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Decatur, Alabama to Lawrence, Kansas

This was a trip that was supposed to happen yesterday, but here we are, planning it today. How will the one long day of travel unfold for us? We’ll find out. It will take us 10 hours to cover 709 miles at a pace if 69.4mph. That’s not bad. Let’s cross the Mississippi, shall we?

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A double barrelled area of low pressure over the Plains has one area over southern Minnesota by tomorrow morning and the second in western Oklahoma. Most of the associated activity projects to be in the Great Lakes, especially as the southern end of the trough is broken down by further development in the High Plains later om the day. There might be a stray thunderstorm as we pass through western Missouri as a result of all these machinations, but the threat is not great. Really, it’s more likely that we see some clouds emerge over this stretch, but you likely wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t tell you. Lawrence will be good tomorrow, but things will be a bit less wonderful on Tuesday as we stick around.
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Santa Barbara, California to Decatur, Alabama

I like that Google helpfully informs that you can get from city to city in less than 6 hours if you fly. Where is the fun in that? No, we’re looking at a 4 day trip, covering 2070 miles at a pace of 69mph. That means our first three days will be done after 552 miles, with a shorter day to finish things off. The trek is predominantly along I-40, so at least we won’t get lost.

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara will very likely be a bit foggy as we head out for the day, but then when we hit the mountains just inland, we’ll be able to look briefly westward upon the cloud covered shores, before we descend eastward and inland. We’ll spend the rest of the day in the desert, but it won’t be as bad as all that sounds. It won’t be as hot as it could be, and it’s rained recently, so plants may have opened up and flowers will be in bloom. It will be pretty! And the night will end in Flagstaff, which has plenty of options to spend the night, which doesn’t always happen when driving through the desert.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
Low pressure will be moving in waves through the northern United States, but the southern United States will be quite dry. It might be a little breezy, but the warmth won’t be intolerable, especially in the higher terrain along the Arizona-New Mexico border. We’ll make it inside the Texas border by the end of the day, ending the day in Adrian, Texas.

DAY THREE (Monday)
Southerly flow reemerged as we head towards the Ozarks, and this will likely lead to a few questions. There is likely to be an isolated thunderstorm starting in eastern Oklahoma, followed by some more widespread light rain across Arkansas in the higher terrain. One thing seems clear, that when the terrain gets a bit rougher, we should expect a better threat for clouds, drizzle or not. We will make it about an hour into Arkansas with this drizzly threat before we call it a day in Lamar, which I hope people call “Lamarkansas”

DAY FOUR (Tuesday)
Expect a lingering but week warm front to stretch from the Ozarks to the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday, which is a pretty narrow path, but also rather unfortunate. You see, that’s exactly where we intend to drive on Tuesday. Expect things to start off dry before the heat of the day sets off a few showers and storms. There will be a chance for showers and thunderstorms from Corinth, Mississippi right on in to Decatur.
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin to Decatur, Alabama

Finally, after back to back road trips that covered more than half a week, we are just going to be on the road for a day and a half with this adventure. It’s a 760 mile trip that we will cover at a pace of 60.6mph. After a slow slog through Chicago our first day will be done after driving 485 miles.

DAY ONE
Oshkosh
A big swirling mass of cold air and light precipitation that is completely unnecessary is smothering the Great Lakes. IT will be fairly clear as we head through eastern Wisconsin and pass through Chicago, but by the time we hit Gary, clouds and maybe even a snowflake or two will cross our path. It will almost certainly get windier. The clouds will continue to thicken as we head south, with the chance of some light snow increasing as we get to Hillview, Kentucky, a south suburb of Louisville.

DAY TWO
We are going to make our trek through Kentucky and Tennessee between two waves through a narrow band of high pressure. Temperatures will be below normal the entire route, but we will be dry as we make our way across the border to Alabama and beautiful Decatur.
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A mystery

In Decatur, Alabama, there weren’t many surprised on Monday, with some thunderstorms through the afternoon, keeping temperatures down. Tuesday morning is where the mystery arises. There was .01 inches of accumulation recorded, however there were no reports of rain, and skies were clear at the time. I’m baffled! I won’t punish anyone for not having it in, because it’s so suspicious. Even more suspicious, this leads to a Victoria-Weather victory. Shenanigans!
Actuals: Monday – .47 inches of rain, High 73, Low 62
Tuesday – .01 inches of rain?!?!?!?! High 79, Low 61

Grade: C

Decatur, Alabama

It’s Mother’s Day today, so we send our regards to all the moms out there, and the children who love them.

At 1136AM, CT, Decatur was reporting a temperature of 68 degrees with overcast skies. The rain has temporarily ended there, but they were still reporting some showers to the west in Florence, and light rain was still cropping up near Tuscaloosa, so Decatur certainly wasn’t out of the woods.
The surface reflection of a lower level trough was seen along the Mississippi-Alabama border near Columbus, Mississippi. Behind the low, a slow clearing pattern was taking hold in Mississippi. Model output was indicating the surface low would shift northeast to the Carolinas, though it is a little unclear what will happen in the wake of the system. It seems as though low clouds in northern Alabama are providing feedback to the GFS model for Tuesday, but Monday will still likely be drizzly.
Tomorrow – Cloudy with some scattered showers, High 76, Low 60
Tuesday – Morning clouds, then clearing late, High 81, Low 57

TWC: Tomorrow – AM Clouds / PM Sun High 79, Low 60
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 80, Low 60

AW: Tomorrow – Rather cloudy with a shower in spots High 76, Low 59
Tuesday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around, mainly later High 81, Low 56

NWS: Tomorrow – A slight chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy High 78, Low 58
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 81, Low 57

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the morning High 78, Low 58
Tuesday – Partly cloudy. high 81, Low 57

It’s quite apparent that the forecast in Decatur is going to come down to what happens with the rain over the next two days. Forecasts are all over the map. Radar for now shows that the bulk of it is off to the east for now.

Unstable

No, the title doesn’t allude to the mental state of Anthony and myself. It describes the summer time atmosphere in Decatur. As Anthony correctly described, the heat in the afternoons led to the development of showers and thunderstorms over Alabama, some of them clipping Decatur both Tuesday and Wednesday. As it turned out, the coverage of thunderstorms was enough that temperatures on Wednesday didn’t reach the 90s as had been initially forecast. Victoria-Weather had the top forecast, thanks in large part to out right-down-the-middle forecast on Tuesday.
Actuals: Tuesday – .12 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 87, Low 68
Wednesday – .12 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 86, Low 66

Grade: B

Decatur, Alabama

Off to the Deep South, where it NEVER thunderstorms this time of year…

At 1:53pm CDT, the temperature at Decatur, AL was 80 degrees under fair skies. A few thunderstorms are found just off towards the east near Huntsville, but otherwise right now seeing a little break in the action. The overall regime for the next couple of days doesn’t look to be changing much as the main jet stream stays fairly zonal over the northern tier of the US. A Bermuda High looks to stay rather persistent over… well… Bermuda, which keeps a general southerly flow going over the Southeastern US, keeping the flow of moisture from the Gulf open. Add in the normal afternoon instability that always results when temperatures push into the 80s and 90s over the region, and you get scattered thunderstorms over pretty much the entire area every afternoon. Just be sure to keep an eye on the radar as these types of thunderstorms seem to pop up quickly and die out just as fast. Happy Memorial Day readers!

Tuesday: 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms. High 86, Low 67.
Wednesday: 40% chance of some scattered thunderstorms. High 89, Low 67.

TWC: Tuesday: 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms. High 84, Low 66.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, 20% chance of isolated thunderstorms. High 88, Low 66.

AW: Tuesday: 60% chance of thunderstorms. High 87, Low 67.
Wednesday: 20% chance of thunderstorms. High 94, Low 65.

NWS: Tuesday: 40% chance of showers and storms. High 87, Low 66.
Wednesday: 20% chance of isolated showers/storms. High 92, Low 66.

WB: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, 40% chance of storms. High 87, Low 66.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, 20% chance of storms. High 92, Low 68.

Here we see the thunderstorms currently off to the east, and moving away from the Decatur area. Will we see some of this activity move overhead in the next couple of days? Time will tell…