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Carson City, Nevada to Lincoln, Nebraska

Today we head off for a 3-day, 1,425 mile road trip, from Carson City, NV to Lincoln, NE. It’ll sure be a scenic trip, so get that camera ready!

Carson City


We start off leaving our lovely point of origin in the Sierra Nevada. With an upper ridge over the Western US, today should remain dry and fairly cloud free the entire route to Salt Lake City, our stop for day one.


Today is gonna be much like the previous one, with a pretty quiet start to the day as we continue our trek on I-80. Much of the day will be benign, but as we get into the eastern half of Wyoming, some afternoon convection is expected to pop off. Things might get a little dicey as we head into Cheyenne, where we’ll end this leg of the trip, but should only affect the final 50-100 miles to today’s jaunt, and odds are the worst of it will ignite after we’ve already arrived.


Today will be the longest leg of the three, but it’s pretty much a straight shot through the plains of Nebraska until we get to our destination. Some high clouds will be breaking up as we start the day, but a stronger southerly flow will increase them once again by midday as we make our way past Ogallala. Storms will be mostly isolated as we continue through the central part of the state, but as we make our way into Lincoln, conditions should be dry and just some mid-level clouds blotting out the evening sun.


Lincoln, Nebraska

Off to the land of Cornhuskers for today’s forecast. Will it be a favorable start to the week?

At 1054pm CDT, the temperature at Lincoln, NE was 77 degrees under fair skies. A weak impulse is expected to ride down over the Central Plains tomorrow, kicking up some more showers and storms from central Nebraska down into the Red River Valley. Western Nebraska will be under the gun moreso than the eastern portions, so while most of the day is expected to be mostly sunny and warm, there is still a chance of a stray shower or thunderstorm wandering into the city during the evening. High pressure will continue to work its way into the Upper Midwest and assert some of its influence into eastern Nebraska. There might be a couple brief showers pop up over the area Tuesday evening, but I’m expecting Lincoln to be dry, and continued warm.

Monday: Mostly sunny, a slight chance of an evening thundershower. High 86, Low 67.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, continued warm. High 87, Low 60.

TWC: Monday: An isolated thunderstorm possible. High 85, Low 64.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 84, Low 62.

AW: Monday: Partly sunny and less humid, isolated evening shower possible, High 86, Low 64.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 84, Low 59.

NWS: Monday: Couple isolated thunderstorms in early evening. High 84, Low 64.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 83, Low 61.

WB: Monday: Mostly sunny. High 85, Low 64.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 82, Low 61.

Here we see some high cloudtops getting blown over southern Nebraska, from a squall line setting up over southwestern KS. Gonna be a rough night for them as well in northern OK.

Almost freezing on the Plains

There were two forces competing yesterday morning in Lincoln. There was the southerly flow that was bringing warm air to the area, but then there was the radiative effects of a clear night. The radiating won out, and temperatures in Lincoln plummeted to 39 last night, when several outlets were calling for temperatures bottoming off only in the 50s. Those with the coolest lows, The Weather Channel and Victoria-Weather, ended up with the top forecasts.
Actuals: Sunday – High 80, Lo44
Monday – High 85, Low 39

Grade: B

Lincoln, Nebraska to Cleveland, Ohio

We are scheduled for a trip through the Corn Belt today, and on into the Great Lakes. It will take a day and a half, a bit further than I expected. It’s an 850 mile trip, and our pace of about 63mph will allow us to cover 502 miles the first day. Let’s check out some corn!


The first day in the drive will be the perfect weather for a day in the car, if you ask me. It won’t be too hot, it will be dry, with no rain or humidity. Clouds won’t be an issue, and we will be on the same stretch of road all day. We should make excellent time to New Lenox, Illinois, on the south side of Chicago, and out destination for day one.

The upper level low that never moved for two weeks? It’s starting to move. OF course, given its history, I’m not ready to say it will definitely be OUT of Cleveland when we arrive. In fact, I bet we hit a sharp change from sun to clouds around Sandusky, with maybe a spit of drizzle as we pull into Cleveland.

Lincoln, Nebraska

The University of Nebraska is playing their first Big Ten game today. Of course, the game is in Madison, so who cares, right?

At 1054AM,CT, Lincoln was reporting a temperature of 60 degrees with clear skies. A stout ridge sat over the center of the country, with clear skies and rapidly warming weather expected today.
Ridging, especially at the upper levels, will remain stout across the area, and the center of the country for the next two days, and a lee trough will institute some stronger southerly flow. Expect a very nice, unseasonably warm couple of days in Lincoln.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 82, Low 48
Monday – Sunny, High 85, Low 45

TWC: Tomorrow – Mainly sunny. High 78, Low 45
Monday – Sunshine High 83, Low 44

AW: Tomorrow – Bright and sunny high 76, Low 45
Monday – Bright and sunny, breezy and pleasant high 84, Low 50

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 78, Low 43
Monday – Sunny High 84, Low 57

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 77, Low 46
Monday – Sunny High 83, Low 51

A look at the satellite and… um… did someone forget to turn on the satellite? No? It’s really this empty? All right then.

Lincoln Logjam

It’s nice when the situation lends itself to a somewhat creative title like this. Indeed, we had a three way tie atop the leaderboard in the forecast for Lincoln, Nebraska. Model guidance was good on the temperatures, for those that listened. Weatherbug and the Weather Service were off by just 1 degree for all verifying times. The rain held off on Wednesday, much like V-W predicted, but nobody else did. This led to the three way draw I mentioned.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 89, Low 69
Thursday – .13 inches of rain, High 86, Low 71

Grade: B

Flagstaff, Arizona to Lincoln, Nebraska

AS soon as we arrive, we will be on our way out of Flagstaff, taking a two day trip to Lincoln, Nebraska. It is a rather mountainous 1266 miles, but western interstates have outrageous speed limits, so we will still average 70mph. Nice. Our first day will net ourselves a whopping 564 miles, and that ain’t bad. We are going to be able to really open ‘er up.


IF we are looking to avoid showers or storms, driving through monsoon world probably isn’t the best idea. The chances for thunderstorms will begin not long after we leave Flagstaff and will probably be a concern for the bulk of the day. The activity will pick up around Holbrook, bu the heaviest rain and storms will come between Gallup and Las Vegas, which isn’t the one you are thinking of. We will be driving through some rain shadow New Mexico prairie from then on, but don’t be surprised if there is another drop of rain here and there, especially as we approach Raton. The end of the day will be just across the Raton Pass in Colorado in Wootton.
Driving through Colorado will be an adventure in hit or miss showers. There won’t be much if it does rain (likely south of Colorado Springs) but it is an acknowledgeable possibility. Most of the showers and storms across Nebraska will actually our pace us. There will be some showers and storms that develop around Ogallala, Nebraska, but after we have made our way through that burgh. In fact, after we have crossed the Palmer Divide, I would be willing to guess we stay rain free for the rest of the trip.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Nebraska today, for the first of two trips there this week. That’s pretty strange.

At 154PM, CT, Lincoln was reporting a temperature of 91 degrees with cool skies. Dew points in the mid 70s made the conditions all the more unbearable. There was a band of clouds over southeastern Nebraska that may eventually prove to be the firing line for thunderstorms later today, however the threat will be southeast of Lincoln, with drier air arriving from north central Nebraska.
High pressure with a weak ridge in the jet will wake over for the next day or so. The westerly flow associated with the jet will give rise to a lee side wave in the mid layers,however, which is expected to arrive in eastern Nebraska late in the day Thursday, reintroducing the chance for some showers and thunderstorms, but not after a couple of more bearable summer days.
Tomorrow – Sunny and more pleasant, High 88, Low 69
Thursday – Increasing clouds, with some showers late, High 86, Low 66

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies (late storms) High 89, Low 75
Thursday – Variable clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Humid High 83, Low 71

AW: Tomorrow – Not as hot but humid with periods of clouds and sunshine; a thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon High 86, Low 75
Thursday – A blend of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm around; humid High 84, Low 68

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny High 88, Low 70
Thursday – A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, High 85, Low 70

WB: Tomorrow – n. Highs in the upper 80s. Northeast winds around 10 mph. High 88, Low 70
Thursday – Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms High 85, Low 70

And a look at the satellite shows those clouds over southeastern Nebraska that I noted.