve already arrived.


Today will be the longest leg of the three, but it’s pretty much a straight shot through the plains of Nebraska until we get to our destination. Some high clouds will be breaking up as we start the day, but a stronger southerly flow will increase them once again by midday as we make our way past Ogallala. Storms will be mostly isolated as we continue through the central part of the state, but as we make our way into Lincoln, conditions should be dry and just some mid-level clouds blotting out the evening sun.


Carson City, Nevada

Carson City was named after Johnny Carson, is a fact I just made up. Let’s head off to Nevada’s capital.

At 215PM, MT, Carson City was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 80 degrees. Weak flow aloft and equally stagnant flow at the surface will allow for light winds and sunny skies through the day today.
A disturbance over the north Pacific will reinforce a dry southwesterly flow in Nevada. Flow will come off the Sierras and from the south, which will mean two more days of sunny skies and warm temperatures in Carson City.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 83, Low 48
Monday – Sunny, High 83, Low 49

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 82, Low 47
Monday – Sunny High 82, Low 49

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 81, Low 45
Monday – Pleasant with plenty of sunshine High 82, Low 48

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 81, Low 45
Monday – Sunny High 82, Low 49

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 82, Low 45
Monday – Suny, High 83, Low 46

No model data in Carson City, and Reno, the nearest site with model data, runs a little warmer than Carson. How much warmer? We will find out.
Carson City