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Corvallis, Oregon to Portland, Maine

This should have been up last night, but real-life intervened. And by that I mean Fall Season Premiere Week (seriously, go watch The Blacklist after you finish reading this post!!!) This road trip will actually cover an entire week, as we’ll need 7 days to cover the 3,270 miles between these two cities. Will we make it to Portland in time for the premiere of Amazing Race? This trip will seem like it’s own race!



A trough is swinging through the Pacific Northwest, bringing plentiful rains to the Cascades and even our first winter storm to portions of Montana and northwest Wyoming. Luckily, it’ll just be scattered showers along our trip past Salem and heading east out of Portland. It will be a showery, gloomy day as we head east on I-84 for the entire day, but the showers won’t give us any breaks as we head southeastward over eastern OR and into western ID. We finish our soggy day in Boise.


Our storm system kinda stalls out over the Northern Rockies down to the Great Basin, but we’ll still be encountering rain showers at the start of our day as we continue eastward out of Boise. The heaviest activity will be found over northwest WY, which is luckily north of our route, so we’ll be subject to more scattered showers just like the first day. We end our day in Rock Springs, WY to regroup for day 3.


The storm system will start lifting out of the Dakotas and into southern Canada during the day today, taking with it most of the precip associated with the system. While a boundary will continue to linger down into the Four Corners region, precip will be found mostly back over the Rockies and leave the Plains windy, but mainly dry. We might see a couple lingering rain showers as we head eastward through WY on I-80 during the day and continue into Nebraska with dry weather for the afternoon and evening. One thing to keep an eye on, however, is flooding along the South Platte, which is a product of the epic CO flooding the other week. We finish the day in Lexington, NE.


Well, during the night the frontal system caught up to us. It’ll be an overcast start to the day with a few possible showers as the front is draped from the Central Dakotas down to the TX Panhandle. We’ll once again encounter a few showers as we continue our eastward jaunt on I-80, but should taper off as we pass by Omaha. The remainder of the day should be dry as we finish up in Davenport.


Finally, a quiet day! A large area of high pressure had taken hold over the Northeast and Eastern Great Lakes, flexing its muscles over pretty much everywhere east of the Mississippi River. Luckily, 99% of our trip today is east of said river, so clouds will decrease through the day and we’ll get plenty of sun as we cruise on south of Chicago and through northern Indiana before settling in Cleveland for the end of the day.


Another day, more high pressure! Not much to really say for today, other than enjoy the scenery as we push eastward through NY and finish the day in Albany. Almost there!


A tiny sliver of high pressure remains over New England, sandwiched between the remains of the oncoming front and an area of low pressure developing off the coast. Thankfully, today’s leg is a pretty short one, and we cruise into Portland safe and sound!

Portland Aerial

Corvallis cool-down

Anthony lamented the non standard forecast in Corvallis a couple of days ago, but as it turned out, no matter when the low was, everyone was about 7 degrees off for the lows each on Friday and Saturday. The rain wasn’t as heavy as expected, which allowed a little bit more radiation of the heat, and on Friday, allowed for a warmer high. Once again, it isn’t a forecast to be proud of, but the top spot goes to Accuweather and Weatherbug.
Actuals: Friday, .02 inches of rain, High 53, Low 33
Saturday, .11 inches of rain, High 46, Low 33

Grade: C

Corvallis, Oregon to Ames, Iowa

Oregon State to Iowa State! It’s going to take 3 1/2 days to cover 1910 miles. Through the mountains and some wintry weather, we will still average 67.9mph, which is pretty darn speedy. That’s a daily log of 543.5 miles. Let’s cover the ground between these two college towns.

There is a weak system rotating into the Pacific Northwest, and is taking with it a good deal of cold air. There will probably be rain in Corvallis and north to Portland, but when we take an easterly turn we will see a rise in elevation and a change to snow not far from I-5. Owing to the geography of the region, it won’t be constantly snowing as we head east, but our best chances will be as we start to head uphill at the various ridge lines in the area. The chance for snow will pick up as we hit the Sun Valley in Idaho, so our stop for the night in Mountain Home will be well timed.

The snow won’t really let up on Sunday either. The flurry activity will be persistent over southern Idaho, but a big band of snow will set up over northern Utah and far southern Idaho. A band will develop and fall as we make a southerly turn at the I-86 split, which will lead to some whiteout conditions and even a rogue stroke of lightning. Light rain is possible in the Great Salt Lake Basin, but in the Wasatch, we may again see some flurries. The snow will build north and not east in our last couple of hours of driving, so it will be cloudy, windy but also dry when we stop for the night in Hadsell, Wyoming, a few miles from Rawlins.

The low is moving through the Rockies and will deepen on the lee side of the the Rockies, with some warm air pumping north into the Dakotas. Before that, however, we will have to contend with some snow and wind in the Wyoming Rockies. It will end around Cheyenne, and the drive through Nebraska will be ominous looking, but dry. The day ends in Bradshaw, Nebraska, just ahead of York.

Our area of low pressure is going to do an excellent job of pumping moisture north. The drizzle will pick up throughout Iowa as we begin the day and with it, some low clouds and fog might make things challenging. We will get into Ames before anything gets really nasty, thanks to the short day, but bear in mind, it does look like Ames will be, in fact, really nasty at some point early next week.

Corvallis seems nice

I think we know what the high and low in Corvallis was both Monday and Tuesday, and we had a message on Twitter during yesterday’s Twitter Tuesday from the Corvallis Visitors Bureau that informed us that it was a “beautiful sunny day“. Unfortunately, though, there was a 9 hour window where Corvallis failed to report an observation, and we can’t use the site for a verification. Know that there was a lot of sun, and the temperate was, both Monday and Tuesday, reported to be at least 80, so that’s pretty nice.

Corvallis, Oregon

Apologies for the late post, but I’ve spend the last hour or so watching the descent of the MSL and successful touchdown/deployment of Curiosity onto the Mars surface, after a total trip of 354 million miles. So amazing to see us be able to do such an incredible thing! In other, less exciting news, I feel like I forecast a lot more for the West Coast than the RNG should otherwise give me. Perhaps it’s a sign I miss the Pacific Ocean? Or that the readers need to go visit somewhere neat? Either way, let’s go see what’s going on in Oregon!

At 2:53pm PDT, the temperature in Corvallis, OR was 93 degrees under partly cloudy skies. For some reason, the ASOS stopped reporting around then, so hopefully it gets up and going again by morning! High pressure has been controlling the Western US at the surface throughout the last few days. However, a midlevel disturbance around the 500mb level has been kicking off thunderstorms over the area in the last 24 hours as it continues to lift northward along the West Coast. Thankfully, it will clear out of the area tomorrow, leaving mostly sunny skies and warm temps in its wake. Even better news… more of the same for Tuesday! That high pressure will continue to control the region leading to sunny skies and more seasonably warm temperatures. Should be a very nice start to the workweek!

Monday – Partly cloudy. High 87, Low 59.
Tuesday – A few clouds, mostly sunny. High 86, Low 57.

TWC: Monday: Partly cloudy. High 86, Low 58.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 85, Low 56.

AW: Monday: Plenty of sunshine. High 88, Low 58.
Tuesday: Clouds giving way to some sun. High 88, Low 55.

NWS: Monday: Mostly sunny. High 88, Low 58.
Tuesday: Decreasing clouds. High 86, Low 53.

WB: Monday: Partly sunny. High 86, Low 59.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 85, Low 54.

Here we see a plume of clouds over the area, but they’ll continue lifting northward throughout the morning hours, clearing the way for a couple of nice days!

Corvallis, Oregon to Las Cruces, New Mexico

It’s a west coast road trip today. It’s rarely seen, but always enjoyed. It will actually take us 3 days, even though we will only be in 4 states. The monstrous states will mean that we will be 1658 miles to get from western Oregon to southern New Mexico. That will net ourselves a pace of 65.6mph, or about 525 miles a day. Let’s see the American West!


There has been a fairly static area of low pressure parked west of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington but… now it’s gone. After a nasty, cool summer for the Pacific Northwest, things are finally looking up for the residents of western Oregon and Washington. Our drive along I-5 to the city of Clarksburg, California, a suburb south of Sacramento, will be met with little problem. Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures for the day on Sunday.

We won’t leave California on Monday, running from Sacramento south through the Los Angeles metro area and east towards Arizona. Traffic in LA will certainly be our biggest headache, and we may continue to deal with it even as we head east, because it is the main thoroughfare to Phoenix. Our day ends at Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, with no weather concerns, save for the desert heat.

One model is predicting some afternoon monsoonal thunderstorms east of Phoenix, but I think the only reason we would notice thunderstorms in Phoenix or Tucson, I believe, is because of the dust they would kick up. Believe me, though, that can be a serious problem, both for visibility, as well as for the threat of that grime getting in your engine block. There may well be some thunderstorm activity as we reach places like Willcox, Arizona and east through Deming, but if we are being completely honest, most of the wet weather will be north of Silver City, and Silver City is north of our route. There might be a stray cumulus cloud when we arrive in Las Cruces on Tuesday evening, but I think it should be pretty nice at the home of New Mexico State.

Hard to argue with weather like this.

If there was a problem with the weather in Corvallis lately, it was that the winds really picked up Thursday evening. Additionally, clear skies probably were a problem for residents of western Oregon unaccustomed to seeing the sun. Sun burn! Victoria-Weather notched the top forecast, by a hair.
Actual: Wednesday – High 78, Low 48
Thursday – High 66, Low 42

Grade: B

Charlottesville, Virginia to Corvallis, Oregon

Are you up for a lengthy trip? Because this one is going to take 5 1/2 days, while covering 2885 miles. That will put us on a pace of 66.58mph. That means those first 5 days on the road will cover 532.7 miles. It’s a lot of time in the car, so we had better get on the road!


It seems like we will travel so much faster early in the trip, because we will cover so many more states. Larger states are the pits. Anyways, the beginning of the drive, from Virginia to West Virginia will be fine, but a cold front sliding south through the Ohio Valley will bring about some isolated thunderstorms, starting for us when we reach Lexington, Kentucky, and continuing west to Sulphur, Indiana, where we will stop for the night. Sulphur is in the far southern part of the Hoosier state, about a half hour west of Louisville.

The day on Thursday will be quiet, which is nice, because St. Louis can be a challenge to drive through if the weather is suspect. Kansas City has never given me a problem, though. Nevertheless, neither esteemed city will be much issue during our second day of travel, which will end on the north side of St. Joseph, Missouri.

The beginning of the drive on Friday will be similarly problem free. Driving through Lincoln is never an issue. We may begin to see a chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm as soon as we hit the Nebraska Panhandle, however, as a low is developing in the northern High Plains. It looks like it could be a doozy of a system for the Upper Midwest. Fortunately for us, it will just be the spotty isolated shower or storm after I-76 splits off from I-80 until we reach Egbert, Wyoming. Egbert!

The cold front associated with that area of low pressure will actually be hanging back in western Wyoming and northern Utah. It will turn into showers and thunderstorms west of Rock Springs. The thunderstorm threat will pick up around Evanston, where some heavy downpours are possible. The rain threat will essentially be at it’s end when we reach Ogden, Utah, and our northwesterly turn towards Idaho will be dry. The day will end in Snowville, Utah, just short of Idaho.

Finally, the Pacific Northwest, where it’s always dry and there is always sun. Wait, huh? Lately, every time we forecast out there it dry and pleasant. No different when we leave Snowville and head through Idaho and eastern Oregon. No problems whatsoever. The day will end in Blalock Canyon, Oregon, which is right by the Columbia River. Just a little bit more to go on a leisurely Sunday drive.

Winds are going to pick up when we get to Portland and head south towards Corvallis. No rain, or issues that way, but keep both hands on the wheel on the way into the home of the Oregon State Beavers.

Corvallis, Oregon

We were just in western Oregon last week for our forecast in Eugene. How has the weather changed in that time?

At 835PM, PT, Corvallis was reporting a temperature of 66 degrees with clear skies.The quiet weather over the area continued into mid-week, though the upper level flow had broken down over the weekend. A weak, undercutting trough in the northern Rockies was evidence of this, but there were no systems of note on the immediate horizon.
In about 36 hours, a sharp trough, though one with wak flow through it will move towards the West Coast. It isn’t expected to funnel much moisture north towards the Pacific Northwest, as the trough in the Rockies will intercept any moisture. Still, a reduction in barometric pressure over the Western Cascades may lead to an increase in clouds for Corvallis.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 76, Low 47
Thursday – Mostly cloudy, High 69, Low 43

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 74, Low 47
Thursday – Sunny High 68, Low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and pleasantly warm High 75, Low 45
Thursday – Partly sunny and pleasant High 67, Low 41

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 74, Low 46
Thursday – Partly sunny High 68, Low 42

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. High 72, Low 46
Thursday – Mostly cloudy in the morning…then partly cloudy. High 67, Low 44

Cooling off with those clouds on Thursday, but still, quite bearable for everyone, yes? Satellite is pretty quiet, yes?

Perhaps the eggnog was hit a bit too hard

The eggnog, I suppose, is one excuse to why forecasts were so bad in Corvallis. The temperatures were both warmer and colder than expected as a high and low on Christmas Day, which would otherwise indicate clearer weather than expected. But they saw .12 inches of rain. Yesterday, the temperatures behaved as expected with overcast conditions, but the mean temperatures were much lower than advertised. For example, the high on Monday was one degree warmer than our forecast low… and we weren’t even the worst overall forecaster. Oh, and when it was completely clouded over, it didn’t rain at all. So the Weather Service had the top forecast, but that doesn’t mean they put out a good forecast.
Actuals: Sunday – .12 inches of rain, High 51, Low 28
Monday – High 39, Low 28

Grade: D