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.