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Columbia, South Carolina to Lansing, Michigan

Off on a trip! Are you ready? It will be a day and a half from the Carolinas to the Great Lakes. It’s 774 miles in the midst of an early spring warmup. We will average just short of 60mph, which means the first day will be done after 479.5 miles. Let’s head to the northland, shall we?


The first day on the road will be a bit of a struggle. Do you leave the windows open, or no? Wipers on or off? Showers will be intermittent as we move through South and North Carolina, becoming a bit less abundant in western Virginia, but there might be more rain again in West Virginia. By the time we hit southern Ohio, we will likely be north of any precipitation, and when we get to Chillicothe, Ohio, our destination for the night, the stresses of wipers or no will be long in our past.

Day two, Wednesday, will just be a quick jaunt to Michigan’s capital, with very little to concern us, except maybe where to stop for lunch in Toledo. Lansing awaits!

Columbia, South Carolina

Sorry for the late start. I had basketball on the brain for much of the day today. Off to South Carolina!

At 1156PM, ET, Columbia was reporting a temperature of 57 with clear skies. An enormous ridge was dominating the eastern two thirds of the country, though there we was an undercutting trough tapping into the warm air, setting off a few thunderstorms in the Mississippi Valley.
The low over the center of the country will get entrained with the mean flow and pulled to the northeast. With an overriding flow pattern stronger than the low, it will rapidly be sheared apart. The return flow boundary is presently along the Mississippi River, and the associated moisture will continue to be drawn eastward as the parent low is sheared apart. The shower activity will weaken considerably, and strong thunderstorms are not expected, but as the weak boundary pushes eastward, there is still a shot for some light rain on Tuesday afternoon.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 74, Low 49
Tuesday – Increasing clouds, with a chance of late rain, High 78, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon (late rain) High 71, Low 49
Tuesday – A few showers early with isolated thunderstorms developing later High 78, Low 56

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 71, Low 44
Tuesday – Partly sunny and very warm with a shower or thunderstorm around High 78, Low 52

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy (rain late) High 70, Low 49
Tuesday – A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, High 77, Low 54

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy (rain late), High 70, Low 47
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon High 77, Low 54

So it appears there is some thought of a bit of rain overnight Monday as well. Not buyin’ it! Satellite shows a classic comma shaped pattern with that low in the center of the country.

Columbia, Missouri to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Isn’t there a closer Columbia for Spartanburg residents to welcome guests from? Neither city is on a major interstate, and the trip will take a day and a half and cover 784 miles. Our pace will be about 62.1mph, which is rather slow, but not egregiously so. We will cover 496.9 miles on the first day in the car, which will leave us just a few hours to Spartanburg on Sunday.


The heat is building into the center of the country, and this will be especially true in Missouri and Illinois. The Gulf will pump moisture north that will begin to rise convectively almost as soon as the system arrives on shore. Some of those storms will make it’s way as far north as Tennessee. The threat for storms will come as we arrive in about Clarksville, Tennessee and stay with us for the rest of our drive. We will make it to Boma, Tennessee. There will be a chance, as I said, for wet weather, but truth be told, the heaviest weather will be south of our route.

The drive will be OK to begin, since the thunderstorms activity will taper off over night, but the Smokeys that we have to pass through will be a good instigator for a few more thunderstorms Sunday. Don’t be surprised if we see some wet weather between Knoxville and Asheville, North Carolina. The wet weather will not follow us, however, from Asheville to Spartanburg, and we should expect some nice, hot weather in Spartanburg for our arrival.

Columbia, South Carolina to Rocky Mount, North Carolina

A trip through the Carolinas is in order for tomorrow. It will take us only 4 hours to cover the 254 miles, which will put us at a pace of roughly 62mph. Why don’t we get on our way?

There is a system that will be sweeping into the Carolinas as we drive between South and North. The moisture will wait to begin producing rainfall until the afternoon, until we are in the Benson, North Carolina area, leaving us only with about an hour of driving in the rain. We’ll get to experience the bulk of the activity while we are doing whatever it is we need to do in Rocky Mount.