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Jackson, Tennessee to Vallejo, California

After the brief little road trip we took yesterday, we’re off for a cross country adventure from western Tennessee to the Bay Area of California. it will be a 4 day trek from Jackson to Vallejo that covers 2186 miles. Most of the drive will be on I-40, which means our drive will move along fairly quickly at almost 68mph and about 541 miles a day. Thats a lot of ground to cover, but we have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s be on our way.


The showers that will be seen across Tennessee today will be out of Jackson by the time we set forth for the west coast. A weak area of high pressure will set up through the southern Plains, though don’t expect it to bring in a bunch of cold air, as the primary jet will be just off to our north. It may be a little blustery, but fairly pleasant for our drive through Arkansas and into Newalla, Oklahoma, which is on the eastern fringes of the Oklahoma City metro.

There is a huge system parked off the west coast that keeps pumping energy into the western US. Overnight, it will probably rain a little bit in Oklahoma City, but as we get ready to go on Friday, things will be dramatically improved. Additionally, the precipitation will leave some warm temperatures in it’s wake, so the drive through the rest of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle and on into New Mexico will be rather toasty. The day will end in Sandia Park, just east of Albuquerque.

I tell you what, those engineers were smart when they built the interstates. I-40, out continued home for the day will run south of the copious precipitation falling through the Rockies and Great Basin. The low off the coast looks like it is finally moving ashore Saturday though, so the end of our drive looks as though it may be a little bit more interesting than the first three days of the drive. The day will end along the California-Arizona border in Topock.

Ha! Just kidding. The front will collapse as it moves ashore. There may be some sludge in the California Valley, given all the rain that’s moved through the area, but for the most part, the drive through California is going to be fairly comfortable. At the end of a long 4 day trip that has been more lucky than pleasant, we will arrive in Vallejo, which should be fairly comfortable and welcoming on our arrival.

Johnson City, Tennessee to Jackson, Tennessee

Sure, we are staying in-state for today’s road trip, but Tennessee is a mighty long state to run the length of. We’re covering about 415 miles in 6 and a half hours, so the drive is no picnic. We’ll even be moving along at 63.8 miles an hour, so it’s not like we’ll bbe inching along. Let’s go for about as long a trip as we can without even crossing state lines.

Really, thunderstorm activity across Tennessee tomorrow is going to be fairly sparse. It helps that the primary threat for the wet weather will be coming early in the day, so really heavy weather probably isn’t likely. Still, the threat for shower activity will begin around Cookeville, maybe a little further west towards Nashville an hour or two into the drive. I think the really heavy weather will continue to develop behind us, that is to say, in eastern Tennessee, but don’t be surprised if we see a few more showers through Nashville and on towards Jackson, but I would put the chances as “good” that we will be in the clear by the time we cross Kentucky Lake. Not terrible for a one day trip through Tennessee, I would say.

Jackson, Tennessee

If you didn’t know, Jackson is very near Henning, Tennessee. Yes, it is named after me.

At 853PM, CT, Jackson was reporting a temperature of 71 with clear skies. Bands of clouds were rolling through the mid-Mississippi Valley, with a high topped band just to the east, but the actual precipitation remained in Missouri, west of Cape Girardieau and north of Poplar Bluff. This was all in association with a poorly organized system in the Missouri Valley that was expected to slowly wind itself out over the next 48 hours.
That isn’t to say there isn’t a good deal of moisture associated with this system, and the lower level vorticity will be enough to generate a few strong thunderstorms tomorrow as the wave of energy slides along a jet through the Ohio Valley. Since the disturbance is shortwaved and generally found in the lower levels, it is expected to move very quickly. Upper level support is present but very weak, so it doesn’t appear that there will be much cold air brought south, however there will be enough for some wet weather tomorrow afternoon,, and enough to notice a definite change on Thursday. Lingering clouds are possible on Thursday.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a chance for some rain, High 78, Low 52 (non standard)
Thursday – Partly cloudy and cooler High 56, Low 42

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible. High 75, Low 56
Thursday – Mostly sunny. High 57, Low 46

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm in the area High 75, Low 58
Thursday – Mostly sunny and nice High 62, Low 46

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy High 76, Low 52
Thursday – Sunny High 58. Low 42

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy High 76, Low 52
Thursday – Cooler…sunny High 62, Low 44

A look at the radar shows those showers to the northwest. For the record, everyone is going warmer than model guidance for Thursday’s high, if you are interested in that sort of thing.

Blacksburg, Virginia to Jackson, Michigan

Talk about consistency. The last road trip I did was 507 miles. This one is about a 5K jog longer, at 510 miles. Will this jaunt from Virginia Tech to Eastern Michigan University have sunny skies? It’s the famous Hokies/Eagles showdown, road-trip style!

Upon our departure from Blacksburg, only a few scattered clouds are expected as high pressure continues to build into the Eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. For pretty much the entire trip northward through WV and Ohio, clear skies will rule, along with some gusts of 15-20mph. Don the sunglasses and enjoy the trip!

Soggy Start to Weekend

The dissipating system that moved in from the Gulf continues to spin itself out over the Deep South, bringing some periods of rain to the Jackson area. Friday saw over half-inch fall, including 0.30″ in only 7 minutes at one point. Saturday saw slightly less rain over the region, but with cooler temperatures than most people predicted. TWC had a significantly cooler high for Saturday than everybody else, and turned out to be closest with it only topped out at 89. Then again, the Jackson ASOS decided to go kaput from 11am-230pm. Perhaps Jim Cantore ulplugged it to keep TWC on top? The world may never know…

Friday: 0.59″ of rain. High 95, Low 75.
Saturday: 0.11″ of rain. High 89 (maybe?), Low 75.
Forecast Grade: B

Springfield, Missouri to Jackson, Mississippi

It’s another delightfully brief road trip that will take us through the Lower Mississippi Valley on Friday. It will take roughly 8 hours to get from southwestern Missouri to western Mississippi, and will see about 494 miles tick off the odometer. If we’re driving a hybrid, that’s one tank of gas! We’ll be making the drive at about 61mph, if you were curious.

It’s just a nasty, unstable pattern for much of the country. There is heat and humidity everywhere, with weak little thermal troughs rippling through an indefinite pattern, touching off thunderstorms in a seemingly crazed, aimless pattern over almost all the country east of the Rockies. One such trough will continue to bring wet weather from southern Missouri to about Nashville. I suspect we will see a thunderstorm or two as we begin the drive, particularly until we reach the Arkansas border near West Plains. We should be drier but incredibly warm through Arkansas, with the rain from the tropical system in the Gulf potentially reaching as far north as Memphis, but we should be dry until we get to about the Kosciusko exit on I-55. It will probably be quite rainy in Jackson when we get to town.

Jackson, Mississippi

Our theme of a Southeast week continues as we head off to the state capital of the State of Mississippi, Jackson.

At 1054AM, CT, Jackson was already reporting a temperature of 91 with clear skies. The hot, clear air was aided by the fact that the remnants of Tropical Depression 5 was hanging just off the coast, directing mostly easterly flow in central Mississippi, causing a mixing of the atmosphere rather than conflicting airmasses generated by onshore flow.
The weather of the next several days will be dictated by what the dying system in the Gulf, which isn’t expected to move much as it spins itself out. Expect the system to keep Jackson dry for the rest of today and probably into tomorrow morning. Expect a trough over the northern Plains to open the Gulf up to souterly flow again. The lingering low pressure of 5 will also be drawn north, taking with it the copious rainfall leftover from the tropical system. Expect a nice day today then very rainy weather for the next two days.
Tomorrow – Very heavy rains, with flash flooding a concern, High 94, Low 78
Saturday – Rain and thunderstorms still likely, though less rain overall, High 95, Low 76

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Humid. High 92, Low 74
Saturday – A few thunderstorms possible. High 88, Low 74

AW: Tomorrow – Variably cloudy with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm High 98, Low 78
Saturday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm in the afternoon High 92, Low 77

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall High 93, Low 77
Saturday – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy High 92, Low 77

WB: Tomorrow – Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon, High 93, Low 77
Saturday – Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, High 92, Low 77

Those temperatures are really going to depend on the rain and how good the coverage of that is. In the meantime, here is a look at the radar, showing rain trying to push deeper into Mississippi.

Soggy Weekend

The system that Ryan mentioned heading for Jackson did pretty much as advertised, bringing a couple bouts of storms to the region Friday and Saturday. Friday saw a couple heavy thunderstorms roll through the area, with gusts upwards of 40mph and dumping over an inch and a half of rain. The cloud cover kept temperatures far lower than most people thought on Saturday, leading the way for TWC to take the top spot. Seems like they can forecast for everywhere except right outside their own building lately.

Friday: 1.65″ of rain in thunderstorms. High 91, Low 73.
Saturday: 0.21″ of rain in thunderstorms. High 84, Low 71.
Forecast grade: B

Jackson, Michigan

It was a stormy day today in southern Michigan. Will that continue again into the weekend?

At 1156PM, ET, Jackson was reporting clear skies with a temperature of 75 degrees. The clear skies would not last much longer as there was a healthy shied of rain just to the north and a supercell and an associated tornado warning just off to the southeast. The city was in a tornado watch as storms continue to rake Lower Michigan along a warm front that lay essentially across I-94. Expect storms to congeal somewhat and continue their eastward charge overnight
Yet another area of low pressure will develop over Nebraska and South Dakota overnight tonight and begin to move towards the low presently bringing the rough weather to the area tonight. The next system will track east-northeast into Lower Michigan by Saturday evening, bringing with it another severe thunderstorm risk, with tornadic storms another distinct possibility, as the triple point of the system will pass very near by. Fortunately, Friday afternoon and Saturday morning will be quieter, though the forecast period will be bookended by severe weather.
Tomorrow – Morning thunderstorms, becoming more isolated through the day. High 89, Low 73
Saturday – Thunderstorms again in the afternoon, High 89, Low 72

TWC: Tomorrow – Variable clouds and windy with thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 90, Low 73
Saturday – Windy with scattered thunderstorms High 88, Low 72

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around; very warm High 89, Low 68
Saturday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a thunderstorm in the area; can be strong late; breezy High 93, Low 73

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy and hot, High 90, Low 76
Saturday – A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy High 88, Low 72

WB: Tomorrow -Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of thunderstorms, High 90, Low 75
Saturday – Partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, High 88, Low 72

First time I’ve mentioned a tornado warning in a forecast. That’s exciting. Here is the radar, showing how close the tornado warning was to Jackson.

Jackson, Mississippi to Atlantic City, New Jersey

Or drive today will take us to the gambling haven of Atlantic City from the.. something haven of Mississippi. It’s a 2 1/2 day journey covering 1168 miles. Our first two days will cover 495 miles at the slow pace of less than 62mph. Lots of urban driving. Let’s collect our chips and hit the road!


It’s going to be a hot one tomorrow. Our air conditioner will be cranked up to full blast, which is fine, because the windows will need to be closed when it rains. After we find our way through Mississippi and are in Alabama, the heat of the day will start kicking up scattered showers and thunderstorms that will follow us right on into Knoxville, Tennessee, our destination for day 1. Nothing will be severe, per se, but some downpours will be heavy enough to make us need the lights and both hands on the wheel.

Expect a similar drive on Thursday as we had on Wednesday, with thunderstorms ramping up in the afternoon, after we have been on the road for a few hours. The day will take us through Virginia and into Maryland, and the rain will become a more pressing concern after we pass the Roanoke area. Our drive will end in Cooksville, Maryland, west of Baltimore.

Just a short little trip over to the Jersey Coast and Atlantic City. It will still be rather unstable over the mid Atlantic, but the cooler Atlantic may keep things from going up right over Atlantic City. The drive in will be rainy, with a weak front finally closing in on the area, but we will spend the rest of the day in a casino, so does it truly matter?