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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!

Lafayette, Indiana to Reading, Pennsylvania

We’re looking at a shorter, less snowy drive for our road trip today. We’ll be departing Lafayette and heading east for a day and a half until we arrive in Reading. The mileage on this trip is 662 miles, and the first day will cover 480 of those miles, because the eastern interstates tend to run slower. For example, our speed will be about 60.1mph, which is a far cry from yesterday’s trip.


This certainly WILL be the exact opposite of yesterday’s trip. We will be south of the track for nasty weather that is presently established through Canada. This will mean nothing but smooth sailing from Lafayette to Somerset, Pennsylvania. There aren’t many places to stop along the PA Turnpike, so we end up stopping in Somerset a lot, it seems.

The rest of the little trip through Pennsylvania will probably be cloudy, what with the Appalachians and a storm system sneaking into New England. I don’t expect any rain or snow or anything like that, but perhaps just enough to keep the sunglasses in their case. Reading will be at the very southern fringe of every system that comes through the Northern US over the next several days, so enjoy that.

Bellingham, Washington to Lafayette, Indiana

This one is going to be lengthy, my friends. There is a lot of ground to cover between Bellingham and Lafayette. It will be a 4 day trip that covers 2258 miles. The first three days will cover 531 miles, leaving the rest for Sunday. The extensive time spent on western interstates will mean a speed of 66.4mph, allowing such a high daily total for our drive. That’s out of the way, let’s get forecastin’.


Unfortunately for our purposes an area of low pressure is diving from the Gulf of Alaska into the Pacific Northwest. There is an honest to goodness cold front associated with this which will mean some more consistent wind flow than there usually is with the Pacific Northwest confused jumble that we have all grown to expect. That said, it will rain almost entirely through the day tomorrow. The heaviest will be along the coast to Seattle, then east towards the Cascades. After we start making our way uphill towards the Snoqualmie Pass, all that rain will turn to a sticky, wet snow that will really slow things down. I hope you have snow tires. It will continue until we get to the top of the climb and start winding back downhill when, suddenly, things will clear out. They will last from the leeward slope of the Cascades until about Spokane, when the dreary skies will probably start spitting some drizzle again. The end of the day will be in Big Pine fishing area in Montana northwest of Missoula. Bring a tent.

That system will continue to follow us into the expanse that is Montana. We will be ducking the snow most of the day, and the precipitation we see will definitely be snow, until we start coming out of the mountains around Butte. From Butte to Bozeman the snow will likely be at it’s fluffiest, with some rain possibly mixing in from Bozman to near Billings. We will get out ahead of the wintry mix eventually to Eplie, which is in the rural southeastern Prairie. No way of knowing if they actually have services there. Bring a tent.

The flurry activity will remain with us when we wake up on Saturday morning. The good news is that, when the system sets itself up on the lee side of the northern Rockies, it’s going to slow down. A warm front will set itself up through North Dakota, or the Dakota we will not be in. Hooray! This means we’ll be able to enjoy sunny skies and seasonably warm temperatures as we make our way to Luverne in the very southwestern corner of Minnesota. It doesn’t come along very often that we end a day in Minnesota. How exciting. And I’m almost certain that we can stash the tent in Luverne.

It’s going to be a long drive to get from Minnesota to Lafayette. I used to make this drive when I was in school though (I went to Purdue, for those that have never checked the about us page), so it can be done. Once again the storm system will catch up to us while we sleep. In this case, however, temperatures will be warm enough aloft and at the surface that we will see only light rain and fog with the system. It’s going to be a Sunday as well, so traffic in the Chicago area will be slowed but not impassable as we reach that last interminable bit of driving. Trust me, the drive from Chicago to Lafayette is tough. It’s not a difficult drive objectively, but after spending 9 hours in the car in crummy weather already, it’s not so much fun. Anyways, maybe some drizzle in Lafayette.