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Columbus, Georgia

Columbus…. it’s not just for Ohio any more.

At 951AM, ET, Columbus was reporting a temperature of 69 degrees with a thunderstorm. The storms were almost at an end in the area for the time being, with a fairly well defined line established along a line from Macon to Andalusia, Alabama, as well as points to the west and south from Andalusia. An upper level low over the Great Lakes had established a cold pool over the heart of the country, while the still warm Gulf had established a convergence zone just inland that was triggering thunderstorms across the region, though heating of the day may actually work to cap convection this afternoon.
As the upper trough gets entrained into a greater mean trough, the cold air advection will begin to increase through the day today, and eventually turn the boundary presently triggering thunderstorms southward and off the coast, bringing in a couple days of seasonable weather with dry air in Columbus.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 85, Low 64
Friday – Sunny, High 82, Low 63

TWC: Tomorrow – A mainly sunny sky High 88, Low 66
Friday – Mix of sun and clouds High 84, Low 65

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and pleasant High 87, Low 62
Friday – Pleasant with abundant sunshine High 81, Low 61

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 87, Low 64
Friday – Sunny, High 83, Low 62

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny. High 86, Low 65
Friday – Sunny. High 84, Low 64

That’s kind of nice sounding, isn’t it? Radar shows some white hot thunderstorm action across the area.

Along the pipeline

One of the components that has been contributing to the disastrous weather in the southern Plains is warm, moist Gulf air, trafficked in through the southeast. Columbus wasn’t and isn’t in line for the same weather that they have seen to the northwest, but the hot humid air has tracked right atop the city for the past couple days, on it’s way to contribute it’s part to the destruction in Joplin, Oklahoma and other places. Victoria-Weather and Weatherbug topped the other forecasters with the hot, humid prognostications.
Actuals: Monday – High 94, Low 64
Tuesday – High 94, Low 68

Grade: A

Columbus, Georgia to Killeen, Texas

We’re staying in the south for our two day road trip, where it will undoubtedly be hot, hot, hot. It’s an 883 mile journey that we will cover at a pace of 62.8mph, also known as a 502 mile daily pace. If you can do the math in your head, that means day two will be a little bit shorter than day one. Let’s burn up the roads that may or may not already be burned up by the 90 degree temperatures.

DAY ONE

There is some threat over Alabama and Georgia for a few showers early tomorrow as a front stalls over Tennessee and southerly flow will be strong ahead of it. The added moisture and cooling temperatures over night could bring up some drizzle. However, that drizzle will likely be north of our route and should burn off almost as soon as the sun comes up. It’s going to simply be hot and sticky as we make our way west through Montgomery and Jackson, eventually on to Arcadia, Louisiana, between Ruston and Shreveport.

DAY TWO
There could be a bit of haze again as we get our morning cup of Joe (I actually don’t care for coffee… I’ll be having a Pepsi), but by the time we leave things will be in good shape once again. Eastern Texas will be no cooler than Alabama and Mississippi had been, and may even be a tick warmer. Another developing low over the central Plains is expected to touch off some thunderstorms northwest of Fort Worth, but that’s a problem for the future. No problems as we drive into Killeen.

Columbus, Georgia

Tornadoes have hit Minneapolis, La Crosse Wisconsin, and much more severely, Joplin, Missouri today. Columbus may be a little wary, what with all this activity to their west. How will it play out?

At 1151PM, ET, Columbus was reporting a temperature of 78 degrees with clear skies. A strong spring system is still occluding in the Upper Midwest, while it continues to dangle what has been a devastating cold front through the Mid Mississippi Valley.
The parent jet is going to slide through the Great Lakes, while a developing, broad jet trough will begin to build in the High Plains as the week begins. This will work to prevent the tail of the front from advancing, and will force even more warm, southerly air to the Columbus area. Expect a muggy beginning to the week.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 94, Low 66
Tuesday – Sunny, High 93, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow – Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon High 95, Low 68
Tuesday – Mix of sun and clouds.High 96, Low 69

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and warm High 92, Low 65
Tuesday – Mostly sunny and warm High 92, Low 68

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 95, Low 66
Tuesday – Mostly sunny High 93, Low 67

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 94, Low 66
Tuesday – Mostly sunny. High 93, Low 68

Hot. Satellite shows those ferocious storms still going in the central Plains.

Columbus, Indiana

Are you tired of forecasts for places named Columbus? We keep getting Columbuses in the automatic generation of our schedule, and it’s a bizarre trend.

At 142AM, ET, Columbus had ceased reporting observations for the evening, however nearby sites were reporting few clouds and a temperature in the mid 20s. High pressure dominated the center of the country between a pair of major systems, the first that dumped 2 and a half feet of snow on Newark, New Jersey and a powerful trough driving into the west that will bring inclement weather to the entire continental United States before it is through.
A weak upper level trough has generated a few showers over Texas and Oklahoma, but will get sheared apart by the advancing, strong system to the west. Still, this ripple in the atmosphere will be associated with moisture being drawn north to Indiana. Expect a cloudy, rainy period across the region after about 8 in the evening tonight.
Tomorrow – Increasing clouds with late rain, High 36, Low 23
Thursday – Rain likely, otherwise overcast, High 48, Low 34

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy skies (PM Rain). High 39, Low 23
Thursday – Showers ending by midday. High 41, Low 33

AW: Tomorrow – Some sunshine giving way to clouds (rain and ice late), High 38, Low 18
Thursday – Cloudy with a touch of rain; patchy fog High 46, Low 30

NWS: Tomorrow – A slight chance of rain or freezing rain after 1pm. Mostly cloudy High 36, Low 22
Thursday – A 40 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy High 44, low 35

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain or light freezing rain in the afternoon High 36, Low 25
Thursday – Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. High 44, Low 33

Expecting a lot of warm air coming north into Columbus. I’m not sure about the freezing rain forecasts, but it’s the right set up, were surface temps tomorrow not so warm at the beginning of precipitation. Look at that monster out west. Hoo boy.

Nuisance flurries

The nuisance flurries. Bane of the meteorology community. Sure, there isn’t much going on with the atmosphere, but it’s cold enough that relative humidity is high, then someone sneezes in Joliet and suddenly there is enough of a disturbance to squeeze out a flake in Columbus, and a forecast for mostly cloudy skies goes bust. Such is what happened yesterday in Ohio, throwing everyone off. Temperatures stayed cooler than most expected, which hurt everyone else’s forecast even more. Victoria-Weather came through with the best of the forecasts, though we too struggled mightily.
Actuals: Thursday – .01inches of snow High 25, Low 10
Friday – Flurries reported, not measured, High 24, Low 15

Grade: D

Columbus, Ohio

Ah Columbus, my old friend in the heart of Ohio. How we missed you.

At 1251, PM, ET, Columbus was reporting light snow, cloudy skies and a temperature of 19 degrees. With high pressure stretching from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas, the flurry activity was fairly unusual and confined almost entirely to the Columbus area. The explanation was steering winds above the surface, continuing to introduce moisture from the lakes into Columbus.
A deep mid-level system over eastern Canada will continue to generate instability over the eastern US, despite a mostly laminar jet. Lower level vertical velocities will help develop a surface low at the southernmost reach of the mid level system. This lower level system will scoot off to the south of Ohio and bring the chance for a stray flurry tomorrow, but a more stable batch of high pressure will take over on Friday, leading to sunnier skies. The nature of the low passing through tomorrow suggests that post frontal temperatures will be much more manageable than those seen earlier this week.
Tomorrow – Chance of snow, 1-2″ possible, High 26, Low 15
Friday – Sunny, High 29, Low 17

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered snow showers during the morning. Then partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon High 31, Low 16
Friday – Cloudy. High 30, Low 21

AW: Tomorrow – A bit of snow in the morning; otherwise, cloudy and cold High 28, Low 18
Friday – Chilly with intervals of clouds and sunshine High 29, Low 18

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of snow. Cloudy High 28, Low 16
Friday – Partly sunny, High 28, Low 18

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow High 28, Low 16
Friday – Mostly cloudy, High 28, Low 17

The radar for Columbus is actually down in Wilmington, Ohio, and it’s having a tough time picking up those flurries in Columbus.

Snow Stripe

Unfortunately, Columbus doesn’t keep records for their temperatures through the night, so we don’t have an official verification for that particular town, however we do have the snowfall totals from the Remote Sensing Center.

One thing is very clear looking at this in retrospect (and was at the time, looking at radar) the snow continued to follow a jet streak in a linear fashion rather than becoming more diffuse as I had expected. The snow trained right over a line from Chicago through Columbus and on towards Louisville and Cincinnati. There wasn’t a terrible amount of moisture, but there were still reports of 4-6″ of snow from this little clipper from Bloomington to Columbus, which is certainly more than I was expecting. Now, however, AFTER the forecast period is over, the whole complex is finally falling apart.

Columbus, Indiana to Danville, Illinois

A short little trip today, but one that may be fraught with adventure. We are covering only 136 miles in just over two hours (about a 61.5mph pace, for all you speed limit buffs), but it will be a snowy mess! Stay tuned for the Blog Roundup from the Danville area!


It appears as though a clipper riding a jet ridge through the northern Plains will start nosing into our route juuuust as we are departing from Columbus. The heaviest band of snow will lie from about Danville to Columbus tomorrow morning, which doesn’t bode well for our hopes of making this journey quickly. The snow won’t really generate much in terms of wind, and the high end for snow totals is about 2 inches, which will be most likely west of Indianapolis. It’s going to be somewhat harrowing, as it always is when snow is falling, but it shouldn’t be as bad as it could be. So there’s that.

Now for the Blog Roundup from Danville
Storm Center 17’s Lee Davis last updated on the 17th, but talked mostly about his Facebook account. His counterparts at WAND TV have their own blogs here and here. And spend a little bit of time poetically and climactically welcoming the month of December. It should be noted that WAND is labeled as the Champaign-Springfield-Decatur NBC affiliate, so mentions of Danville may be spartan.

Columbus, Indiana

Our trip today is taking us to the fine state of Indiana, home state of my alma mater.

At 350PM, ET, Columbus was reporting a temperature of 35 degrees with overcast conditions. The country is in a very chilly pattern which will make things very prone to snow, with the slightest disturbance expected to be able to generate some flurries. A slight perturbation in the jet is going to do just that starting tomorrow over the upper Midwest, despite an overall ridge dominating the country.
The coupling of a pair of jets is the only upper level indication of the system, but some lower level troughing will be tied into a stout surface low over eastern Canada by the time the disturbance drifts towards the Ohio Valley. While a focused stripe is expected further to the northwest when the forcing is almost exclusively influenced by upper air dynamics, the area of snow will become more dispersed as it arrives in Indiana, and moisture will be more diffuse. Total snow in Columbus, which will arrive Saturday will be in the neighborhood of 1-3″, with 3″ being on the very high end of projections.
Tomorrow – Increasingly cloudy late, High 36, Low 22
Saturday – Wet sow, measuring 1-3″, High 34, Low 25

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 30, Low 23
Saturday – Snow showers possible. High 34, Low 27

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and cold High 38, Low 23
Saturday – Cold with wet snow, accumulating 1-3 inches High 37, Low 26

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 37, Low 22
Saturday – Snow likely High 34, Low 26

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy (snow late) High 38, Low 25
Saturday – Snow likely, light accumulations, High 33, Low 29

Some flurries seem to be showing up on the Indianapolis radar, probably more to do with with Lake Michigan than anything else