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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?

Columbus, Georgia to Bloomington, Indiana

Today we embark on a 603 mile road trip between Columbus and Bloomington. It will be a long trek, but we’ll be able to fit it in a single day. Have to get a moving though, gotta leave early if we’re gonna accomplish it!


It will be a cloudy morning as we head out of Columbus towards Birmingham, AL as an area of low pressure pushes through the Central Appalachians and intensifies off the East Coast into our Monday night/Tuesday blizzard in New England. Precip should remain off to the north for the morning, generally getting hung up over the Southern Appalachians as we dodge it to the west in Nashville. There might be some breaks in the clouds as we head through western Kentucky, but they’ll be short lived as another system starts to work in from the northwest. The remainder of the trip between Evansville and Bloomington should remain dry, but there is an outside shot of a few snow showers. They shouldn’t slow us down much as we wind down our long day in Bloomington.


Columbus, Georgia

Back to back days in the same state, but I can assure you that our outlook is going to be so much different than the one for Augusta.

At 1151AM, ET, Columbus was reporting a temperature of 47 degrees with clear skies. There were still some lingering clouds in the wake of a strong cold front that swept through overnight over the southeastern part of the state, but cool, dry air was pumping into the western portion of Georgia. This cooler, drier air mass will remain in place through the day tomorrow.
The next major system for the country will start merely as a clipper swinging through the Midwest. It will charge through the upper Midwest tonight and really start to get organized over the upper Ohio Valley through the day tomorrow. Overnight Sunday into Monday, the system will reach its southernmost point in its journey, and will begin to begin to round the trough back to the northeast. The trough will be sharp, however, and the upper level segment of the feature will continue to drive to the southeast. A mostly inactive cold front will move through Columbus early in the day, introducing some cloudy skies. The low will explode as it hits the warm Gulf Stream, and will begin to wrap moisture into the upper levels of south Georgia, keeping things cloudy Monday evening, preventing a massive heat loss over night.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 61, Low 32
Monday – Early clouds thin a bit in the evening. High 53, Low 38

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 62, Low 32
Monday – Partly cloudy, High 50, Low 42

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 60, Low 32
Monday – Partly sunny and cooler High 52, Low 36

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 61, Low 35
Monday – Mostly Sunny, High 52, Low 39

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 60, Low 32
Monday – Mostly Sunny, High 52, Low 38

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 61, Low 36
Monday – Mostly Sunny High 52, Low 39

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy overnight. High 58, Low 32
Monday – Partly cloudy through the day (light rain early), High 51, Low 39

So FIO is the only outlet to have rain in the forecast. Interesting. You can see the remanants of the previous system right here on the satellite image.

Columbus, Indiana to Richmond, Virginia

We had been missing out some road trips for quite a while, but we’re back in action with our back to back treks. It’s only going to take us a day to cover the 632 hours, albeit a long day, lasting nearly 10 hours. The trip will be at a pace of 64.7 miles an hour, which, given the terrain, isn’t really that slow.

An area of low pressure moving to lie just north of Lake Superior will also move to an area that it can start to draw moisture north from the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately, we’ll be driving early enough in the day that we will be well be in eastern Kentucky by the time shower activity starts to develop west of Lexington. From there, it’s only about an hour or two to Charleston, and by then, we’re going to be out of the woods, ahead of any shower activity that may develop. We’re going to arrive in Richmond to find sunny skies and increasingly warm temperatures.


Grand Junction, Colorado to Columbus, Indiana

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving! This is our first road trip in a while, and it will take us home after what was surely a luxurious Turkey Day feast. Our trip will cover 3 time zones, but only 1369 miles. Thet drive will necessistate about 2 1/2 days of driving, getting us back to Columbus by the afternoon on Sunday. Just in time to get back to work. To get there, we will need a pace of about 64.5MPH, meaning our first two days will involve 516 miles of driving.

DAY ONE (Friday)
Grand Junction
This time of year can be awful snowy in western Colorado, but much to our benefit, there will be a stout ridge building into the central Rockies and High Plains. This means warmer than normal temperatures across the region, some popping clear into the 70s over eastern Colorado and western Kansas. After the headlines of the last several days, not exactly what you were expecting, is it? The drive will end in Grainfield, Kansas, which is between Colby and WaKeeney, neither of which you have heard of either. I wonder how they came up with the name “Grainfield”?

DAY TWO (Saturday)
It will continue to be pleasant in Kansas as the weekend begins. Sunny skies and warm weather will be our escort as we continue into Missouri. Kansas City will be just fine as well, save for the traffic. An area of low pressure moving through the northern US, however, will be drawing moisture further north, and some of it will lead to the development of showers closer to St. Louis. Expect it to be mostly clouds, with very isolated storms, and for most of the activity to be well out ahead of us. It will start early in the day around Marshall, Missouri and drift west before really coming together over Illinois. We won’t reach Illinois before the day ends, so I think it’s highly likely we stay dry all the way to Warrenton, Missouri, which isn’t far from the St. Louis metro.

DAY THREE (Sunday)
The models don’t know what to think about Sunday. I think they want to hint at scattered thunderstorms, but they can’t, because the coverage and intensity will be minimal. Still, ahead of a cold, which will still be lying over the Upper Midwest, it’s not hard to imagine at least a few showers embedded with clouds over the course of our drive on Sunday Vacation’s over.

Calamity in Columbus

Well, the weather was a lot warmer in Columbus than expected, and really messed around with the forecasts. Temperatures were consistently 3-5 degrees higher in most of the forecast periods. But at least almost everybody got the rain showers right, so that counts for something, right? The Weather Channel won this round.

Monday: High 63, Low 29.
Tuesday: 0.03″ of rain in evening rain showers. High 67, Low 47.
Forecast Grade: C

Columbus, Ohio to Duluth, Minnesota

Today we shall embark on a 2-day, 899-mile trip from central Ohio to the shores of Lake Superior. This should be an enjoyable trip through the Midwest, especially with fall foliage in full changeover on the southern half, so it should be picturesque at times!



We can expect a cloudy start to our day as we head westward out of Columbus towards Indianapolis, as a slow-moving frontal system is creeping its way through Michigan and Illinois. We can start to see rain showers as we make our way through central Indiana, turning northwest towards Gary and then Chicago. Thankfully, by the time we pass by Chicago, most of the activity will be behind us and just have some cloudy skies and breezy conditions the rest of the way to Madison, our stop for the night.


A quiet start to the day is expected as we continue up I-94 towards the Twin Cities. By midday, we could start to see some rain showers as an area of low pressure drops through the Dakotas into Minnesota. The tricky part will be what we see when we head north from the Cities towards Duluth. Temperatures could be low enough to mix in some heavier snow showers as we drive up I-35, which could slow us down significantly. However, if the system slows down enough, which it seems to be trending as such, we could scoot up the interstate before the heavy stuff even reaches the area. As long as we make good time in the morning, we should be good to go for a safe afternoon arrival in Duluth.


Columbus, Ohio

Today we head off to the Ohio Valley to see what’s going on at the home of Ohio State University, Columbus! Will the students get to enjoy some sunny days to start November, or will the rapidly changing seasons bring some gloom?

At 851pm EST, the temperature at Columbus, OH was 36 degrees under mostly clear skies. High pressure over the region is keeping the area fairly quiet, just some passing high clouds. Not much is expected out of Monday, just a pleasant day peaking at around 60 degrees. A frontal system will be making its way through the Upper Midwest Monday into Tuesday, bringing some light rain showers along with it. It’s a slow-moving system, and rain showers wont push their way into Central Ohio until very late on Tuesday evening. They might even hold off into early Wednesday morning, but a couple of them could sneak in before midnight. In any event, the next couple of days will be nice.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High 59, Low 32.
Tuesday: Clouds increasing through the day, showers move in late. High 63, Low 41.

TWC: Monday: Partly cloudy. High 60, Low 30.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High 66, Low 40.

AW: Monday: Partly sunny and warmer. High 57, Low 29.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, periods of evening rain. High 63, Low 38.

NWS: Monday: Partly sunny. High 55, Low 30.
Tuesday: Rain showers in afternoon and evening. High 64, Low 41.

WB: Monday: Partly cloudy. High 58, Low 28.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with showers moving in late evening. High 62, Low 38.

WN: Monday: Partly cloudy. High 59, Low 30.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. High 64, Low 41.

As we can see…nothing really going on in the region. That will chance over the next couple of days however.

Meteorologists applaud you, Accuweather

Accuweather did something really difficult in Columbus, Georgia to end the month. They nailed the high and low on Wednesday. And Thursday. They had a perfect temperature forecast, which is like a unicorn in its rarity. Of course, they also called for rain yesterday, which never came. That’s something that the average person will notice long before a perfect temperature forecast. I’m a meteorologist, though, and even though they were the only ones to incorrectly predict rain, they easily had the best forecast, and an awesome one it was.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 86, Low 63
Thuesday – High 89, Low 67

Grade: A

Columbus, Georgia to Pueblo, Colorado

Time to hit the road, jack, for a 3 day trip across the southern Plains. It’s a 1422.29 mile drive between the two cities, which will be covered at a pace of 63.2mph, which is bogged down by a lack of interstates and some travel through the Ozarks. Still, we will be able to cover 505.7miles a day on Thursday and Friday, with a little bit shorter jaunt to begin the weekend.

DAY ONE (Thursday)
Columbus is in the clear tomorrow with warming temperatures and increasing humidity, but no destabilizing flow. The morning and early afternoon through northern Alabama should be just as peasant, but somewhere in northern Mississippi between Tupelo and Memphis, but closer to Tupelo, a massive blob of rain moving through the Southern Plains tonight will intersect us tomorrow. From that point, it will quickly turn from light to heavy rain, as we will be inundated across Memphis and into Arkansas, where we will stop in North Little Rock for the night.

DAY TWO (Friday)
After a bit of a dreary morning, it won’t take us too long to find the sun, which will break out before we reach Fort Smith. It won’t be as oppressively hot as it can be in the Southern Plains this time of year, but it will be completely sun drenched and wonderful. The day will end in Shamrock, Texas, in the Texas Panhandle.

DAY THREE (Saturday)
We will see some towering clouds to our west pretty much the entire day. The high based, high topped clouds around the Rockies won’t be much of a threat until we get right next to Pueblo, at which point a shower seems pretty darn likely. Don’t worry, but this point, it’s a lot wetter in Columbus than it is in Pueblo.