Today we embark on a 2-day road trip from College Station, TX to Indianapolis, IN. Perhaps it’s a college football road trip? It is the season after all! Let’s take a gander at what the weather will be like for the 1,001-mile excursion.
High pressure controls much of the south-central US, so our first day shall be fairly pleasant. There might be some morning stratus as we head out of College Station to Texarkana, but by then it should be mostly sunny skies as we head through Little Rock. We end our day on the outskirts of Memphis, TN.
High pressure should greet us once again today as we depart Memphis, but as low pressure takes over the Central US, warmer temperatures and mostly clear skies are anticipated over the route along with some higher winds. They shouldn’t be of any issue however as we head into southern IL and eventually into Indianapolis ahead of hopefully a fun weekend!
There wasn’t a lot of variance in the weather in College Station the last two days. Temperatures were confined to 97 degrees for a high and 77 degrees for a low. While there wasn’t a lot changing with the weather, there was still something to talk about at the coffee shop. “Boy, it’s hot out there.” is a pretty good conversation starter. When the weather pattern isn’t changing, we usually end up with some pretty good forecasts, and we had them this time. The NWS stood a bit taller than the rest, missing the Saturday morning low by 1 degree, but hitting everything else perfectly.
Actuals: Friday – High 97, Low 77
Saturday – High 97, Low 77
We’re back out, destined for another three day trek, however, this time around, the draw will be shorter on day 3, rather than longer. The two towns are 1341 miles apart, roughly, and we will be covering ground at a 62mph rate, primarily because there aren’t many interstates for us to take. We will still try to cover 496 miles a day on Saturday and Sunday. Let’s go to Provo!
DAY ONE (Saturday)
Texas is at its driest and dustiest this time of year. All guidance suggests that as we drive [clap clap clap] deep through the heart of Texas, we will be dry, maybe a little humid and very warm. when we start to angle our way to the northwest at the very end of our day, we might see a stray late afternoon thunderstorm between Lubbock and our daily destination of Sudan in the Texas Panhandle.
DAY TWO (Sunday)
Eastern New Mexico looks like it will lieght up with thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon and evening. Fortunately for us, we should be clear on the other side of the state by the time that happens. Even notoriously damp Gallup won’t have initiated by the time we turn north towards the 4 Corners. We will stop right outside of said Corners, in Shiprock, New Mexico. We will get through the day without a drop of rain.
DAY THREE (Monday)
More of the same on Monday, but as we navigate our way through the Beehive State, it seems much more likely that we will see at least one isolated shower in the higher terrain of the Wasatch. Nevertheless, the drve through southeastern Utah will predominantly be dry, if marked by a few high clouds. The best shot for a shower will come just before we descend into Provo from the Wasatch. Provo itself will be dry.
We’re off to the Lone Star State on a 3 day journey from western New York. The trip is a 1613 mile journey which will lend us to a 62.8mph pace. The first two days will be a hair shorter, with a goal of 502.6 miles travelled on those first two days. Let’s get grinding.
DAY ONE (Friday)
High pressure has settled in over the eastern Great Lakes, and as well as the Finger Lakes, which are great in their own righ. The beginning of the day tomorrow will be dry, as will most of the middle. The trek through northeastern Ohio portends to be just as wonderful. There is a surface wave slowly moving through the mid-Mississippi valley, and there is a chance that between Columbus and Jeffersonville, our destination for Friday night, we will encounter some late rain showers.
DAY TWO (Saturday)
The drive on Saturday will be significantly less pleasant. The surface feature moving through the mid-Mississippi Valley will now be moving through the Ohio Valley, and the typically juicy summer air in the southeastern US will mean a nearly persistent threat for showers and thunderstorms. I tend to favor the guidance that suggests better organization for the activity this weekend, which will ultimately mean a better potential for a stray squall rather than simple air mass convection. It also suggests a bit of a break in the action around Nashville, which I’m not entirely sold on. We will stop in Stanton, which is about 2/3 of the way from Nashville to Memphis.
DAY THREE (Sunday)
Daily instability and the periphery of a surface ridge will lead to a few showers through the remainder of our drive in Tennessee, as well as most of the trek through Arkansas. Instead of fairly heavy rain with an embedded thunderstorm like we will see on Saturday, Sunday’s action is more likely to be scattered showers, particularly in Arkansas. Before we reach Texarkana, all that rain will wrap up. It’s going to be hot and humid but ultimately rain free as we move through eastern Texas
We’re off to the home of Texas A&M and a good meteorology program in their own right. Let’s see what’s a-happenin’
At 953AM, CT, College Station was reporting a temperature of 82 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. There was a weak surface feature moving through the Plains is helping to induce a bit of a southerly flow, and that flow is in turn producing the necessary onshore advection resulting in the morning clouds for College Station. As the day goes on, the sun should come out in College Station.
A weak upper level ridge will dominate the southern US, and overriding flow will continue to be northerly. This will function as a stabilizing flow, as it will suppress moisture from rising out of the Gulf. Scattered instability showers will be possible in the Plains, while some moisture will hug the coast. In between, College Station will enjoy dry conditions for the end of the week and beginning of the weekend.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 97, Low 76
Saturday – Mostly sunny, High 97, Low 76
TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 100, Low 76
Saturday – Partly Cloudy High 98, Low 75
AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 97, Low 77
Saturday – Mostly sunny and humid High 96, Low 75
NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 97, Low 77
Saturday – Mostly sunny High 97, Low 76
WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. High 96, Low 77
Saturday – Partly cloudy. High 97, Low 76
WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. High 97, Low 77
Saturday – Partly cloudy. High 97, Low 75
You can see some of those milky clouds right over southeastern Texas. They won’t last long.