These are the type of numbers that seem oppressive to someone like me, living in the Twin Cities, in July. Highs in the low 80s, temperatures failing to drop even below the mid 60s and dew points also residing safely in the 60s. That’s what they saw in February in Corpus Christi. It’s my kind of weather, but that isn’t a terribly popular opinion, I’ve been told. One group that will be pretty pleased with the weather is WeatherNation, who had the top forecast in Corpus Christi.
Actuals: Saturday – High 82, Low 65
Sunday – High 81, Low 64
Today we embark on a 1,145-mile journey from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Georgia shoreline. It’ll be a lengthy 2-day journey, but at least we don’t have to worry about mountains or snow on this road trip!
Mostly overcast skies will greet us as we start to head up along the Gulf Coast in the morning, with perhaps some patchy fog as well. While that should clear up as we make our way towards Houston, the clouds will continue to stick around as we continue into Louisiana. There could be a few spotty showers throughout the afternoon and early evening hours, but anything of a convective nature should remain off the to the northwest of our route today. We might encounter a couple heavier rain showers in the late evening hours as we pass by Lake Ponchartrain and into our stop for the night at Britney Spears’ hometown, Slidell, LA!
It’s another long day today, and we could be greeting by a soggy start as the boundary dips a bit further south during the overnight. Some showers are expected in the area, and while there could be an isolated thunderstorm between us and Gulfport to start the day, odds are that they should be further inland. We may have to dance by a few more showers as we continue towards Tallahassee, leaving more storms in our rearview mirror. After we pass by Florida’s capital, conditions should improve and dry weather should remain for the rest of the trip as we continue towards Jacksonville, then head north for the final couple of hours into Brunswick.
After a long week of forecasts, we are back on the road for a 4 day haul. If I’m not mistaken, our last trip routed out of Corpus Christi as well. Interesting. This trip will take us 4 days at a pace of 62.9mph, which means those full days (day 4, Wednesday, will be a bit short) will cover 503 miles. Let’s get it on.
And we are off like a herd of turtles. There is a weak area of low pressure attached to a cold front being forced into the southeastern US. Moisture is being drawn north into Texas at the behest of this area of low pressure, and as a resuly, from Corpus Christi to Houston, we will be contending with scattered showers with perhaps a lightning strike or two. Between Houston and Lake Charles, the storm activity will be more hit or miss, but when it hits, it will be fairly heavy. I think the threat for rain will end somewhere between Lake Charles and Lafayette, and when we reach Walker, east of Baton Rouge, the skies will have cleared.
The cold front will fall apart before it ever really threatens the route on Monday, with a cooler, crisper ridge of high pressure filtering in. Lingering moisture from the remnants of Karen might bleed into the mountains of northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, leading to a little bit of evening fog as we end the day in Rising Fawn, Georgia, which is just across the border from Alabama… and Tennessee, actually.
While it appears there is nothing to worry about on Tuesday for the Appalachians if you simply look at the precipitation forecasts, I’m not thoroughly convinced. There is a cold front projected to move into the Mississippi Valley, and there is still a pesky area of low pressure off the east coast. I think we are in for fog through the Smokeys and much of Virginia. Sorry for the bad news. Our day will end in Rockingham, in northern Virginia.
A cold front moving into the Appalachians will encourage some greater southeasterly flow along the coast. This might mean some thicker clouds in New Haven when we arrive, but after we get out of the high country, I think things will be sunny and warm. Except for New Haven, I mean.Still a little warm there, however.
This week, Matt Terhune of KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas, has graciously agreed to join us for a Feature Forecast this Friday morning. First, let’s see let Mr. Terhune introduce himself.
I’m a Texan. Raised in Klein, TX, northwest Houston suburb. After Klein HS I went to Texas A&M in College Station as a Chemical Engineer student, but I decided I liked weather better and changed to meteorology. I graduated May 1999. I interned at KBTX in Bryan to learn the tv weather world and took class from an Aggie meteorologist that was on a station in Dallas too.
My first tv meteorologist job was in February before in graduated at KXXV-25 in Waco. I then lived in Waco less than 2 years.
March 2001 I moved to KRIS-6 in Corpus Christi. In general, bigger city, better pay :-). They’ve moved me around from morning/noon shift to weekends, to morning/noon, back to weekends.
You can find me on the kristv.com website.
So that’s the scoop on KRIS-TV’s Matt Terhune. What’s the forecast for Corpus Christi this weekend?
I just see some isolated showers Saturday and scattered showers in Sunday. So little better chance on Sunday.
Saturday, low 74 with a high of 88
Sunday, low of 72 with a high of 87
A special thanks to Matt Terhune for joining us this morning. Check him out on KRIS-TV weekends in Corpus Christi!
I just came back from a real life road trip on the opposite side of the country as this fictional road trip. We will cover the southwestern United States over the course of three days at a speed of 69.3mph. Our total mileage on the trip will turn out to be 1609 miles, with the first two days being the longer days, as we will attempt to cover 554 miles on those days.
Things are looking pretty good in Texas this week. Aside from a few clouds with some embedded showers along the coast, most of Texas will be dominated by a lee area of low pressure, enhanced by some toasty temperatures. So it will rain a bit in the morning around Corpus Christi, and there may be a fw clouds until San Antonio, but from there to Plateau, which is in the westernmost reaches of Texas, we will see hot temperatures and clear skies.
As you may imagine, what with the remainder of our drive carrying us through the southwestern US, our second day in the car will be relatively uneventful. We were start to turn back north through the Phoenix area, and our Thursday will end in Chandler, one of the south suburbs of the capital of Arizona. Really, though, it has been dry, so the biggest concern might just be tumbleweeds.
Nothing! Our final day of driving will be similarly quiet and dry. We will be passing through the Mojave on this Friday, so one of the more interesting features will be the lack of human interaction, perhaps until we arrive in Bakersfield. It’s been a hot, dry, dusty trip, but alas, here we are.