It is time for another extended road trip here at Victoria Weather. Today’s trip seems familiar, doesn’t it? Perhaps because Hanford has been involved in so many road trips here. Our trip will cover 2699 miles over 5 days, a true cross country trek. We will be able to cover about 529.5 miles a day at 66.2mph. Shall we set forth on the open road, then?
We are going to see most of I-40 on our trip, save for a little it in California and a little bit in North Carolina. We will set forth in some dreary perhaps a bit drizzly conditions early in North Carolina. It will only get cloudier and foggier as we head to the Appalachians, but it will begin to clear out as we cross into Tennessee. A deep trough in the center of the country will begin to pull a great deal of moisture through the Gulf Coast, and as we approach Buffalo Valley, Tennessee, between Nashville and Cookeville, clouds and a very isolated thunderstorm will be just spreading across Tennessee.
The drive through Tennessee should be fairly enjoyable on Thursday, with clearing skies and warm weather for the Volunteer State. The flow of moisture and shower activity is anticipated to have an eastern edge through Memphis, so we should anticipate widely scattered showers and some thunderstorms from Memphis west through Arkansas. West of Little Rock, winds even outside of thunderstorms will pick up from the south. It could be a pretty dicey trek through Arkansas thanks to the rain, and some of those embedded thunderstorms may be briefly severe. We will call it a night in the Boston Mountains and the town of Mulberry, Arkansas, which is about 20 miles east of Fort Smith. It will be getting pretty windy, to go along with that rain as we head for shelter.
Cold air will get cycled into Oklahoma overnight as rain and thunderstorms become more intensely focused along the Mississippi River. We will still start the day with some chilly rain, but a wave developing at the base of the upper level trough will work to pull the rain and snow away from our route. We will likely see clouds and some cold rain through Henryetta, Oklahoma, but by the time we reach Oklahoma City, conditions will begin to improve dramatically. It might even be warm in Glenrio, Texas, on the border with New Mexico, and the destination for day three.
After a few days where the weather was uncooperative, the weekend will be much more favorable. It will be warm, sunny and calm as we head through New Mexico on our way to Flagstaff, our destination for Saturday night.
There is a weak little area of offshore projected to develop off of San Francisco Bay over the weekend. It isn’t likely to cause any significant weather too far inland around Hanford, but it will begin to change the flow over southern California. There will be an aggressive Marine Later around Los Angeles, but we can expect clearing skies almost as soon as we encounter the clouds around Barstow. We should be able to move into Hanford with the windows down and sunglasses on. It will be warm, though not quite as oppressively hot as they are going to be this week by the time Sunday rolls around.