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Wet Weekend

The forecast for Jackson, MI called for a very soggy ending to the weekend, and the weather didn’t disappoint. Over an inch of rain fell on Sunday before it finally moved out in the early afternoon. That was on top of 1.40″ that already fell on Saturday, making for a most soggy weekend in the region. Monday was much improved, as the clouds gave way and temperatures jumped into the 60s. AccuWeather took home the top spot as they nailed the temperature on the nose 3 out of the 4 times.

Sunday: 1.02″ of rain. High 52, Low 46.
Monday: High 65, Low 45.
Forecast Grade: A

Sandusky, Ohio to Jackson, Michigan

All right, time for a really quick trip. It will take less than 2 1/2 hours to cover only 135 miles. That’s a pace of 56mph, but this trip is so quick, it hardly matters!

As you may have figured from the past two forecasts for Jackson and Sandusky, the forecast can be described in just one word: rain. The route will be on the back end of a weak wave embedded along a cold front, and rain is pretty much assured. It’s just a question of where it will be heaviest. I say from the point we cross into Michigan on to Jackson. I hope the wiper blades are new.

Jackson, Michigan

Hey! I’ve had a busy weekend, so I apologize for the lateness of the posts the past couple of days. I’ll check in earlier tomorrow.

At 1053PM, ET, Jackson was reporting a temperature of 51 degrees with overcast skies. Jackson was in a donut hole of radar reflectivity, with the heaviest rain in the Detroit area, with lighter activity was found through south central Michigan. Unfortunately, Jackson is northwest of a weak wave over northwest Ohio, and there was a great deal of stratiform precipitation still to come, this time from northern Indiana.
The surface wave will take it’s time departing the region, and generally rainy conditions will continue across town through the day tomorrow. Fortunately, a cool shield of Canadian high pressure will be building into the region and forcing precipitation out of town. While this means that Monday will be fairly cool, it will also be dry, which is nice.
Tomorrow – Rainy, High 55, Low 46
Monday – Sunnier and dry, High 66, Low 41

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain, High 54, Low 49
Monday – Partly cloudy, High 67, Low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Periods of rain in the morning; otherwise, rather cloudy, windy and colder High 52, Low 46
Monday – Warmer with partial sunshine High 65, Low 42

NWS: Tomorrow – Rain, mainly before 3pm. High 54, Low 47
Monday – Partly sunny High 64, Low 43

WB: Tomorrow – Rain. High 53, Low 47
Monday – Partly sunny until midday then becoming mostly sunny.High 64, Low 43

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Rain High 54, Low 48
Monday – Partly Cloudy High 64, Low 43

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain until afternoon. High 54, Low 47
Monday – Mostly cloudy until afternoon. High 68, Low 42

Rainy tomorrow, and rainy right now. Check out the radar, which is actually playing to Jackson’s favor right now.

Redding, California to Jackson, Michigan

We’re heading on a lengthy trip today. It will take about 4 1/2 days to make it from northern California to southeastern Michigan. The drive covers 2305 miles, which we will consume at a pace of 64.6mph, which means our goal distance will be about 516.7 miles a day, except for that last day when we slide into Jacson, of course.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
The first few hours of our journey will take us through the Sierra Nevada mountains and through Lassen National Forest before turning south towards Reno. It should be very pleasant. Then we will get to the soul crushing emptiness of northern Nevada. We’l get to Deeth, which is east of Elko, and is pretty much just a ghost town. We will do so without seeing only partly cloudy skies and moderate temperatures.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
A clipper sliding through Montana and the Dakotas is going to drag some cooler air into Wyoming, while a developing system in the 4 corners will make sure it stays in place. We won’t have any problems through Salt Lake City, but as we encounter this change in temperature, we may face some brisk winds between Salt Lake City and about Rock Springs, Wyoming. No snow in the forecast, fortunately, and things should calm down for the rest of the drive, which will culminate in rural Wyoming, east of Rawlins. The area is described on Google Maps as “Walcott” but you will be better off just saying “exit 238”

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Low pressure will continue its journey through the southern United States, which is great news for us. There will be another clipper sliding from Saskatchewan to western Ontario, but it will have no moisture to work with. We will get to the Denman, Nebraska, between Kearney and Grand Island, without a hitch.

DAY FOUR )Friday)
The clipper to our north will continue to ominously trudge southeast towards the Great Lakes, but the system to the south will become parked over the Gulf of Mexico. There really isn’t much of an opportunity for moisture to get drawn into the Clipper, and that will continue to be to our benefit as travelers. The drive through eastern Nebraska, Iowa and a part of Illinois will be quite manageable. We’ll make it to Sheffield, Illinois, which is 50 miles east of the Quad Cities for Friday night.

DAY FIVE (Saturday)
Anyone who lives in Michigan knows the situation all to well. An otherwise unimpressive clipper moves through the Great Lakes, and suddenly it’s laden with snow. Indeed, the heretofore dry clipper to our north will enhance over Michigan thanks to the lake of the same name. We will make it through Chicago unscathed, but from Portage, Indiana to about Battle Creek, Michigan, we’re likely to see some snow, perhaps heavy in the Benton Harbor area. There will still be some clouds to contend with in Jackson, but it doesn’t appear that the fetch will be strong enough for snow to continue.


Front Cools Down Forecasts

The front worked its way through Jackson as expected, but a couple of rain showers gave the area a bit more rain than we expected. Those of us here at VW as well as the Weather Channel anticipated that however, and pushed us towards the top, as everybody else ignored the rain chances. TWC won however on its almost spotless temperature forecast, nailing the it on the nose in 3 of the 4 periods.

Friday: 0.15″ of rain in morning shower. High 55, Low 37.
Saturday: High 51, Low 28.
Forecast Grade: A

Jackson, Tennessee

Well, Ryan’s hiatus begins today, so for the next week+, you get me! All Anthony, all the time! Well, until Ryan comes back anyways. Let’s hope I do alright in my relief stint for our starting weather quarterback. So, without further adieu, let’s get on to the forecast! Today takes us down to western Tennessee, someplace I imagine is warmer than the Upper Midwest these days. Will their trick-or-treating be under pleasant conditions? Let’s find out if that’s the case!

At 153pm CDT, the temperature at Jackson, TN was 65 degrees under fair skies. A cold front is working its way through the Mid- and Lower-MS River Valley regions this evening, and will kick up a few showers over the area as it traverses the area tonight into tomorrow morning. These showers shouldn’t be too heavy, and any threat of lightning from these should remain to the north and west, so I wouldn’t worry too much about this system. There might be a stray shower lingering over the area tomorrow morning, but as the system continues to push off to the east throughout the day, skies will clear up. Strong high pressure will take hold from the Great Lakes to the Southern Plains so quiet conditions are expected into the weekend. Halloween might be a tad brisk around trick-or-treating time, as some gusty northwest winds will usher in some cooler air, so might wanna add a layer under your kids’ costume, just in case. Enjoy the weekend you ghoulish readers!

Friday: Light morning shower possible, clearing by late afternoon. High 54, Low 36.
Saturday: Sunny skies, but cooler. High 48, Low 31.

TWC: Friday: Morning clouds, an isolated shower. Afternoon sun, but winds increasing. High 55, Low 37.
Saturday: Sunny. High 51, Low 32.

AW: Friday: Sunny, breezy, and cooler. High 58, Low 37.
Saturday: Sunny but cool. High 50, Low 30.

NWS: Friday: Sunny and breezy. High 55, Low 36.
Saturday: Sunny, a bit cooler. High 49, Low 30.

WB: Friday: Sunny. High 55, Low 36.
Saturday: Sunny. High 48, Low 30.

WN: Friday: Mostly sunny. High 55, Low 30.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 48, Low 30.

Here we see some showers off to the west of Jackson, TN, which could affect the area in the early morning hours. They’ll be long gone by the time your kids head out for trick-or-treating however!


Jackson, Michigan

There are 17 cities in the US named Jackson. 17!!! Today, we visit the one in Lower Michigan!

At 10:56am EDT, the temperature at Jackson, MI was 69 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. A strong area of low pressure is developing over the Central Plains today, creating a widespread area at risk of severe weather, from IL through IA/NE down into OK. As the low shifts into IA/MN early Tuesday, Lower Michigan will have a warm front set up over the region, creating some ripe conditions for scattered showers and thunderstorms to pop up throughout the day, especially in the afternoon hours. Some storms are expected to turn severe at times, with large hail and strong winds being the primary threat. On Tuesday, the low continues to lift northward into Ontario, however the cold front continues it’s eastward push and by mid-afternoon is expected to be sitting square over Lower MI. Scattered showers and clusters of thunderstorms are once again expected to affect the area, but storms today shouldn’t be as strong as they were on Monday. However, a few isolated cells could still reach severe limits. Hope you enjoy Mother’s Day, because the start of the workweek looks to be an active one!

Monday: Scattered thunderstorms, some could be severe. High 80, Low 61.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, not quite as strong. High 78, Low 54.

TWC: Monday: Widespread showers and thunderstorms. High 83, Low 62.
Tuesday: Widespread showers and thunderstorms. High 76, Low 58.

AW: Monday: Strong thunderstorms possible. High 82, Low 61.
Tuesday: Showers and a heavier thunderstorm expected. High 75, Low Low 51.

NWS: Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 81, Low 62.
Tuesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 77, Low 57.

WB: Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 81, Low 62.
Tuesday: Widespread showers and thunderstorms. High 78, Low 55.

WN: Monday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely. High 81, Low 63.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered storms. High 77, Low 56.

Here we see the high clouds streaming over Lower Michigan, while intense thunderstorms are already occurring over IA.


Temperatures peak in Jackson

The good news, if you are a fan of summer time temperatures like I am, was that temperatures in Jackson climbed above all expectations, reaching 68 degrees yesterday. Of course, not long after it hit those peak temperatures, a prefrontal trough moved into town, and a rich plume off the Gulf meant rain with a few embedded thunderstorms for the rest of the day in western Tennessee. Accuweather was the most optimistic with their temperature forecast, and they therefore got the top marks for the day.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 55, Low 20
Thursday – .44 inches of rain, High 68, Low 46

Grade: B

Jackson, Tennessee

It’s quite snowy across much of the Ohio and northern Tennessee Valley today, as yet another surge of late season cold air has descended on the country. What does the forecast hold for western Tennessee. Things will improve soon, right?

At 153PM, CT, Jackson was reporting a temperature of 46 degrees with blustery northwest winds and mostly cloudy skies. Though observations in western Tennessee were not indicating any snow falling, there are a few returns in the Jackson area, and the nature of this system has been one of fairly convective snowfall, in that discrete snow squalls are passing through the area. The snow presently seen on the Memphis radar is likely to be the last seen in western Tennessee out of this system, and most of the returns are east of I-65.
There is a split flow jet aloft which is capping the warmest of spring air from filtering north. The perturbations influencing American weather have been shortwave and moving quickly. The sharp trough bringing snow to the area right now will cause explosive development off shore overnight tonight into tomorrow morning. The next system will organize quickly tomorrow morning over the northern Plains, with southerly flow and warmer conditions coming to Jackson. The quickly formed cold front will help touch off some very isolated showers in the afternoon tomorrow, but the front itself likely won’t arrive until late in the evening on Thursday, at which point some of the storms may produce strong thunderstorms. Fortunately, the Gulf jet should cap off terribly heavy rainfall and prohibit the amount of energy necessary for a significant outbreak late this week.
Tomorrow – Much warmer, with some clouds late, High 56, Low 23
Thursday – Isolated showers through the day, with some thunderstorms late, High 63, Low 41

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 53, Low 25
Thursday – Cloudy / Wind High 61, Low 41

AW: Tomrorow – Mostly sunny and cool High 55, Low 20
Thursday – Mostly cloudy and breezy (rain early, late) High 67, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny (late rain) High 53, Low, 20
Thursday – A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, High 63, Low 39

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny (late rain) High 52, Low 21
Thursday – Breezy. A slight chance of showers in the morning… Then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. High 63, Low 39

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 54, Low 19
Thursday – Isolated Showers High 63, Low 39

The Weather Service and their buddies at Weatherbug both have more rain than the rest of the world. Here is the radar image, showing us the last gasps of snow for the day.

When Fronts Linger

The forecast for Jackson was a messy one, and for the most part, it was pretty messy. The front lingering over the region dropped south through the city midday Friday, with temps dropping to just above freezing and continued to hold there for pretty much the next 36 hours. Temperatures only moved a grand total of 3-4 degrees after it dropped south, and rain continued to stream over the area. Over an inch fell between the 2 days, and a small bit of freezing rain mixed in late Saturday. Accuweather won this round, although nobody’s forecast was particularly on point.

Friday: 0.29″ in rain. High 42, Low 33.
Saturday: 0.72″ in rain and freezing rain. High 34, Low 32
Forecast Grade: D