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Minneapolis, Minnesota to Gulfport, Mississippi

Today we embark on a long 2-day road trip from Minneapolis to the Gulf Coast. It’s nearly 1200 miles, so we have 2 full days ahead of us. Will the weather make it feel even longer? Let’s take a look!

DAY ONE

High pressure sitting over the Great Lakes is keeping the area dry this morning, but there’s some areas of fog expected to last into the mid-morning hours thanks to the increased humidity. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem as we head southward into Iowa. Mostly sunny skies are expected as we push through Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and eventually into Eastern Missouri. Our quiet day will end in the southern outskirts of St. Louis.

DAY TWO

As low pressure continues to push out into the Plains, some spotty activity is expected to develop out ahead of it over the MS River Valley, with some isolated showers possible as we continue into southeast MO on I-55. We’re going to be following this interstate for most of the day, so directions will be fairly easy to follow as we sneak into northeast AR and eventually by Memphis. Some widely scattered thunderstorms are possible from Memphis and continues southward to Jackson, where we veer onto I-49 which will take us the rest of the way. We could run into a couple of stronger afternoon/evening thunderstorms as we push through MS, but most of the activity by this point should already be dissipating and dry weather is expected for the rest of the ride into Gulfport!

Gulfport, Mississippi

Today we take a look at what’s happening along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi. Are there tropical systems out there looking to taint our midweek plains??

At 1149pm CDT, the temperature at Gulfport, MS was 82 degrees under fair skies. There’s a hurricane out in the Atlantic Basin (Gert), but it’s between the Carolinas and Bermuda and will be heading north-northeast over the next couple of days. The Gulf of Mexico looks void of any tropical threats throughout the week, so the only real threat we have is airmass thunderstorms. Overall, broad high pressure is found throughout the Southeast US, but not strong enough to quell the daily cycle of diurnal thunderstorms that pop up each summer afternoon in the region. Odds are only one of the two days we’ll see some storms, but which day that is… well, actually Wednesday looks to be a bit quieter than Tuesday. In any event, keep an eye on the sky both days.

Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms in afternoon. High 90, Low 78.
Wednesday: Chance of an early afternoon storm, clearing in evening. High 91, Low 78.

TWC: Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 87, Low 79.
Wednesday: Afternoon thunderstorms. High 89, Low 78.

AW: Tuesday: A couple of thunderstorms. High 89, Low 77.
Wednesday: Some sun with a thunderstorm. High 89, Low 78.

NWS: Tuesday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 90. Low 79.
Wednesday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 90, Low 79.

WB: Tuesday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 86, Low 78.
Wednesday: Chance of thunderstorms .High 87, Low 78.

WN: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered storms. High 90, Low 80.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered storms. High 90, Low 79.

FIO: Tuesday: Light rain starting in the morning, continuing until evening. High 87, Low 78.
Wednesday: Light rain starting in the morning, continuing until evening. High 88, Low 78.

The area has quieted down this evening, with a couple of showers lingering offshore. The radar is expected to light up by midday the next couple of days.

Gulfport, Mississippi to Macon, Georgia

Only a one-day trip today, from the Gulf Coast to Central Georgia. Will the Southeast be quiet as we make our way to the Peach State for a weekend getaway? Let’s see!

High pressure is found throughout the Southeast today, and should be a fog-free morning as we head out of Gulfport towards Mobile, AL. No afternoon showers and storms are expected along the route, so it should be a quiet and sun-filled day for the entire route! Easy peasy!

San Jose, California to Gulfport, Mississippi

We’re embarking on quite a trip today, from one giant body of water to another. This trip from San Jose to Gulfport, MS will cover 2,288 over 4 long days. Hope you have your car games stocked up, we’ll be going through them all!

SanJose

DAY ONE

We leave San Jose early in the morning with perhaps a hint of a marine layer sticking around, but we’ll soon be rid of that as we make our way southward through the Central Valley. Conditions should be pretty pleasant as we continue by my old stomping grounds in the Santa Clarita Valley and eventually bypass Los Angeles to the north. Continued dry weather anticipated as we push by Palm Springs and eventually end our long day in Blythe, CA, right on the CA/AZ border.

DAY TWO

Another long day in store as we continue our trek through the Desert Southwest. Some partly cloudy skies are expected as we head eastward towards Phoenix and dry weather looks to continue as we push towards Tucson. The afternoon hours look to be a little dicey as we continue along I-10 towards southwest NM, as the monsoon season is still in full effect. We could encounter some activity as we traverse the passes around San Simon, AZ and Lordsburg, NM. Some late evening activity will keep us on our toes as we head by Las Cruces and eventually into our stop for the night, El Paso.

DAY THREE

Today we start our “Texas Day”, meaning we’ll drive almost 600 miles and STILL be in Texas when we finish. It’s a gigantic state. There might be some isolated showers lingering in the area when we leave in the morning, but shouldn’t be too bad really. Much of the day will be spent enjoying dry weather and just a few clouds as we fly though western Texas (yay for 80mph speed limits!). It won’t be until we pass by Junction that some scattered activity might pop up, but the majority of activity today should remain to the north/east of our route. A lingering shower is possible around San Antonio, but the trip should remain dry as we pull into Seguin, TX, not far east of San Antonio.

DAY FOUR

Finally! Our last day! It’s still a long one though, over 550 miles covering 3 states. A weak disturbance lingers along the TX/LA border, so a few late-morning showers could be already greeting us as we push through Houston. There’s going to be hit-or-miss showers/thunderstorms over much of far eastern Texas/western LA as we pass by Beaumont and Lake Charles, but should be able to dodge any clusters that would pop up as they’d probably be further inland. The big question at this point, isn’t if the weather will slow our trip through LA down to our final destination, but if the interstate will be in good enough shape to get through in a timely manner. The area experienced horrific flooding the last fortnight, and honestly still is, but the worst of it should have passed south of our route and allowed for the crews to clean up the main thoroughfares. If so, we should have a fairly smooth finish to the trip, albeit a tiring one, into Gulfport.

Gulfport

The Gulf is good to Gulfport

After all the rough weather of last week, a couple of nice days were quite welcome along the Gulf Coast. Sure, there was a rumble of thunder on Tuesday in Gulfport, but it wasn’t even close to severe or anything like that. Instead, there was a fairly cool high temperature with increasingly warm low temperatures. Accuweather ended up with the top forecast thanks to a steady and solid forecast all the way around.
Actuals: Monday – High 71, Low 48
Tuesday – Thunderstorms reported, not measured, High 73, Low 60

Grade: B – D

Columbus, Indiana to Gulfport, Mississippi

It’s Leap Day today! We’re going to travel from Southern Indiana down to the Gulf Coast, to a city appropriately named Gulfport! The journey is a 2-day, 739-mile trip. We could probably do it in one day, but that would be a LONG day, so 2 leisurely days it is!

columbusIN

DAY ONE

A cold front breezed through overnight, bringing some rain and a couple surprise thunderstorms to the area. Luckily, they’ve shifted well off to the east as we depart in the morning, so perhaps just a few wind gusts will greet us. Broad but weak high pressure is found over the Ohio and TN Valleys for the day, so other than some partly cloudy skies in the wake of the aforementioned front, it should be a rather quiet day as we drive south through Kentucky and Tennessee, finishing the day in Birmingham.

DAY TWO

A more potent are of low pressure is going to shift into the OH Valley today, trailing a strong cold front as well. Mostly cloudy skies are expected during the day as we travel southwest into eastern Mississippi, with some increasing southerly winds as well. There might be a stray shower through midday as we get closer to our destination, and as we pull into Gulfport, there might be an isolated thunderstorm in the region. The heavier activity should remain off to the north however, so we got into town at just the right time!

Gulfport

Gulfport, Mississippi

Almost time to flip the calendar to March, but not before February gets its quad-annual bonus day! Also, happy birthday to my older sister. If only she was 1 day later, she’d be turning 9 tomorrow! Okay, shoutout aside, let’s see what’s in store for Leap Year 2016 on the Gulf Coast!

At 953pm CST, the temperature at Gulfport, MS was 60 degrees under fair skies. High pressure over the Gulf Coast could lead to some spotty fog in the morning, but should burn off fairly quickly after sunrise. Dry conditions are expected throughout the day as the tail end of a cold front passes north of the area. A stronger area of low pressure looks to move into the Mid-MS River Valley on Tuesday, trailing a much stronger cold front. While the worst of it will remain to the north, a few scattered showers or thunderstorms could affect the area in the late afternoon/early evening hours. Temperatures should remain fairly steady for both days too, looks pretty pleasant for Leap Day!

Monday: Mostly sunny. High 72, Low 53.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds. Slight chance of an afternoon thundershower. High 73, Low 55.

TWC: Monday: Mostly sunny. High 71, Low 52.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 71, Low 55.

AW: Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 73, Low 50.
Tuesday: A p.m. thunderstorm in spots. High 73, Low 55.

NWS: Monday: Partly sunny. High 70, Low 54.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, slight chance of afternoon thunderstorm. High 71, Low 57.

WB: Monday: Partly cloudy. High 71, Low 52.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, chance of an evening thunderstorm. High 72, Low 55.

WN: Monday: Partly cloudy with patchy fog. High 72, Low 52.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with patchy fog. High 72 Low 54.

FIO: Monday: Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 75, Low 54.
Tuesday: Foggy in the morning. High 75, Low 57.

Not much going on along the Gulf Coast tonight, just some high clouds whizzing past. The quiet weather will continue to start off the workweek!

Tempered by Thunderstorms

As per usual in the Deep South, thunderstorms were a plenty around the Gulfport area over the last couple of days. Both days clocked in with measureable precip, however Tuesday only got a brushing glance by one, allowing temperatures to reach their expected values before the storm cooled them off. Convection hit Gulfport earlier on Monday, keeping temperatures lower than projected and never allowed them to recover. Accuweather nosed out a narrow victory because of that, and nailing the low temp both nights.

Monday: 0.26″ of rain in a thunderstorm. High 84, Low 73.
Tuesday: 0.03″ of rain in a thunderstorm. High 90, Low 75.
Forecast Grade: B

Gulfport, Mississippi

As we kick off another work week, probably shortened due to the impending holiday, we head off to the Gulf Coast. No doubt a lot of people will be heading there for the holiday weekend, but let’s take a look at how the week starts off!

At 1053pm CDT, the temperature at Gulfport, MS is 77 degrees under fair skies. A dissipating frontal system kicked off plentiful storms around the region which died off pretty quickly around sunset. More of the same is expected for Monday, which activity generally popping off in the early afternoon and lingering through sunset. The boundary should dissipate for Tuesday, but with plentiful moisture still persisting along the coast, and temperatures pushing around 90, that should be plenty of fuel to kick off another round of thunderstorms for this coastal city. This pattern is pretty much par for the course in the summer months, so onward with the status quo!

Monday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 90, Low 74.
Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 91, Low 75.

TWC: Monday: Afternoon thunderstorms. High 88, Low 74.
Tuesday: Morning thunderstorms. High 89, Low 76.

AW: Monday: Heavy T-storms, rather cloudy. High 89, Low 73.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a thunderstorm. High 91, Low 75.

NWS: Monday: Chance of thunderstorms. High 88, Low 75.
Tuesday: Slight chance of thunderstorms. High 88, Low 78.

WB: Monday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 88, Low 74.
Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 89, Low 76.

WN: Monday: Partly cloudy with scattered storms. High 90, Low 72.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with scattered storms. High 90, Low 75.

FIO: Monday: Light rain until afternoon. High 88, Low 73.
Tuesday: Scattered light rain. High 88, Low 77.

We see some high clouds traversing LA and MS this evening, wispy remnants of today’s earlier activity. Tomorrow looks to be some more of the same storms dancing around the area!

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Gulfport, Mississippi to Cheyenne, Wyoming

We’re off on a three day excursion that, for the most part, will take us through the Plains and into one of the most active parts of the country lately. It’s 1492 miles of discovery between the two towns, and we will cover them at a pace of 64.4mph. The first two days of the trip will be a little bit longer, and we willattempt to cover 515 miles on those two days. Away we go!

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Gulfport
Thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast will take a while to get going tomorrow, which is good news, as we will see pretty tranquil conditions through southern Mississippi and Louisiana as we take I-10 to Lafayette before turning north. Our cross-wise drive through Louisiana may be increasingly cloudy, but by the time we hit Shreveport, the sun will be back out. WE will very nearly make it to Oklahoma, but will stop just to the southeast of Paris, Texas, in the tiny town of Pattonville.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
Much of the day will be pleasant in the southern Plains. Well, pleasant to drive in, especially if your air conditioning works. A system working through the northern Plains is expected to dangle an unusual early summer cold front through the central Plains, and will begin to stall right along the final stretch of our drive. Some big time thunderstorms will be posible north of McPherson, Kansas and could continue the rest of the way to the desolate little town of Bunker Hill. The thing about these storms is that they will be at the tail of the system, and will likely thrive on strong updafts. Don’t be surprised if we end up with some dents in the car, thanks to large hail.

DAY THREE (Monday)
It’s possible that it storms all night in Bunker Hill, but it will be clearing out as we head out on Monday morning. Expect a little bit of morning haze across the prairie, but clearing skies and some sun peeking out behind us (as it rises in the east, after all). We will likely see some thunderheads in the horizon, as a northwesterly wind will contribute to some upsloping thunderstorm development in the Rockies. By the time we reach those same mountains, the activity will be much less significant. There could still be a stray shower, but likely no monstrous super cells to finish off the drive from Denver to Cheyenne.
Cheyenne