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Hot Springs, Arkansas to Danville, Illinois

It seems like Ht Springs and Danville should be world’s aoart, but in fact, they are only an 8 hour drive from one another. They will take a quick slice across Missouri, really only passing through Memphis as a large city, and slicing quickly through the rural southern stretch of Illinois. The towns are 606 miles apart, setting the stage for a very swift 70mph trek. We’ll be there in no time!

Because of the easterly track out our initial route, we will spare ourselves the threat for snow and we will see the sun longer than if we had opted to trek through St. Louis instead of Memphis. Northern Arkansas is going to be great, as will the Bootheel of Missouri. We should be able to stay dry as far as Marion, Illinois, and we will almost certainly see some flakes by the time we hit Mount Vernon. The rest of the drive will be flurry filled, but nothing that should really slow us down.

Lewiston, Maine to Hot Springs, Arkansas

We’re headed out of town again, this time on a three day trip out of the northeasternmost state in the union. We will cover 1634 miles, at a pace of  68.1mph, and will divide the travel into three neatly arranged 545-ish mile days. Not much to it beyond that, shall we be on our way?

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

New England looks to be a mess tomorrow, much as it is today. Low pressure is moving up the coast, the remnants of the severe weather that came to the southeast over the weekend. An extremely heavy band of moisture is going to move through overnight tonight. Right now, it looks like snow is falling over Maine, with a sloppy transition area from Portsmouth to central Massachusetts. This transition will shift to the northeast with the heavy moisture. There will probably be some sleet as we get out of Lewiston, with a change to rain by the time we hit Portland. The good news is, I expect precipitation will fall as rain for most of the drive on Tuesday, and will lighten up by Boston. The drive will be close enough to the coast that rain is in the forecast, but not far inland from our route, there is sure to be snow mixing back in. We’ll finally break out of the rain around Allentown, which is good, as the terrain will begin to undulate a bit more for the rest of the day. It’s not going to last much longer, as we will call it a day in Dickinson, Pennsylvania, which will arrive just past Harrisburg.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Most of the drive on Wednesday will be fairly pleasant, between the monster system that will be on its way for the Canadian Maritimes and another feature that is tracking further north, and will have access to less moisture. We’ll make it to eastern Tennessee before the day ends, but we will arrive at about the same time as a line of showers and thunderstorms that will be blowing up along the second system’s cold front. The day will end in Kingston, Tennessee, west of Knoxville.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Behind the front, life looks pretty good. There may be some post frontal overcast, with some intermittent drizzle, which will likely last only through eastern Tennessee. The drizzle is unlikely, and any threat for it will be done after we pass through Nashville. Expect chilly temperatures but sunny skies as we arrive in Hot Springs. Maybe we can see about finding one of those Hot Springs while we’re here…

No relief

When we looked at the forecast for Hot Springs way back on July 1st, it appeared as though temperatures would be mitigated by thunderstorms, and then outright cooled by high pressure sinking from the northern US. This wasn’t how it worked out, however, as thunderstorms didn’t happen on Wednesday, and lasted only for a few minutes on Thursday. The higher latitude air didn’t do much good either. Temperatures were only 2 degrees cooler on Thursday than Wednesday. The Weather Service had the top forecast for the city, ultimately thanks to the fact that they had mentioned a thunder chance for Thursday.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 91, Low 74
Thursday – Thunderstorm reported, High 89, Low 72

Grade: C

Hot Springs, Arkansas

We’re headed towards the 4th of July weekend, but there are still a couple of days left in the work week. How will it go in Hot Springs? Will we need a vacation?

At 1053AM, CT, Hot Springs was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 84. Hot Springs’ elevated location is keeping the area a few degrees cooler than Little Rock or Arkadelphia. The current pattern is fairly weak, but is likely to be enough to touch off some thunderstorms in northern Arkansas this afternoon, with the tail of a cold front terminating around Jonesboro and a lee trough/dry line setting up in west Texas.
The southerly flow induced by the west Texas trough will ensure things will remain unstable along the central Gulf Coast through tomorrow. The remnant boundary in Arkansas interacting with the southerly flow will mean a continued chance for some thunder in Hot Springs tomorrow, but surface high pressure building from the north will ensure that Thursday will be dry.
Tomorrow – Chance of a shower or thunderstorm, high 89, Low 73
Thursday – A touch cooler, sunny, High 86, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 88, Low 73
Thursday – Partly Cloudy High 83, Low 65

AW: Tomorrow – Variable clouds with a shower or thunderstorm in spots High 90, Low 73
Thursday – Intervals of clouds and sun High 83, Low 66

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Partly sunny High 90, Low 74
Thursday – A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am. Mostly sunny High 84, Low 66

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 89, Low 74
Thursday – Mostly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. High 83, Low 65

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Storms High 90, Low 73
Thursday – Partly Cloudy High 84, Low 66

Not a terrible stretch of days, especially when you consider it looks like there will actually be a storm free day in the southern US in the summer Even better, it’s only going to be 85! Satellite shows little of the organization that I suggested.
Hot Springs

I suppose we should have seen this coming

The forecast in Hot Springs was pretty terrible. The weather was just fine, but to a person, none of the forecasters saw that coming. Temperatures were 5-10 degrees warmer than anticipated on Monday, and, while they were better on Tuesday, it wasn’t by much. Everyone did poorly, but this turns out to be the first victory for WeatherNation.
Actuals: Monday – High 75, Low 42
Tuesday – High 73, Low 32

Grade: D

Cleveland, Tennessee to Hot Springs, Arkansas

We are only going to be driving through two states on our voyage today, but traveling the length of Tennessee is bound to take some time. It’s going to be a full day of driving to cover 556.6 miles. The drive will take us through Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis and Little Rock as well, so the pace will only be about 63.3mph. Let’s see some of the mid-South!


There will be a band of showers working its way across the Mississippi Valley tomorrow. The rain won’t be heavy, and it will be a nice change from all the snow we’ve been seeing this winter. In fact, there might be celebrating as we drive through Tennessee. It seems like spring! It will be dry for the first couple of hours of our drive, but the rain will be a possibility from Nashville to Memphis, and it may continue from Memphis to Little Rock. The moon will be peeking out, though, as we make our arrival in Hot Springs, an Tuesday looks even better. No snow!
Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas

This is the first time in my memory that we have forecast for Hot Springs. What kind of exciting adventure will this bring?

At 1153AM, CT, Hot Springs was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 62 degrees and sunny skies. A little bit of instability over southern Texas was producing low clouds in the Lone Star State, but it will take until another clipper moves into the northern Plains for southerly flow to drive the cloudy conditions north into Arkansas.
Fortunately, cold dry air won’t be rushing south into Arkansas, but there should be enough instability for a little it of rain throughout the day tomorrow as a the return flow tracks overhead. As the northern low shifts eat, the moist flow will carry over points east of Hot Springs, and Tuesday looks like a very nice day.
Tomorrow – Light rain through the day, High 67, Low 49
Tuesday – Mostly sunny and quite pleasant, High 63, Low 36

TWC: Tomorrow – AM Showers High 68, Low 50
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 68, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – A passing morning shower; otherwise, mostly cloudy and warm High 69, Low 49
Tuesday – Partly sunny High 66, Low 42

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers before noon. Partly sunny High 69, Low 49
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 68, Low 41

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers in the morning High 69, Low 48
Tuesday – Mostly sunny. High 68, Low 41

WN: Tomorrow – Scattered Showers High 70, Low 48
Tuesday – Mostly Sunny High 70, Low 41

Weathernation is going particularly toasty. Here is the satellite. You can barely see the low clouds over Texas because they aren’t particularly high topped.
Hot Springs