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Weather Wayback – Cleveland catches some flakes

Back at the beginning of December, Anthony took a look at a Cleveland forecast that was sodden with lake effect snows. OK, sodden may not have been the right turn of phrase, as there was only a stray flake or two in the mix. There was a nice blanket of overcast thanks to the fetch off Lake Erie, which kept temperatures from varying too wildly. Some outlets only had the temperature shift a degree or two during the day on December 8th, but that was a little overboard. Instead, Victoria Weather, conservative, but not aggressively so, ended up with the top forecast, and by a few degrees over the competition.
Actuals: December 8th – Trace of snow, High 33, low 25
December 9th – .08 inches of precip, falling as snow, High 30, Low 25

Grade: A-C

Cleveland, Ohio

Forecasting for the shores of the Great Lakes can by fraught with difficulty. Let’s see if Cleveland will greet us with such hardships!

At 1053pm EST, the temperature at Cleveland, OH was 35 degrees under overcast skies. There’s a Lake Effect Snow Watch in effect for the area from 7pm Thursday until 10am Saturday. Winter is taking its first icy grip over much of the Northern US these days as a trough swings its way through the Western Great Lakes. Winds will be turning out of the WNW over the next 12-18 hours, which will start to turn on the lake effect snow machine, with Winter Storm Warnings in effect for the western shores of Lower Michigan and Lake Effect Snow Warnings for Upper Michigan and portions of PA/NY that are susceptible to such events. Storm totals in these parts could wind up above 2 feet by the time Sunday rolls around, but luckily, the worst will pass to the northeast of Cleveland. Some light snow is possible tomorrow, with an uptick in activity for Friday, but amounts in the next 48 hours look to be in the 1-3″ range.

Thursday: Cloudy, better chance of afternoon/evening snow showers. High 33, Low 27.
Friday: Snow showers, may be moderate at times. High 33, Low 25.

TWC: Thursday: Cloudy and windy, scattered snow showers. High 30, Low 29.
Friday: Morning snow showers. High 34, Low 29.

AW: Thursday: Colder with snow at times. High 32, Low 27.
Friday: Snow squalls, 1-3″. High 35, Low 27.

NWS: Thursday: Chance of snow showers and breezy. High 31, Low 28.
Friday: Snow showers. High 32, Low 27.

WB: Thursday: 50% chance of snow showers. High 30, Low 29.
Friday: Snow showers. High 32, Low 25.

WN: Thursday: Windy with snow showers possible. High 30, Low 28.
Friday: Cloudy with snow showers. High 32, Low 27.

FIO: Thursday: Light snow (under 1″) in the morning and afternoon. High 35, Low 29.
Friday: Light snow throughout the day. High 33, Low 30.

There’s a few areas of light snow showers passing off to the south. As the winds swing around in the next day or so, look out for some lake effect snow bands, especially to the northeast. Good thing there’s no baseball games happening now, since I don’t think snow delays last for just 17 minutes.

Something salvageable

Cleveland ended up being just as drizzly as we had anticipated, with about a quarter inch of rain falling over the weekend, which was an unfortunate happenstance for anyone looking forward to fun and sun. Temperatures were able to climb into the 80s both days this weekend, so there was enough sun for comfortable temperatures, at least. It wasn’t the rain or the high temperatures that decided the winning forecast, but rather the lows, which Victoria-Weather was nearly spot on for.
Actuals: Saturday – .13 inches of rain, High 83, Low 69
Sunday – .09 inches of rain, High 84, Low 68

Grade: B-D

Cleveland, Ohio


Tomorrow – Early rain, then overcast with drizzle, High 81, Low 70
Sunday – Cloudy with drizzle, High 79, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow – Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms High 81, Low 71
Sunday – Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 79, Low 70

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and humid with a shower or thunderstorm High 81, Low 71
Sunday – Periods of clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm; humid High 79, Low 71

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, High 82, Low 72
Sunday – A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, High 81, Low 71

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, Showers and thunderstorms High 78, Low 72
Sunday – Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, High 76, Low 70

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Storms High 82, Low 72
Sunday – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Storms High 81, Low 72

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain throughout the day. High 82, Low 71
Sunday – Light rain in the morning and afternoon. High 81, Low 72

So that’s Cleveland. Wish it was a better forecast for the weekend.

Lima, Ohio to Cleveland, Tennessee

Today we embark on a one-day trip through the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Only 455 miles separate Lima, OH and Cleveland, TN, will be be a easy trip, or will weather slow our arrival? Let’s find out!


A strong area of low pressure is lifting northeast through the Eastern Great Lakes, trailing a strong cold front down along the Appalachians into the Central Gulf of Mexico. Luckily, the heavy rains and thunderstorms that have been affecting the Deep South will have pushed east of our route by the time we start the day, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Some light fog and rain showers will be scattered around the area as we head south towards Cincy. As we push through eastern Kentucky, there might be some rain/snow showers as the temperatures in the region start to plummet behind the cold front. They won’t be particularly strong though, and shouldn’t inhibit our progress as we continue into Tennessee. A couple light showers might persist into the evening as we approach Cleveland, but overall the afternoon and evening hours should be quieter than how we started the day.


Not Hotter in Cleveland

This past weeks’ area of high pressure that moved through the Eastern US brought some much needed dry time after the thorough soaking that hit the region. Also, temperatures were noticeably cooler under this dome of high pressure, which caused most of the forecasts for Cleveland to go awry, as temperatures were expected to rebound much faster than they did. I don’t think many residents of eastern TN cared much about the too warm forecast, however, as a pair of pleasant days were had by all! The Weather Channel took home the win.

Wednesday: High 78, Low 57.
Thursday: High 82, Low 57.
Forecast Grade: B

Cleveland, Tennessee to Vineland, New Jersey

We’re taking a quick day and a half excursion from southeastern Tennessee to southern New Jersey. I think it will be pretty ok for the 712.75 miles we travel. We will have a quick pace of 64mph, which means 512 miles on day one, and 200 for Friday. Let’s head for the Garden State!

DAY ONE (Thursday)
The best thing about this trip is tht we will sneak east of the Appalachians pretty early in the day. We won’t stray too far to the east from the hills on I-81, but a weak trough moving through the region won’t be able to carry moisture over the chain, and we will be far enough east to stay dry. Maybe we will see a stray cloud or two, but that’s about it. We will take an eastward turn towards D.C. and end up in Markham, Virginia at the end of the day.

DAY TWO (Friday)
Regardless of what happens on Thursday, I can say with confidence that it will be dry on Friday. The biggest issue is that our drive takes us through Washington, Baltimore and the south side of Philadelphia, and navigating that much traffic will certainly be a chore. No weather to worry about, however.

System works in some warm air.

In Cleveland, forecast outlets were anticipating that, on the north side of a massive area of low pressure moving through the center of the country, temperatures would be kept in check by a great deal of rain. The rain came, but the temperatures soared too. The real surprise came yesterday when, despite clouds and .7″ of rain, the high temperature was 77 degrees. Nobody did great with this unusually warm forecast, but The Weather Channel did the least bad.
Actuals: Monday – .16″ of rain, High 56, Low 47
Tuesday – .7″ of rain/thunderstorms, High 77, Low 54

Grade: C

Cleveland, Ohio

I was in Cleveland earlier this month. It was a little chilly, and rather rainy. Can we expect more of the same to begin this week?

At 1251PM, ET, Cleveland was reporting a temperature of 50 degrees. The flow was off of Lake Erie, and on the lakefront, temperatures were only in the mid 40s. While a severe outbreak is on the horizon for the central Plains today, a warm up is expected in Cleveland, as the fertile air cycles in ahead of the area of low pressure.
Starting as early tomorrow, however, that flow will begin to tap into the cold front bringing the heavy weather to the Mississippi Valley. Tomorrow will start dry, but the warm front will move into the region in the late morning, starting a day filled with stratiform rain. The warm sector will move through in the afternoon, and an extremely active prefrontal trough will bring thunderstorms to the region starting in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, and will bring very heavy rain to the region. The cold front itself won’t be in town until the next morning, so a precipitous drop in temperatures is not expected.
Tomorrow – Rain, High 59, Low 42
Tuesday – Bands of heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms… but warmer! High 62, Low 51

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain / Thunder High 55, Low 45
Tuesday – Rain / Thunder High 64, Low 55

AW: Tomorrow – Periods of rain from late morning on High 60, Low 42
Tuesday – Breezy; some rain and a thunderstorm in the morning followed by a t-storm in the afternoon High 67, Low 51

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers, then occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm High 64, Low 45
Tuesday – Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Cloudy, High 70, Low 55

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. A chance of showers in the morning…then occasional showers with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 64, Low 45
Tuesday – Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms. High 69, Low 55

WN: Tomorrow – Isolated Showers High 64, Low 45
Tuesday – Occasional Showers High 70, Low 55

Take a a look at the satellite. That is a daunting wave headed into the Ohio Valley.

Clear skies and varying temperatures

Cleveland, Tennessee was plenty sunny over the past two days. During the day, the sunshine led to temperatures that warmed into the low 70s by Thursday. Overnight, however, the clear skies allowed for a rapid drop in temperature, with lows plummeting to the mid 30s on Thursday morning. On a side note, it’s nice to see Cleveland is making observations 24 hours a day now, so that’s nice. Because of this, Weatherbug was able to qualify for a valid forecast victory.
Actuals: Wednesday, High 66, Low 42
Thursday – High 73, Low 35

Grade: B