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Jackson breaks out

With a ridge developing at the surface, it seemed quite likely that Jackson was going to warm up under sunny skies on Thursday and Friday, and they did just that. The warm advection into the region was enough to bring temperatures up to near 70. That’s notably warmer than what was expected by every single one of the outlets. The forecasts were solid on Thursday, but with forecast highs in the low 60s and lows in the mid 30s, nearly everyone was off by 5-8 degrees on the highs and lows on Friday. The Weather Channel was narrowly better than all the rest, and ended up claiming victory in Mississippi.
Actuals: Thursday – High 57, Low 30
Friday – High 69, Low 42

Grade – C

Jackson, Mississippi to Rochester, New York

It’s actually about 50 minutes faster to get from Jackson to Rochester than from Elmira to Jackson, yesterday’s route. It also takes a totally different route. The only similarity is that they both touch Jackson. This trip covers 1185 miles, and our route relies heavily on the interstate, so we will be moving along at 68.3mph. As a result, we will cover 546 miles on the first day, with about an extra hour expected on top of our normal drive on Saturday. Let’s see how different the weather looks today.

DAY ONE (Friday)
Jackson
Our first day of travel will be very nice. A weak thermal ridge is building in the southern United States, so warm and sunny conditions will dominate the drive through Mississippi, Tennessee and into Kentucky. We will stop for the night on Friday in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

DAY TWO (Saturday)
To be totally honest (which I hope you have come to expect from me) I don’t think there will be much snow on Saturday. We should make it through Ohio without a flake, but somewhere during that last hour or so, from Buffalo to Rochester, the winds will turn and become lake borne, and it is at this point that we will begin to flurry. It won’t slow much down, not in this part of New York, and it may even be picturesque when we arrive in Rochester.
RochesterNY

Elmira, New York to Jackson, Mississippi

This is quite excellent timing. If we had tried this over the weekend, I’m not sure we would have made it more than a couple hours out of Elmira. If I-81 isn’t clear, we still might have some issues. I think it will be ok, though. This will be a two day trek covering 1190 miles. As always, day one will be the long day, covering 535 miles at a blistering pace of 66.9mph. Shall we be on our way, then?

DAY ONE (Thursday)
Elmira
There is a clipper sliding through the Great Lakes. It’s a generally low level feature, and as such, is not expected to be able to hoist any moisture over the Appalachians. We will be riding the edge of the mountains, sliding along the lee of the range through Pennsylvania and the part of West Virginia that saw the most snow. There won’t be any fresh snow while we are driving, so we will bypass the area pretty quickly. Virginia should be plowed out by now, and we will continue to the southwest corner of the state, calling it a day in Rural Retreat.

DAY TWO (Friday)
Overnight, a little bit of moisture might find its way into far southwest Virginia and the Tri Cities of eastern Tennessee, with a few sprinkles possible for the first half hour of the drive on Friday. Don’t worry too much about it. Even if it falls as snow, the pavement will be warm enough that it won’t stick. The drive will be pleasant all the way through the southeast to Jackson. And then the weather in Jackson? Immaculate.
Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi

We’re going to swing by the south today, and beautiful Jackson, Mississippi. It’s a town that has been on the rainy end of several systems this winter. Will they get a chance to dry out?

At 1254PM, CT, Jackson was reporting a temperture of 50 degrees with clear skies. A north wind was blowing across the southern US behind a rainy cold front that visited the region yesterday. Overcast was still found along the coast.
The pattern is definitely quieting down across the southern US. While there may be a few waves of low pressure scooting along the Canadian border, a surface thermal ridge is going to build into the southern Plains and stretch east towards Jackson, ensuring the sunshine holds, and the north winds dissipate.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 55, low 32
Thursday – Mostly sunny, High 61, Low 41

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 58, Low 30
Friday – Sunny, High 64, Low 37

AW: Tomorrow – Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 56. low 29
Friday – Sunny and pleasant, High 63, Low 36

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 58, Low 31
Friday – Sunny, High 62, Low 36

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 58, Low 31
Friday Sunny, High 62, Low 36

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 57, Low 30
Friday – Sunny, High 63, Low 36

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy in the morning, High 58, low 32
Sunny – Clear throughout the day, High 61, low 36

Pretty nice weather ahead, and it’s pretty uniform across the board. No image, because I put this forecast together like 10 hours ago.

Jackson, Tennessee to Boise, Idaho

Today we embark on a rather length road trip, covering almost 1900 miles from TN to the Northern Rockies. It’ll be picturesque at the end, but we gotta get there first. So let’s get a move on!

JacksonTN

DAY ONE

We head out of western TN towards the northwest, eventually linking up with I-55 and take it north to St. Louis. High pressure over the area should make for a good start to the day, with some patchy dense fog slowing things down just a smidgen at the start, but will burn off not long after dawn. Conditions should be fairly pleasant as we head west out of St. Louis and eventually finish the day in Kansas City. Let’s see if we can party with fans of the Royals, who will hold their World Series championship parade earlier in the day.

DAY TWO

An area of low pressure will push out into the Northern Plains overnight, so some increased southerly winds are expected when we wake up and head northward towards Lincoln, NE. Clouds will increase throughout the day as we head westward along I-80 through Nebraska. There could be an isolated shower or two as we head through Lincoln during midday, but odds are they’ll stay north of today’s route. We end the day in Sidney, NE, just as a cold front looks to be making its way through the area.

DAY THREE

Rain will greet us in the morning as we get back onto the road and make our way past Cheyenne. Luckily it won’t be QUITE cold enough to be snow, but still will be a gross start to the day. Good thing it’s warm in the car! As we push through central Wyoming, precip will have moved out of the region, albeit still cloudy as we wind through the mountains. High pressure working its way over the Great Basin will keep skies dry the rest of the day as we eventually pull into Ogden, UT for the night

DAY FOUR

Our final day of the trip! High pressure has firmly entrenched itself over the region, so dry conditions will persist throughout the day. Some valley fog might linger in places, but our drive out of northern UT and into the Idaho valley should go pretty smoothly, and continue from Twin falls up I-84 into Boise. Should be a relatively quiet weekend, Boise State football has the weekend off!

Boise

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!


Sandusky
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.
jacksonMI

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.
Jackson

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)
redding
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.

jacksonMI

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