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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.

Columbus, Georgia

So we went to Springfield and Columbus on back to back days. Good luck trying to find the state we are in! (Without looking at post titles, of course.

At 1251PM, ET, Columbus was reporting a temperature of 84 degrees with sunny skies. The dew point was only 61, as an upper level trough has dragged south a great deal of cool, dry Canadian air.
Of course, in Georgia “cool and dry” can only last so long in late July. While the upper level trough will remain in place, insolation and moist advection will bring temperatures and mugginess back north. The continued churning of the trough will ensure that the Appalachians once again become littered with showers and storms, but despite increasing dew points, Columbus should remain dry.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 87, Low 60
Thursday – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 92, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 87, Low 63
Thursday – Mostly Cloudy High 90, Low 67

AW: Tomorrow – Pleasant with times of sun and clouds High 86, Low 63
Thursday – Intervals of clouds and sun with a thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon High 89, Low 67

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 87, Low 63
Thursday – Mostly sunny High 90, Low 66

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 88, low 62
Thursday – Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. High 89, Low 65

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny High 88, Low 64
Thursday – Partly Cloudy High 88, Low 64

Looks like V-W is skewing a little warmer. Very little cloud cover today!Columbus

Columbus, Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida

Just last week, we had a trip featuring one Jacksonville, but today, we visit the one that folks are most familiar with. The trip is going to take only 5 hours and cover 291.64 miles. That puts our speed at 58 miles, which isn’t very fast. That should tell you how little time we will spend on interstates. So let’s enjoy the back country of south Georgia!

A cold front over the western Atlantic is trailing into the southeast as a stationary boundary on the Florida-Georgia border, and a weak surface low is churning up a few showers and thuderstorms. The low will flatten out, but the boundary will remain over the region, and bring chances for showers and thunderstorms through the day, but only along and south of the boundary. For our purposes, that boundary will lie around Albany and Tifton, with showers and storms possible south of there. The thunderstorms will really pick up just as we are arriving in Jacksonville, but the heaviest of the activity by that point will be over the central part of the state, and we will probably see a bit of sunshine in Jacksonville.

Columbus, Indiana to Santa Rosa, California

Back on the road, and we will be forecasting road trips for the next three days. This particular trip, not to confuse you, will be for 4 days, covering 2310 miles. I almost typed days. That would be a long trip. No, instead we are covering 67.2 miles per hour and 537.7 miles a day for only 3 days (the fourth will be a bit longer. We’ll spend most of the trip on I-80, so go ahead and throw out the GPS. OR don’t. It’s expensive.


OK, I may have overstated how much time we are spending on I-80. We won’t actually see it t all until Saturday. Instead, we will slice through central Illinois and northern Missouri, stopping for the day in Easton, Missouri, which is just east of St. Joseph’s, on the Kansas border. It will be a good day for driving through corn fields and small towns, weatherwise. Temperatures will be comfortable when we make stops for gas, and the sun will be shining most of the day.

A batch of energy moving off the Rockies will move through Canada as a clipper, and there will be a change in air mass as we pass west of Lincoln. The precipitation that this system kicks up will hold off until we are well west of the area, but we can expect drier, and for the time being warmer temperatures as we head west. Just wait until night fall (in Bushnell, Nebraska, just across the border from Wyoming), because those warmish temperatures are going to plummet.

We will spend a lot of the day in Wyoming, where the weather will continue to be favorable, but things will start to get a bit windy in the western third of the state in response to a big, brutal system on the west coast. In fact, in the mountains of Utah east of Salt Lake City, we could see a bit of snow falling on the peaks surrounding I-80, and some rain at lower elevations. This threat will be short lived, and we will be able to make it through the capital of Utah problem free, and end the day in Rowley Junction, south of the Lake.

For our purposes, this is a pretty lucky situation. The massive western system will begin to break apart, and an identifiable front will move through northern Utah while we sleep in Rowley Junction (which, by the way, is almost nothing. Bring a tent). The drive through northern Nevada and California will be fairly dry, but the effects of the rain over the region should be evident, with some dormant flowers blooming and the peaks of the Sierras and parts of Nevada freshly snow capped. We will arrive in Santa Rosa as they are trying to dry out.

Revisiting Columbus

Columbus, Indiana, as you are all know, but I will continue to remind you, does not take observations overnight, so we can’t perform a real verification. We know that the temperature was in the low 90s during the afternoon for a high, and that low dew points allowed temperatures across the region to cool off considerably (though we will never know HOW cool). We also know that thunderstorms over the past two days managed to stay south of Columbus, so that’s nice, right? I hope so.

Columbus, Indiana

I misread the schedule (that I created and then put on the internet for all to see) so this forecast for Columbus was actually supposed to be posted yesterday. Oops. Fortunately, the weather never stops, so here we are.

At 852AM, ET, Columbus was reporting a temperature of 78 degrees with sunny skies. With temperatures as warm as they are already, it promises to be another steamy afternoon in central Indiana. A weak dew point boundary was found along the Ohio River, and would provide the focal point for thunderstorms this afternoon, keeping Columbus warm and dry.
A weak upper level trough moving through the Great Lakes will help to keep the moisture gradient south of Columbus. Weak surface high pressure will build in through mid-week, with isolated clouds moving through as the upper level trough swings through. As it turns out, the lack of moisture will be stabilizing for Columbus, and precipitation is not expected to break the heat in Columbus.
Tomorrow – Warm and partly cloudy, High 89, Low 62
Wednesday – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 90, Low 62

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 90, Low 67
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny High 90, Low 65

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 88, Low 61
Wednesday – Mostly sunny High 88, Low 60

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 89, Low 63
Wednesday – Mostly sunny High 88, Low 62

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 88, Low 64
Wednesday – Partly cloudy High 88, Low 64

Sounds pretty good for Columbus. Unfortunately, our verification won’t count because Columbus sleeps at night and doesn’t take observations. Satellite shows where that moisture gradient has set up to the south.