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Kingsport, Tennessee to Albany, New York

Hello! Merry Christmas! I have been pinned down inĀ Florida the last several days without a smidgen of internet service. It was a nice break, but wholly unexpected. Now I’m back in Minnesota, in the midst of a sleet storm, and I’m ready to forecast. This trip will last a day and a half, covering 740 miles at a pace of 67mph. The full day will cover about 535 miles, with less than half a day remaining for Tuesday. It might be nice to have a shorter drive then, though, if you know what I mean.

DAY ONE (Monday)

A brisk southwesterly flow will import an unseasonably warm dose of Gulf air into the southeastern United States tomorrow. If we are cognizant, we may appreciate the fact that the warmth is related to a very strong area of low pressure to our west. If we would like to remain blissfully unaware, then we can appreciate the late December warm up at face value, and appreciate a fairly easy drive through Appalachia. The brisk flow may lead to a few spots of drizzle, and definitely some clouds around the peaks, but the roads will be free of ice and snow, and the stops for gas will be tolerable. Later in the day, clouds and the threat for drizzle may increase ever so slightly as we arrive in Pennsylvania, but not so much that it will do anything, aside from making the horizon rather bleak. Fairly appropriate for this day in particular, we will call it a night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I hope there is room at the inn.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
The cold front that loomed to our west on Monday will arrive on Tuesday. There might now be any thunder within the band of showers as we head from Bethlehem to Albany, but there will likely be some spots of very heavy rain. The temperature will be on its way towards something a bit more seasonable, though it will still be fairly mild for this time of year upon our arrival in Albany.

Kingsport, Tennessee to Sandusky, Ohio

Sorry about the missed forecast yesterday. I have a burgeoning case of narcolepsy. I have to say though, I am glad to be getting into the world of forecasting, after a terrible week in the sports world, it is nice to get away from the awful scandal involving Penn State, and take this little road trip to Sandusky. Oh crap!
Nevertheless, we will soldier on with an 8 1/2 hour drive that covers 520 miles. This mean that our pace will be a leisurely 61.6mph. Shall we be on our way?


High pressure has been te primary feature across the eastern two thurds of the nation for a few days now. The upper level pattern is very active, however, and will, in fact, be transitory. Most of the drive will be with the wind at our backs as high pressure moves off to sea. This will mean seasonably warm conditions, perhaps enough to crack a window through southern Ohio. At the very end of the day, around 6pm, we may start to see some clouds and drizzle seep into northwestern Ohio as a system moving through the upper Midwest will arrive in Sandusky about the same time we do.

Soaker

A cold front has stalled itself along the Appalachians and Smokeys. The city of Nashville is underwater, if you haven’t heard, and the state of Tennessee is in the midst of a full blown catastrophe, with dozens dead due to the rising floodwaters. Kingsport, our forecast from Saturday, was spared that degree of unpleasantness, though the beginning of the week was not enjoyable to say the least. After a brief tease of some rain in the midst of near 90 degree heat on Sunday, they got over an inch of rain on Monday. As it turned out, Weatherbug tied us for the top spot on this one.
Actuals: Sunday – .07 inches of rain, High 89, Low 60
Monday – 1.08 inches of rain, High 79, Low 65

Grade B

Bangor, Maine to Kingsport, Tennessee

Usually when we do these road trips, I break them into 8 hour days, and if there is any left over time (according to Mapquest), I add an extra day if there is more than 2 hours. Today’s trip from Maine to Tennessee is 18 hours and 1 minute’s worth of driving. Awesome. it’s a 1073 mile trek through the busiest corridor in the United States, I-95, so we’ll go at the relatively slow pace of 59.6mph, and cover 476 miles on those first two days, leaving about 120 miles for the third day. I think that will be manageable.

DAY ONE

By the time we are in Parsippany, New Jersey, the first stop for today’s journey, we will have covered 35 of our route’s turns, according to Mapquest. Amazing. The drive through Boston and New York will be mostly agreeable in terms of weather, though hot, humid conditions will build, necessitating the use of air conditioning or a rolled down window in order to hear the denizens of New York calling you a moron. Not that you are, of course. A boundary shifting towards the east, kind of a cold front associated with a low over eastern Canada and kind of a warm front associated with the strong system in the Mid-Mississippi Valley will mean a threat for some isolated sprinkles after Hartford and until we reach Parsippany.

DAY TWO
Our second day of travel will be considerably wetter, as we drive right along the east-west oriented part of our cold front/warm front combo, from Parisppany to to about Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In that line, there is a good chance we will see very heavy rain and some isolated thunderstorms. There may be a break in the action when we get south of Chambersburg, because after passing through the 34 combined miles of Maryland and West Virginia, we will be on the lee side of the Appalachians, which will help stamp out the thunderstorms for a while. Sure, there will be a few showers as we approach Dublin and Newbern, Virginia. Pick one of those cities, and that’s our destination on Monday.

DAY THREE
Hey, good thing we waited to finish this trip! The front will be through, and clearing, cooler conditions will be taking hold of the Smokeys when we arrive. Instead of torrential downpours, we will arrive in Kingsport in style, with pleasant weather all around us.

Kingsport, Tennessee

We’re taking a trip to the far eastern tip of Tennessee for the second week in a row. This may be a messy beginning of the week.

At 1153PM, ET, Kingsport was reporting a temperature of 83 degrees with partly cloudy skies. A line of showers and thunderstorms extends from the Daniel Boone Forest in Kentucky to just east of Crossville, and is marching methodically to the east towards Kingsport. The systems primary cold front was generating a line of thunderstorms and an energetic environment ahead of the cold front and the SPC has issued a “high risk” for parts of western Tennessee. This energetic part of the system still has a while before it can reach the Smokeys, and will likely be taken apart before any severe weather can reach Kingsport.
Expect just a few showers and storms today and tomorrow ahead of the primary system, but not anything particularly intense. The primary cold front will arrive instead late on Monday with the heaviest rain and thunderstorms. With this frontal passage, there will be a threat for some strong winds and even some small hail, something that is not expected today or tomorrow. With strong southerly flow ahead of the front, expect hot and humid weather tomorrow, with only a minor cool down with rain and precip on Monday.
Tomorrow – Isolated midday thunderstorms, High 88, Low 63
Monday – Strong storms and heavy rain in the afternoon, High 80, Low 62 (Non Standard)

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy and windy with a thunderstorm or two possible in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 89, Low 68
Monday – Showers and thunderstorms High 77, Low 68

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sun with a couple of thunderstorms around; breezy High 85, Low 62
Monday – Mostly cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm around High 80, Low 63

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Breezy High 87, Low 62
Monday – Showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Breezy High 77, Low 62

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Breezy High 89, Low 64
Monday – Showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Breezy. High 81, Low 63

It should be noted that the NWS was having problems with their site, and those numbers are estimates of things like “upper 80s” and whatnot. They’ll still do better than the Weather Channel, who I am not sure knows what they are doing on this one. A look at the radar shows rain on the way.