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Longview, Texas

Busy day, sorry for the late post. That doesn’t make the forecast any less valid, however.

At 1053PM, CT, Longview was reporting a temperature of 64 degrees with overcast skies. There has been a broad area of low pressure over the central Rockies that has been importing moisture through Texas, and a lingering area of surface high pressure over the eastern Seaboard has allowed a broad swath of instability and triggering waves moving through Texas that have had a prolific history of producing severe thunderstorms.
Tomorrow, the low will emerge into the High Plains, and wit will really begin to cause problems, particularly from eastern Kansas to eastern Texas. Storms will blossom through the afternoon, and in northeastern Texas, there is a chance that the entire afternoon will be threatened by the chance for severe storms. There will be quite a bit of convective blowoff that will pollute the atmosphere into the early afternoon, which may inhibit severe storms in the afternoon, but as the cold front arrives closer to the early evening, a little bit of helicity and turning will be introduced, and severe storms and perhaps a tornado or two will be possible. in the afternoon. Fortunately, the front will pass through shortly after midnight, and Saturday will spell a break in the stormy pattern Texas has endured.
Tomorrow – Thunderstorms, some severe, High 79, Low 63
Saturday – Hot but sunny and clear, High 89, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered thunderstorms, High 84, Low 64
Saturday – Partly cloudy, High 92, Low 70

AW: Tomorrow – Cloudy; a few p.m. t-storms, some severe; storms can bring downpours, large hail and damaging winds High 80, Low 67
Saturday – Mostly sunny, warmer and less humid High 91, Low 68

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, High 82, Low 63
Saturday – Mostly sunny (early storms) High 89, Low 68

WB: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Cloudy. High 82, Low 63
Saturday – Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Windy. (early storms) High 90, Low 68

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy with Thunderstorms Likely High 82, Low 64
Saturday – Mostly Sunny (early storms) High 90, Low 68

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain throughout the day. High 75, Low 64
Saturday – Mostly cloudy in the morning.Early rain, High 86, Low 69

Be wary in northeastern Texas tomorrow afternoon and evening. The satellite imagery right now is very cloudy, with a few blobs of leftover clouds from today’s convection.

A round of rain

The was a lot of rain in eastern Texas this weekend, but in Longview, it was actually quite manageable. The east Texas town only received about half an inch of rain, as opposed to the multiple inches found further to the south. It was a pretty easy forecast, calling for rain this weekend, but forecasters went astray when it came to forecasting high temperatures. Naturally, a cloudy, rainy day tends to be fairly cool as well, but temperatures failed to climb even above 60. Some clearing had been anticipated on Sunday, and since it never arrived, forecasts ended up looking pretty rough. Three outlets, the Weather Service, Weatherbug and WeatherNation had a low forecast that was only 1 degree cooler than the actual high. The Weather channel did end up with a significantly cooler forecast and won the day rather handily.
Actuals: Saturday – .32 inches of rain, High 60, Low 53
Sunday – .25 inches of rain, High 60, Low 53

Grade: B-D

Longview, Texas

I hope everyone is enjoying more basketball than is healthy to watch, but by golly, there might be weather going on.

At 453PM, CT, Longview was reporting a temperature of 63 degrees with overcast conditions. A developing system over southern Texas was extending a tendril of rain that was lying off to the west of Longview and was likely on its way into the area. A sharp upper level trough with weak flow through it is leading to a generally disorganized system, but one laden with very heavy rainfall.
Precipitation will really amplify overnight as flow into the surface feature begins to route from the Gulf of Mexico. The wave, fortunately, will be short enough that the rainfall won’t linger for days, but tomorrow has the potential to be an extremely rainy day. The primary area of low pressure will shift off to the east by Sunday afternoon, however without a strong flow behind the system to motivate things, there may be light rain and clouds continuing through Sunday evening as well. Fortunately, another consequence of the weak flow will be a failure to import much cold air behind the system.
Tomorrow – Very rainy, High 62, Low 55
Sunday – Rain, heavy in the morning, thenn some clearing. High 65, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain, High 60, Low 54
Sunday – Showers 66, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Occasional rain, High 62, Low 57
Sunday – Mostly cloudy with a couple of showers High 66, Low 57

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall High 63, Low 59
Sunday – Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, High 68, Low 59

WB: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Cloudy.High 65, Low 58
Sunday – Chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning…Then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. High 66, Low 59

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy with Thunderstorms High 63, Low 59
Sunday – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 68, Low 59

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain throughout the day. High 61, Low 58
Sunday – Heavy rain until afternoon. High 67, Low 53

Here is the rain coming in. Ominous. Daunting.

Slammed in the Columbia Gorge

A strong, broad jet sliding into the Northern Plains was pressing into the Pacific Northwest over the weekend. There has been a ton of rain and snow in the Mountains, and the trough it is digging out in the Mississippi Valley will culminate in a torrential soaking over the eastern Seaboard through Christmas. As the jet moved into the west coast, it brought rain throughout the region, particularly in the Cascades, but also in the Columbia Gorge and Longview. Longview is somewhat protected from inundation because of the topography that surrounds them, but they did manage to see some showers both Sunday and Monday, with the heaviest precipitation coming on Sunday and only a spot of drizzle on Monday. Temperatures were resilient, and the anticipated cool down didn’t come. The warmest of the forecasters was The Weather Channel, who claimed the prize for Longview.
Actuals: Sunday – .25 inches of rain, High 55, Low 50
Monday – .01 inches of rain, High 53, low 42

Grade: B

Longview, Washington

We’re headed out west for this weekend weather outlook. We’re going to the Columbia Gorge for this one. Sounds like some fun.

At 135PM, PT, Longview was reporting a temperature of 52 degrees with overcast conditions. A ridge was working its way on shore, with temperatures climbing back up into the 50s, but the leading edge of the warmer weather, which is at the nose of a strong North Pacific jet, is producing quite a bit of rain. Much of the lower Gorge was seeing rain, though it was beginning to clear out around Astoria, and Longview was simply windy, but not reporting rain. There is still a great deal of rain in the Cascades and towards Portland, and there is more on the way.
The moist flow being pumped into the Pacific Northwest will continue until the jet begins to form a trough in the Plains, and the promised ridge really starts to take shape out west. This will lead to persistent rain through the day tomorrow, again, with much of it falling at the higher elevations to the east of Longview, which will finally begin to taper off late on Sunday. There will be some remnant clouds with the potential for some drizzle through Monday morning as well. By the end of the day Monday as Christmas looms later in the week, the sun will come out, and Longview, along with the rest of the Columbia Gorge, will be able to dry out.
Tomorrow – Rain, tapering off late. High 55, Low 46
Monday – Some light showers in the morning, with sun before sunset. High 48, Low 41

TWC: Tomorrow – Showers, High 54 Low 47
Monday – High 52, Low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Breezy with occasional rain High 55, Low 48
Monday – A morning shower in the area; otherwise, cloudy High 49, Low 44

NWS: Tomorrow – Rain. High 53, Low 45
Monday – A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy High 50, Low 43

WB: Tomorrow – Rain. High 55, Low 47
Monday – Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain in the morning…then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon.High 50, Low 45

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Rain High 54, Low 46
Monday – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 50, Low 43

I should note that everyone has non standard lows for Sunday, with it cooling off before midnight as clouds begin to thin. For now, here’s the radar. It’s a little damp.

A few drizzle drops in Longview

Overcast skies kept temperatures in check for Longview on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the good news was that it didn’t bring any rain on Tuesday. The news wasn’t quite as good on Wednesday, though. There was only a little bit of rain on Wednesday, though, with most of the forecast precipitation instead falling over the Cascades and Mount St. Helens. The Weather Channel was appropriately conservative with their forecast and ended up with the top forecast overall.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 60, Low 48
Wednesday – .06 inches of rain, High 55, Low 48

Grade: C

Longview, Washington

Our day takes again to the Columbia Gorge. The attention has been across the central and eastern US for a while, so it’s time we check back in on the West Coast.

At 215PM, PT, Longview was reporting a temperature of 68 degrees with clear skies. The Pacific Northwest was under a ridge, and surprisingly clear skies are being seen across the region. There is a band of clouds just off the coast, and some of them are filtering up the Columbia, but only so far as Astoria.
An upper level jet will begin to move into western Oregon as early as tomorrow morning, which will help a system generate a surface low on the lee of the Rockies. As flow becomes onshore, clouds will spill down the gorge, and some rain may be possible in Longview by evening. The jet’s arrival will mean a persistent westerly flow, which likely means overcast skies and a bit of drizzle through the day on Sunday as well.
Tomorrow – Increasing clouds, chance of late drizzle, High 59, Low 43
Wednesday – Overcast with some rain possible, High 59, Low 45

TWC: Tomorrow – PM Showers High 59, Low 44
Wednesday – Showers High 56, Low 46

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and cooler with a passing shower High 57, Low 42
Wednesday – Times of sun and clouds high 62, Low 42

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, High 58, Low 45
Wednesday – A 20 percent chance of showers High 58, Low 47

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. Chance of rain in the morning…then a chance of showers in the afternoon High 56, Low 43
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers High 57, Low 43

WN: Tomorrow – Scattered Showers High 57, Low 45
Wednesday – Isolated Showers High 57, Low 46

I love looking at satellite for the west coast, because clouds always show up so brilliantly. Check out the band off the Oregon coast right now.

Hinesville, Georgia to Longview, Washington

Our drive today is going to be quite lengthy. Well, OK, our drive for this week. It’s going to be 5 1/2 days t get from coast to coast, covering 2887 miles. Wow! Our average pace will be about 66mph, so let’s plan on covering 528 miles a day. There is a lot of driving in our future, so we had better get started!

Yet another wave is moving through the mid-Atlantic, but it won’t be the crippling winter wave for the southeast that I’m sure everyone in that part of the world dreads. Travelers, I’m sure, are even more wary of nasty conditions in this part of the world. Tomorrow, though, the worst weather will only consist of clouds and light rain, with some fog in the valleys, and it would only be falling from the Atlanta metro to just outside of Chattanooga. Not bad at all. As for the drive, it will end in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Our luck is going to turn on Thursday. A wave moving into the Plains is going to spin up a quickly deepening area of low pressure moving into Missouri from Oklahoma. Warm air will rush to meet us in Tennessee and Kentucky, but that warm weather will also be fuel for some strong thunderstorms. As we cross the cold front, there is a pretty decent chance we see strong or even severe thunderstorms. Our route will take us through the triple point of the low, and since we will hit it in the early afternoon when cells are developing and perhaps rotating, there is a chance we will pass through a tornado warning or two. We will be on the cold side of the front by the time we reach St. Louis, and we may end up seeing some snow, even, at the back end of the system through northern Missouri. Our day will end in Choutou, Missouri, in the Kansas City, Missouri.

Chilly weather will be the name of the game on Friday, but we won’t have to concern ourselves with the nasty weather that we saw on Thursday. The drive up to and through most of Nebraska should be cool and partly to mostly cloudy, but a downslope flow into western Nebraska will mean even more clouds in Sutherland, Nebraska, the destination for this leg of the trip.

The flow will continue to override the northern Rockies and kick up a few snow showers throughout Wyoming, and a lot of clouds. The drive won’t be inundated or snow swept, but it could get dicey in the high country. The drive will come to an end in Fort Bridger in western Wyoming.

From Fort Bridger westward, we will be underneath a nice little upper level ridge. The snow will be intensifying on the eastern exposures of the Rockies, but through Utah and into the Sun Valley in Idaho, things will be awfully pleasant. No arguments here, especially after that nasty weather we saw back on Thursday. We can call it a night in Meridian, a suburb of Boise.

Monday is a long way out, but the way it looks, guidance is suggesting that the Columbia Valley will be filled with low level moisture, which will mean clouds and some light rain through northern Oregon pretty much immediately after we hit Pendleton and head west. The rain will continue to be a possibility, even increasing a bit after we pass west of Mount St. Helens and into Longview.

Longview, Washington

I can say with some certainty that I had never heard of Longview before this schedule came out. It’s on the Columbia River northwest of Portland.

At 1055AM, PT, Longview was reporting a temperature of 48 degrees. There was rain in the Portland metro and to the west in Tillamook and Astoria, but Longview-Kelso was reporting only mostly cloudy skies. A quick look at radar shows that this isn’t a situation that can be expected to continue, with heavy rain seen throughout western Washington and Oregon.An area of low pressure is moving into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the westerly flow resulting from a trailing boundary is helping inundate the region.
The front will be through the region by early tomorrow morning, but westerly flow will continue across the region, and there will continue to be showers, especially in the Cascades. Additionally, there is another surface low ready to move into the Pacific Northwest, and heavy rain will arrive overnight tomorrow as well. Fortunately, later in the day, a weak upper level ridge will begin to move into the area. Don’t be surprised if there is some clearing and increasingly sunny skies by the end of the day. Of course, there is always the threat in this part of the world for low level moisture being trapped near the surface, and Longview experiencing some fog on Thursday night.
Tomorrow – M stly cloudy with rain likely, High 48, Low 37
Thursday – Rain early, clearing, and then fog late, High 47, Low 40

TWC: Tomorrow – Showers High 43, Low 36
Thursday – Rain High 46, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Cloudy and chilly with a brief shower or two High 47, Low 35
Thursday – Chilly with rain High 46, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers High 45, Low 36
Thursday – Showers, mainly before 4pm. High 46, Low 38

WB: Tomorrow – Showers. High 44, Low 35
Thursday – Rain in the morning. High 44, Low 48

WN: Tomorrow – Showers High 45, Low 36
Thursday – Showers High 45, Low 37

Looks fairly rainy in the Columbia Valley. If anywhere is used to persistent rain, though, it’s the Columbia Valley. Take a look at this saturated radar.

St. Cloud, Minnesota to Longview, Texas

Now here’s a roadtrip I can get behind! This 2-day, 1000 mile trip takes us from my college stomping grounds in Central Minnesota to Eastern TX, where I’m sure there’s less snow on the ground. St. Cloud is currently experiencing their snowiest April EVER with a whopping 22 inches so far (prev record is 15.6″ in 1928), which must be Mother Nature’s way of celebrating SCSU’s 1st ever berth in the Frozen Four this past season. The first part of the trip, between St. Cloud and Des Moines, I’ve driven many times. Let’s see what the next couple of days will bring for our trip!

Saint Cloud


I made that snowman just a couple days ago, as 4-10″ of snow fell throughout the Twin Cities. I figured it would be a good time to make a snowman and deck it out with SCSU gear. A tad odd to make it on April 18th however. Anyways, an area of low pressure is trailing a cold front through ND into MT, and extending a bit of a warm front over MN, kicking up some snow showers over Southern MN this morning. They’ll be transitioning over to rain showers as the day goes on, and the further south we drive as well. By the time we pass Des Moines, we should be out of the precip for the rest of the day, but scattered clouds will continue to blot out the sun at times. It’ll be a dry rest of the day as we pull into Kansas City for the night.


The cold front will stall north of the area overnight, with rain showers found from central IA into north-central KS. There could be an isolated shower in the KC area as we depart in the morning, but if anything it should just be a cloudy start to the day. An area of low pressure will continue to develop over the TX/OK Panhandles, but most of the precip will remain confined to right along the front, which is okay by us since we’ll spend the entire day driving away from it. We can expect cloudy skies though, as moisture will stream northward from the Gulf, feeding the system over the Northern US. Overall though, it should be a fairly quiet drive through far western Arkansas and eventually down into Longview!