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Columbia, South Carolina to Lawrence, Kansas

There will be a lot of travelling over the next few days for people the nation over. Let’s take a look at one possible route with our road trip toady. The trip will cover 1032 miles and last almost 2 days exactly. The trek will proceed at a pace of 68.8mph, which means the first day, which will be longer, will allow us to cover 550 miles at that pace. I think it’s about time to hit the road, don’t you?


DAY ONE (Monday)

The drive out of South Carolina will be fairly tranquil, but with a weak low level vort maximum sliding in from Alabama and Mississippi, there is a threat for some showers and thunderstorms to develop as the day warms up. The shower activity will be unable to move over the southern Appalachians, because the moisture is seated in the lower levels of the atmosphere. As a result, as we clear the mountains into Knoxville, we will also clear the air. Tennessee, aside from that spurt through the Smokey Mountains, will be high and dry. We’ll make it into western Kentucky, stopping in the town of Grand Rivers, which seems like a good time, given its proximity to the Cumberland River. I guess we’ll find out.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
The trip from Kentucky to Kansas will be relatively uneventful as well. Day time thunderstorms will bubbble up as far north as western Kentucky, but that won’t happen until late in the day. Driving through southern Illinois and our cross section of Missouri will be just fine, but a weak upper level trough sliding through the Plains promises to introduce a new level of organization to the weather pattern. Some thunderstorms, potentially a few big ones, will erupt over eastern Kansas, and will be a looming concern from Kansas City to Lawrence. Be prepared to make a run for the hotel upon the arrival in Lawrence.

Weather Wayback – Thunderstorms come to Lawrence

Back in the month of September, Anthony put together a forecast for Lawrence, Kansas in what might have been seen as the last gasp of summer. Temperatures nearly¬†hit 90 both Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th, but Saturday ended with a bang. Thunderstorms came crashing into town just before midnight, bringing over an inch of rain, and ensuring the rest of the weekend would be much cooler. Some of those storms were severe around Hutchinson, but they tapered off before reaching the University of Kansas. It was a long time ago, but Victoria-Weather had the top forecast, and you better believe we’re going to celebrate it.
Actuals: Friday, September, 23rd- High 89, Low 61
Saturday, September, 24th – 1.14 inches of rain in a thunderstorm, High 90, Low 61

Grade: B-C

Detroit, Michigan to Lawrence, Kansas

Today we embark on a 2-day, 806-mile road trip through the Central US. From the Great Lakes to the Great Plains, lets see what we’ll encounter on our trip!



A lingering stationary boundary found over northern portions of Lower Michigan could see some light rain showers in the morning, but they’ll be far north of our route as we depart Detroit and head west towards Lake Michigan. An increase in clouds is expected for the afternoon as the boundary sags a bit further south, but we should dodge any isolated shower activity that pops up. Most of this action should remain fairly close to Lake Michigan as well, which will be in our rearview mirror as we continue southwestward and eventually end the day in Springfield, IL.


High pressure noses its way over the Great Lakes and down over the Ohio Valley overnight and into the morning hours, keeping us fairly dry as we head westward towards northern Missouri. Most of the day should be fairly quiet, but we’ll have to keep an eye on some thunderstorms developing along an approaching cold front as we make our way into Lawrence. If we leave early enough in the morning, we should make it to our destination before the storms fire up!


Lawrence, Kansas

Today we visit the nation’s heartland and take a gander at what’s happening in Kansas. Probably drier than it is around the Twin Cities, we’re still trying to dry out from last night’s historic rainfalls around here!

At 1052pm CDT, the temperature at Lawrence, KS was 70 degrees under fair skies. While broad high pressure sits over the Southeast, Lawrence remains on the outer parts of its influence, keeping the area dry for Friday. As an area of low pressure develops over the Central Plains, a cold front will develops southwards to Western TX. During the afternoon on Saturday, the cold front will sweep eastward throughout the state, bringing thunderstorms to the area in the late-afternoon and evening hours. There’s a small chance some of them could be severe as they sweep though, but no widespread outbreaks are anticipated.

Friday: Sunny and warm. High 89, Low 65.
Saturday: Pleasant morning, increasing cloud and afternoon/evening thunderstorms. High 87, Low 67.

TWC: Friday: Sunny. High 89, Low 65.
Saturday: Thunderstorms. High 86, Low 68.

AW: Friday: Very warm with plenty of sun. High 88, Low 64.
Saturday: A heavy afternoon t-storm. High 84, Low 68.

NWS: Friday: Sunny. High 89, Low 66.
Saturday: Increasing chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High 85, Low 69.

WB: Friday: Sunny. High 89, Low 67.
Saturday: Afternoon/evening thunderstorms. High 85, Low 70.

WN: Friday: Sunny. High 90, Low 66.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with isolated storms. High 84, Low 70.

FIO: Friday: Clear throughout the day. High 91, Low 66.
Saturday: Light rain throughout the day. High 88, Low 67.

Fairly quiet over much of Kansas tonight, and will remain so for another day until the cold front moves in later this weekend.


Decatur, Alabama to Lawrence, Kansas

This was a trip that was supposed to happen yesterday, but here we are, planning it today. How will the one long day of travel unfold for us? We’ll find out. It will take us 10 hours to cover 709 miles at a pace if 69.4mph. That’s not bad. Let’s cross the Mississippi, shall we?

A double barrelled area of low pressure over the Plains has one area over southern Minnesota by tomorrow morning and the second in western Oklahoma. Most of the associated activity projects to be in the Great Lakes, especially as the southern end of the trough is broken down by further development in the High Plains later om the day. There might be a stray thunderstorm as we pass through western Missouri as a result of all these machinations, but the threat is not great. Really, it’s more likely that we see some clouds emerge over this stretch, but you likely wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t tell you. Lawrence will be good tomorrow, but things will be a bit less wonderful on Tuesday as we stick around.

Cheyenne, Wyoming to Lawrence, Kansas

Just one day in the car for this trip, but what an active day it will be . The distance we will cover will be about 659 miles and at a pace of 65.8mph. If you didn’t want to do the math, the drive will be about 10 hours, many of which will be stormy.

Fortunately, we have two things working in our favor as the drive begins on Sunday. One, the thunderstorm threat has been holding off until the late afternoon and evening to get fired up over eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Second, a weak wave moving through the Upper Midwest is going to bring some stability behind it. There might be some lingering showers around Cheyenne when we start, but through Colorado and likely all the way to about Salina, we have a good chance of being dry. It won’t even be terribly warm. For the last hour or, however, we will be under the gun for some thunderstorm development. This part of the world, the tail of cold fronts is the prime territory for small super cells, and there is a chance for some large hail producing storms rolling through Lawrence as we arrive at the end of the day. Maybe find some underground parking.

Easter weekend brings the grass stains

The one thing I remember about Easter Sundays of my youth was yellow pants. Like, pastel yellow pants. If I was wearing those things yesterday in Lawrence, with temperatures reaching 80 degrees and the sun shining for most of the day, I definitely would have infuriated my mother with the grass stains on those yellow pants, playing outside with my brother and my cousins. I imagine there were a lot of little boys and girls scolded for messing up their Easter clothes yesterday, wanting to go out and play in that wonderful weather. The top forecaster was The Weather Channel.
Actuals: Saturday – High 80, Low 42
Sunday – Trace of rain late, High 80, Low 52

Grade: B

Lawrence, Kansas to Evansville, Indiana

Back for another single day road trip. It’s a 7 hour drive from Lawrence to Evansville. The mileage is only about 450 miles, but traffic in Kansas City and St. Louis will probably slow us down, it being a high holiday or not. The slower pace will be an average speed of 63.3mph. Let’s cross Missouri and head to the Ohio.

Moisture will be welling northward, right through Missouri and Illinois through Easter Sunday. It’s going to be hot and humid as a result, particularly the farther east we get. It always feels hotter to me when passing through a major metropolitan area, so I imagine it will feel like a scorcher in St. Louis. Still, the sun will be out, there won’t be any precipitation (that will fill in behind us, well after we leave Lawrence) and it might even feel summerlike in Evansville.

Dubuque, Iowa to Lawrence, Kansas

Hey, this isn’t such a bad excursion. We have about 7 hours to get our way from eastern Iowa to just west of Kansas City. It’s a 432 mile journey, or so, which means the average speed will be about 64mph. Looks like a pretty good day for driving.


I’ll get this out of the way: it isn’t going to rain for our drive from Dubuque to Lawrence. A weak, mostly dry boundary will set up to the northwest of our route, which will mean a southerly flow, which could be brisk at times. It shouldn’t be so bad that we can’t keep our car on the road, but keep an eye on those big semis in case they catch a draft. It’s going to be pretty nice in Lawrence.

Lawrence, Kansas

In the midst of the Midwest for another springtime forecast.

At 452PM, ET, Lawrence was reporting a temperature of 69 degrees with clear skies. Southeasterly inflow towards a developing area of low pressure over the northern High Plains.
Aloft, there is a double wave pattern, with a stronger wave moving along the US/Canadian border, and another standing wave with very little flow through it over the southern Rockies. The duality of the troughs will cause the pattern to stall north and west of Lawrence, leading to a warm day to begin the weekend. The southern wave will emerge from the central Rockies by Sunday morning, and immediately begin to tap into a wealth of Gulf moisture. The disturbance will bring about some showers and storms to eastern Kansas and Lawrence, but not until late in the evening.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 77, Low 43
Sunday – Partly cloudy through the afternoon, with a few showers and storms late, High 77, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 76, Low 44
Sunday – PM T-Storms High 79, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and breezy High 75, Low 48
Sunday – Mostly cloudy High 76, Low 53

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 78, Low 46
Sunday – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny High 77, Low 56

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. High 76, Low 48
Sunday – Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. High 77, Low 55

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 75, Low 48
Sunday – Scattered Storms High 77, Low 55

I don’t think storms over Kansas will be terrible. There isn’t much forcing for the central Plains. Satellite shows a pretty quite evening in the mean time.