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Lake Havasu City, Arizona to Killeen, Texas

Today we embark on a road trip that will take us from the Desert Southwest to the heart of Texas! 1,183 miles separate Lake Havasu from Killeen, and it’ll take 3 days to cover the ground, so sadly it will take all weekend to do so.


Some high overcast skies are expected as we depart the area and head east on I-40 as a system is pushing its way over the Western US, bringing more plentiful rains and mountain snows to the Sierras and Northern Rockies. Luckily, we’ll be ahead of the system today and shouldn’t encounter any significant winds either. We’ll end this fairly uneventful day in Albuquerque.


An area of low pressure develops over the Central Plains out as the energy from over the Western US finally begins to eject out over the Plains. High clouds will continue over the region, and once again, we’ll be avoiding the precip today as the main bulk of it remains caught up in the Four Corners region as well as some light activity possibly being found off to the northeast of our route. Winds will probably be a bit gustier from the south as we make our way past Lubbock and eventually into Abilene for the night


High pressure continues to barrel southward over the Central/Southern Plains, however winds will continue to be elevated as low pressure cutoff over the Southwest will keep the gradient up over the region. Clouds will be more plentiful today, with a lower stratus layer expected to linger through much of the morning. Some of it might break up as our short day ends in Killeen around noon, but sunshine won’t be terribly long-lived today.

It’s not all about the heat in the desert

The public is generally concerned with high temperatures in the summer and in warm environments. Just how warm did it get? Is it dangerously hot outside? Will I sweat just walking to the car? Sure, these are all valid concerns to the every day weather watcher, and if you looked at the high temperatures in Lake Havasu City and the forecasts across the board, you would insist that the warm highs of The Weather Channel gave them the best forecast. It was 88 on Sunday and 91 on Monday, which are much closer to TWC’s projected total on those two days. For some commercial interests, notably power companies, overnight temperatures are also important. Will air conditioners be running through the night? In the desert, where there are clear skies and many people out doors, the low temperatures can plummet and exposure becomes a concern. While yes, The Weather Channel was clearly the best where high temperatures were concerned in the Lake Havasu City forecast, they only ended up in third place for the day, with Weatherbug’s spot on low temperature forecast leading them to the top spot.
Actuals: Sunday – High 88, Low 57
Monday – High 91, Low 57

Grade: B

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Today we take a trip to the Desert Southwest, who couldn’t possibly be having bad weather, right? That’s the reason everybody goes there for spring break!

AT 956am PDT, the temperature at Lake Havasu City, AZ was 73 degrees under fair skies. A large ridge of high pressure has taken hold of the Desert Southwest, causing much of the area to bake in fairly warm temperatures for late March. This ridge is going to stay put for the next few days until a trough digs through the Western US next Tuesday and Wednesday. Right at the same time this writer is taking a trip to the Desert Southwest himself. Oh well! The next couple of days look to be hot and dry for this popular spring break destination, so I’m sure plenty of college kids will enjoy this forecast!

Sunday: Sunny. High 84, Low 57.
Monday: Sunny, a bit warmer. High 87, Low 58.

TWC: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 89, Low 61.
Monday: Sunny. High 92, Low 62.

AW: Sunday: Plenty of sun. High 82, Low 59.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 85, Low 58.

NWS: Sunday: Sunny. High 84, Low 58.
Monday: Sunny. High 86, Low 59.

WB: Sunday: Sunny. High 85, Low 57.
Monday: Sunny. High 87, Low 57.

WN: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 82, Low 59.
Monday: Continued sunny. High 86, Low 61.

Here we see the Desert Southwest dry and quiet. Nothing looks to change either in the next few days.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona to Providence, Rhode Island

Our trip is going to take a week. Well, a work week, and we will get to Providence on Saturday. For our 5 days, we will cover 2731 miles at a 65mph pace. That pace will be thanks to some fast roads out west, and we will cover 520.5 miles a day. What will Sandy wreak across the northeast? We will find out.


The weather map will look pretty ominous, and it will be ominous… but only for the east coast. In the southwest, things will be in pretty great shape. Temperatures, humidity and cloud cover will all be accommodating, and it should be an easy drive to Albuquerque, the destination for day one.

If there is any advantage to Sandy at all, it will be for travelers in the western US. There won’t be any significant weather between Albuquerque and El Reno, Oklahoma, destination number 2 on our trip, just as there wasn’t on day 1. The exciting stuff is yet to come.

Wednesday will be another good day for driving. Our trip will take us through Tulsa and most of Missouri, before we call it a day in Mehlville, on the south side of St. Louis. This joy ride will probably come to an end on Thursday though. (Oh, also, happy Halloween!)

It will be cloudy most of the day as we move through Illinois, which is fine. After we hit Indiana, though, flurries will start to fall. A steadier snowfall will pick up, big wet flakes by the time we reach Indianapolis. The snow will continue in a light, but steady pattern through Ohio. This being the first snow of the year, it will likely be more impactful than a similar snow would be later in the season. Careful navigating Columbus. The day ends in West Salem, Ohio, which is between Mansfield and Akron.

Our fifth day of travel could be a hair treacherous. There will still be flakes flying in western Pennsylvania, though the real mess will be with the snow that will follow during the week. There are parts of the Appalachians that will get 2 feet of snow out of Sandy. That total is very high for Pennsylvania, but there will be significant snow, and given the wind, tree and power line damage may be the clean up priority, rather than snow, meaning the roads could still be a bit slick. When we get out of the Appalachians, around Hazelton, we’ll be able to see the real damage that Sandy has leveled upon the east. The worst of Sandy will afflict our route over eastern PA and downstate New York. It will be a bit dicey in Connecticut and Rhode Island, but nothing like the previously mentioned areas. Providence will be clear and much, much calmer than they are today and will be through the beginning of the week.

Incredibly, no rain

Lake Havasu City, believe it or not, was able to remain dry over the course of the past two days. No me digas! All the dry desert air does one of two things to temperatures. It allows them to warm up dramatically in the afternoon and creates some chilly nights as temperatures cool off with biting efficiency. It did the latter on Monday night, and the temperature dropped to 64 by Tuesday morning, at least 5 degrees cooler than anyone expected. That was the only issue anyone had there though, and Victoria-Weather and Weatherbug had the top forecasts.
Actuals: Monday, High 91, Low 73
Tuesday – High 96, Low 64

Grade: B

Richmond, Virginia to Lake Havasu City, Arizona

We are looking at a lengthy 4 and a half day trip that will cover 2359 miles at a rate of 66.7 miles. The first 4 days will average about 533 miles of drive time because of that swift, I-40 rate. Let’s pack up the minivan, there is some driving to do.


The first day will consist of mostly non I-40 driving, but don’t worry, as we will return to it before too much longer. The southeastern US is entering a pattern in which the slightest of irregularities in the atmosphere could trigger showers and thunderstorms, and a trough, coupled with the Smokey Mountains will provide just enough of a trigger, though there won’t be a spillover across the range into our route. The best chance for rain or at the very least a good deal of clouds will be between the Tri-Cities and Knoxville, before we turn west. The day will end perhaps an hour and a half past Knoxville in Cookeville, halfway to Nashville. That’s a lot of ‘villes.

There is a weak little disturbance over the Florida Panhandle that will sap any convective energy before it arrives as far north as I-40. Driving between Nashville and Memphis will be no problem, aside from the heat, nor will the continued voyage through Little Rock, when temperatures may begin to alleviate, given a rising elevation. We will end the day in Ozark, Arkansas which, if you can believe it, is in the Ozarks. It’s more than halfway between Little Rock and Fort Smith.

There is a very slight chance that some thunderstorms may get touched off over the Texas Panhandle by the dry line late in the afternoon between Amarillo and the Oklahoma line. Other than that, it will be hot and humid in the car between Ozark and that point. We will make it just past Amarillo and the lonely outpost of Adrian, Texas before calling it a day. And boy is the Texas Panhandle lonely.

Weather, much like civilization, is pretty much going to cease as we head further west. The drive through New Mexico will be uneventful, save for a few brief moments of Albuquerque. The day will be dusty, how and quiet all the way until we collapse from exhaustion and boredom in Two Guns, Arizona. It’s between Winslow and Flagstaff and only a little less populated than Adrian.

Hey! We’re going to finish the drive today! More of the same, with the heat and humidity, but the dust is going to pick up thanks to some swirling winds around the thermal low that sets up on a daily basis across the region. After 4 and a half long hot days in the car, throw on the bathing suit and head to the Lake!

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

We’ve been spending a lot o time in the east lately, and today we are going to be heading off to the desert for a change of pace. The desert in the summer. I wonder what THAT will be like.

At 956AM, PT, Lake Havasu City was seeing sunny skies with a temperature of 87 degrees. There was thermal low pressure center over the Mojave but it was doing little to change the wind flow over the area, as the gradient induced was minimal.
There was a very evident and slow moving upper level trough across the West, and it will move into the Rockies over the next two days. A dry cold front is likely to move through Lake Havasu City over the coming days, but don’t expect it to kick out any showers, and temperatures will heat up again after the boundary has passed.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 91, Low 74
Tuesday – Hot, sunny, High 96, Low 70

TWC: Tomorrow – Mainly sunny High 96, Low 76
Tuesday – Mainly sunny. High 101, Low 71

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny and breezy High 93, Low 74
Tuesday – Bright and sunny High 96, Low 70

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 91, Low 75
Tuesday – Sunny High 95, Low 71

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 93, Low 73
Tuesday – Sunny, High 96, Low 69

It’s going to be hot this week in Lake Havasu City. But how hot will it be? Satellite shows some thermally induced clouds over the area, but not much synoptic.