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October doesn’t seem so bad

We took a look at the forecast for Hartford on Saturday morning, wondering what the temperatures would do out ahead of an area of low pressure developing in the southeastern US. It’s on its way to Hartford even at this hour, but the past two days were pretty doggone pleasant. Temperatures were in the 70s, even yesterday when things started to cloud up as that system began its advance. Victoria-Weather can proudly claim victory after glving Hartford residents the good news…. the weather was going to be just fine.
Actuals: Sunday – High 79, Low 46
Monday – High 72, Low 46

Grade: B

Hartford, Connecticut

I’m back with a forecast! This time, we’re headed off to the capital of Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world, Hartford!

At 1053AM, ET, Hartford was reporting a temperature of 63 degrees with clear skies. A strong late season dome of high pressure was allowing for one last burst of nearly summertime heat across the Eastern Seaboard.  A sharp trough in the Plains suggested a change coming eventually, but a stronger jet in the north Pacific was the true vessel through which more seasonable conditions will arrive.
That sharper trough will become cut off and slow down, with a perturbation developing over time in the southeastern US. This trough ushered on by the strong jet moving into the Pacific Northwest will encourage the ridge in New England to begin moving eastward. Clouds will increase late on Monday, but the next two days will be quite pleasant for the Hartford area as an onshore flow brings north warmer oceanic air to the region, with the heavy rain and thunderstorms remaining around Atlanta through Monday. The change in flow brought about by the developing feature to the south will likely limit high temperatures on Monday, though it should still be warm.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 78, Low 47
Monday – Partly cloudy, becoming mostly cloudy late, High 75, Low 51

TWC: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 77, Low 47
Monday – More clouds than sun. High 73, Low 54

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and pleasantly warm High 75, Low 48
Monday – Mostly sunny and pleasantly warm High 72, Low 55

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 76, Low 49
Monday – Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, High 74, Low 54

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 76, Low 49
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 71, Low 55

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 76, Low 49
Monday – Partly cloudy, High 74, Low 54

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting overnight, continuing until evening. High 76, Low 50
Monday – Foggy in the morning. High 71, Low 54

Take a look at this satellite image with the big hole in clouds.

Blown away

I mentioned earlier in our forecast for Charlottesville that our forecast was significantly cooler than what had actually occurred. The Charlottesville and Hartford forecasts came out at similar times, and they were snakebitten by the same problems, though the forecast in Hartford had greater issues. Temperatures blew past the projected highs, touching 61 degrees on Sunday. Victoria-Weather, just as an example, only saw them up to 47. Yikes. Forecasts were not good. The closest anyone got to that high was within 9 degrees, which WeatherNation and eventual winner Accuweather could claim. But who in their right mind forecasts the low 60s in New England in February, anyway?
Actuals: Saturday – High 50, Low 19
Sunday – High 61, Low 30

Grade: C-D

Hartford, Connecticut

Winter in New England… this should be good.

At 853PM, ET, Hartford was reporting a temperature of 31 degrees with clear skies. The Northeast is currently between systems, and a thermal ridge is pressing eastward into the region. Despite what it looks like at the surface, there is actually a weak trough moving through the southeastern US towards the mid-Atlantic aloft, arriving overnight tomorrow.
A quick moving clipper is moving from the Canadian Prairies and will barrel towards New England. The trough from Canada will blunt the sharper trough in the southeastern US, as they will be out of phase. The northern Clipper will lose most of its intensity as it arrives in the Canadian Maritimes. An associated cold front will see what is left of its moisture expended in the Catskills and Adirondacks. Temperatures on Sunday will be cooler, but Hartford will stay dry through the weekend.
Tomorrow – mostly sunny, High 47, Low 27
Sunday – Mostly cloudy, High 47, Low 32

TWC: Tomorrow – A few clouds from time to time. High 49, Low 23
Sunday – Partly cloudy skies High 51, low 35

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny, breezy and milder High 47, Low 21
Sunday – Sunshine and patchy clouds High 52, Low 33

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 51, Low 22
Sunday – Mostly sunny High 51, Low 35

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 46, Low 22
Sunday – Mostly sunny HIgh 49, Low 36

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 52, Low 21
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 52, Low 36

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting in the evening, continuing until night.High 50, Low 24
Sunday – Foggy in the morning. High 49, Low 33

All over the map. I suspect southerly flow ahead of that system in Canada will bring cooler Atlantic air, bringing temperatures in close to what guidance suggests. Most other outlets are going well over, thanks to the prospect of full sun. Satellite shows that Connecticut is between systems.

Billings, Montana to Hartford, Connecticut

This Billings-terminused trip will be a hair longer than the one from a few days ago that adventured from Mobile to Montana’s largest city. In this case, our pace will be a rather swift 68.9mph, which will allow us to traverse the 2135 miles to Hartford  in just shy of 4 full days. The first three days will have a goal of 551 miles, with a little bit less meat on the bone for Tuesday. This trip will wind through the Northern Plains and Great Lakes into New England. But will we be dodging showers and storms the entire way?

DAY ONE (Saturday)
This is going to sound fairly strange, but our drive through Montanan and North Dakota is going to be in pretty good shape, and that’s because of Tropical Storm Hermine, which will be moving up the East Coast as we head eastward. The tropical feature will be pulling in all the Gulf moisture that would otherwise be available for a developing feature in the Black Hills region. There will still be a bit of development late in the day over the western Dakotas, but it won’t be nearly as rainy as it could have been, if it weren’t for Hermine. I think we can make it all the way to the unironically named Peak, North Dakota outside of Valley City unscathed, and subsequently call it a night.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
As Hermine organizes off of the Delmarva, our High Plains feature will also continue to churn. Finally able to tap into a bit of moisture, showers and storms will become increasingly likely in the Dakotas on Sunday, but it should remain mostly unaffected in Minnesota, and 100% free and clear in Wisconsin. We’ll make it to Madison before we retire for the evening.

DAY THREE (Monday)
The only problem we will really have in the Great Lakes is finding cash for the tolls in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The weather will be excellent! No problems there, as Hermine continues to lead to stability in nearby environs. We will make it to the Ohio/Pennsylvania border before calling it a day.

DAY FOUR (Tuesday)
Hermine isn’t going anywhere on Monday or Tuesday, which is bad for coastal concerns in Long Island and New Jersey, but great for forecasters! We will know, for example, that we will be able to expect increased wind and maybe a spiral band of showers and storms (complete with isolated tornadoes!) from Newburgh, New York to Hartford.

A splendid recovery

After what was an expected crummy day in Hartford on Thursday, things cleared out and warmed up very nicely on Friday. A southwesterly wind within a dry slot that worked its way into southern New England. Until areas of low pressure completely unravel after occluding, there is usually a nice area of dry warmth behind the leading boundary, and it was totally dry and extra warm. The high on Friday was 60, which was warmer than any forecaster expected. Forecast.io’s Friday high was the warmest, and there is no real question that they had the best overall forecast.
Actuals: Thursday .14 inches of rain, High 59, Low 46
Friday – High 60, Low 44

Grade A-C

Hartford, Connecticut to Blacksburg, Virginia

Today’s road trip will be a scenic scoot down the East Coast, from CT to VA. It’s a 619-mile drive, so while it’ll be a very long day, it’s doable. Plus, we gotta get into town before the weekend hits! College towns get a little crazy on the weekends. Pack up tonight, we’re leaving early in the morning!


Strong low pressure continues to sit over southern Quebec. While cloudy skies greet us at dawn, dry conditions are expected over the area as most of the precip gets caught up over western PA/NY. However, gusty winds will be prevalant throughout the day as the strong pressure gradient whips them up, particularly as we make our way through southeastern PA and eventually through MD/Northern VA. Skies will clear up more as we push through VA, in the evening, and we eventually pull into Blacksburg, ending our long day.


Hartford, Connecticut

Weather is going to be changing significantly over the next couple of days in New England. How about Hartford, specifically?

At 1053PM, ET, Hartford was reporting a temperature of 49 degrees with overcast skies. There were a few sprinkles being noted in Windsor Locks, just to the north of Hartford, but radar indicates that the rain isn’t widespread. It is cropping up with a weak north wind at the back end of a strong area of low pressure over the North Atlantic. This light rain will wind down in the next few hours.
The break will be short lived, with a strong, wound up area of low pressure in the northern Plains headed to the area. The low is already occluded, and the occluded front will arrive by mid morning tomorrow. Expect showers through most of the day tomorrow, with some gusty winds in the afternoon. The low will take a northeasterly turn late on Thursday, which will cycle in some drier air on Friday, with cooler air expected to arrive late in the evening on Friday. There is a possibility for some thunderstorms as the front moves through tomorrow afternoon.
Tomorrow – Rain likely, High 55, Low 47
Friday – Mostly cloudy, with increasingly cool temperatures, High 54, Low 44

TWC: Tomorrow – PM Rain, High 57, Low 43
Friday – Partly cloudy, High 57, Low 46

AW: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a little rain beginning in the late morning High 56, Low 42
Friday – Windy with sun followed by some clouds High 56, Low 45

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 10am High 55, Low 42
Friday – Partly sunny, High 57, Low 42

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy showers, mainly in the afternoon, High 55, Low 42
Friday – Partly Sunny, High 57, Low 44

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Chance of Light Showers High 57, Low 43
Friday – Partly Cloudy High 57, Low 46

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening. High 58, Low 46
Friday – Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 58, Low 43

Sounds like a rough way to end the week. It’s getting chilly everywhere, but it’s all beginning with a nasty, rainy storm system. It doesn’t look too bad right now.

Hartford, Connecticut to Chico, California

How about we take one of the longest possible road trips available to us on these little road trip adventures? All right then, it’s 6 days from Connecticut to northern California, at a distance of 2956 miles. Those in Connecticut may not be as familiar with the open road, and we will be covering a lot of it at a pace of 64.7 miles. That means we will cover 517 miles a day, and it will still take 6 days to get to Chico. Better start haulin’.

DAY ONE (Monday)
There is a change in pattern coming to the country throughout this week, but the clear, warm weather the northeast saw today will generally continue tomorrow. There may be some showers that crop up in the higher terrain of the Appalachians, but organized showers and storms aren’t going to be an issue. As we head west into Ohio, we will approach the rich, moist return flow ahead of a wave in the Upper Midwest. We won’t get far enough into Ohio to guarantee ourselves a shower but there is definitely a shot of it between Clarion Falls, Pennsylvania and our Monday night pit stop in Newton Falls, Ohio.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
That moist plume that we will encounter before we arrive in Newton Falls will make for a rainy evening Monday night, but will be found mostly at the higher elevations of the Appalachians by the time we start making progress Tuesday morning. There will be some clouds through the remainder of our travels through Ohio, but certainly not very heavy showers. We will encounter some pleasant conditions across northern Indiana. Pleasant driving conditions, anyways, as for those outside will be slogging through very hot and humid weather. That wave in the Upper Midwest will be organizing during the day on Tuesday, and some strong thunderstorms may eject far enough to the east to reach Peru and Lasalle as we pass by. We wll fight through those storms as we continue on to Geneseo, southeast of the Quad Cities. There is a decent chance that some of this activity is severe, including the chance for some isolated tornadoes. Let’s hope our windshields make it.

DAY THREE (Wednesday)
Wednesday will be very different than Monday and Tuesday. The cold front will move through as we recline in Geneseo. There may be a stray shower leftover as we head out for the day, but the heaviest weather will come before we depart. After that, expect a cool, breezy dry slot through Iowa and Nebraska. Don’t be surprised if there is a splash of light drizzle between Des Moines and Omaha in conjunction with an inverted trough, but the day will otherwise be very pleasant, and almost worth of a rolled down window or two. We’ll end the day in Maxwell, Nebraska, which lies just east of North Platte.

DAY FOUR (Thursday)
There really isn’t anything to say for Thursday. There won’t be much to see, and the weather will be perfect for driving through western Nebraska and southern Wyoming. We will end the day in the wastelands between Fort Bridger and Green River. Take the Westvaco Road exit and park the camper there.

DAY FIVE (Friday)
Back to the heat we go. Elevation will be the only thing to save Salt Lake City, but the wide open spaces with sunny skies will lead to some serious heat when we drive through the Bonneville Salt Flats and further west into northern Nevada. The day will end, once again, in some empty spaces, these near Argenta, Nevada, which is east of Battle Mountain.

DAY SOX (Saturday)
The crest of the ridge will be in the Rockies, so Chico won’t be as warm as it has been when we reach our destination on Saturday afternoon. Skies will still be sunny, and wind will be light, and even though it might not be 105, it will still be pretty darn warm.

Jonesboro, Arkansas to Hartford, Connecticut

Today we trek on a 1,256-mile journey from eastern Arkansas to New England. It’ll take 3 days to cover the route, so lets see what the skies have in store for us as we push through the heart of summer!



Some lingering clouds and spotty fog are possible to start the day off as we depart Jonesboro towards the northeast, quickly experiencing northwestern TN before we cross into the Bluegrass state. High pressure controls much of the region, but with abundant low-level moisture over the area, the intense daytime heat is enought to pop off some scattered thunderstorms over the region, especially over the Appalachians. We might have to dodge one or two of these storms as we traverse I-69 and finish the day in Lexington.


High pressure persists over the region, but will be weakening throughout the day as it pushes out over the Atlantic. Before it does though, sunny skies should greet us as we head out of Lexington towards Charleston, WV, then continue up I-79 to Morgantown before taking I-68 eastwards into Hagerstown. There could be a few scattered thunderstorms over far western Maryland as we head through the Appalachians, but outside of that, it should be a fairly easy travel day as we finish in Hagerstown for the night.


This will be the shortest of the 3 legs, but road construction could slow us down some. Showers and thunderstorms are increasing over the OH/TN Valleys behind us, but thankfully, coastal areas of the Northeast and New England are still somewhat under the influence of high pressure sitting offshore. Some scattered thunderstorms are expected over the mountains once again, but once we make it past Allentown and into northern New Jersey, we should be in the clear for the rest of the trip into Hartford.