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Lafayette, Louisiana

It certainly has quieted down around the United States after a pretty nasty start to the year. One place that was blasted was Cajun country, but the rain is finally over. How long will that last?

At 253PM, Ct, Lafayette was reporting a temperature of 49 degrees with clear skies. The remnants of a cold front were providing some clouds off shore, but also the focal point for some northerly flow that continued to led cooler than normal temperatures to Lafayette, as well as greatly appreciated stability.
Lafayette will continue to find itself south of the crest of a deep upper level trough, which will allow the area to remain stable with the best baroclinicity well north and east of Lafayette, but cold air will continue to spill from the north into Louisiana. A reprieve from the unusual chill isn’t expected in the next couple of days, and in fact, there is a chance for even colder air on Wednesday as the trough attempts to dig further to the south.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 60, Low 33
Wednesday – Increasing clouds, High 53, Low 32

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy, High 59, Low 33
Wednesday – Partly Cloudy, High 49, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and warmer High 58, Low 32
Wednesday – Windy and cooler with some sunshine giving way to clouds High 51, Low 31

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 59, Low 33
Wednesday – Mostly sunny High 51, Low 31

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 58, Low 35
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy. High 50, Low 42

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 59, low 34
Wednesday – Partly Cloudy High 50, Low 43

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy until evening. High 58, Low 34
Wednesday – Partly cloudy in the morning and breezy starting in the afternoon. High 47, Low 29

That doesn’t sound bad, but I assure you it will feel that way for Lafayette. Lows near or below freezing! That’s brutal! Those Wednesday lows are gong to be in the evening as the upper level trough, helping generate the wave seen on satellite in the Midwest, will reach its southernmost point.

Lafayette, Indiana to Savannah, Georgia

Today we embark on a 2-day, 845-mile trip from Lafayette, IN down through the Ohio and TN Valleys to good ol’ Savannah. Hope you’re looking to one last beach getaway of the season! Let’s see how the trip there will be



Strong high pressure continues to sit over the Northeastern quadrant of the country, keeping every high and dry. The only issue is if there is some morning fog to burn off, but even if there is, it will only last an hour or two after sunrise. As we travel through Kentucky, there will be some cumulus clouds starting to bubble up around midday, and we could even see an isolated shower as we make our way into Nashville. These should be short-lived, however, and of little consequence as we push our way into Chattanooga, our stop for the night.


There’s a disturbance that’s slowly shifting from the FL Panhandle up towards the southern Appalachians, and this is expected to bring some pretty decent rainfall to the Southeast. As we head into Northern Georgia, our trip will slow down some as we hit these showers and thunderstorms, and will continue to have to deal with them as we move through Atlanta. Activity should lighten up some in the afternoon as we make our way into Savannah, but will increase once again during the late-evening and overnight hours after we arrive. Guess the beach will have to wait one more day.


Lafayette, Indiana

We’re pointing the forecast wagon towards Lafayette, Indiana, the town adjacent to my alma mater of Purdue University.

At 536PM, ET< Lafayette wasn't reporting, but locations around the region were reporting temperatures of 80 degrees with sunny skies. High pressure dominates the region both aloft and at the surface, so this was as good a time as any for the observer to take a coffee break. Perhaps it is a bit more than a coffee break, as Lafayette hasn't reported since early this morning. All the same, high pressure isn't expected to vacate the region for several days. A slight wave aloft, nearly imperceptible in wind vector analysis, is expected to develop across the center of the country, but with little surface borne support, the manifestation of this wave will only be a few high clouds. Tomorrow - Mostly sunny, High 82, Low 53 Sunday - Partly cloudy, High 79, Low 55 TWC: Tomorrow - Partly Cloudy High 81, Low 54 Sunday - Partly Cloudy High 81, Low 55 AW: Tomorrow - Sunny to partly cloudy and pleasantly warm High 79, Low 52 Sunday - Partly sunny; warm in the afternoon High 79, Low 55 NWS: Tomorrow - Mostly sunny, High 80, Low 53 Sunday - Mostly sunny, HIgh 79, Low 55 WB: Tomorrow - Mostly sunny. HIgh 80, Low 53 Sunday - Partly cloudy. High 80, Low 55 WN: Tomorrow - Mostly Sunny HIgh 81, Low 54 Sunday - Partly Cloudy High 79, Low 55 Not bad, even if the resident observer has decided to take the day off. Lafayette

Lafayette, Indiana to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We’re going to head from my collegiate homeland to the City of Brotherly Love on a day and a half excursion. The two towns are 706 miles apart, approximately, and we will cover that ground at a pace of about 63.6mph, which puts us at about 508.8 miles on Tuesday’s drive. There is ground to cover, so let’s be on our way.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
We will be at the back end of a surface area of low pressure easing through the Great Lakes at the beginning of our day Tuesday. Actually, with our pace and the pace of the surface trough, we will be in that same position pretty much throughout the day. The chance for rain will increase as we drive through Ohio, but mostly cloudy skies with spotty drizzle should be expected through Indiana and Ohio. It’s just that the frequency of that drizzle will pick up in eastern Ohio. The topography of Pennsylvania will mean much more rain on the western exposures of the Appalachians, right up until we reach Bedford in southern PA for our break in the action.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
We have just a little bit of driving to do on Wednesday across southeastern Pennsylvania. As long as we take our time with breakfast and wait until about 10 AM to hit the road on Wednesday morning, we should be just fine between Bedford and Philadelphia, with only a splash of rain here and there, like we will see on Tuesday. If we leave early, we might arrive in Philadelphia in the midst of a monsoon.

Lafayette steams

For all intents and purposes, Lafayette featured a fairly easy forecast. 3 different outlets had a perfect temperature forecast on Monday, and everyone pegged one forecast period exactly. While the forecast might have been easy, dealing with mid-90 heat with dew points in the 60s may not have been so easy. Weatherbug was the top forecaster for Cajun Country.
Actuals: Monday, High 93, Low 75
Tuesday – High 95, Low 75

Grade: A

Virginia Beach, Virginia to Lafayette, Louisiana

It’s time to hit the road again. We are headed from the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf Coast, from Virginia Beach to Lafayette. It will only be a two day trip, but that second day will be about as long as it can get. The trip is 1186 miles, and our pace will be 63.8mph. At that speed, our first day will be through after 510.6 miles, leaving the rest for Wednesday. Let’s hit some southern sites, shall we?

Virginia Beach
Our trip through the Carolinas will be fairly active, especially in the southern variety of Carolina. A return flow, onshore breezes and what not, will potentially bring out the showers and clouds. It won’t be a washout, not by a long shirt. In fact, I would say only about 20% of our drive through South Carolina will be afflicted by pop up showers or storms, most of that coming around Florence, where we will hop on I-20 and head into Norwood, Goergia, which is about 40 miles west of Augusta.

Wednesday will be a bit more active than our first day on Tuesday. There will be a pretty good shot of thunderstorms almost as soon as we start headed south from Atlanta. Storms will continue through Alabama, and will only really begin to clear up around Mobile. The thunderstorm threat will taper off but there may be a few showers continuing through New Orleans. The last little stretch of road will finally be dry, and we can enjoy Lafayette without an umbrella.

Lafayette, Louisiana

I used to live in a Lafayette, but it was the variety that is found in Indiana. The two cities don’t have a lot in common.

At 953AM, CT, Lafayette was reporting a temperature of 84 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. A light northwesterly flow behind a weak cold front along the coast did nothing to allay the dew points, which still stay in the sweltering department, presently being reported at 73 degrees. A remnant trough lies over the northeastern Gulf and is kicking up some clouds and this afternoon may be responsible for a few showers over the southeastern part of the state.
High pressure over Texas will help staunch the westward drift of showers and storms over the next 48 hours. The lingering boundary over the eastern Gulf will kick up showers into the day tomorrow that may drift into Lafayette, but the burgeoning ridge will ensure that Lafayette remains dry on Wednesday. The ridge won’t do anything for the stifling humidity, unfortunately.
Tomorrow – Isolated showers, High 93, Low 75
Wednesday – Mostly sunny, IHgh 93, Low 75

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 93, Low 74
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny High 92, Low 75

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 93, Low 75
Wednesday – Sunshine and patchy clouds High 92, Low 74

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 96, Low 74
Wednesday – Partly sunny High 95, Low 75

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. High 93, Low 75
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy High 94, Low 76

A look at the satellite shows only a few clouds and thunderstorms over the Gulf. Some of those clouds may find their way into Lafayette this afternoon, but it’s humid in the shade too.

The difference of a few miles

Yesterday, (or rather early this morning) we verified the forecast for Muncie, and saw temperatures only climb to 68 degrees on Friday. Today, we are looking at our forecast (and what happened) in Lafayette, about 100 miles west of Muncie. Lee’s primarily influence was over the eastern Great Lakes, and it waned the further west one went. Temperatures inched up to 73 on Friday, and the rain completely shut off on Saturday. It was much more pleasant than Muncie. But as someone who has lived in Lafayette, I can say that it’s ALWAYS more pleasant in Lafayette. The Weather Channel had the top forecast.
Friday – .18 inches of rain, High 73, Low 61
Saturday – No precip, High 75, Low 58

Grade: B

Lafayette, Indiana

Happy NFL Kickoff Thursday fellow readers! With the bad news about Manning sitting out on Sunday, maybe this forecast will bring some sunshine and smiles to the region? Let’s find out…

At 12:56pm EDT, the temperature at Lafayette was 61 degrees under a light rain. Surface high pressure is controlling much of the region, however, that isn’t going to be of much comfort to the residents of Lafayette. An upper-level low has been camping out over the Ohio Valley and will continue to retrograde back towards the Mid-MS Valley. This produced several rain showers over the area earlier today and will continue to do so for the next couple of days. With the jet stream found extremely far north currently (Central Canada), this feature won’t be moving anywhere fast until Sunday, when it becomes absorbed by a more open wave developing over the East Coast. Until then the lingering threat of scattered showers will persist for Indiana. There’s an outside chance at an isolated thunderstorm as well, but no convection was really seen in the area today, and will be minimal at best for the next couple of days as well.

Friday: Chance of some scattered showers, perhaps an isolated thunderstorm? High 71, Low 60.
Saturday: Additional rain showers anticipated, but warmer. High 77, Low 57.

TWC: Friday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 73, Low 61.
Saturday: More scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 78, Low 58.

AW: Friday: Mostly cloudy with a thunderstorm. High 74, Low 59.
Saturday: Couple of thunderstorms. High 76, Low 56.

NWS: Friday: Showers expected. High 70, Low 60.
Saturday: Showers, isolated thunderstorm possible.High 75, Low 59.

WB: Friday: 50% chance of scattered rain showers. High 70, Low 60.
Saturday: Decreased chance of showers/thunderstorm. High 75, Low 59.

NWS and WB have same numbers, imagine that. Here we see some scattered showers around the area, mainly off to the north. Sadly, these pesky showers will be hard to shake as we head into the weekend.

Visalia, California to Lafayette, Indiana

Over the river and through the woods, to Lafayette Indiana we go! Sorry for the late posting, but we’ll have the trip ready to go by the time we leave on Christmas Eve. It’s a 4 day trip covering 2201 miles, which means we will cover 67 miles an hour and 539 miles a day, certainly impressive speeds. Let’s stop talking about it and get to forecasting!


The good news is that when we begin our journey through California and the deserts of eastern California and northern Arizona, the torrential rain that has been such a problem will no longer be an issue. The thing that will be an issue will be the leftover problems, and the topsoil’s tenuous grasp on slopes and the threat for some mudslides. Actual weather and new precipitation won’t be a problem though. Our day will end in Parks, Arizona, which is between Williams and Flagstaff.

Merry Christmas! Hopefully Santa finds us in Parks. We’ll spend our Christmas day with a fairly easy drive. The nature we will pass through will be quite enjoyable, perhaps a new Christmas tradition? We will make it to the curiously named San Jon, New Mexico, which is along the Texas border.

We’ll spend the first day after Christmas experiencing some more wonderful driving conditions. Temperatures will begin to fall off late in the day with northerly winds bringing in some cooler temperatures northeast of Tulsa. We will make it barely into Missouri and the town of Loma Linda, which is just west of Joplin. Hmm, Loma Linda. Didn’t we leave California?

During the first three days of driving, a little clipper system will swing through the Great Lakes. It will long be out of Lafayette by the time we get to town, but the cool air and the leftover snow will stay. It’s a white 2 days after Christmas!