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Columbus, Georgia to Bakersfield, California

Make no mistake, we are about to undertake a pretty long road trip, but if I’m being completely honest, this trip isn’t quite as long as I thought it would be. It will take 4 days to trek from Georgia to California, a trip of 2175 miles. The daily drive will be a nice 544 miles, at a pace of 68mph. It’s an active pattern in the northern part of the country, so let’s see if we can expect any trouble to the south as well.

DAY ONE (Monday)

The Southeast is enjoying a pretty nice start to their weekend, but as it often happens, things are going to fall apart on Sunday. Low pressure will develop in the Plains and will start to scoot through the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, A weak cold front will slice through Mississippi and Alabama as we head west. There won’t be a great deal of moisture, but there will be a threat for a spot of showers or thunderstorm activity between about Selma, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi. The post frontal wind will make things cooler and force us to keep both hands on the wheel as we drive to Bossier City, Louisiana.

DAY TWO (Monday)
Clear skies will move in behind the front, weak though it may be, with cold air moving into Texas. The next system isn’t far behind, so the cold air will get replaced fairly swiftly as well. There might be some brisk winds, but the drive through north Texas should be pretty manageable. We’re going to make it to Amarillo before our first day of travel concludes.

DAY THREE (Tuesday)
The back end of low pressure developing late on Monday will be what we are left with by Tuesday morning as we depart. Most of the rain will shuttle through central Texas as cold air sinks into west Texas, meaning a chance for flurries in the Panhandle as we get going. The snow will clear up a bit in eastern New Mexico, but flurries are a possibility to return in the higher terrain in the western part of the state Arizona looks like it will be in good shape by Tuesday afternoon, however, and our stop near Winslow will be just fine.

DAY FOUR (Wednesday)
This is the type of day I’m sure we would all expect driving through the southwest. There isn’t much threat for any precipitation, and though it will be cooler than normal, the recent rain and snow will also mean that dust will be at a minimum, while any plants in the area will probably be in bloom. The day looks good in Bakersfield on Wednesday, though Thursday might be a bit dicier.

Mystery Mornings

It seems to be kind of hard to pin down what happened in Columbus, IN over the last couple of days. The nearby reporting station only reports between 6am and 10pm, missing the main period where freezing drizzle was forecast to happen, though some light snow reports were seen.

Wednesday: Light snow reported. High 33, Low 30.
Thursday: Rain reported. High 37, Low 32.
Forecast Grade: B-C

Springfield, Massachusetts to Columbus, Indiana

Today we embark on a 2-day, 876-mile trip from Western MA to central IN. There’s been a lot of talk about a storm system hitting the region, can we get the trip in before it stops us in our tracks?

Day 1

It will be a fairly nice start to the day and mostly sunny skies greet us as we embark southward out of Springfield into CT then eventually heading west on I-84. Clouds will increase throughout the day as we trek through southeastern NY and into PA. There’s a slight chance a few flurries could linger in the air as we pass by State College and into western PA, but the system responsible for that will have mostly passed on to the north, leaving some overcast skies in its wake. Fairly quiet conditions are expected for the evening as we pull into Youngstown, OH for the night

Day 2

An area of weak low pressure will be making its way through the OH Valley today. While the start of the day will just be cloudy, we can expected to see some light snow start to fall by the time we make it past Mansfield into the Columbus, OH area. While we may be happy to see THAT Columbus, we must trudge onwards on I-71 since we have a little ways to go yet. Luckily for us, snow showers will changeover to rain midday, making the rest of the drive wet, but not as treacherous as the start of the day was. Rain showers should start to taper off as we pass by Cincinnati and eventually into Columbus, IN!

Columbus, Indiana

Today we head off to the Ohio Valley to visit Columbus! No, not THE Columbus, but still just as awesome I’m sure! So I’m told anyways.

At 945pm EST, the temperature at Columbus, IN was 32 degrees under overcast skies. The tail end of a frontal boundary is shifting through the region, with plenty of low-level moisture found in its’ vicinity. It’s not expected to really rain during the morning hours in Columbus, but with temperatures hovering just at or below freezing, the low-lying stratus clouds and areas of fog could squeeze out some patchy freezing drizzle in the area, generally coming to an end by the late-morning hours. Dry weather is then expected for the rest of Wednesday into early Thursday. Another quick-moving but weak low pressure system looks to shift through the region on Thursday, bringing some rain/snow showers in the late morning hours before warming up a bit and changing everything over to all rain. This activity moves east of the area by Thursday evening, then dries out until the main weekend storm hits.

Wednesday: Patchy freezing drizzle in morning, drying out by midday. High 38, Low 30.
Thursday: Rain/snow mix in morning, then becoming rain showers. High 40, Low 29.

TWC: Wednesday: Cloudy, spotty drizzle. High 35, Low 31.
Thursday: Rain/snow mix. High 41, Low 32.

AW: Wednesday: AM freezing drizzle/fog. High 38, Low 30.
Thursday: Periods of rain/snow. High 41, Low 31.

NWS: Wednesday: Patchy freezing drizzle in AM, then drizzle/cloudy. High 36, Low 31.
Thursday: Rain/snow mix in morning, then rain. High 39, Low 31.

WB: Wednesday: Patchy light freezing drizzle until midday. High 35, Low 31.
Thursday: Periods of rain. High 39, Low 33.

WN: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with patchy light freezing drizzle. High 36, Low 31.
Thursday: Cloudy with light rain. High 39, Low 31.

FIO: Wednesday: Overcast throughout the day. High 34, Low 31.
Thursday: Light rain starting in morning. High 38, Low 32.

Here we see the broad area of stratus over the OH Valley, although thicker clouds are found off to the south. This will be sticking with us through much of the day Wednesday.

Columbus, Indiana

Sorry for the super late post, day kinda gets away from you when its Election Day! I hope you all got out and voted! Let’s take a look at how things are faring in Indiana, weather-wise anyways.

At 945pm EST, the temperature at Columbus, IN was 48 degrees under clear skies (below 12,000 feet). I have to make that distinction because when automated systems report “SKC” (sky clear), the sensor only registers up to 12,000 feet. So, while it may report clear skies, there can still be clouds higher up that are passing over the region like they are right now. A nose of high pressure is pushing its way over the Ohio Valley, and looks to keep the area dry and pleasant Wednesday and through much of Thursday as well. This area breaks down as Thursday progresses and a new area of low pressure starts to develop over the Mid-MS River Valley. Showers should hold off long enough so as to remain dry until early Friday morning when the system really pushes through.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 50, Low 35.
Thursday: Increasing clouds in evening. High 48, Low 29.

TWC: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 54, Low 36.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High 51, Low 30.

AW: Wednesday: Partly sunny; breezy. High 54, Low 36.
Thursday: Clouds and sun; chilly. High 50, Low 30.

NWS: Wednesday: Isolated early morning sprinkles, then mostly sunny. High 51, Low 36.
Thursday: Partly sunny, increasing clouds late. High 49, Low 30.

WB: Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 50, Low 35.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, possible late night shower. High 47, Low 31.

WN: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 51, Low 36.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 49, Low 30.

FIO: Wednesday: Partly cloudy starting in the morning, continuing until evening. High 52, Low 37.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy starting overnight, continuing until evening. High 48, Low 29.

We see some clouds traversing the region currently, but looks like it’ll be a fairly nice couple of days coming up!

Columbus struggles to recover

A cold front moving through Indiana Friday night into Saturday brought rain, certainly, but also did an excellent job of bringing cold air. Unlike in the summer, when warmth usually can find its way back to town as soon as the sun comes back out, temperatures struggled to recover in Columbus. Overcast skies remained in place as the center of low pressure stalled in the Great Lakes, which meant that temperatures couldn’t get out of the 30s yesterday. Brr! Weatherbug always trends cooler than other outlets, and today, it paid off, because they had the top forecast!
Actuals: Friday – Rain reported, not measured, HIgh 53, Low 37
Saturday – High 39, Low 35

Grade: B-C

Columbus, Indiana to Barnstable, Massachusetts

Hey! Let’s take another two day trek, with some subtle differences. Columbus will be the origin for this journey, and we will be headed for the east coast. The first day will be the longer one with a goal of 522 miles travled at a pace of about 65mph. I think that pretty much covers it, so lets get on with it.

DAY ONE (Saturday)

One nice thing about leaving on this trip on Saturday is that we won’t immediately encounter rainfall. Eventually, yes, it will rain, and it will rain a lot, but just not right away. The threat for rain will fall somewhere between Columbus (the Ohio version) and Somerset, Pennsylvania, with the heaviest activity over southeastern Ohio, the West Virginia Panhandle, and through the Pittsburgh region. The boundary is slow moving and butting up against the Appalachians, which is all good news, because the trek through central Pennsylvania will be warmer and dry. The first day will conclude in Carlisle, right off the turnpike, and just before Harrisburg.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
We will make it to Carlisle, but then the precipitation will catch up with us. Furthermore, that cold front will latch on to a disturbance rising out of the Caribbean, which will wind up and move quickly up the eastern Seaboard. Conditions will deteriorate through the day both along the coast and along our route. We’ll be getting battered by the time we hit Connecticut, and it will only get windier as we hit Cape Cod. The wheels will really come off after we arrive in Barnstable, when the fast moving, well organized system lashes eastern Massachussetts. Find a warm spot to rest your head, because this is New England at it’s worst.

Fort Collins, Colorado to Columbus, Indiana

Hey, let’s hit the road tonight, shall we? We’re taking a two day trip, covering 1178 miles of the Plains. We’ll cover ground at a pace approaching 70mph, and we’ll be able to drive 555 miles on Friday, leaving more than half the drive for Saturday. Traffic will be better anyways.

DAY ONE (Friday)

Winds will be whipping through the Plains behind a cold front presently making its way through Illinois, and it will probably seem a bit more vigorous in the flatlands of Kansas. It will be chilly, too, so limit those stops at gas stations and maybe hit the drive through for lunch so you can keep the car warm, because nobody is ever really ready for the first dose of chilly weather of the season. We’ll make it to Alma, Kansas, which is closer to the interstate than Manhattan.

DAY TWO (Saturday)
Increasingly on Saturday, we will see the blue skies blotted out by gray clouds as we head eastward. It should be entirely overcast as we reach St. Louis, and will continue to be dreary through Illinois and central Indiana. Maybe it’s not the welcome you want in Columbus, but it is the welcome we are stuck with. It should clear out early in the week, if we can stick around at all!

Columbus, Indiana

We’re headed for south central Indiana this evening. The weather is pretty docile tonight, but will that continue?

Columbus had stopped reporting for the evening at the time of forecast, but nearby Atterbury was reporting clear skies with a temperature of 54 degrees at 1135PM. Across the regions, things were generally clear and temperatures were largely in the low 50s. Low pressure in the Upper Midwest was dangling a cold front through Illinois, stretching from the western Chicago Suburbs to Belleville, east of St. Louis. Temperatures behind the front were much cooler, generally in the 30s and 40s, with overcast pursuing the clouds.
As the boundary continues east into Indiana, don’t be surprised if some light rain crops up through the Hoosier State before building into more substantial activity in western Ohio. Precipitation will be entirely rain, though temperatures will dip into the 30s on Saturday morning. Overcast skies will make the beginning of the weekend dreary, though it should be dry.
Tomorrow – Light rain early, then cloudy and much cooler, High 52, Low 39
Saturday – Cloudy and cool, High 47, Low 32

TWC: Tomorrow  – Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming cloudy with periods of rain later in the day.  High 54, Low 40
Saturday – A mix of clouds and sun in the morning, followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon.  High 46, Low 34

AW: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a little rain High 55, Low 39
Saturday – Mostly cloudy and colder High 46, Low 34

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, high 54, Low 40
Saturday – A chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain showers between 9am and 2pm. Partly sunny, High 46, Low 35

WB: Tomorrow – Slight chance of rain showers until midday, then rain showers in the afternoon. High 51, Low 38
Saturday – Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain until midday then mostly cloudy in the afternoon, High 43, Low 36

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy wth showers, High 56, Low 40
Saturday – Partly cloudy with chance of wintry mix, High 46, Low 35

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain starting in the afternoon. High 55, Low 41
Saturday – Rain starting in the afternoon. High 45, Low 35

Here is a look at the satellite, in which you can see the clouds trailing the cold front, getting ready to make for a dreary couple of days.

Columbus dodges some rough stuff

We expected the threat for showers to central Ohio with another wave of showers and thunderstorms rolling out of the Plains into the Mississippi Valley, with the threat for severe storms close to the Ozarks. Instead, the low held together further to the east, and a batch of severe weather was found across Kentucky. There were even a few isolated reports of gusty winds across southern Ohio, but none of them reached Columbus. Perhaps it was because the state capital wasn’t destabilized as much, as temperatures failed to even reach 60 the day before. Accuweather ended up with the top forecast thanks to the coolest overall forecast.
Actuals: Saturday – .06″ of rain, High 57, Low 46
Sunday – .23″ of rain, High 72, Low 51

Grade: C-D