I always thought that Indianna was generally much further north than Missouri, but, as it turns out, they aren’t that far apart when looking at their polar pllacement. The trip from Kokomo to St. Joseph is almost due west. Without a north/south element to the drive, it’s only an 8 hour drive, covering 519 miles, which will, thanks to some rounding, equate to a pace of 63.4mph. There will be some slow roads through rural parts of the Mid-Mississippi Valley.
It’s still there. The lingering ridge riding rain showers funneled through the Ohio Valley are continuing to fall across the region. There were flood warnings from Cleveland all the way to the Ozarks. Fortunately, this heavy rain will mostly stay south of our route. There will be a bit of organization within this moist plume. As is the case with organizing trough structures, the heavy rain will start to lift to the north. If we start off in time and head out fast enough, we’ll avoid the rain completely. If not, the threat should be through by the time we reach Decatur. Clear weather will blanket northern Missouri bringing warmer temperatures to the region, and signaling a good end to the drive.
Today we embark on a 1-day Midwestern roadtrip, from Central WI to Northern IN. It’s 440 miles from Wausau to Kokomo. Will it be as warm as the Beach Boys lead us to believe? Given the winter we’ve had, it might be a stretch, but maybe we’ll get lucky!
A mid-level disturbance will be working through the area during the morning, dropping accumulating snows from southern MN/northern IA through southern WI/northern IL. Wausau will only be seeing a few flakes when we depart south in the morning, but as we continue to make our way through Madison, we’ll see the snow totals pick up. Luckily, as we make it to the WI/IL border, most of the heavier snow will have tapered off, but roads will probably still be fairly slick with a bit of accumulated snow on them. Light snow will continue throughout the afternoon hours as we make our way through northeastern IL and around Chicago, so hopefully there aren’t too many accidents impeding out progress. The light snow will continue to linger in the evening as we make our way into northern Indiana and ultimately to Kokomo, so hopefully you’re a fan of watching snow fall!
We all knew as early as Sunday that Kokomo was in for some clear skies. A system track through southern Canada meant the country was going to see some pleasant weather. Of course, that was during the day. Sunday night into Monday morning was clear in northern Indiana, and radiating warmth meant the low dropped all the way to 10. People were 6-10 degrees off on that low. It was able to rebound to 37 (40 at nearby Grissom Air Base), so it wasn’t all bad. Weatherbug took down the top forecast title.
Actuals: Monday – High 33, Low 10
Tuesday – High 37, Low 21
So, today’s road trip is… hardly a road trip. Some people might consider it a commute at only 101 miles. If it takes more than 2 hours, clearly you took a wrong turn somewhere!
At only 100 miles or so, we shouldn’t have to worry about a wide variety of weather during our trip. In this case, we don’t really have to worry about ANY weather. High pressure is sitting over the region and mostly clear skies are expected throughout the day. That’s all i gotta say about that. So, how about that BCS Title game tonight!? Yeah, that was about as boring as this road trip is going to be.
I think the Beach Boys were singing about a different Kokomo.
At 1235PM, ET, Kokomo was reporting overcast skies with a temperature of 26 degrees. A west wind of almost 20mph was ushering a weak clipper out of town, and there was hope for clearing later today. Aloft, a sharp trough is reflective of the speed with which an otherwise weak system will be moving out of the Great Lakes. A weak ridge building over the Upper Midwest will shift into the area and bring some dry weather.
A mean trough moving through Canada has very little flow through it, so there won’t be much to it as it moves into Ontario on Monday evening, except for some gustier southwest winds. The pattern will be shifting north for the week, and another weak wave will follow the Ontario low, which will exacerbate some breezy flow in Kokomo, but the area will remain dry.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, with winds increasing late, High 35, Low 18
Tuesday – Sunny skies and breezy conditions continue, High 41, Low 25
TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 33, Low 17
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 36, Low 24
AW: Tomorrow – Sunshine and patchy clouds High 33, Low 20
Tuesday – Milder with partial sunshine High 40, Low 25
NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 32, Low 17
Tuesday – Mostly sunny High 37, Low 24
WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 32, Low 16
Tuesday – Partly cloudy. High 37, Low 24
Sounds pretty good in northern Indiana. Now let’s hope that the Colts can further that mood with a big win this afternoon!
Things went extremely well for residents of Kokomo the last couple of days. Temperatures were warm but comfortable, rising to the upper 70s both Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures cooled off to a level befitting a perfect night’s sleep, 55 and 50 respectively. The best news of all, of course, was that Victoria-Weather had the top forecast of them all.
Actuals: Monday – High 78, Low 55
Tuesday – High 78, Low 50
Apologies, as always, for the super late forecast. Well, no point in dilly-dallying.
At 315AM, ET, Kokomo was reporting a temperature of 62 degrees with clear skies. High pressure dominated the region, but there was a layer of clouds across the southern Great Lakes that was trapped under the ridge.
A sharp upper level trough is expected to pivot through Ontario, but surface ridging in Indiana is expected to prevent any development of wet weather for Kokomo. Clouds are expected to develop Tuesday for the region, but it should end up being a good beginning of a late summer week.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 79, Low 57
Tuesday – Increasingly cloudy, High 78, Low 54
TWC: Tomorrow – Plentiful sunshine High 80, Low 56
Tuesday – Partly to mostly cloudy High 81, Low 56
AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and pleasant High 78, Low 53
Tuesday – Mostly sunny High 79, Low 55
NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 80, Low 58
Tuesday – Sunny High 81, Low 55
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. High 78, Low 57
Tuesday – Mostly sunny until midday then becoming partly cloudy.High 81, Low 55
Very late summerlike weather. Almost perfect, in most views. Satellite shows a few clouds in the area.