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Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee

Just a short little trip as the Independence Day holiday winds down, we just have a half day trip through Mississippi for our journey tonight. It’s 298 miles between the two towns, which we will cover at a pace of 65mph. It’s going to be a hot, short trip, so let’s go before the sun heats up the car in the lot.


Unfortunately, there actually is a deep digging trough into the lower Mississippi Valley, even this late into the summer. The low itself lies over central Missouri and will generate a cold front through central Arkansas. Moisture feeding the boundary will bring showers and storms to northern Mississippi, but there is a chance that some isolated showers and storms crop up outpacing the main area of rain fall through central Mississippi. That remote chance will sneak into our route north of Kosciusko, while the more persistent activity will enter the picture around Batesville. Slow moving showers and storms, with the potential for flash flooding will arrive as we reach Memphis, so wear your galoshes!

Relief is nowhere to be found

Last weekend, there was a weak wave moving through the mid and lower Mississippi Valley towards the southeastern United States. In Hattiesburg it was anticipated to reach the area and cool things off a few degrees. Instead, temperatures were exactly the same on Saturday and Sunday. The rain was plentiful, and instead of bringing temperatures down a few degrees, it just made it even stuffier on Sunday. Forecast.io is a machine, and doesn’t understand the concept of hope or relief, and their ignorance of human sentiment allowed them to win the forecast.
Actuals: Saturday – Trace of rain, thunder, High 94, Low 77
Sunday- .21 inches of rain/storms, High 94, Low 73

Grade: B-C

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

The south central US has been sweltering under a heat wave. There have been heat advisories out for a lot of the center of Mississippi and Louisiana. If that part of the world feels warm, you better believe it is roasting.

At 1155AM, CT, Hattiesburg was reporting a temperature of 93 degrees with clear skies. Much of the region was seeing clear skies, however there were a few isolated thunderstorms cropping up along the coast, near Bay St. Louis. Light sea breezes should keep the thundershowers well south of Hattiesburgh for the day, but a lower level trough in the Ozarks bears watching as a weather maker in southern Mississippi.
The Ozarks feature won’t be terribly well organized, and will be motivated by a weak cold front moving through the Ohio Valley, but because of the soupy atmosphere it will be moving through, destabilization will lead to widespread shower and thunderstorm activity around Tennesser but shifting to the south. Hattiesburg may see a rogue sea breeze storm on Saturday evening, but with the wave sinking south on Sunday, expect most of the afternoon to be fairly soggy, though severe weather isn’t really a threat.
Tomorrow – Isolated thunderstorms, High 94, Low 75
Sunday – More widespread showers with embedded storms, High 89, Low 76

TWC: Partly to mostly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible.High 95, Low 75
Sunday – Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. High 91, Low 75

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm around in the afternoon High 94, Low 75
Sunday – Intervals of clouds and sun with a thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon High 89, Low 75

NWS: Tomorrow -A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot High 97, Low 75
Sunday – Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, High 93, Low 75

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny in the morning, then partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 92, Low 76
Sunday – Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly cloudy, High 87, Low 75

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Storms High 97, Low 75
Sunday -Partly Cloudy with Scattered Storms High 93, Low 77

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain throughout the day. High 94, Low 75
Sunday – Rain until evening, starting again overnight. High 92, Low 75

I am slightly surprised by the well above average temperatures from the NWS and WeatherNation. They are already trending cooler than guidance. Here is the radar from midday, showing the storms I mentioned in the post.


Smothered Mississippi

Sometimes, I come up with these clever verification headlines that are clever only to myself. In this instance, I think “smothered Mississippi” sounds like “Southern Mississippi” which so happens to be the name of a university located in Hattiesburg. It also accurately describes what overcast conditions with fog did to the area the past two days, but particularly on Monday, when temperatures only differed by 5 degrees from high to low. A strong area of low pressure all the way up in New England brought such vigorous southerly flow that there was clearing on Tuesday, and temperatures ran significantly warmer but late afternoon.The unlikely duo of Weatherbug and WeatherNation had the top forecast for the day.
Actuals: Monday – .16 inches of rain, High 63, Low 58
Tuesday – Trace of precip, High 77, Low 60

Grade: B-C

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

It’s a wild week for the weather. While snow will be an issue to the north later in the week, we will perhaps get to forecast some strong thunderstorms.

At 1207AM, CT, Hattiesburg was reporting a temperature of 60 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. There was light rain slicing through the middle of the state, and more substantial rain along the coast, but the Hattiesburg area finds itself in the middle of a dry donut hole. High pressure was developing over the Mid Mississippi Valley, and a return flow that had been tracing for an area of low pressure in the mid Atlantic will be cut off, with moisture lingering over the south through the day on Monday.
As this moisture lingers and surface high pressure descends southward, there will be a chance for scattered showers across southern Mississippi all day on Monday. High pressure will be ushered quickly eastward Monday night into Tuesday, which will open the Gulf back up. The pattern will become less stagnant over Mississippi, but no less rainy. Most significant shower and snow activity will be in the upper Midwest, which will lie in the exit region of a sharp western trough, but return flow once again will be through Mississippi, and scattered showers are fairly likely.
Tomorrow – Overcast with a few showers, High 70, Low 57
Tuesday – More rain showers, High 74, Low 59

TWC: Tomorrow – Thunderstorms, High 72, Low 58
Tuesday – Cloudy, High 76, Low 61

AW: Tomorrow – On-and-off rain and drizzle; areas of morning fog, High 70, Low 57
Tuesday – Considerable cloudiness (late rain) High 75, Low 60

NWS: Tomorrow – A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, High 67, Low 58
Tuesday – A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny High 75, Low 59

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. High 66, Low 58
Tuesday – Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. High 75, Low 59

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 68, Low 57
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Showers High 75, Low 59

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain until evening. High 65, Low 57
Tuesday – Foggy in the morning.High 72, Low 60

Not everyone sold on rain for Tuesday, I see. With an increasingly vigorous flow moving through a moist environment, I don’t see how they don’t get some showers. Here is the very shower filled radar for the region.Hattiesburg

A storm sneaks in under the wire

Thunderstorms were not in the forecast for most outlets when it came to Hattiesburg a couple of days ago. It did remain dry for most of the two days the forecast was valid for, but in the early afternoon, a quick rumble of thunderstorm did move into the area. Accuweather was the only outlet to forecast a thunderstorm, so they won this easily. There were clear skies for most of the 48 hour period, and despite that, temperatures were cooler than most expected, which is where Accuweather was again; on the cool side of forecasts. Basically, what I’m saying is, Accuweather nailed this one.
Actuals: Monday – High 93, Low 71
Tuesday – .02 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 91, Low 71

Grade: A

Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Salisbury, Maryland

Our second road trip of the day is coming up, and it will cover a two day journey between southern Mississippi and eastern Maryland. The two towns are 1098 miles apart and due in part to some tough navigation along the coast, our pace will be limited to 64.8mph. Still, our first day of travel will cover 518 miles, leaving the leftovers for Wednesday. Let’s take trip number 2 right now!

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

It continues to be hot and steamy, in the southeastern US, as it tends to be during the summer. The difference is that it will be mostly stable close to the Gulf Coast. A cold front sinking south from the Ohio Valley will eventually destabilize the environment of the region, but most of the thunderstorms will be focused near the front, which will remain north of our route, but ahead of the boundary, there could be some thunderstorms as soon as we reach Gadsden, Alabama, with the isolated activity continuing through the rest of northeast Alabama and southeast Tennessee. We will make it past Knoxville and to Dandridge, Tennessee by the end of the day. It might be raining when we arrive, but more likely, it will be dry when we arrive, with thunder coming later.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible throughout the day along our route on Wednesday, but they will be the most likely along and west of the Appalachians. When we drop into the James River Valley, things will start to taper off a bit. Most of the convective activity will remain south of us as we travel into Maryland and across the Chesapeake to the Eastern Shore. There will definitely be a shot at some rain Wednesday afternoon in northern Virginia, but it won’t be as persistent as it was during our morning drive. Partly to mostly cloudy with a passing shower in Salisbury when we get there.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Our forecast destination for this first day back from vacation is beautiful Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the home of Brett Favre.

At 553PM, CT, Hattiesburg was reporting a temperature of 89 degrees with clear skies. Dew points were in the lower 60s across the region, substantially cooler than what is seasonably average, so despite the warm temperatures, life was a bit more endurable for an early July day than normal.
High pressure at the surface is expected to keep a lid on any convection for the next few days, however an upper level trough moving into the Great Lakes will help with the establishment of a cold front along the Ohio Valley by Tuesday evening. The boundary will signal a return of southerly flow and with it increased moisture and more clouds. Thunderstorms should remain confined to the Florida Panhandle.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 94, Low 64
Tuesday – Partly cloudy and muggier, High 91, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow -Sunny High 95, Low 67
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 94, Low 69

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 93, Low 67
Tuesday – Partly sunny with a shower or thunderstorm around in the afternoon High 91, Low 70

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 95, Low 66
Tuesday – Sunny, High 93, Low 68

wB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. High 94, Low 67
Tuesday – Partly cloudy. High 93, Low 70

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 95, Low 66
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 93, ow 68

Hot for southern Mississippi, won’t it be? Satellite is remarkably clear for this time of year in southern Mississippi.