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Weather Wayback: Lancaster’s belie two very different days

Back in the middle of October, Lancaster saw a Wednesday with a high of 68 and generally sunny conditions. On Thursday, they saw spits of rain, fog in the morning and clouds throughout the day. The high was still 68. Victoria-Weather ended up claiming victory in little bit of history, almost 2 months ago.
Actuals: Wednesday, October 12th, High 68, Low 41
Thursday October 13th, .01 inches of rain, High 68, Low 46


Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Altoona, Pennsylvania

We’re looking at a short, cross state trek through the Keystone State for ourĀ forecast today. The drive under normal condition is a winding one through the Appalachians, covering 171 miles and lasting 2 1/2 hours. If the weather cooperates, the rate of speed will be about 65mph. I don’t know if I have dropped enough hints, but the weather isn’t likely to be great.

There is a sloppy occluded/cold front moving quickly through the Great Lakes and Midwest today, and it will arrive in Pennsylvania overnight, ensuring a mix of precipitation statewide through the early morning hours. When we leave at 10AM, it will be winding down from west to east, but don’t be surprised to see some wet snow, perhaps moderate initially in Lancaster. The snow will mostly be at an end around Carlisle, save for in the higher western exposures, where lake effect breezes will continue. It will be done snowing heavily in Altoona when we arrive, but don’t be surprised if we see some additional wet flakes through the afternoon after we check in.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Palm Bay, Florida

Hey! Another road trip! Let’s take a two day trip down to Florida. The trip will last a little more than 1000 miles. Our drive on Wednesday will be a little bit shorter, with the first covering 556 miles with a lightning quick speed of 69.5mph. Let’s see what’s going on along the east coast.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
There is a monster area of low pressure moving through eastern Canada and dangling a cold front that will eventually clip the mid-Atlantic, but that won’t be until a full 24 hours after we leave the area. We will hit DC early in the day, which is good, becasue that will take a lot out of us, and is no place to drive when at the end of a long day. We will be in South Carolina by the time the day ends, with hardly a cloud in the sky for the entire, warm day. The day will end in the town of Sardinia, northeast of Florence and not far from the Turbeville Correctional Facility. Don’t pick up hitchhikers!

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
We’re in for mostly a dry day again on Wednesday, with temperatures in the low 80s for highs, and not much cooler early in the day. There will be a bit of northeasterly flow off the Gulf that will touch off some isolated thunderstorms in Florida, but we will reach Edgewater before I would worry about the threat for precipitation. Enjoy the beach!
Palm Bay

Rome, Georgia to Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Today we embark on a 2-day, 743-mile journey from GA to PA. It would be fun to take a road trip from ACTUAL Rome, but I don’t think our non-floating car would make the trip. Oh well, that’s for future forecasters to worry about.



High pressure is found over much of the Eastern Seaboard, with the closest precip being some light coastal showers from GA to NC. Our route up to Chattanooga then Knoxville and continues up along I-81 over western Virginia will be free and clear of any precip and should be very pleasant! We end our day in Harrisonburg, VA.


The high pressure found over the coast is being pushed out to sea as a cold front pushes into the Northeast. While some showers and storms could be found further north along the front in NY and perhaps New England, the southern end of it only appears to have some lighter rain showers along it. Our route over western VA up through Central Maryland should be dry but with increasing clouds throughout the day. We could see some of those light showers as we approach Harrisburg and continue eastward into Lancaster.


Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Today we head off to Lancaster, the Pennsylvania one. My sister lives in the California one. I’m sure that forecast would be easier, so maybe it’s a bit more challenging out east?

At 1053pm EDT, the temperature at Lancaster, PA was 51 degrees under fair skies. High pressure sitting over the Northeast is keeping conditions at the surface pretty quiet today, and is expected to last into Wednesday. A cold front moving through the Great Lakes is anticipated to move through the area Thursday afternoon and looks to bring some rain showers to the area. Heavier rains and perhaps a thunderstorm or two looks to pass off to the north, but shouldn’t be TOO much of the threat to Lancaster.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 68, Low 43.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of afternoon showers. High 69, Low 47

TWC: Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 67, Low 43.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, slight chance of showers. High 70, Low 51.

AW: Wednesday: Cloudys giving way to some sun. High 68, Low 43.
Thursday: An afternoon shower or two. High 70, Low 49.

NWS: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 67, Low 44.
Thursday: Chance of afternoon showers. High 70, Low 50.

WB: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 66, Low 45.
Thursday: Chance of showers. High 66, Low 50.

WN: Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 66, Low 45.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. High 70, Low 50.

FIO: Wednesday: Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon. High 70, Low 41.
Thursday: Foggy in the morning. High 69, Low 52.

Theres a high cloud deck lifting through the Northeast tonight, but nothing is anticipated to come of it as it pushes onward. Next system rolls through on Thursday, which should wet things down a bit.


Something fishy

Temperatures never recovered in Lancaster to allow for a mid-afternoon high on Thursday after they began precipitously dropping after rain moved out later in the day on Wednesday. As a result, the low on Wednesday came right before midnight, while Thursday was never warmer than when the clock struck midnight. Here’s the thing, though. The last observation of the day Wednesday was 1153om, while the first on Thursday was at 1253AM. In that time, the temperature dropped by a degree, so forever in the record books, the low on December 2nd, 2015 will be 46, a full degree warmer than the high on December 3rd. Of course, we know it’s more likely that the high was 46 on Thursday. Not that it matters. Regardless of the hijinks, the NWS and Weatherbug tied atop the leaderboard.
Actuals: Wednesday .25 inches of rain, High 54, Low 46
Thursday – High 46, Low 39

Grade A-D

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Happy Tuesday. I hope you’re ready for this forecast.

At 1046PM, ET, Lancaster was reporting low clouds, haze and a temperature of 51 degrees. There was drizzle as nearby as Coatesville, and very low clouds throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. An area of low pressure was centered over the western Great Lakes, but it was deeply occluded, with the secondary low developing north of Lake Ontario. Lancaster is smothered by low clouds and drizzle just ahead of the now slow moving cold front found west of the Appalachians.
The eastern fork of the upper level trough is really the only part of the feature that is showing up in any force. The jet will progress thanks to a perturbation fostering the secondary low in Ontario, but it will take its time. Tomorrow will be wall to wall rainy, but that rain will finally push out of town shortly before midnight. The colder core low that originated this system will slide into town bringing cooler temperatures. The limited moisture still tied to the circulation will be tied up in the mountains, so expect a considerably drier day.
Tomorrow – Rain, High 55, Low 45
Thursday – Clearer and much colder, High 47, Low 37

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Periods of rain, High 55, Low 47
Thursday – Mostly sunny skies, Gusty winds in the morning, High 49, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Rain High 56, Low 47
Thursday – Breezy and colder with times of clouds and sun High 48, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – Rain. Areas of fog before 11am High 55, Low 47
Thursday – Mostly sunny (early rain, High 48, Low 38

WB: Tomorrow – Areas of fog in the morning. Rain. High 55, Low 47
Thursday – Mostly cloudy, High 48, Low 39

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Light Rain High 55, Low 46
Thursday – Partly Cloudy High 48, Low 41

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain until afternoon, starting again in the evening.High 58, Low 48
Thursday – Clear throughout the day. High 54, Low 34

This is one of the more amusing satellites I’ve seen in a while. Think it’s cloudy in Pennsylvania?

Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Lincoln, Nebraska

We’re hitting the Easter weekend, which means several people will be travelling. I, for one, will be travelling tomorrow (apologies for any late forecasts) too. I’m just saying, holiday travel is definitely a real thing. The one in particular that we are forecasting for is a 2 day trip covering 1202 miles. We won’t divide it into two, but rather cover 516 miles on Saturday at 64.6mph, and cover more ground on Sunday. That’s what Easter is all about!

DAY ONE (Saturday)
There is an active cold front moving through the Appalachians tonight, but by the time we get to our departure time, the cold front will have reached the Atlantic. Cold air will be filtering in from the Great Lakes, behind the system, and there is expected to be some lingering moisture at the mid levels. This means a threat for snow in the high terrain of western Pennsylvania but a stark clearing by the time we cross into Ohio. We will then CROSS Ohio, and end the day as far west as we can get, reaching Berlin in the northwest corner.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
Temperatures will be warmer on Easter as we driver through the I States, covering a lot of ground on Eastern Sunday. The shower activity will linger north of our route on Sunday, so we will remain dry on the way to Lincoln. If there is any concern, it’s with southerly wind through the Plains towards that band of rain to our north. Both hands on the wheel with these cross winds! That’s the crux of the concerns, though. I suspect we will arrive in the Nebraska capital with no problems.

Lancaster ducks the ice

Yesterday was a very difficult morning for the mid-Atlantic, particularly for anyone wishing to do any travelling whatsoever. Areas from Philadelphia to Connecticut were coated in ice, and accidents were plentiful, even for a Sunday morning, which is generally a light travel day. Fortunately for Lancaster, the rain didn’t arrive until the early afternoon, when temperatures were well above freezing. That said, there was still fairly cool temperatures, particularly when compared to the optimistic forecasts issued by so many. Victoria-Weather blew other outlets out of the water in terms of temperatures, as we expected the cold air to cycle in like it did (although we did forecast more precipitation, and for it to fall as partly as snow). Still, a perfect temperature forecast yesterday leads us to victory.
Actuals: Saturday – High 28, Low 14
Sunday – .01 inches of rain, High 37, Low 23

Grade: A-C

Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Fayetteville, North Carolina

Time to go! We’re taking a one day, 7 hour trip from Lancaster to Fayetteville. Most of the drive will take place on I-95, but our pace will only be 64.14mph, slowed down significantly by time served in the Baltimore-Washington area. It’s only 443 miles between the two towns, and we’re definitely going to see rain.

Rain will just be moving into the Lancaster area at around the time we leave tomorrow morning. It will be steady all the way to Baltimore, at which point it will become heavy. Assuming our Sunday pace stays the same, we will likely be driving in moderate to heavy rain through Virginia and to about Rocky Mount. It will begin to taper off fairly quickly as we head south from Rocky Mount to Fayetteville, and even if there is a little rain left over by the time we arrive in Fayetteville, at least we won’t be driving through it anymore.