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Weather wayback…. History repeats

With a large system presently moving through the south central United States, cooler weather is being pulled into the Upper Midwest, as though a cold front has just sneaked through the region without our knowledge. There wasn’t any rain, but suddenly it’s noticeably cooler.  Something similar happened back in early October in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where temperatures on the 8th were in the upper 70s. Then, despite the fact that there had been no rain to speak of, it cooled by about 10 degrees on the 9th. Smarty-pants Anthony saw it coming, however, and tied atop the leaderboard with The Weather Channel.
Actuals: October 8th – High 78, Low 53
October 9th – High 69, Low 43

Grade: C

Corvallis, Oregon to La Crosse, Wisconsin

Time to connect today’s two forecasts with a 1900+ mile road trip! It’ll take four days to get from Corvallis to La Crosse, will we encounter any surprises in the mountains?


Some overnight rain showers should fizzle out by the time we wake up to begin our trip heading north towards Portland. As high pressure builds in over the Pacific Northwest, skies should begin to clear out as we head eastward on I-84 then northward into Washington in I-82. Dry conditions will persist throughout the rest of the day as we end our first day in Spokane.


We’re going to spend a lot of time on I-90 from here on out. Like, the ENTIRE remainder of the road trip. Guess we don’t need that map anymore! What we will need are sunglasses since high pressure is parked over all of the Northern Rockies, making for dry and quiet conditions the entire way from Spokane through far northern ID and into Montana before finally ending the day in Billings.


High pressure continues to keep a firm hold over the Northern Plains, so another day full of dry weather and bright sunshine is in store. We might see some high clouds filter in as we push into SD due to an area of low pressure down over the Mid-MS River Valley, but no precip should affect our travels. We finish the day in the small central SD town of Murdo.


It’s a pretty straight shot eastward today as our road trip comes to an end. Our friendly neighborhood high pressure continues to grace us with it’s clear skies and dry weather, and should make for a pretty easy trip through southern MN into La Crosse.

La Crosse, Wisconsin

It’s another bonus forecast day! Blame it playoff baseball, it gets mighty distracting this time of year. This bonus forecast brings us closer to home as we take a look at La Crosse, WI.

At 1053pm CDT, the temperature at La Crosse, WI was 58 degrees under fair skies. An area of low pressure that’s been bringing the Upper Midwest some soggy weather these last few days is pushing out over the Great Lakes and into Canada over the next 24 hours. Skies are clearing out tonight and tomorrow, warm temperatures will greet everybody as they enjoy the end of their weekend. A dry cold front moves through late Sunday into Monday so while Monday will see some continued sunshine, temperatures will be a good 10 degrees colder.

Sunday: Sunny skies and warm. High 76, Low 53.
Monday: Partly cloudy and cooler. High 65, Low 48.

TWC: Sunday: Sunny. High 78, Low 52.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 66, Low 50.

AW: Sunday: Pleasant and warmer. High 76, Low 53.
Monday: Partly sunny and cooler. High 65, Low 49.

NWS: Sunday: Sunny. High 75, Low 52.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 65, Low 49.

WB: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 75, Low 54.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 64, Low 53.

WN: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 75, Low 52.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 65, Low 49.

FIO: Sunday: Partly cloudy starting in the morning, continuing until afternoon. High 76, Low 55.
Monday: Light rain starting in the late evening hours. High 65, Low 49.

Here we see the system that’s been soaking the area the last couple of days shifting eastward over the Great Lakes. Pleasant weather is ahead!

Rockford, Illinois to La Crosse, Wisconsin

Just a short little adventure today. We’re going to drive through southern Wisconsin, covering only 209 miles over the course of 3 1/2 hours. That’s a pace of 59mph, made slower by the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin. You’ll enjoy the trip, I’m sure. Let’s check it out.

Sunset in Rockford, Illinois, USA.

Sunset in Rockford, Illinois, USA.

Our drive through Wisconsin won’t be perfect, certainly, but guidance suggests our route will be in between heavier bands of precipitation. We may see a few showers with some snow mixing in from Rockford to Madison. There is a general agreement that western wisconsin will be in the clear through the early afternoon, though, between the solid mass of clouds and rain over the Great Lakes and a secondary band of precipitation in Minnesota. I think we will find our way into LaCrosse with dry weather around us, but that won’t last long.
La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin

If you have never been to La Crosse, you are doing yourself a disservice. Beautiful town.

At 753PM, CT, La Crosse was reporting sunny skies and a temperature of 80 degrees. A weak cold front is moving through the Upper Midwest and has it’s sights set on La Crosse for early tomorrow morning.
As a result of the positions of two lows, the remnants of Isaac and the system in Canada responsible for the boundary, the front is expected to stall over Wisconsin. There isn’t going to be a lot of rain, as most of the moisture will be caught up in the rain storm over the Ohio Valley, and the fact that the low in Canada is deeply occluded will mean there will be more sun than clouds to begin the week, but the threat is still there for unsettled weather.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with some isolated showers and storms around, High 85, Low 69
Tuesday – Partly cloudy, with rain around, High 88, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 87, Low 66
Tuesday – Isolated T-Storms High 89, Low 64

AW: Tomorrow- Partly sunny and humid with a shower or thunderstorm in the area High 87, Low 66
Tuesday – Partly sunny, the temperature near the record of 93 and humid with a shower or thunderstorm around High 92, Low 66

NWS: Tomorrow – A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, High 85, Low 67
Tuesday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, High 85, Low 65

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 86, Low 65
Tuesday – Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 84, Low 64

Satellite shows a line of showers trying oh so hard to become a line of thunderstorms.

Well, oops

I don’t know if you missed it, but we had a forecast for La Crosse, Wisconsin on Thursday. (You missed it, I had to toggle it over to published just now when I couldn’t find it on the page. That would be the “oops”). Anyways, things in La Crosse porteded to be stormy. And they were, in fact, stormy. Stormy to the tune of temperatures being 5-10 degrees off the forecast highs, depending on who you talked to. The models, and most of the forecasts called for “isolated” storms, but successive squall lines definitely threw everything out of whack. In the end, Weatherbug was the only outlet that scored above “D”.
Actuals: Friday, .45 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 66, Low 55
Saturday – .19 inches of rain in thunderstorms, High 64, Low 53

Grade: C

Appleton, Wisconsin to La Crosse, Wisconsin

We are staying in state for this short road trip. It will cover only 171 miles and last less than 3 1/2 hours, but it is a road trip, and we will forecast it. (Average speed, for you math junkies is only 44mph)

The hope is that our 10AM departure time keeps us dry for our drive west across Wisconsin, but the way things have gone with this system, it’s hard to really get behind that forecast fully. I will say coverage in showers and thunderstorms will be greatly reduced from what it has been over the past couple of days, but don’t be surprised if showers and thunderstorms pop up over Wisconsin early. Most of it will be in the form of rain, rather than more of those persistent squall lines. The squalls will come later. Still, there will be plenty of sun and some warm weather when we reach the banks of the Mississippi in La Crosse.

La Crosse, Wisconsin

It’s been pretty crazy with the weather today in the upper Midwest. The pattern is tremendously disorganized too, which makes things all the more enjoyable, meteorologically. So let’s get this show on the road…. I guess.

At 253PM, CT, La Crosse was reporting sunny skies and a temperature of 80 degrees with sunny skies. The heavy thunderstorms they saw this morning have left a good deal of moisture in the gound, leaving dewpoints at the surface in the low 60s. While the upper level pattern has been one of clarity, the surface is dynamic with a miasma of stationary surface boundaries and outflows, ready to set off thunderstorms really at any juncture. A complex of storms developing on the Minnesota/Iowa state line will likely influence La Crosse later this evening.
A weak ridge is developing into the northern Plains and into the Upper Midwest, and will strengthen though the course of the next 48 hours, however a strong push of cold air is likely what is needed to clear out the surface instability for good. Given the way the system has produced convection, it would not be a surprise to see showers and storms each of the next two days.
Tomorrow – Isolated showers and storms, High 77, Low 60
Saturday – Mostly sunny, isolated storms, High 75, Low 56

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 73, Low 60
Saturday – Isolated T-Storms High 71, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Very warm with times of clouds and sun; a shower or thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon High 78, Low 61
Saturday – Times of clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm around High 76, Low 56

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm High 75, Low 60
Saturday – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy High 70, Low 54

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 73, Low 58
Saturday – Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms High 68, Low 52

The models are actually putting out PoPs of less than what people are forecasting. The coverage we have seen with convection so far this week has people a little trigger shy today. Here is a look at the satellite. It’s pretty messy, really.

Snow chills out forecast

When doing the forecast for La Crosse, it appeared that early morning snow showers would give way to rain during the afternoon as temperatures warmed up. They did switch over later on, but the temperatures never did warm up. A chilly high of 40 on Saturday destroyed most of the forecasts, with Weatherbug taking the top honors.

Friday: .12″ of rain. High 46, Low 36.
Saturday: .36″ of rain and melted precip (0.8″ of snow). High 40, Low 32.
Forecast Grade: C

La Crosse, Wisconsin

With flooding along the Mississippi a constant concern this time of year, Mother Natures is trying to throw one last shot of a wintry mix over the region. Just how much of it will hit this riverside city?

At 4:53PM CDT, the temperature in La Crosse, WI was 41 degrees under overcast skies. A strong area of low pressure over the Central Plains trails a cold front down into Texas, and is kicking up some rather nasty thunderstorms this afternoon, with a few reports of tornadoes already streaming in. An inverted trough off to the north of the low extends all the way up into the Western Dakotas, and is the focus of some heavier snows over the next couple of days. This low is expected to trek eastward towards St. Louis over the next 24-36 hours, then turn towards the northeast and beeline towards Michigan. A few light showers have pushed north of the system today over the Upper Midwest, but nothing heavy. All of the heavier precip is expected to linger over SD/NE tonight into tomorrow morning, but will start to pick up over southwestern WI Friday night into Saturday morning. Most of this is expected to be rain through the late evening and early overnight hours, but with temperatures dropping towards the freezing mark Saturday morning as colder air continues to get pulled in from the west, there’s a slight chance that some snow showers could mix in with the rain as daylight comes around Saturday morning. In any event, the snow won’t stick around for long if it does come to fruition, and change back over to lighter rain showers through Saturday afternoon, before drying out Saturday evening as the system pulls away. Some rain showers on Friday night could be moderate at times, and winds behind the system on Saturday could be quite blustery. In other words, certainly not a great way to kick off this weekend.

Friday: Few light rain showers early, returning late evening and increasing in intensity. High 51, Low 36.
Saturday: Rain showers through early morning, possibly mixing with a light snow shower, trailing off by late afternoon. High 48, Low 35.

TWC: Friday: Rain showers early, returning late. High 53, Low 38.
Saturday: Possible snow shower early, otherwise rain showers trailing off after noon. High 51, Low 36.

AW: Friday: Afternoon rain showers. High 47, Low 36.
Saturday: Morning rain, then cloudy, windy for afternoon. High 52, Low 35.

NWS: Friday: Rain showers in morning. High 52, Low 34.
Saturday: Rain in morning, increasing in afternoon. High 46, Low 35.

WB: Friday: Rain in afternoon/evening. High 50, Low 33.
Saturday: Possible rain/snow shower in morning, then rain in afternoon. Windy. High 45, Low 33.

A few bands of higher clouds are flowing over the Upper Midwest, despite a deck of overcast skies entrenched underneath. In the far lower left, you can see some of the intense thunderstorms over Nebraska and Kansas marked by the bubbly-looking nature of the cloud tops.