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An extended vacation

The last few days have been on repeat, with showers and storms slicing from the Ohio Valley and south through the central Plains. When this pattern set up, it did so just to the southeast of Lincoln, so after the first round of showers on Friday morning, it got significantly cooler as Mother’s Day weekend approached. Ahead of that, however, we had our forecast period in Lincoln, and it was warm and mostly sunny, without a drop until after the forecast period was over. The mid 80s in mid-May, especially after a long winter and a head of a return to some chillier air was certainly a welcome turn of events. Forecast.io snuck in and won the day.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 86, Low 57
Thursday – High 86, Low 55

Grade: B-C

Holland, Michigan to Lincoln, Nebraska

Hello dear friends. I say it’s time to take a road trip, don’t you? Today’s trek will cover 656 miles, and we’ll be able to do it in one long day. Expect a pace of 66mph, slowed considerably by midday traffic in Chicago, but maybe we’ll make up time on I-80 in Iowa?

There is a trough moving through the Great Lakes, draping a cold front through Iowa this evening, bringing some rain and embedded thunderstorms to most of the locations on our route. Of course, our route starts tomorrow. By the time we get going Thursday morning, the route from Holland through Indiana, Illinois and eastern Iowa will be pretty favorable. Unfortunately, a lee trough is going to organize within a prevailing westerly regime ad start causing trouble later in the day on Thursday. West of Des Moines, that warm front may become a bit more lively, with scattered showers and storms as it lifts north. It will be fairly warm between the rain drops, so between that and the threat of a thundershower, maybe roll up the windows and use the AC through Omaha. The threat for rain may actually dissipate every so slightly as we plunge into the warm sector just before we arrive in Lincoln.

Lincoln, Nebraska

This evening, we’ll head down to the capital of Nebraska and the home of the Cornhuskers. Surely, there is nothing interesting coming to the Plains in May, is there?

At 954PM, Lincoln was reporting clear skies and a still warm temperature of 76 degrees. There were a few lingering thunderstorms just outside the eastern portion of Nebraska, but they were tied with a feature moving into the Great Lakes and a bit of weak ridging was settling in for the night. That is to say, Lincoln is in the clear until at least through tomorrow.
A broad upper level trough moving into the Pacific Northwest will help generate a prevailing westerly flow across the Rockies, and a developing lee trough by late in the day Thursday. A warm front will lift through eastern Nebraska, with showers and thunderstorms a possibility until late into the day. This system may ultimately lead to some severe storms, but that particular weather will be mostly found in central and western Nebraska.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 82, Low 61
Thursday – Late showers and thunderstorms, High 87, Low 56

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies. High 85, Low 59
Thursday – Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 89, Low 58

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, breezy and very warm High 84, Low 58
Thursday – Periods of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around; breezy in the afternoon High 88, Low 56

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 84, Low 60
Thursday – A slight chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. Mostly sunny, High 87, Low 56

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 82, Low 59
Thursday – Mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of showers in the morning, High 88, Low 57

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 84, Low 60
Thursday – Partly cloudy with isolated showers, High 87, Low 56

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting in the evening. high 86, Low 57
Thursday – Partly cloudy until night. (late rain) High 88, Low 57

And here it is, a look at the satellite. The activity is all shifting away from Nebraska at this hour.

Lincoln, Nebraska to Providence, Rhode Island

All right, let’s take a road trip, shall we? We’re headed towards New England, on a 3 day road trip, though that third day will be a bit shorter than the first two days. It’s a 1,480 mile trip, which we will lope across at a pace of 67.4mph, which will set a goal of 539 miles per day.  This route takes us right over the (Mississippi) River and through some woods, so to Grandmother’s House (In Providence) we go!

DAY ONE (Monday)
This should be one of the more active times of year, but as we get going Monday morning, there is a very summer like pattern setting up. Oh, it’s definitely late autumn, the thermometer doesn’t lie. What is summer like is the big old swath of the country with almost nothing going on. Of course, it’s not the big omega blocking jet pattern – quite the opposite, actually, with a couple of troughs interfering with one another. Still, the effect is the same, as tranquil conditions are expected across the Upper Midwest on Monday, with temperatures much warmer than they are today. We’ll make it through Illinois, and call it a day in Hobart, Indiana, just south of Lake Michigan.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
There is a wave scooting through Canada, giving the perception of a dome of high pressure dominating the heartland. This perception will be betrayed when the system reaches the north end of the Great Lakes. The associated cold front will hook up with that lake moisture and supply a little bit of snow east of Michigan and Erie. We should have no problem outpacing the burst of snow while we are in motion, but when we stop in Le Roy, New York, southwest of Rochester, the boundary will catch up to us. Don’t be surprised to find a thin dusting of snow on our car on Wednesday morning.

DAY THREE (Wednesday)
As that Canadian low starts to move poleward, it will hook up with a big swath of moisture moving through the Gulf stream. Our drive across the Hudson and into New England will be dry, however the coast will be rainy for much of the day. Because of our pace, we might get to Providence before the clouds and rain leave town, but when it does, the sun will be soon to follow. Oh, it won’t be warm or anything, but the sun will definitely be out.

Blowing my mind

The wind in Lincoln was very brisk over the Easter Holiday. Gusts reached 40mph in the Nebraska capital, but that was the only significant issue. Temperatures climbed into the 70s on Sunday, and there wasn’t a drop of rain to be seen. There was a tie atop the leaderboard, thanks to Victoria-Weather’s mastery of the Easter high, and The Weather Channel topping the day on Saturday.
Actuals: Saturday – High 67, Low 32
Sunday – High 71, Low 45

Grade: B-C

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.

Lincoln, Nebraska

We’re going on a trek to the Plains. This is the time of year their weather can be all over the map. Which part of the map will it be this year.

At 354PM, CT, Lincoln was reporting a temperature of 51 degrees with clear skies. High pressure was building into the region with a weak wave moving into the Dakotas. A thermal ridge is expected to build into the area, thanks in part to the wave helping to transport some mid level warm air into the region.
There will be a converging jet structure developing over the Plains, which will lead to the mid level warming, but will prevent significant heating at the surface. It will also prevent moisture for reaching Lincoln through the weekend, despite the threat for some lee troughing and a surface southerly flow by late in the day on Easter. It should be fairly pleasant for the holiday weekend.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 65, Low 33
Easter – Mostly cloudy, High 71, Low 42

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny/Wind: High 67, Low 33
Easter – Sunny, High 74, Low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Breezy and warmer with plenty of sunshine High 67, Low 28
Easter – Mostly sunny and warmer High 75, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 67, Low 30
Easter – Sunny High 75, Low 41

WB: Tomorrow – Breezy…Warmer…Sunny. High 67, Low 30
Easter – Sunny, High 74, Low 41

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 68, Low 30
Easter – Mostly Sunny High 75, Low 41

FIO: Tomorrow – Breezy overnight. High 65, Low 33
Easter – Clear throughout the day. High 69, Low 42

A look at the satellite shows that life is good in the Plains.

Victory Showers

Most forecasts had chances of showers and thunderstorms for both days at Lincoln, although the only chance it would see Wednesday would be during the early morning hours. Sure enough, a thunderstorm grazed the city, leaving just a trace of precip, which replicated what happened earlier on Tuesday morning. Only a trace for both days, but those added up to a victory for Victoria Weather!

Tuesday: Trace of rain. High 98, Low 75.
Wednesay: Trace of rain in an early morning thunderstorm. High 87, Low 66.
Forecast Grade: B

Lincoln, Nebraska to Erie, Pennsylvania

We’re taking a slice out of the Midwest this week, from eastern Nebraska to western Pennsylvania. It’s a 2 day drive covering 953 miles. Our first day will be over after about 504 miles, which will be just over half way. Shall we proceed?

A front ushering in some cooler, more pleasant air to the Upper Midwest will lie just south of our route on Wednesday. It will be hard to complain about anything, as temperatures will be tolerable and the sun will shine. Roll down the windows and enjoy the fresh dairy air of Iowa. Ok, there might be one thing to complain about, depending on what we are downwind of. The first day’s trip will end in New Lenox, Illinois, on the south end of Chicago.

High pressure will keep pressing south into the Great Lakes as we sleep and subsequently head east. The back edge of the rainy weather will remain off to our east. We may see some clouds looming on the horizon, but the sun will shine through most of the day along our drive. Enjoy a sunny, warm and pleasant Erie!

Lincoln, Nebraska

We are finally out of the moisture plume assailing the Appalachians, but it appears we have found another stormy site for today’s forecast (although, admittedly, the weather for yesterday’s forecast in Santa Barbara was pretty awesome.)

At 1054 AM, CT, Lincoln was reporting a temperature of 80 degrees with sunny skies and a dewpoint in the mid 60s, though nearby locations were reporting dew points in the low 70s. There was a surface wave twirling through the Missouri Valley generating some clouds, but for the rest of the day, the primary concern will be a bit of lee troughing emerging from the Front Range of the Rockies.
An upper level wave swinging through the Canadian Prairies, though not strong, will help to enhance thunderstorms and usher in a slightly cooler, definitely drier air mass. Things could get rather noisy this evening, and there will be some continuation into tomorrow morning, with chances for a few strong showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will build into the area by the time the sun rises on Friday, leading to a calmer, quieter and more comfortable day on Wednesday –
Tomorrow – Chances for storms, with an isolated severe storm possible, High 98, Low 73
Wednesday – Some rain possible shortly after midnight, otherwise pleasant, High 86, Low 70

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 97, Low 76
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny High 83, Low 72

AW: Tomorrow – Warm with clouds and sun; a strong p.m. t-storm; thunderstorms can bring hail and damaging winds High 96, Low 74
Wednesday – Partly sunny and not as hot High 87, Low 69

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot,High 97, Low 75
Wednesday – Mostly sunny (rain thru 1AM) High 86, Low 75

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning…then a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 95, Low 73
Wednesday – Not as warm. Mostly sunny (early AM storms) High 88, Low 71

Looks like a hot, steamy mess in Nebraska this week. The real thing will be to keep an eye out for potential strong thunderstorms.