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Olympia, Washington to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

We are three days into the New Year, and this is our shortest road trip of all of them. It’s been a lot of driving so far, and we have a 3 1/2 day trek ahead of us, covering 2,002 miles. We’ll be flying along I-94, which will allow a pace of 69mph, which will provide us with 552 miles covered in a day. That is a heck of a pace. Make sure to catch a ride, otherwise it will be in the next state before you know it.

DAY ONE (Wednesday)

Low pressure is moving ashore in northern California, and will extend it’s reach further east through the day tomorrow, with snow spreading through the Rockies and all the way to Nebraska, The good news, however, is that the snow will be unable to stretch north to I-90 close to the Canadian border. Of course, it’s going to be crazy cold, but high pressure will do an excellent job suppressing the northward advance of any precip. We’ll stop in Bearmouth, Montana, which is east of Missoula. I know the weather will be dry, but I’m not sure how comfortable being in a place called “Bearmouth”. Hmmm….

DAY TWO (Thursday)
Montana is a big state. One can never cover it in just one day, and we will end up on the eastern edge of the state, near Wilbaux on Thursday night. In the interim, there is a chance we see a little bit of light snow around Billings, thanks to a broad, sickly upslope flow, but it is more likely that we will only encounter a few clouds on our journey. On Friday, we will leave Montana.

DAY THREE (Friday)
The threat for that upslope flow is going to increase in Montana through the day Friday, so maybe we’ll want to get going a little sooner, but other than that, we will enjoy a third precip-free day as we barrel eastward through North Dakota and into Minnesota. We’ll be approaching the Twin Cities as we close out our Friday. They’ve recently had some very significant freezing rain, all followed by some bitterly cold temperatures, so it will likely still be icy from Fargo to the Twin Cities, if not on the roads, then in parking lots and on sidewalks when we stop. We’ll make it to Monticello, just on the fringes of the Twin Cities metro, before we call it a day.

DAY FOUR (Saturday)
This is it! We’re off on the last bit of our trio of lengthy trips that have started this year. High pressure and westerly flow will ensure that it will pass without too many issues. Of course, that westerly flow over the Great Lakes will mean some fun times in Michigan, but we aren’t going that far! Just the chilly burg of Fond du Lac, on the shores of Lake Winnebago

Dragging through the archives

Let’s circle back and see how we did with a forecast from wake back in late August. Fond du Lac, Wisconsin! Back when Anthony worked on this forecast, the end of summer was nearing its end, with a cold front on its way into the eastern third of Wisconsin. Before the front got there, high pressure was in control, which led to some good marks across the board. Forecast.io had the best forecast of the day, which should just go to show you how tame the forecast was (robot burn). The front was slow enough that they stayed dry through the forecast period.
Actuals: August 28th – High 80, Low 64
August 29th – High 84, Low 62

Grade: A-B

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to Providence, Rhode Island

Today we embark on a 2-day road trip from Fond du Lac, WI to the capital of the country’s smallest state, Providence. 1,122 miles separate the two, so off we go!

Fond du Lac


High pressure sitting over the Great Lakes is keeping much of the region quiet today, however some morning showers/thunderstorms could be approaching our departure point as a warm front is lifting through MN/northwest WI. We should be able to avoid most of it as we drive southward past Milwaukee and eventually through Chicago. From there, the jaunt eastward will be fairly quiet, with perhaps just an early afternoon shower over northern IN. We should be able to dodge those, however, and dry weather greets us throughout Ohio, where we finish the night in Youngstown.


High pressure is found throughout the Eastern Great Lakes and the Northeast, keeping conditions dry for our entire day as we make our way through PA, northern NJ, and eventually along the Long Island Sound before pulling into Providence.


Fond du Loc, Wisconsin

Off to Fond du Loc, WI today, site of the first ever $100M Powerball winner! Let’s see how the rest of their weekend will shake out.

At 1153pm CDT, the temperature at Fond du Lac, WI was 66 degrees with some light fog being reported. High pressure is shifting over the Upper Midwest today and will push over the Great Lakes over the next couple of days. Quiet weather is expected today under it as it traverses the region. A cold front starts to push down over ND/MN early Monday morning and an accompanying warm front looks to move over northern WI during the day. A few rain showers and maybe an isolated thunderstorm look to develop ahead of it as the afternoon progresses, but the worst should remain to the north.

Sunday: Morning fog then sunny. High 80, Low 62.
Monday: Isolated afternoon showers. High 82, Low 61.

TWC: Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 82, Low 61.
Monday: Sunny. High 82, Low 65.

AW: Sunday: Warmer with clouds and sun. High 82, Low 61.
Monday: Partly sunny and very warm. High 86, Low 63.

NWS: Sunday: Areas of fog then mostly sunny. High 81, Low 63.
Monday: Patchy fog then slight chance of thunderstorms. High 82, Low 62.

WB: Sunday: Foggy then clearing. High 79, Low 61.
Monday: Partly sunny. High 83, Low 63.

WN: Sunday: Partly cloudy with areas of fog. High 82, Low 63.
Monday: Partly cloudy with isolated storms. High 82, Low 63.

FIO: Sunday: Foggy in the morning. High 81, Low 63.
Monday: Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 82, Low 63.

Not much on the radar in the area, just a small cluster of storms over Lower Michigan. The radar is expected to be quiet until Monday.


The warm up that never came

Despite a little snow in Fond du Lac overnight from Saturday to Sunday, forecasters across the board suspected that some warm air would work into eastern Wisconsin ahead of yet another system moving into the area today. Alas, the clouds and freshly fallen snow were too much, and temperatures ended up even cooler on Sunday than they were on Tuesday. Oops! The top forecaster, the outlet who had been coolest temperatures on average, was Weatherbug.
Actuals: Saturday – .03 inches of measured liquid precip, though fallen as snow, High 18, Low -6
Sunday – Trace of snow reported, not measured. High 16, Low 3

Grade: C

Youngstown, Ohio to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

We are going to set out to ring the Great Lakes in a one day trip covering 556 miles over the course of a little over 9 hours. The average pace in perfect conditions would be 61mph, but lets face it, winter in the Great Lakes, and a drive through Chicago could certainly make things a bit more interesting.

The Great Lakes are going to be squeezed by a pair of systems tomorrow. First, there is the low moving through Illinois today. It will traverse the Ohio Valley through the day, and actually, it should leave northern Ohio alone. When we head out the door tomorrow morning, the system will be east of Youngstown, and we should have easy driving along the Ohio Turnpike. The next system will be a weak wave emerging out of the Upper Midwest. By 7pm, central, about the time we will arrive in Fond du Lac, the snow will only just be arriving in eastern Wisconsin. Despite an active map and snow straddling out entire route, we will somehow manage a safe, dry journey. Congratulations!
Fond du Lac

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

It only seems appropriate that on Valentine’s Day, we have a forecast for a city with the word “fond” in the name.

At 1144AM, CT, Fond du Lac was reporting a temperature of 17 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Another clipper was rocketing through the Mississippi Valley, but this time, it was found south of Wisconsin, and as the surface low intensifies, it will only work to bring in a brief shot of chilly air.
The clipper is associated with a well defined upper level wave, which will be bad news as it swiftly reaches the east coast this weekend and conflagrates. It also means that there is upper level flow west of the trough as well, which will create a second, weaker wave, expected to move into Wisconsin overnight tomorrow. This stands a chance to bring an inch or two of fluffy snow, followed by, of all things, a bit of a warm up on Sunday.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny with snow late. High 17, Low -1
Sunday – A bit warmer, with snow in the AM, High 22, Low 8

TWC: Tomorrow – PM Snow Showers High 20, Low -6
Sunday – Mostly Cloudy (early AM snow) High 20, Low 13

AW: Tomorrow – Cold with some sunshine giving way to clouds (late snow) High 19, Low -1
Sunday – Times of sun and clouds High 24, Low 10

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 5pm. Increasing cloud High 18, Low -3
Sunday – Partly sunny High 22, Low 9

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny until late afternoon…then cloudy with a 50 percent chance of light snow late in the afternoon. High 17, Low -3
Sunday – Partly sunny (early am snow) High 22, Low 7

WN: Tomorrow – Snow High 18, Low -2
Sunday – Partly Cloudy High 21, Low 9

It looks like a quick shot of snow, and then perhaps a break in this terrible winter of ours. Let’s hope. That low south of Wisconsin is going to be another messy situation this weekend.
Fond du Lac

Storms fizzle in Fond Du Lac

For the past two days, I have been warning about the possibility of strong storms in the Upper Midwest, thanks to a pool of cool air moving into the soupy air mass that has been suffocating the region. It, coupled with a low moving through the Dakotas looked like it was going to be a recipe for disaster. Well, that wasn’t so much the case. As the boundary descended into Upper Michigan, there were a few cells near Fond Du Lac, and they reported some at the airport. The day that was supposed to be really stormy, yesterday, simply wasn’t. The cold front never really got going last night, and the prefrontal storms that had been so well advertised were non-existent. Cooler air is still filtering in today, despite the lack of stormy weather last night in Fond du Lac. The Weather Channel had the top forecast.
Actuals: Wednesday – Rain/thunder reported, not measured, High 91, Low 75
Thursday – High 93, Low 75

Grade: B

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin to Albany, Georgia

We are on the road once again at long last, headed south over the course of 2 days. It is 1052 miles between Fond Du Lac and Albany, and we will cover them at a pace of 60.5mph. IF you want to put the rest of the pieces together, that means Day one, Thursday, will be a hair shorter than Day 2, as we will try to cover 484 miles on this day, leaving the rest for Friday.

Fond du Lac
The first day of our trip will be quite warm, but with increasingly cloudy skies, the air conditioning in our car should be quite effective. Southerly flow into a developing wave over Lake Superior will feed the moisture content of the atmosphere, leading to clouds across the region, and the chance for some very isolated showers and storms. With the heating of the day, though, and by the time we reach northern Indiana, the threat for thunderstorms will be capped. The hot weather will continue until we are south of Louisville near Fort Knox and the city of Colesburg, the destination for night 1.

Day Two will be a bit more turbulent. Thunderstorms can be expected throughout much of the day with an approaching cold front slamming into the Great Lakes inducing the importation of moisture from a tropical wave that will set up in the Gulf. Rainfall and embedded thunderstorms won’t be terribly well organized, so there isn’t much threat for severe weather, but given all of the moisture and latent energy in the area, traffic could certainly be slowed down bit by heavy downpours. While the rain probably won’t start until we have left Kentucky, it is possible for the entire day. Heaviest rain projects to be on the southern exposures of higher elevation, which means that between Chattanooga and Warner Robins, Georgia will likely be our wettest stretch of road. Atlanta in the rain during rush hour should be wonderful. It won’t be quite as bad when we arrive in Albany (the traffic or the weather) but don’t forget the umbrella, just in case.
Albany Georgia

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

We are in the midst of a heat wave across the US this week. Is there any sign of it breaking in Wisconsin over the next two days.

At 253PM, CT, Fond du Lac was reporting a temperature of 87 degrees with sunny skies. Most of southern Wisconsin was under a heat warning thanks in part to the temperatures, but also due to the low 70s dew points splayed across the region.
An area of low pressure moving across Hudson Bay will be the best chance to bring about any change to the temperature, but the Bermuda High over the eastern third of the country is quite dug in. The tail of the cold front will stall over the northern flank of the ridge, which means a chance for showers and storms over Wisconsin by tomorrow evening, but it will stall north of Lake Winnebago, limiting the threat for rain in Fond du Lac until Thursday. A lee trough is expected to develop in the northern Plains and move into the Upper Midwest, enhancing the thunderstorm threat for Thursday, including some strong to severe storms in the Fond du Lac area.
Tomorrow – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 91, Low 72
Thursday – Isolated afternoon thunderstorms, possibly strong to severe, High 92, Low 72

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 91, Low 74
Thursday – Mostly Sunny High 90, Low 74

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sun, hot and humid High 90, Low 72
Thursday – Watch for strong thunderstorms; very warm and humid with intervals of clouds and sun High 90, Low 71

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny High 89, Low 73
Thursday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, High 90, Low 72

WB: Tomorrow – Warm and humid. Mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of light showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 88, Low 73
Thursday – Very warm and humid. Partly sunny. A 30 percent chance of light showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 87, Low 71

Looks like the heat will not be breaking in Fond du Lac. Will they see the strong storms though? That’s the real question. There are a few isolated storms ringing the Great Lakes
Fond du Lac