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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

Lewiston, Maine to Vallejo, California

Are you quite ready for this outrageously long road trip? It’s going to cover 6 days and 3204 miles while stretching coast to coast. Our pace will be 65.9mph, slowed by the busy roads of New England. We will still manage 527.3 miles a day. For 6 days. We are in for a trek.


It’s no secret that the weather out east has been a little unpleasant lately. There has been rain and clouds just hung up along the coast thanks to an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Maine. The rain will abate somewhat Tuesday morning, though it won’t necessarily go away. There will be some light rain as we head south for Worcester, Massachusetts, but the heavier rain won’t begin until after midday. The westbound turn towards Albany will be greeted by some more consistent chances for rain, likely moving in isolated bands. This type of scattered rainshower activity will be with us until we reach Henrietta, New York, which is a southern suburb of Rochester.

The rain will be steadier overnight in western New York, but thunderstorms are not in the forecast for the Rochester area. We will be dodging a few showers as we head east through Buffalo and the little appendage of Pennsylvania that includes Erie, but rain will become less likely by the time we hit Cleveland. The threat for an isolated thunderstorms will creep back into northern Ohio and Indiana with a little bit more sunlight, but it will likely only be mostly cloudy with very spotty drizzle as we head west to La Porte, Indiana, which is juuuuust east of Gary.

Finally, by the time we leave La Porte, we will be in for some good weather. Expect some steamy conditions and sunny skies as we pass through the south side of Chicago, the Quad Cities and Des Moines. There is some suggestion that there may be an isolated thunderstorm over eastern Iowa, but I’m not buying it at this point. In fact, I say it will be hot and dry (though humid) all the way to Omaha, where we will spend Thursday night in the suburbs. Chalco, Nebraska is the official destination.

Right now, the forecast for Friday in Nebraska is for showers and thunderstorms to remain along the South Dakota border and away from I-80. I am not quite confident that that is how it will play out, but if there will be thunderstorms further south, I think they will be over central and eastern Nebraska, after we have driven through that area. It will remain fairly sunny and warm as we head off to Laramie, Wyoming to spend out weekend.

Our drive through Wyoming and Utah should be uneventful (truer words ever spoken?) An area of low pressure moving through the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies might add a little bit of cloudiness to the sky around Salt Lake City, but we can all be inspired by the vast emptiness of The Knolls, our destination on Saturday night. It’s at the fringe of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

After such a excruciating set of days in the car, I am sure you will be happy to discover that we have… an extra hour to finish this thing off. Driving through Nevada shouldn’t prove to be a challenge, but when we hit California…. traffic might be a problem in San Francisco and in the North Bay. It’s 6 days from now, but it looks mighty nice for our arrival in Vallejo.

Lewiston, Maine

We are in a mode of New England forecasts today. Burlington earlier and now Lewiston.

At 115PM, ET, Lewiston was reporting a temperature of 51 degrees with overcast skies. Lewiston was merely seeing a lull in the action, as there was rain being reported and evidenced on radar all around them in downstate Maine. The rain is associated with an area of low pressure presently sitting over the Gulf of Maine, wrapping moisture back into northern New England.
The low off the coast is expected to sit still for the next 48 hours. Moisture will continue to be dragged ashore, however a northerly flow in Maine will cause most of the rain and clouds to be trapped in higher inland elevations. Lewiston will definitely be drier over the next two days, but it will still be fairly murky.
Tomorrow – Showers, High 58, Low 49
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy with some light rain, High 61, Low 49

TWC: Tomorrow – Showers High 55, Low 50
Tuesday – Showers High 58, Low 48

AW: Tomorrow = Windy and cool with on-and-off rain and drizzle High 58, Low 51
Tuesday – Variable cloudiness with a shower in the area, mainly later; breezy and cool High 60, Low 47

NWS: Tomorrow – Rain High 58, Low 49
Tuesday – A chance of showers. Cloudy High 59, Low 48

WB: Tomorrow – Rain. High 56, Low 49
Tuesday – Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. High 59, Low 47

Not exactly the nicest of days upcoming in New England. A look at the radar shows that it’s not so great today either.

Idaho weather goes south

It was downright steamy in northern Idaho on Wednesday, as many expected, but it was even warmer than anyone had anticipated. Lewiston hit nearly 80 degrees on Wednesday. Rain and clouds changed things up significantly on Thursday, however, with temperatures 20 degrees cooler. Victoria-Weather handled to the forecast and the changing conditions the best, earning the top spot.
Actuals: Wednesday – .01 inches of rain, High 79, Low 57
Thursday – .27 inches of rain, High 61, Low 47

Grade: C

Lewiston, Idaho

Lewiston might be one of the most desolate locations for our forecasts, located in northern Idaho, as it is. We will see how this goes. Definitely not doing this post for the hit count.

At 956AM, PT, Lewiston was reporting sunny skies and a temperature of 69 degrees, portending to a warm day east of the Cascades. Many locations in Washington were already in the 70s. A mean ridge has developed over the west, though the pattern aloft is rather turbulent. Showers and thunderstorms are going to remain a possibility today, as they were yesterday, for northern Idaho as a pair of jet exit regions converge in the area. The unseasonably warm air will only lead to the instability.
The upper level pattern off the coast is rather confused, with two fairly strong jets sitting on top of one another. A cold front associated with the northern trough is going to move ashore and bring heavy rain to western Washington tomorrow, with a few thunderstorms outpacing the front, but the best bet for heavy rain and a few embedded thunderstorms in Lewiston will come on Thursday, as the two upper troughs merge, causing the front to lose focus, but enabling a broad swath of showers and storms to stall from the Pacific Northwest to the Southern Rockies.
Tomorrow – Showers and storms possible, especially in the afternoon, High 74, Low 53
Thursday – All day rain, 59, Low 49 (non standard)

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. Gusty winds and small hail are possible High 75, Low 54
Thursday – Occasional showers possible. High 59, Low 56

AW: Tomorrow – Considerable cloudiness with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm in the afternoon High 75, Low 53
Thursday – Mostly cloudy and not as warm with showers High 67, Low 49 (non standard)

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy high 75, Low 53
Thursday – Showers High 63, Low 51 (non standard)

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the morning…then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 73, Low 52
Thursday – Rain showers. Cooler High 60, Low 53

I don’t think I have quite illustrated just how rainy it will be in Lewiston on Thursday. It will be very rainy. Satellite shows that front along the coast pretty well. Yes, it is cloudy in Seattle.

A well developed warm front

It’s generally surprising when a system in the mountains funnels in particularly cold or particularly warm air into the valleys. A warm front associated with a system off the coast shifted through and brought some showers to Lewiston, but more impressively it brought temperatures that hit nearly 60 degrees on Wednesday. We were the only ones that even hit 50 with the forecast high. The cold front behaved as one should expect in the mountains and didn’t bring in much cold air, dropping Thursday’s high to only 51. In the end, Victoria-Weather and Accuweather had the top forecast.
Actuals: Wednesday – .09 inches of rain, High 58, Low 32
Thursday – .01 inches of rain, High 51, Low 36

Grade: D