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Wichita, Kansas to Kingston, New York

Today we embark on a 1,448-mile road trip from the heartland of the country into the scenic Northeast US. It’s starting to get to the point of year where leaves are changing a bit, will the weather cooperate with us so we can enjoy the scenery?

Aerial of the Downtown Skyline of Wichita, Kansas with the Arkansas River and the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in the Foreground


We head northeastward out of Wichita towards Kansas City under partly cloudy skies. An area of low pressure is intensifying out over the Central Plains in western Nebraska/Kansas, causing a stronger southerly flow to develop over the region. It’ll be a bit breezy as we make our way into Missouri, but winds should settle down a bit as we head past Columbia and into St. Louis. High pressure found over the Eastern Great Lakes extends its reach down into the OH and TN Valleys, so conditions over southern IL will be mostly pleasant and make for an easy end to the day in Effingham, IL.


High pressure continue to stand stout over the Eastern Great Lakes, which should make for a fairly quiet weather day today. We’ll head east out of Effingham through Indianapolis to Columbus and northeastward until we finish the day in Youngstown, OH, barely a stone’s throw from the PA border.


Once again, high pressure is found over the area to start the day, but will break down some as the day progresses. Some scattered afternoon thunderstorms are expected to develop over Central PA, which could cause us to slow down a bit as we head eastward on I-80 through much of PA. Some lingering activity could still be found around Scranton by the late-afternoon hours, but activity should trail off the further east we push, and a somewhat quiet end to the trip is expected as we wind our way into Kingston, NY.

Thunderstorm Trio

A smattering of showers/thunderstorms were possible on Sunday, but were expected to largely miss the area. One of them decided to take aim on Kingston, however, and ruin a few forecasts. Temperature forecasts were nearly identical across the board, so the storm weeded out Accuweather, the NWS, and Forecast.io as the trio worthy enough for a victory, albeit shared.

Sunday: 0.09″ of rain in a thunderstorm. High 88, Low 61.
Monday: High 91, Low 65.
Forecast Grade: A

Kingston, New York

The ADDs page is down, which is obviously a problem, so let’s hope that I can still put up a decent forecast.

At 753PM, ET nearby Poughkeepsie reported a temperature of 73 degrees with fair skies. There is a diminishing wave over the eastern Great Lakes which may produce showers in the Catskills, but a weak surface ridge will prevent that from happening tonight. Lingering moisture may fill into the Hudson Valley tomorrow evening, but that is speculative, and at most, Kingston should only expect a few clouds.
Another important feature is Tropical Stork Erika, which was severely disrupted by the Greater Antilles, but is still a good instigator of persistent circulation. The result for Kingston will be clearing conditions, even as a weak boundary pivots through town. After that boundary does roll through, though, exppect some warm, moist air to roll in, leading to a rather stuffy beginning to the week, fed in part by the remnants of Erika.
Tomorrow – Increasing clouds, High 87, Low 61
Monday – Warm and humid, High 90, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 86, Low 61
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 90. Low 64

AW: Tomrrow – Partly sunny and warm (late showers) High 86, Low 62
Monday – Hot with plenty of sun High 90, Low 64

NWS: Tomorrow – A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny High 86, Low 61
Monday – Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunnyHigh 89, Low 64

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Hot. Humid High 86, Low 61
Monday – Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny. Hot High 89, Low 63

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Patchy Fog High 86, Low 61
Monday – Mostly Sunny with Patchy FogHigh 90, Low 64

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening. High 87, Low 60
Monday – Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 89, Low 64

A look at the satellite showss the mess down in the southeastern US as well as the boundary, preparing to move through and clear things out, just in time for a warm up.

Not fair!

Here we are, stuck in the middle of the tundra, and low pressure over the center of the country keeps dragging cold air over us. In New York, they are on the opposite edge of this regenerative system. Time and time again, they keep getting southerly flow and warm air in places like Kingston. They are getting a nice and toasty spring in Kingston, while we in the Upper Midwest are looking at snow again tomorrow. If there is any silver lining it’s that Victoria-Weather, along with Accuweather, ended up with the top forecast for the city.
Actuals: Sunday – High 53, Low 34
Monday – High 62, Low 33

Grade: B

Kingston, New York to Jackson, Michigan

Hey, this trip is pretty short! We’re only going 688 miles but a slow drive through the Appalachians and quite a few larger metro areas means it will take us a day and a half to complete the trek. Our average speed is only going to be about 61.8mph, so our drive will be over after 494 miles on Monday, with a short little hop on Tuesday to finish it off.

There is an interesting pattern setting up over the eastern third of the country. An area of high pressure is generating counter clockwise circulation, which is rotating moisture up the Appalachians. This will be amplified by an approaching cold front through the Great Lakes and across central Pennsylvania, an isolated shower cannot be ruled out, though it isn’t terribly likely during our drive tomorrow. As we send out of the high country and approach Cleveland, we can expect some clearer skies, though that will be short lived. That cold front I mentioned earlier will be looming to our west. The stop for the night will be in Strongsville, Ohio, a south suburb of Cleveland.

As we depart Strongsville on Tuesday morning, the front will be right on top of us. Rain. It will continue, heavy for most of the duration, until we reach Toledo, after which things will begin to taper off. There will likely be a little bit of backwash all the way to Jackson. Some spits of rain, mostly cloudy skies and a brisk west wind. I thought this was supposed to be April?

Yakima, Washington to Kingston, New York

Seriously, who wants to drive 2,814 miles between central Washington and eastern New York? A plane ride seems far more efficient to me. But i guess people like to see the sights, so away we go, for a trip that will span 11 states.



Heading out of Yakima, we’ll be cruising through the lovely Northern Rockies during our leg that will end in Butte, MT. Scattered snow showers, especially over the mountains, will be lingering around during the morning hours as an intensifying low pressure system over the Daktoas trails a trough through MT up into Alberta. These snow showers should be fairly light but persistent, and not very intense either besides our portion on I-90 between Spokane and Missoula, which could see some moderate snow bursts at times. Could be a long day if the roads are messy in the mountains, but should get into Butte without too many issues


The aforementioned low pressure system continues to push eastward, so while we’re escaping the worst of the system, we’re still stuck in scattered snow showers on the backside of the system. They won’t accumulate to much, but will be a nuisance when they do occur. Overall though, shouldn’t be too bad of a day as we end the second day in Dickinson, ND.


Over this day and next, I’ve driven this part of I-94 many times! High pressure is starting to build down into the Northern Plains and the Upper Midwest behind the low pressure system we’ve been chasing. No mountains to deal with today, 3/4 of the leg is pretty much as flat as can be. After we pass Alexandria, we’ll finally get some more hills in the terrain to enjoy. A weak trough is going to linger along the ND/MN/Canada border, so a few scattered snow showers (I know, mid-April and we’re still talking about snow!) could make us turn on the wipers, but otherwise should be an uneventful day as we pull into our home city here at VW of Minneapolis to end the day. Swing on by and we’ll have a late-night drink with you!


Today we’ll drive from Minneapolis to South Bend, IN, around 500 miles. A large storm system is starting to develop over the Southern Plains, with a boundary continuing to linger through the Ohio Valley as well. It will be a cloudy day, so put away those sunglasses! As we continue along I-94/90 throughout the day, we’ll be sneaking ahead of most of the precip that’s revving up from this developing storm. We will probably see some light rain showers once we pass Milwaukee and eventually past Chicago, but nothing that will cause undue stress. Unless you make it to Chicago right at rush hour, but really that’s your own fault if you hit that traffic nightmare.


Today… won’t be a pretty day. That storm system intensifies and shifts up through the MS River Valley, bringing widespread rain throughout the entire Great Lakes region. Stronger thunderstorms are also possible from this system, but will most likely stay south of where we’ll be traveling. It’s going to be a soggy day, as rain is expected for the entire day as we make our way through Ohio and into Central PA, staying at Bellefonte, PA for the night.


Finally, our last day! Sadly, it’s not going to be much better than yesterday. Low clouds, fog, and some scattered showers are expected throughout the day ahead the front mentioned yesterday. Thankfully, we’ll make it to Kingston around midday, before the main part of the front swings through and gives us a good soaking rain, and perhaps even a clap of thunder to end the trip.


Kingston, New York

Off again to the Hudson River Valley in NY. I apparently like forecasting for there…

At 1253am, the temperature at Kingston, NY was 39 degrees under overcast skies. A storm system that brought some April snows to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes is starting to push out to sea, clearing out most of the Eastern Seaboard in the process. However, the old occluded low pressure that started this whole storm is sitting over southern Ontario/Quebec, and isn’t looking like it wants to move anywhere quickly. There remains a chance of a brief morning rain/snow shower, but that should push on to the east by mid-morning. The low pressure finally breaks down and dissipates throughout the day Sunday, with weak high pressure shifting overhead for Monday. Tuesday will probably see some showers move in with a cold front approaching, but as far as Monday is concerned, Kingston should be alright.

Sunday: A brief morning rain/snow shower, then decreasing clouds. cloudy. High 57, Low 36.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 62, Low 33.

TWC: Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 53, Low 40.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 62, Low 38.

AW: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 56, Low 36.
Monday: Times of clouds and sun. High 62, Low 56.

NWS: Sunday: Slight chance of a morning rain/snow shower, then mostly sunny. High 54, Low 37.
Monday: Partly sunny. High 65, Low 31.

WB: Sunday: Partly sunny, High 54, Low 37.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 65, Low 31.

Here we see a couple departing showers early this morning. Some of these are expected to linger around into tomorrow before we catch a quiet day on Monday.KingRAD

Clear, cool Kingston

The skies cleared in the Hudson Valley late in the week, with the clear skies giving way to some plummeting over night temperatures in Kingston. Victoria-Weather had the situation properly handled, but even we were a hair too warm in our forecasts, as temperatures hit 23 on Friday morning. Chilly. But at least it hit 50 that day.
Actuals: Thursday – High 49, Low 27
Friday – High 50, Low 23

Grade: B

Kingston, New York

I don’t know the nomenclature of the area. Kingston is north of Poughkeepsie, but south of Albany. Is it Upstate? I don’t know.

At 153PM, ET, Kingston was seeing a temperature of 48 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. What had been an extremely rainy pattern for area has finally broken, with a broad area of low pressure now having shifted out to eastern Canada. A sharp ridge was building over the eastern quarter of the country. The exiting portion of the jets was split flow, which was allowing for the persistence of low pressure over Ontario and Quebec.
The angle of the next trough, running from that low in Ontario to it’s base in the Mojave will not lend the system to much eastward motion. Kingston will enjoy a dry beginning to the month of December, with temperatures slightly above normal.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 47, Low 28
Friday – Partly cloudy, High 50, Low 26

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies High 47, Low 32
Friday – Sunny, High 49, Low 30

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 48, Low 28
Friday – Sunny to partly cloudy High 48, Low 27

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 48, Low 30
Friday – Mostly sunny High 50, Low 28

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 48, Low 31
Friday – Partly sunny High 49, Low 29

So nice to see temperatures that warm as we head into December. Awesome.

Naples, Florida to Kingston, New York

We’re taking a trip from the Gulf Coast to the Hudson Valley between Albany and NYC. It’s a 1388 mile journey, surprisingly long, if you ask me, and will take us nearly three full days of driving. The first two days will net us only 496 miles, primarily because of our glacial pace of 62mph. I guess grandpa is driving us back from his winter home.


Part of the reason this drive is so long is that we are following almost the entire Florida Peninsula, which takes about 400 miles on its own. The extra 100 miles will take us to Savannah, Georgia, which is our destination on day one. Models are indicating that the seabreeze will be most active for Florida on the eastern side of the Peninsula tomorrow, which is great news for us, since our route takes us on the Gulf side. We will likely be just fine from Naples to about Ocala. Thunderstorms will be more problematic from then to Gainesville, and becoming more dispersed through Jacksonville and on to Savannah. Of course, this is summer in the southeast, so don’t be surprised if a storm does crop up over that tail end of the trip. It happens.

A cold front is sweeping through the east tomorrow, and is often the case, the tail end will stall through the eastern Carolinas. The most widespread thunderstorm activity will be in South Carolina, which is good, because it isn’t likely to be fully developed as we drive through. Still, the heaviest rain of the day will likely be between Lake Marion in South Carolina and the North Carolina border. After that, we should really dry out as we head through the rest of North Carolina and southern Virginia. Our day will finally end in Ladysmith, Virginia, which is between Richmond and Fredericksburg.

The next little wave will be rolling into the east coast as we travel through the bustling megalopolis. We should stay dry, but there is a chance at some isolated drizzle and mostly cloudy skies virtually through the whole day. Don’t let that deter you though, because the last hour and our arrival in Kingston will be quite lovely.