Today we embark on a one-day road trip, from eastern NC to northern AL. It’ll be a lengthy day, will the weather cooperate with us getting to Alabama in a timely manner?
A nose of high pressure is extending over the Carolinas into parts of the Deep South, so our day should start off dry and mostly sunny. The weather shouldn’t be an issue as we get into Georgia, the main issue will be hoping the roads we need to be open to get out of NC are actually open, considering rivers continue to crest with catastrophic flooding continuing over the Eastern Carolinas. A cold front is pushing into the OH Valley tomorrow evening, trailing back into the Southern Plains, but should remain far enough off to the northwest as to not adversely affect our final push towards Gadsden. A couple spotty showers may sprinkle the landscape, but nothing too concerning.
As we looked forward to Labor Day weekend, we were monitoring a weak wave through the Ohio Valley. In Gadsden, the worry was that some of the waves intake would lead to some popcorn showers and storms and some ruined outdoor plans. Those storms were not to be, however, as storms stayed well to the west of town. It was hot and humid, though, and a fitting send off for summer. Accuweather had the victory, thanks to their dry forecast. Actuals: Saturday – High 87, Low 66 Sunday – High 89, Low 68
Labor Day isn’t usually a holiday that people travel for, but you might. It’s a three day weekend, so even though the one day trip is a long one, it doesn’t necessarily take up the whole weekend, giving us some time in Gadsden, even if we leave tomorrow. The drive will take 9 hours or so, and cover 641 miles, putting us on a pace of 68.8mph, which will certainly get us to Gadsden in plenty of time.
A cold front is stalling across northern Illinois, with high pressure sitting over the eastern US, sticking its butt end right into our route. The best threat for thunderstorms through the day will be very early on, but through midday there could be a stray shower as the heating of the day actually burns off most of the cloud cover through Southern Illinois. The rest of the drive on into Alabama looks to be quite delightful, if a little steamy for any stops for gas. Gadsden, likewise, will be hot and stuffy for our Labor Day.
At 856AM, CT, Gadsden was reporting a temperature of 82 degrees with sunny skies. The skies across northern Alabama are mottled with clouds, though Gadsden itself was in the clear. Showers are expected to pop up this afternoon, particularly in the southern part of the state, thanks to a weak, non tropical feature off of the coast from Mobile. Moisture entrainment into a disturbance over the Upper Midwest will continue to be a source for showers, storms and clouds in Alabama throughout the day.
The weekend will be dictated by how well the feature organizes, and right now, all models suggest the system will remain a rudderless mass of showers and storms. This means it will continue to be a well of potential shower and thunderstorm activity for the Gadsden area right through Sunday. Tomorrow – Mostly sunny with a smattering of showers and thunderstorms, High 89, Low 70 Sunday – Scattered showers and thunderstorms, High 89, Low 71
TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies High 91, Low 70 Sunday – Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91,Low 71
AW: Tomorrow – Clouds and sun; humid High 91, Low 67 Sunday – Partly sunny; humid High 92, low 68
NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, High 89, Low 70 Sunday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, High 90, Low 70
WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 92, Low 70 Sunday – Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, High 92, Low +72
WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with scattered storms, High 89, Low 70 Sunday – Partly cloudy with isolated storms, High 90, Low 70
FIO: Tomorrow – Humid and mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 89, Low 78 Sunday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 86, Low 79
Sound like a pretty standard Labor Day weekend across the southeast. Here is satellite showing off the smattering of convection off shore
With a cold front moving through the Deep South, Gadsden looked to pick up a good amount of rain during its passage. Well over an inch fell on the city over the last couple of days, but the temperatures bottomed out both nights as well, leading to far lower low temps than anybody had forecast. Accuweather took home the win because, well, SOMEbody had to win.
Wednesday: 0.80″ of precip in heavy rain showers. High 64, Low 46.
Thursday: 0.79″ of precip in a thunderstorm. High 64, Low 44.
Forecast Grade: D
Spending a lot of time in Alabama this week. We always seem to do this in clump.
At 1210AM, CT, Gadsden was reporting overcast skies with a temperature of 57 degrees. The area was surrounded by by rain and clouds, with the strongest line of thunderstorms still west of Huntsville. A strong bowling ball of low pressure has moved through the mid-Mississippi Valley, and was drawing the necessarily moisture for the thunderstorm activity north into the state.
The system has reached the eastern slope of the parent trough, and is beginning to move to the northeast, which means the front will slow to a crawl. Rain is expected to continue across Gadsden through the day Wednesday, with a break overnight into Thursday. An area or low pressure will develop along the boundary over the western Gulf of Mexico, and bring even more rain to the area late in the day Thursday as the new low follows the original boundary. All told, Gadsden can expect a couple of inches of rain over the next two days, with Thursday bringing the chance for some heavier thunderstorms.
Tomorrow – Rain and thunderstorms, High 67, Low 56
Thursday – Rain, thunderstorms late, High 70, Low 51
TWC: Tomorrow – Showers and thundershowers likely, especially in the morning High 66, Low 57
Thursday – Thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. high 66, Low 54
AW: Tomorrow – Clouds yielding to some sun with rain tapering off High 64, Low 54
Thursday – Rain High 69, Low 50
NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High 65, Low 57
Thursday – Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High 65, Low 52
WB: Tomorrow – Rain showers and chance of thunderstorms.High 66, Low 55
Thursday – Rain showers and chance of thunderstorms High 67, Low 51
Sorry for the late forecast, but it is a pretty active radar, so that’s kind of nice, right? Take a look.
Yet another trip to or from Los Angeles. Knock me over with a feather! It’s a 4 day, 2090 mile trip from LA to Gadsden, which will put us on a pace of 67.3mph, or about 539 miles a day, not unlike yesterday. Back on the road
The first 3/4ths of the first day will be really excellent driving as we head through the heat of California and western Arizona. The monsoon will begin to kick up some showers and storms for the last hour or so of our drive, east of Flagstaff. Still, there is a very good chance, better than 50/50 that we will make it a to Joseph City, the day’s destination, without a drop of rain.
New Mexico has recently been catching the brunt of daily monsoonal showers and storms, and it will be no different on Saturday. We might encounter a few areas of rain or storms for 10-20 miles at a time as we roll through the Land of Enchantment, but it won’t be particularly stormy, at least not as compared with other other days out that way this summer. The rain will begin to taper after we pass into Texas, and we will all it a day in Amarillo.
It will likely be steamy drive through Oklahoma and eventually western Arkansas. An area of low pressure in Canada is going to drag a cold front through the eastern US, but it won’t be able to make it through Arkanasas. Instead, the humid return flow will redevelop, ending a succession of dryish days in the South. By the time we make it to Fort Smith, some bubbly areas of thunderstorms may begin to develop. The rain may be heavy, but the organization isn’t going to be good, so severe weather is unlikely. Our day ends in Lonoke, east of Little Rock.
As I noted, that humid weather is going to return to the southeast. The front over the southeastern US will be a big rain maker though it won’t be bring about too much of an air mass change. That means clouds, showers and the occasional thunderstorms will likely interrupt our drive, especially after we have made our way past Tupelo, Mississippi. It’s going to be hot, humid and a little rainy after we finally make it into Gadsden.
I have to believe there aren’t many places with a “DSD” in their name, so Gadsden is obviously a desired destination. It’s going to take about 6 hours to cover the distance of 348 miles. This is a glacial pace, of course, of only 58 miles an hour. Let’s be on our way!
The cold front that brought all those storms I mentioned yesterday is going to be moving very slowly through the country, and no slower than in the southern part. It’s going to get Atlanta about the same time we do. Well, we may see a few showers as soon as McDonough, but it will be stormy after we get to the ATL. It’s going to be intermittent, but I would say there is a good chance that those storms will come and go from then all the way to Gadsden. At least it will be nice when we leave Valdosta.