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Little Rock, Arkansas to Wichita Falls, Texas

We have a 1 day trip from Arkansas to north Texas. The state of Arkansas, of course was devastated by tornadoes on Sunday evening, notably a large tornado that hit the west and north metro of Little Rock. Our route won’t be taking us through any of these impacted areas, but that doesn’t mean, it won’t be any less on our mind. It’s under 7 hours between the two terminuses of our route, and 411 miles. This will result in a 61mph average speed.


The weather for our Wednesday drive will end up being quite nice. Expect very dry air to be cycled into the route from the southern Plains. Temepratures will be a little bit cooler than seasonable, but with the sunny skies, it will likey feel pretty warm in the car. Expect a need to roll down the windows, and good conditions to hang out outdoors in Wichita Falls.
Wichita Falls

Little Rock, Arkansas

As Im sure you heard by now, Arkansas was hit hard by a tornado yesterday, a twister that ran from Little Rock’s west metro northeast by about 50 miles. The storm has killed more than a dozen people, and will lead to a massive cleanup. Let’s explore how their forecast will look through Wednesday.

At 1153AM, CT, Little Rock was reporting partly cloudy skies with a temperature of 73 degrees. The initial trough that has produced the awful weather from Sunday night is now generating showers over southeastern Arkansas, with the severe weather already moving on to Mississippi. Fortunately, the remainder of the day today looks as though it will stay dry and fairly warm, but a little bit breezy.
The low that brought the terrible weather to the region last night, and will bring more to the southeast today is a vast, recycling low, which is tapping into successive waves of cooler air. Another cool boundary, likely what I would call the system’s cold front, will move through the region with the upper level jet from tomorrow morning through the afternoon. It will not be strong, and the atmosphere will be worked over to the point that anything more than light rain is unlikely. Wednesday will continue to be windy, and it may be mostly cloudy, but the threat for rain, let alone strong thunderstorms, will have passed as the system will begin to cycle in dry air from the southern Plains.
Tomorrow – Chance of showers, otherwise mostly cloudy, High 73, Low 52
Wednesday – Cooler but dry, High 63, Low 46

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 72, Low 55
Wednesday – Mostly Cloudy High 62, Low 48

AW: Tomorrrow – Times of clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm; breezy in the afternoon High 75, Low 53
Wednesday – Cooler with times of clouds and sun High 64, Low 48

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, High 74, Low 53
Wednesday – Partly sunny, high 65, Low 48

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. Windy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. high 76, Low 55
Wednesday – Partly Sunny, cooler, High 65, Low 50

WN: Isolated Storms High 73, Low 54
Wednesday – Partly Cloudy High 64, Low 48

Here is a look at the radar, showing rain moving out of town, but with a thunderstorm lingering across the Mississippi in, well, Mississippi.
Little Rock

A little wet rock

OK, that was lame. I will be back to normal soon, I swear it. I’ve been on vacation. After a very rainy Saturday as we attempted to forecast for Little Rock, the Arkansas city was reintroduced to the same system as rain backed it’s way into town on Sunday, and only slowly inched out of town on Monday. The Weather Channel nosed past the competion¬†with this forecast.
Actuals: Sunday .16 inches of rain, High 76, Low 69
Monday – Trace of rain, High 79, Low 68

Grade: B

Little Rock, Arkansas

Hey, look at me, working while on vacation again. I just don’t relax.

At 853PM, CT, Little ROck was reporting a temperature of 77 degrees with cloudy skies. A cold front was moving into the area, and while light rain was already being reported in North Little Rock, the heavier activity was being picked up to the southwest along I-30 closer to Arkadelphia.
While the parent of the front is a shortwaved feature, a surface disturbance over Louisiana is going to latch onto the tail of the front. Most of the moisture will remain over the eastern half of Arkansas, but that doesn’t rule out the chance for some back building showers into Little Rock. At the very least, the region will be quite rainy through the next two days.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with showers, High 78, Low 66
Monday – Overcast with spots of drizzle, High 80, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – T-Showers High 76, Low 67
Monday – Few Showers High 81, Low 65

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with rain and a thunderstorm, mainly early in the day High 80, Low 69
Monday – Times of clouds and sun with a passing shower High 83, Low 66

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10am. High 80, Low 70
Monday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny High 81 Low 67

WB: Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning…then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 80, Low 69
Monday – Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 82, Low 66

Looks awfully rainy for our friends in Arkansas tonight.

Little Rock, AR to Syracuse, NY

Well, after a string of forecasts that all involved a bigger threat of a January sunburn than any type of precipitation, a three-day road trip could involve all kinds of threats right? Well, at least we should get a little bit of winter weather on this 1,197 mile voyage!


We embark on our journey heading out of Little Rock, traveling east towards Memphis. High pressure over the MS River Valley will shift east today, keeping us under fairly calm weather throughout the duration of today’s leg. A decent swath of snow hit the Ohio Valley yesterday and today, so a low deck of clouds may continue to stick around as we cruise through Nashville and Bowling Green in the wake of that system. The quiet day continues as we roll into Louisville, our stop for Night One


While high pressure continues to influence the Ohio Valley, a bit of a stationary front is setting up from the Mid-Atlantic to the Southern Plains as a system dropping southward from WY to OK yesterday made us thankful we left when we did (MORE snow for OK and AR!!). There’s a slight chance we might see a few flurries at the onset of our day, heading northwards for Cincy and onwards to Columbus. For the most part, we should avoid those as they stay off to the south with the suspect system in the Southern Plains. The weather will get a bit more ominous, however, as we bypass Cleveland en route for Erie, PA, our stop for Night Two. Gusty winds are expected as we get closer to the lake, and with them coming predominately from the west, there’s a good chance of some lake effect snows hitting the final part of our trip in northeast Ohio and into PA.


Only a relatively short day today, covering the 235 miles from Erie to our destination in New York. However, with winds possible shifting from the west-southwest, this leads to a strong chance of lake effect snows piling up as we make our way from Erie to Buffalo and head eastwards from there. Hopefully it doesn’t pile up TOO much, as some of these bands are well-known for dropping prolific snowfalls, sometimes to the tune of 2-3″ an hour for several hours. As we move east from Buffalo to Syracuse, only some light snows are expected with mainly cloudy skies to our destination.

Altoona, Pennsylvania to Little Rock, Arkansas

Today, we embark on a trip from Altoona, PA to capital of Arkansas, Little Rock! At 1006 miles, this will encompass 2 days, nearly splitting it right down the middle with a stopover at Louisville. Let’s go!


We head out of Altoona, making our way towards the outskirts of Pittsburgh and cut through the northern sliver of WV before entering OH. A cloudy start is expected to our day as a frontal system working its way through the OH Valley will drop some light snow showers over western PA. As we continue towards Columbia and southwestward, warmer temperatures will give way to a better chance of a rain/snow mix at times, but overall any precipitation we encounter will be on the light side. We make our way into Louisville to end the evening, still under overcast skies dodging only a couple stray light showers.


Once again, we get off to a cloudy start. However, with the dissipating system shifting towards the northeast, only a couple isolated showers are possible this morning as we head out of Louisville towards Nashville. Once we head west towards Memphis, clouds will start to break up some and should be dry conditions as high pressure slowly works its way into the Southern Plains and Lower MS River Valley. There may be some lingering stratus as we make our way into Arkansas, but overall a quiet day as we cruise into Little Rock under tame conditions.

Could have been worse

For many, the summer is beginning to drag, especially in terms of the hot, humid temperatures. We were thinking there might be a bit of a break on the way for Little Rock, but it never came, at least in terms of temperature relief. At the very least, the dew points were in the low to mid 60s, which was some relief for residents of central Arkansas. It was still very hot, and the Weather Channel kept their forecast warm to claim the top spot in Little Rock.
Actuals: Tuesday, High 95, Low 69
Wednesday, High 92, Low 74

Grade: A

Little Rock, Arkansas

We’re off to Arkansas’ largest city. I have no idea if that’s the proper way to write the possessive of Arkansas. That’s a weird one.

At 953PM, CT, Little Rock was reporting a temperature of 80 degrees with clear skies. A weak area of high pressure was parked over the south central part of the country. There was a cold front sweeping into the center of the country ushering in even more unseasonably cool air into the northern Plains, however the southerly flow ahead of the system will likely mean a brief warm up tomorrow.
The front will break down before it can bring much in the way of moisture to central Arkansas over the next 48 hours, however the dry post frontal ridge will arrive on time on Wednesday morning. There may be some isolated shower activity on Wednesday morning, but by and large, a dry and mostly sunny day should be anticipated.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 93, Low 64
Wednesday – Morning clouds and drizzle, becoming clearer, High 89, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow – A mainly sunny sky. High 94, Low 68
Wednesday – Partly cloudy. High 92, Low 71

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny and seasonably hot High 94, Low 67
Wednesday – Partly sunny High 91, Low 71

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 94, Low 69
Wednesday – Mostly sunny, High 91, Low 68

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 94, Low 69
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny, High 90, Low 69

A look at the satellite in the area shows that front through the center of the country pretty darn well.

Pocatello, Idaho to Little Rock, Arkansas

Today’s trip takes us 1,555 miles from the lovely Rocky Mountains to the Land of the Ozarks. Off we go!


We begin out trip traveling east out of southern Idaho, watching a beautiful sunrise over the mountains. Well, if we’re lucky. A cold front is making its way through the Northern Rockies, streaming some high clouds out ahead of it with showers pushing their way through the Pacific Northwest. While we should stay dry during the morning as we make our way into southern Wyoming, the skies should remain mostly cloudy out ahead of the front. With the flow increasing ahead of the system, our main issue throughout the day will be gusty south-southwesterly winds of 25-35mph at times, especially in western Wyoming through some of the mountain passes. While we won’t get the worst of it, it’ll still be breezy as we travel through Cheyenne southward into Fort Collins, CO, the stop for our first night.

A fairly quiet start to the day as we travel southbound towards Denver, some partly cloudy skies greeting us. Our area of low pressure over the Northern Rockies is continuing to shift east and intensify some, increasing the southerly flow over the Plains. By midday, some showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop over KS as a remnant boundary kicks up activity. Most of this activity is expected to be off to our north, however, making for some picturesque scenery as we travel eastbound through Hays towards Salina. Some southerly wind gusts might catch us off guard as the low shifts towards the Northern Plains, and maybe a stray thunderstorm or two, but otherwise the evening shall end on a quite note as we roll into Wichita, KS.

Our friendly low pressure system is now shifting fully into the Northern Plains and deepening. The old frontal boundary that was lingering over the Central Plains yesterday has disintegrated as strong southerly flow continues to stream up through the Plains to the low. Also, broad high pressure is found from the Great Lakes down to the Lower MS River Valley, quelling much of the activity through the morning hours. With the low level jet feeding northward, our trip out of Wichita through Tulsa will be rather windy, but dry and sunny. Winds should die down as we cruise across the Arkansas state line at Fort Smith. While we may see some thunderstorms off in the distance, east of Little Rock, we should remain dry as we pull into the state capital.

No cool down

While most of the cold front running through the eastern and central United States set up in a line type pattern, they were more of an assortment of clusters in Arkansas, and mostly avoided Little Rock. They only saw a trace of with the activity in the state yesterday, though there were scattered wind and hail reports across much of Arkansas. The biggest issue with these forecasts, however, was that the fact that the front hung well north of Little Rock on Friday. Temperatures didn’t drop off at all like everyone anticipated, but rather the stout southerly flow meant temperatures actually climbed a few degrees. The high temperatures Friday were about 10 degrees off as a result. The Weather Channel eventually got the victory.
Actuals: Thursday – High 86, Low 70
Friday -Trace of rain, High 89, Low 68

Grade: C