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Weather Wayback… New Year, new weather

On January First, we had our first forecast of the year, in the remote northern outpost of Lewiston, Idaho. Lewiston is in the mountains, and Anthony was almost certainly overserved the day before the forecast, Victoria-Weather, just like the other outlets around us, didn’t come out to a very good start in 2017. Temperatures were significantly warmer than expected, with highs in the upper 20s, with lows also notably warmer than anticipated. The forecast was a bust all the way around, but the warmest outlet, Forecast.io, had the first good forecast of the year.
Actuals: January 2nd – High 28, Low 21
January 3rd – High 27, Low 14

Grade C-F

Lewiston, Maine to Hot Springs, Arkansas

We’re headed out of town again, this time on a three day trip out of the northeasternmost state in the union. We will cover 1634 miles, at a pace of  68.1mph, and will divide the travel into three neatly arranged 545-ish mile days. Not much to it beyond that, shall we be on our way?

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

New England looks to be a mess tomorrow, much as it is today. Low pressure is moving up the coast, the remnants of the severe weather that came to the southeast over the weekend. An extremely heavy band of moisture is going to move through overnight tonight. Right now, it looks like snow is falling over Maine, with a sloppy transition area from Portsmouth to central Massachusetts. This transition will shift to the northeast with the heavy moisture. There will probably be some sleet as we get out of Lewiston, with a change to rain by the time we hit Portland. The good news is, I expect precipitation will fall as rain for most of the drive on Tuesday, and will lighten up by Boston. The drive will be close enough to the coast that rain is in the forecast, but not far inland from our route, there is sure to be snow mixing back in. We’ll finally break out of the rain around Allentown, which is good, as the terrain will begin to undulate a bit more for the rest of the day. It’s not going to last much longer, as we will call it a day in Dickinson, Pennsylvania, which will arrive just past Harrisburg.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Most of the drive on Wednesday will be fairly pleasant, between the monster system that will be on its way for the Canadian Maritimes and another feature that is tracking further north, and will have access to less moisture. We’ll make it to eastern Tennessee before the day ends, but we will arrive at about the same time as a line of showers and thunderstorms that will be blowing up along the second system’s cold front. The day will end in Kingston, Tennessee, west of Knoxville.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Behind the front, life looks pretty good. There may be some post frontal overcast, with some intermittent drizzle, which will likely last only through eastern Tennessee. The drizzle is unlikely, and any threat for it will be done after we pass through Nashville. Expect chilly temperatures but sunny skies as we arrive in Hot Springs. Maybe we can see about finding one of those Hot Springs while we’re here…

Bangor, Maine to Lewiston, Idaho

Happy New Year everybody! Who wants to start things off with a 3,000+ mile road trip, shall we? *groans*


We start off on our nearly week-long journey heading southwest out of Bangor with high pressure overhead. It’ll still be cloudy as a system trekking up the East Coast will spread high-level clouds over the region, but it’ll still be dry as we make our way past Portland and through far southeastern New Hampshire. Dry weather continues as we continue west through Massachusetts, but an isolated snow shower or two could greet us as we pull into Albany, NY for the night.


Today is going to be a pretty soggy day as the aforementioned low pressure system shifts through the Northeast today. There’s a chance of some early morning freezing rain but that should pretty much all be gone by the time we make our way past Syracuse. Rain will greet us the rest of the day as we continue by Buffalo and then Erie, PA. Light rain showers will linger as we continue into northeastern OH, with perhaps a changeover to some light snow showers along the lakefront as we continue by Cleveland. We finish the night in Amhearst.

Strong northwesterly winds will no doubt kick up some lake-effect snow showers over the Great Lakes today, but luckily we’ll be past the worst areas of it as we continue westward on I-90 towards northern Indiana. We might see some lake-effect snow showers as we push past South Bend, but the duration of any such precip will be short-lived as we continue past it and drive through Chicago. Quiet weather will be expected the rest of the day as we continue by Rockford, Madison, and finally end our day in Wisconsin Dells.


A quiet start to the day due to high pressure is expected as we’ll head west on I-94 for the entire day. Once we make it past Minneapolis, we might be greeted by a weak low-pressure system bringing some light snow-showers, but it shouldn’t be anything that slows us down too much. Activity should wind down as we pass Fargo and end our night in Jamestown, ND.


High pressure sitting over southern Saskatchewan will keep the travel dry today as we head further west on I-94 into Montana and eventually into Billings for the night. Low pressure ejecting out into the Central Plains will bring clouds to the Billings area for the evening, but snow should remain south of the area.


Finally! The last day! High pressure continues to keep the route dry and quiet throughout much of the day as we negotiate our way through the mountains of Western Montana. Clouds will increase throughout the day due to a storm system pushing inland over the Western US, but only some light snow will make it to Lewiston before we arrive.

Lewiston, Idaho

How close can you get to Washington while still remaining in Idaho? Lewiston is about as close as you can get! Let’s find out what’s happening in this border town tonight.

At 856pm PST, the temperature at Lewiston, ID was 27 degrees with light snow falling. An area of low pressure is found along the OR coastline, with a boundary connecting it through the Northern Rockies to a system starting to eject out over the Plains. Some light snow will linger into the early morning hours from this system, but high pressure found over Western Canada will push its way down into the region throughout the day Monday. While areas in Southern Idaho and eastern Oregon will continue to see some scattered snow showers, mainly up in the higher elevations, Lewiston will be void of such activity as we head into Tuesday. This high pressure will bring some colder temps with it and could possibly see some subzero temps on Wednesday.

Monday: Few isolated snow showers possible in morning, then cloudy. High 24, Low 15.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High 17, Low 9.

TWC: Monday: Mostly cloudy, chance of morning snow. High 22, Low 16.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 16, Low 8.

AW: Monday: Mostly cloudy, a bit of morning snow. High 24, Low 16.
Tuesday: Very cold with clouds and sun. High 15, Low 10.

NWS: Monday: Slight chance of morning snow, then mostly cloudy. High 23, Low 9.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 15, Low 4.

WB: Monday: Chance of morning snow. High 24, Low 15.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 16, Low 6.

WN: Monday: Mostly cloudy with slight chance of light snow. High 23, Low 9
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 16, Low 5.

FIO: Monday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 27, Low 13.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy starting in the morning. High 21, Low 8.

Here we see some light snow showers lifting north of the Lewiston area, although additional activity is being hidden by the mountains from the radar beams.

A Memorial Day weekend to remember

The thing about the Pacific Northwest is that it is filled with people who love to enjoy the Great Outdoors. With a three day weekend, no doubt the people of Lewiston were able to enjoy most of their holiday weekend, as temperatures were pleasant and rain and thunderstorms mostly spared the town. They didn’t entirely spare Lewiston, however, and that was the difference for Accuweather, who fell back to a tie for 4th place, while the Weather Service and Weatherbug ended up the victors
Actuals: Sunday – Trace of precip, High 81, Low 54
Monday – .01 inches of rain, High 75, Low 57

Grade: A-D

Lewiston, Idaho to Bellingham, Washington

My, if this isn’t an interesting drive, one not often dreamt up in a place like this. We are going from Idaho to Washington, though that just requires a quick river crossing. What will be more impressive is the 6 hours it takes to cross the state. In total, the one day journey will cover almost exactly 400 miles at a pace of a mere 59.4mph. Hitch the wagons and tally-ho!

A developing low over the Yakima valley will make the typically dry eastern Washington area a little damper than is usual. On Memorial Day itself, much of the heavy rain will be near Spokane, so some of that may filter south towards Colfax before we turn east. It’s always a little turbulent when driving through coastal ranges when there is a system in the area, so grab the steering while tight around the Cascades. There will be some overcast, and maybe a spit of rain in Bellingham.

Lewiston, Idaho

Headed out west this afternoon, to the rarely visited state of Idaho. Rarely visited by this site, anyway.

At 556PM, MT, Lewiston was reporting clear skies with a temperature of 78 degrees. A vast area of low pressure over western Wyoming was developing fairly widespread instability across the northern Rockies, including thunderstorms moving counterclockwise throughout the region. There were a few cells over the center of the state, east of Lewiston that were moving westward towards the city.
The upper level trough will pivot slowly towards the Plains, while the upper level low dig south into the southern Plains by early next week. As a result of these machinations, thunderstorms will become more infrequent in the northern Rockies, but Canadian and north Pacific air will continue to spill into the Idaho Chimney for a few more days, meaning Memorial ay will also be filled with clouds and rain.
Tomorrow – Scattered clusters of thunderstorms, High 78, Low 55
Memorial Day – Scattered showers, High 77, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 83, Low 56
Memorial Day – Partly cloudy, High 79, low 58

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine High 81, Low 54
Memorial Day – Variable clouds with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm, mainly later High 77, low 56

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, (PM storms), High 81, Low 53
Memorial Day – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny High 78, Low 57

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny in the morning…Becoming partly cloudy (PM Storms). High 82, Low 54
Memorial Day – Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the morning…Then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 78, Low 57

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny with Isolated Storms High 82, Low 54
Memorial Day – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Storms High 79, Low 55

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting in the evening. High 76, Low 52
Memorial Day – Mostly cloudy throughout the day.High 74, Low 54

Not everyone wants the showers in Lewiston, and hopefully there is plenty of blue sky for any northern Idaho cookouts. Here is the radar, showing storms moving towards Lewiston.

Lewiston, Maine to Kankakee, Illinois

We are heading into the teeth of the tiger for this trip. We’re headed from Maine to Illinois, right through the big system presently afflicting the western Great Lakes. The trip is 1141 miles and 18 hours, which means a short day of about 490 miles, and a nearly 11 hour day covering 651 miles. The pace, if you haven’t done the math, will be about 61mph. Let’s head out!

Well, things are going to be a little dicey tomorrow. Almost from the beginning of the drive, we will be inundated with rain. Well, all right, not inundated, at least not initially. It will be raining fairly steadily from Lewiston south through New Hampshire. THEN we will be inundated. The heavy precipitation will continue through the Berkshires, where it will begin to change to snow, thanks to a little bit of elevation. This snow will fall very quickly, and things will turn ugly pretty swiftly. Precipitation will turn back to rain around Albany, but only for a little while, but as we head west through New York, we will find the precipitation won’t be liquid very long. Fortunately, the precipitation will become much lighter after Albany, but the snow will still be falling, and the wind will pick up, which will make its own kind of trouble. Mercifully, this is the short day, and we will gratefully pull in for the night around Geneva, New York, which is east of Rochester.

A vigorous northerly flow will will continue behind the area of low pressure that will blast us on Friday, and will create some snow bands through western New York and Pennsylvania. It will still be snowing by the time we reach Cleveland, but it will abruptly stop in the east metro. Then that’s it. High pressure, easy driving and no problems through the rest of Ohio, all the way through Indiana and the little chunk of Illinois that we need to traverse. And then we’re in Kankakee. Which is its own set of problems.

Farmington, New Mexico to Lewiston, Maine

Now here is a well travelled route. Has anyone anywhere ever visited both of these towns? There has to be someone, right? They are 2477.77 miles and 5 days apart. We will cover ground between these cosmopolitan boroughs at a pace of 62.1mph, and 497 miles a day. This trip will align almost perfectly with that 5, 8 hour day criteria, so that’s awesome. All right, ¡Ándele!

The system that moved through Farmington this morning is going to explode over the Plains. Parts of southern Wisconsin are looking at well over a foot. This system, like I said, just moved through Farmington and will bring snow to the Rockies and Front Range and Colorado Plains. Our route takes us right through the Rockies and into Denver. Denver and I-76 will be clear, but the state highways between Farmington and Denver? Maybe not so much. Good luck. We will be able to make it to Sterling, Colorado by the end of the day, which is essentially in the middle of nowhere.

We will be two days behind the snow when we drive through Nebraska, which should be more than enough time to have the roads cleared by the time we make our way through the Cornhusker state. We will see a lot of prairie covered in white. The end of the day will involve driving through Omaha and the western Iowa hill country. Avoca, Iowa is the pit stop for Friday night.

High pressure, including, perhaps, a little bit of melt, will move into the Upper Midwest behind the low which will barrel towards the coast over the weekend. The roads in Iowa and Illinois, especially since we will be on interstates, should be clear and quite drivable. We’ll make it to South Bend, Indiana, which may be a little further behind on snow clean up because lake effect snow might be a little more persistent, given the northwest flow off of Lake Michigan.

As has been our theme, we will be chasing a system out of town as we skirt the southern Great Lakes. The brunt of the system will have moved into New England by the time we get going, but northwesterly flow will slow us down from South Bend to the Rochester, New York area because cold air moving over the still open Great Lakes will lead to lake effect snow. Watch out particularly south of Buffalo, where we may get dumped upon. The band of snow will be heavy but narrow. We should be snow free by the time we reach Henrietta, New York, which is south of Rochester.

Another wave will be moving into the Great Lakes on Monday, but so long as we get on the road in time, we should be able to get out ahead of it. There might be some clouds and fog joining us for the ride through Utica, but I think we should be fine on the way up towards Lewiston. It’s a stretch of road that we don’t get to see on these trips very often, so enjoy it.

Crummy and Cloudy

Maine was not a pleasant place to be for the last two days. Unless, of course, you happened to be a duck. Lewiston never climbed out of the 50s, despite the calendar reading “June”. There were about 3/4ths of an inch of rain on Monday, but the rain was over by Tuesday. Tuesday was just miserable and cloudy. The Weather Channel and Weatherbug had the top forecast for downstate Maine.
Actuals: Monday – .72 inches of rain, High 53, Low 48
Tuesday – High 59, Low 48

Grade: B