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Weather Wayback … back when the weather changed in the west

Whatever headlines we see for the center and eastern parts of the country, it seems, as of late, the weather out west has remained the same. Dry and hot. Back in May, however, it wasn’t quite the same situation, and after a system moved out of the western US and into the Rockies, there was a splash of rain in our early May forecast for Grand Junction, and it wasn’t much of a surprise. Nowadays? It would definitely be a surprise, and a welcome relief. Back in May, up in the mountains of the central Rockies, the National Weather Service had the top forecast.
Actuals: Friday, May 5th, High 87, Low 48
Saturday, May 6th, .06 inches of rain, High 83,, Low 52

Grade: A-C

Grand Junction, Colorado

At 835am MDT, the temperature at Grand Junction, CO was 55 degrees under fair skies. High pressure found over the Western US is going to keep the Four Corners area dry today and throughout Friday. Saturday will see the storm system currently off the West Coast push inland and into the Rockies. Increasing clouds expected throughout the day on Saturday, with some scattered showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm shifting into the area late Saturday evening into Sunday.

Friday: Sunny and warm. High 84, Low 51.
Saturday: Increasing afternoon clouds, an isolated thunderstorm possible in late evening hours. High 83, Low 54.

TWC: Friday: Sunny. High 86, Low 51.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, and isolated thunderstorm possible. High 83, Low 55.

AW: Friday: Mostly sunny and very warm. High 85, Low 49.
Saturday: A thunderstorm around. High 83, Low 53.

NWS: Friday: Sunny. High 86, Low 50.
Saturday: Partly sunny, isolated thunderstorm in late evening. High 84, Low 55.

WB: Friday: Sunny. High 84, Low 48.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 82, Low 51.

WN: Friday: Mostly sunny. High 86, Low 52.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with isolated storms. High 84, Low 55.

FIO: Friday: Clear throughout the day. High 86, Low 50.
Saturday: Light rain overnight. High 82, Low 55.

Here we see the Western US is very quiet, with a storm system well off the West Coast. This will eventually give us a bit of showery weather later on in the weekend.

Down with the Ship

I noted on Friday that it was unusual to see forecasts coming out of the Rocky Mountains that were so similar as they were coming out of Grand Junction. That might seem to indicate that there is some agreement among the outlets, and the forecast is a sure thing. Ha. Instead, cloudless days lead to temperatures significantly warmer than expected, with, at least Saturday morning starting even colder than anyone thought. It was a rough forecast all the way around, but the good news for WeatherNation and the Weather Service is that they get to claim a share of a victory.
Actuals: Saturday – High 55, Low 25
Sunday – High 45, Low 34

Grade: C-D

Grand Junction sees some weather

There really isn’t much of an avenue for the western Colorado town of Grand Junction to see a substantial dose of synoptic scale weather makers, but as this week began, we were able to see a deep area of low pressure moving out of the Pacific Northwest into the northern Plains. The back end of the system drove enough energy southward that there was enough for a little bit of rain on Monday, even at the airport and not just in the peaks outside of town. Forecast.io put together the best forecast with a good appreciation of how chilly things started off on Sunday.
Actuals: Sunday – High 61, Low 34
Monday – .02 inches of rain, High 62, Low 39

Grade: B-C

Spartanburg, South Carolina to Grand Junction, Colorado

Spartanburg, South Carolina to Grand Junction, CO

Today we embark on a 1,748 mile road trip, from the Southern Appalachians to the Central Rockies! Mountains to mountains! It’ll take 3 days to cover, and we’re gonna leave THIS morning, so we better get a move on!



A stationary boundary continues to sit just north of the area, so it’ll be a cloudy start to the day, but showers should be out of the Spartanburg area. However, we have to trek up into W NC to go through TN, so we’ll see some of those showers during the morning. An upper low is sitting over the Southern Plains/Lower MS River Valley and hasn’t been moving much over last couple of days, which will continue to pump moisture up over the TN/OH Valleys. We’ll continue to see rain showers as we trek through TN and over Western KY and finally into southern IL, where we finish the day in Marion.


The aforementioned upper low lifts north into the area during the overnight hours, bringing it’s swath of rain with it. It’ll be a soggy morning heading towards St. Louis and continuing westward, with rain showers expected through Missouri. We might see an early afternoon thunderstorm in the Kansas City area, but if we get past there, only isolated showers are expected in eastern KS as we move through the afternoon and evening hours. We finish the long day up in Hays, KS to fairly quiet conditions.


High pressure greets us this morning, with pleasant conditions heading west towards the Rockies. Weather should be pretty good all the way until we reach Denver, but a cold front is swinging through the Central Rockies, so we’ll be seeing rain showers as we negotiate our way through the passes. We could see some brief periods of snow in the higher up elevations, but anything significant should remain only in the highest peaks before the temperatures drop enough to make conditions too treacherous. We finish our journey in Grand Junction, where a few light rain showers greet our arrival.

Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado to Savannah, Georgia

Hello! Let’s go road trippin’ again. We’re headed east this time, chasing Patricia out of the country after the country has been soaked enough. It’s a 3 1/2 day trip, which we will cover at a pace of 67.5mph, meaning days 1, 2, and 3 will average about 540 miles. Let’s see if it’s going to be dry.

DAY ONE (Wednesday)
Patricia is winding up into a doozy of a storm over the Great Lakes. The kind of storm tomorrow that will put intracontinental shipping interests in jeopardy. OF course, we are driving over land, and with all the energy across North America (pretty much) getting drawn towards Patricia, there won’t be much left for the central Rockies or central Plains. We’ll make it into western Kansas and the small town of Collyer without any threat from the weather, though northwest winds will be chilly and brisk in the open prairie.

DAY TWO (Thursday)
High pressure will develop between Patricia and the next upper level trough, parked over the Plains. Hey! Tat’s where we’re driving! Indeed, the winds will be much lighter, and the drive from western Kansas to St. Louis will be very easy. We’ll stop near Lambert airport on the west side of the STL.

DAY THREE (Friday)
That wonderful dome of high pressure will follow us into the Tennessee Valley. The drive through Kentucky and Tennessee will be sunny and dry. Nice. There may be a little bit of haze in the Smokey Mountains, thanks to the rainfall that’s fallen across the region in recent weeks, but we should make it to Kennesaw in the outskirts of Atlanta before we are done for the day.

DAY FOUR (Saturday
The trough out west will be getting stronger by this weekend. For our purposes that will mean that the surface ridge will be kicked east over Goergia. That’s right. 3 1/2 days of driving with nary a problem. Enjoy Savannah!

Richmond, Virginia to Grand Junction, Colorado

Hello, how are you? Ready for a trip? This one will be a 3 1/2 day trek covering 1911 miles. That puts us on a pace of 68.25mph, meaning a daily advance of 546 miles. Let’s pack it up and head out on this voyage.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

Patricia is going to have a lot to say about our trip, sad to say. She will intercept our route fairly early in the day. As we leave Richmond, it may be dry, but it will still be ominous, with dark clouds on the horizon. Red sky in morning, as they say, road trippers take warning. The dry conditions may last as far as Charlottesville, but I wouldn’t count on it. One nice thing about our route is that it jogs north through Appalachia, which will prevent the rain from being as torrential as it will be around Roanoke and Blacksburg. It will still be mighty damp, certainly, but it won’t be as bad as it could be. Well, not until we reach Kentucky. Universally, guidance suggests us to be inundated in eastern Kentucky, nearly as soon as we cross the state line from West Virginia. We will stop in Middletown, Kentucky, on the east side of Louisville.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
The majority of the rain will be through Louisville as Patricia jets to the north, and a dry slot infiltrates the central Plains. We will struggle to break out while we are in the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys. We’ll pass through St. Louis into central Missouri and similarly pass from a drizzly, cloudy mess to a sunny, still damp countryside. It will still be breezy and cool as we cover the Show Me State, with a bit of an improvement in temperature when we reach Kansas City. This is a good omen. Call it a night in Tonganoxie, Kansas, west of KC off the Kansas Turnpike.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Thursday will be a good day of driving. Kansas should be an easy drive, with sunny skies and not much terrain to navigate. More of the same in eastern Colorado, which will also be sunny and dry. The day will end in the dusty outpost of Peoria, Colorado, which is about an hour east of Denver.

DAY FOUR (Friday)
Fortunately, I-70 doesn’t go to the peaks, though emerging from the Eisenhower Tunnel, it can get a little snowy. There could be a splash of rain along our route west of Denver through Glenwood Springs, with some snowshowers in the Eisenhower Tunnel area, but after that, expect things to clear out as we finish the day in Grand Junction, the last occupied outpost in Colorado.
Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado to Columbus, Indiana

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving! This is our first road trip in a while, and it will take us home after what was surely a luxurious Turkey Day feast. Our trip will cover 3 time zones, but only 1369 miles. Thet drive will necessistate about 2 1/2 days of driving, getting us back to Columbus by the afternoon on Sunday. Just in time to get back to work. To get there, we will need a pace of about 64.5MPH, meaning our first two days will involve 516 miles of driving.

DAY ONE (Friday)
Grand Junction
This time of year can be awful snowy in western Colorado, but much to our benefit, there will be a stout ridge building into the central Rockies and High Plains. This means warmer than normal temperatures across the region, some popping clear into the 70s over eastern Colorado and western Kansas. After the headlines of the last several days, not exactly what you were expecting, is it? The drive will end in Grainfield, Kansas, which is between Colby and WaKeeney, neither of which you have heard of either. I wonder how they came up with the name “Grainfield”?

DAY TWO (Saturday)
It will continue to be pleasant in Kansas as the weekend begins. Sunny skies and warm weather will be our escort as we continue into Missouri. Kansas City will be just fine as well, save for the traffic. An area of low pressure moving through the northern US, however, will be drawing moisture further north, and some of it will lead to the development of showers closer to St. Louis. Expect it to be mostly clouds, with very isolated storms, and for most of the activity to be well out ahead of us. It will start early in the day around Marshall, Missouri and drift west before really coming together over Illinois. We won’t reach Illinois before the day ends, so I think it’s highly likely we stay dry all the way to Warrenton, Missouri, which isn’t far from the St. Louis metro.

DAY THREE (Sunday)
The models don’t know what to think about Sunday. I think they want to hint at scattered thunderstorms, but they can’t, because the coverage and intensity will be minimal. Still, ahead of a cold, which will still be lying over the Upper Midwest, it’s not hard to imagine at least a few showers embedded with clouds over the course of our drive on Sunday Vacation’s over.

Grand weather

People that live in western Colorado undoubtedly do so for the type of days they had earlier this week. Temperatures were in the 80s, dew points were at rock bottom prices and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The biggest surprise in Grand Junction was that it didn’t quite warm up like we thought it would on Thursday afternoon. Accuweather and Weatherbug still had very good forecasts, and really, it WAS 86 degrees, so it’s not like Grand Junction was chilly or anything.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 85, Low 54
Thursday – High 86, Low 55

Grade: A

Grand Junction, Colorado to Jacksonville, Florida

I don’t know if Grand Junction and Jacksonville sound like they are far apart of not. They are nearly a 4 day drive apart, so I guess that answers that question. Let’s get on the road and see where this drive takes us. The two towns are 1990 miles apart, and we will cover the distance at a pace of 65.2mph, which means 521.5 miles a day.

DAY ONE (Thursday)
Grand Junction
I don’t really expect much crazy weather on this trip, and day one should be no exception. There may be a few high based clouds east of Denver after we have finished navigating our way through the Rockies and down sloping winds will stir things up a bit, but other than that, we’re driving through the Prairies under blue skies. The day will end in Park, Kansas, which is in the western part of the state.

DAY TWO (Friday)
It’s fairly warm for this time of year, and there is a threat for a little instability around Kansas City. I’m not buying it. Maybe some clouds thanks to vigorous flow aloft, but nothing that will cause us any navigational concern. The day will end in Wright City, Missouri, just west of St. Louis.

DAY THREE (Saturday)
The weather map in the southeast looks more like late July than late September. The region is expected to be dotted with showers and thunderstorms, but I think guidance, again, is a little over aggressive with the inland showers and storms. I think the best bet for rain will come from Chattanooga south into Georgia, including Dalton and Calhoun, but this encompasses only about our final hour of driving for the day. We will stop just north of Calhoun in Resaca.

DAY FOUR (Sunday)
It looks like a weak wave will be moving through the southern US by the weekend, and a large swath of showers and storms are expected for Mississippi and Alabama. This will provide a strong focal point for showers and thunderstorms, and activity will be much lighter over south Georgia and north Florida. There could be a stray shower, but all the thunder will be confined west of our route. Maybe some clouds and a little bit of drizzle in Jacksonville as we wrap up the trip.