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Weather Wayback…. Razor’s Edge

Autumn came in late October to central Indiana. There was a quick cold front that moved through, followed by temperatures in the upper 40s on the 25th in Indianapolis. There were only  too outlets who thought the dreary day was rain free, and it was at Indianapolis International Airport, though across town at Eagle Creek, there was a faint smudge of drizzle. Rain was thisclose to verifying during out period, but instead, Victoria-Weather got the win, with the dry forecast.
Actuals: October 25th – High 49, Low 37
October 26th – High 62, Low 34

Grade: A-C

College Station, Texas to Indianapolis, Indiana

Today we embark on a 2-day road trip from College Station, TX to Indianapolis, IN. Perhaps it’s a college football road trip? It is the season after all! Let’s take a gander at what the weather will be like for the 1,001-mile excursion.


High pressure controls much of the south-central US, so our first day shall be fairly pleasant. There might be some morning stratus as we head out of College Station to Texarkana, but by then it should be mostly sunny skies as we head through Little Rock. We end our day on the outskirts of Memphis, TN.


High pressure should greet us once again today as we depart Memphis, but as low pressure takes over the Central US, warmer temperatures and mostly clear skies are anticipated over the route along with some higher winds. They shouldn’t be of any issue however as we head into southern IL and eventually into Indianapolis ahead of hopefully a fun weekend!

Indianapolis, Indiana

Tonight we head off to the capital of Indiana and see how the middle of the week is shaping up for them. Hopefully it’s less windy than it’s been around here last couple of days!

At 1154pm EDT, the temperature at Indianapolis, IN is 41 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. A rather impressive upper-level trough has pushed its way over the Great Lakes down into the TN Valley as a cold front is found from New England all the way to Florida. The main surface low with this occluded system is found over Michigan and has been kicking up rain showers over the region. Most of those have shifted off to the southeast of the immediate Indianapolis area, so they really shouldn’t be much of an issue through the early morning hours Wednesday. As Wednesday turns into Thursday, the trough shifts out over the Northeast and winds turns again from the South as a new area of low pressure moves into the Upper Midwest. Thursday shall be mostly pleasant ahead of the next system with much warmer temperatures and clearer skies. Friday will be another story, but before then, Thursday will be great!

Wednesday: Cloudy throughout the day. High 49, Low 37.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 58, Low 35.

TWC: Wednesday: Cloudy with isolated showers. High 49, Low 38.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 57, Low 34.

AW: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with showers. High 49, Low 39.
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warmer. High 58, Low 34.

NWS: Wednesday: Chance of early morning showers, then partly sunny. High 48, Low 37.
Thursday: Areas of frost, then sunny. High 59, Low 35.

WB: Wednesday: Partly cloudy after early morning showers. High 47, Low 42.
Thursday: Sunny. High 57, Low 38.

WN: Wednesday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. High 48, Low 37.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with areas of frost. High 59, Low 35.

FIO: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 47, Low 37.
Thursday: Partly cloudy starting in the evening. High 58, Low 32.

Here we see a significant cloud deck shifting through the region, hiding some spotty shower activity. This should clear out over the next 24 hours and make way for a pretty nice Thursday.

Signs number one and two you are losing your mental faculties…

  1. For the Indianapolis forecast, I listed a high of 7 and a low of 5 for Monday.
  2. At the end of the forecast post, I then said the forecast was for Cincinnati, and posted a satellite image…. centered around Cincinnati.

I’m not sure what happened. The forecasts were all pretty good, actually, when compared to the numbers out of Indy, so I assume they were the right forecast. It’s our site, so that 7 and 5 are going to stand, and The Weather Channel is going to end up gaining a victory for a pretty spot on forecast.
Actuals (For Indianapolis): Monday – High 79, Low 63
Tuesday – High 66, Low 49

San Francisco, California to Indianapolis, Indiana

This is one of the lengthier Google Maps trips we’ve had, and it will cover 4 days through the Rockies and the Plains. It will cover 2275 miles at the blistering Google pace of 68.9mph, which will net us 551.5 miles a day. Let’s get a move on.

DAY ONE (Monday)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Well, not much has changed in the western part of the country this summer, and nothing else is expected to change by tomorrow. We’ll move through northern California, as well as a large tract of northern Nevada. The day will be hot and dry, and there will be a threat that the lightest breeze could kick up some dust over Nevada. The day will end in Wells, in the eastern part of the Nevada.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
The high pressure center will begin to break down by Tuesday, but it won’t go away. The threat for wind will dissipate for Tuesday, which means an easier drive through Salt Lake City and western Wyoming. The day will end at Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. The whole state is pretty much a wildlife refuge.

DAY THREE (Wednesday)
We’re going to end up in the Plains during a period weak pressure gradience. Expect light winds, mostly sunny skies, and a whole lot of Nebraska. The day will end in Omaha’s southwest suburbs. We’ll call it La Vista, Nebraska.

DAY FOUR (Thursday)
There will be a churning area of low pressure moving through the Canadian Prairies through much of this week. A phalange of the system will evolve over Saskatchewan and swing south towards the Upper Midwest. A bit of shower activity will slide into eastern Iowa, introducing a threat for some light rain between about Des Moines and Galesburg, Illinois. It will clear up as we dip to the south and then turn back east through Peoria and Champaign. Things should be pretty nice, at least for the moment, in Indianapolis.

A Few Frustrating Flakes

Has everybody seen the Allstate commercial where Mayhem is on the roof and just a tiny bit of additional snowfall landing on the roof causes it to cave in? Well, as Ryan mentioned in his Indianapolis forecast, seems like whenever it’s cloudy during winter over the Great Lakes region, it snows. Overcast skies during the mid-morning hours on Tuesday did just that, wringing out a trace of snow, causing mayhem in Ryan’s dry Tuesday forecast. However, his superior temperature forecasting was enough for a 3-way tie between VW, NWS, and WB.

Monday: 0.5″ of snow, melting to 0.02″ liquid. High 35, Low 17.
Tuesday: Trace of snow. High 32, Low 18.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Off to my adoptive home state, Indiana, where I spent more time outside of Minnesota than any other. And yes, this is a rare “all I day” in which all the sites we discuss today (Ithaca, Indianapolis, heck even International Falls in the previous post) begin with the letter I! Thank you Sesame Street for bringing this to my attention.

At 1254PM, ET, Indianapolis was reporting a temperature of 19 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. A weak trough over the Lower Mississippi Valley was generating a band of snow that spanned through southern Illinois and would eventually nose it’s way into Indiana. A strong, digging jet still ran through the southeast, and would allow the band of snow to increase in coverage and intensity along the boundary, southwest of Indianapolis while the associated surface troughs comes into phase with an upper level wave crossing the international border.
The surface trough will lose some of it’s muster overnight tonight as it tries to phase with the deep digging trough over the western Gulf of Mexico, but some leftover flurries have a chance to find their way into Indiana tomorrow morning while more substantial development takes place over the Gulf. A remnant clipper driven by this upper wave will move well north of Indiana, but will clear snow out of the state’s capital through Monday, while the stronger developing low over the northern Gulf will organize and draw moisture to itself and away from Indiana. Expect a dry, if cloudy day for Tuesday.
Tomorrow – Morning flurries, High 36, Low 15
Tuesday – Cloudy, High 32, Low 22

TWC: Tomorrow – Variably cloudy with light snow flurries possible. High 35, Low 14
Tuesday – Cloudy (early AM flurries) High 32, Low 28

AW: Tomorrow – Cloudy and not as cold with a bit of snow, accumulating a coating to an inch High 34, Low 13
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy High 35, Low 24

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy High 30, Low 14
Tuesday – A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy High 31, Low 21

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow High 30, Low 14
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow High 31, Low 21

I was really surprised to see snow in the Tuesday forecast for so many, but then I remembered the whole thing about it always snowing when there are clouds in the Great Lakes in the winter. Anyways, here is the satellite, showing a broad swath indicative of another developing low. This is going to be a bruiser along the east coast.