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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

Columbus, Ohio

Back in the first days of this site, it seemed as though every week we came up with a new schedule, Columbus or Reno would be there every time. It’s all random, so this was just a weird quirk, but Reno and Columbus remain. old friends. Let’s see if we remember how to forecast for the capital and largest city of Ohio.

At 451PM, ET, Columbus was reporting a temperature of 66 degrees with overcast skies. At this point in the year, 66 feels a little bit cooler, and those slightly cooler temperatures are nothing compared to those found closer to Cincinnati, where clouds associated with the tail of a cold front attached to a low in the Canadian Maritimes have lingered through the day.
That boundary is being allowed to persist thanks to developing low pressure in the southern Plains. An associated warm front will emerge from the ashes of this old cold front and start to lift to the north. Guidance is circumspect on whether or not it will lift all the way through Columbus overnight tonight, but it does appear that, one way or another, there will be rain starting tomorrow morning. As the low shifts east towards the Ohio Capital, there will be a bit of clearing late Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, but the associated cold front will arrive with more rain and thunderstorms my late morning Tuesday. The low will lose organization as it shifts away from the mountains, so expect widespread rain with only an isolated thunderstorm embedded within the activity, and no significant severe threat.
Tomorrow – Scattered rain showers, a bit of clearing late, High 61, Low 52
Tuesday – Rain and thunderstorms, High 72, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers High 62, Low 49
Tuesday – Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely.  High 74, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a shower in the area High 61, Low 48
Tuesday – Warmer with periods of rain and a thunderstorm High 71, low 54

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy High 64, Low – 48
Tuesday – A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Cloudy High 73, Low 53

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms High 59, Low 49
Tuesday – Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms, Not as cold. High 69, Low 54

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Chance of Light Showers high 64, Low 48
Tuesday – Cloudy with Chance of Light Showers High 72, Low 54

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain until afternoon, starting again in the evening. High 63, Low, 51
Tuesday -Rain until afternoon, starting again in the evening. High 76, Low 55

It’s not often you see Weatherbug diverge this much from the Weather Service. Interesting to see especially given that there is a boundary moving through. There is this much uncertainty! Check out the satellite, showing the clouds to the southeast. There is rain embedded in this activity.

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Columbus, Indiana to Gulfport, Mississippi

It’s Leap Day today! We’re going to travel from Southern Indiana down to the Gulf Coast, to a city appropriately named Gulfport! The journey is a 2-day, 739-mile trip. We could probably do it in one day, but that would be a LONG day, so 2 leisurely days it is!

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DAY ONE

A cold front breezed through overnight, bringing some rain and a couple surprise thunderstorms to the area. Luckily, they’ve shifted well off to the east as we depart in the morning, so perhaps just a few wind gusts will greet us. Broad but weak high pressure is found over the Ohio and TN Valleys for the day, so other than some partly cloudy skies in the wake of the aforementioned front, it should be a rather quiet day as we drive south through Kentucky and Tennessee, finishing the day in Birmingham.

DAY TWO

A more potent are of low pressure is going to shift into the OH Valley today, trailing a strong cold front as well. Mostly cloudy skies are expected during the day as we travel southwest into eastern Mississippi, with some increasing southerly winds as well. There might be a stray shower through midday as we get closer to our destination, and as we pull into Gulfport, there might be an isolated thunderstorm in the region. The heavier activity should remain off to the north however, so we got into town at just the right time!

Gulfport

Splashes and stratus

A coastal feature was expected to get shunted off shore by the development of a weak ridge in the Ohio Valley. Instead, some extra moisture was drawn north towards Ohio, thanks in part to the development of a strong area of low pressure in the Plains. It rained on both Monday and Tuesday, while a thick layer of overcast filtered in on Tuesday as well, pinning temperature down in the 40s in Columbus, well off the pace prognosticated by our forecasters. Curiously, the clearer conditions on Monday in the early afternoon led to warmer highs than anyone had expected. Everyone except Forecast.io, who tied for the top forecast. The Weather Channel also registered the same score, but their value was added with overnight lows.
Actuals: Monday – .16 inches of rain, High 59, Low 30
Tuesday – .20 inches of rain, High 48, Low 44

Grade: B-C

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is an old favorite here. Back in the original years of the site, we would regularly grab, at random, Columbus and Reno. It was weird. But we should be experts at this point.

At 1051PM, ET, Columbus was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 37 degrees. Surface high pressure will remain in place over the center of the country through the night tonight, as well as much of the day tomorrow. A weak upper level trough aloft is helping with the development of a surface wave centered over the southeastern US, which is presently producing a great deal of rain around Georgia and the Carolinas, and is the feature to be monitored.
The wave aloft isn’t terribly strong, and resembles something found more typically in the summer than in the winter. It will really only serve for a track guide, rather than an importer of cold air. Still, there will be some barclinicity over the Ohio area, and it will draw some moisture to Columbus. At the back edge of a loosely organized system laden with moisture, expect some scattered light with mostly cloudy skies on Tuesday, particularly early in the day to the fternoon, with some clearing coming just in time for nightfall.
Tomorrow – Increasing clouds, but generally pleasant. High 56, Low 33
Tuesday – cloudy, with rain coming through the day, High 54, Low 44

TWC: Tomorrow – PM Showers, High 58, Low 32
Tuesday – AM Showers, High 54, Low 44

AW: Tomorrow – Some sunshine giving way to clouds with a couple of showers late in the afternoon High 55, Low 29
Tuesday – A little morning rain; otherwise, mostly cloudy High 53, Low 45

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Increasing clouds High 56, Low 35
Tuesday – chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Cloudy High 56, Low 45

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny in the morning,, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the afternoon, High 56, Low 35
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy, a chance of showers in the morning, High 56, Low 45

WN: Tomorrow -Partly cloudy with isolated showers, High 57, Low 36
Tuesday – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers high 55, Low 45

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain starting in the evening. High 59, Low 32
Tuesday – Light rain in the morning. High 54, Low 45

Drizzly indeed. I’m delaying the start of rain compared to everyone else thanks to the lack of really good energy at the back end of the feature. You can see that vast area of clouds to the southeast, just getting ready to backbuild towards Columbus.
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Columbus, Indiana

I’ve travelled many of these roads before, in those days that I was still in college, going to West Lafayette from Minneapolis. It’s a little bit different, of course, and one major difference is that Google thinks it’s an 8 hour drive. Experience suggests that it is a bit longer than that. We’ll say that Google knows all though, and prepare for a Sunday drive at a blistering 68mph. We’ll see how this goes.

Eau Claire

Wow… I wish I had something to tell you. But then, maybe I don’t? High pressure is building behind a cold front in the southeast, and at least through the day tomorrow, the western Great Lakes will be ensconced in fantastic mid autumn weather. The pattern is transitory, and by the end of the day, we may even get to enjoy a warming southwest breeze. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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