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Just As Advertised

The cold front moved through Longview during the afternoon hours, just as expected! Luckily, no severe weather was in the area, but they did get a good downpour as the storms shifted through. Monday was significantly colder, with the temperature not even making it to 60 for the high. Sunday was dry, and pushed Victoria-Weather to victory!

Sunday: 0.67″ of precip in a thunderstorm. High 81, Low 54.
Monday: High 59, Low 34.
Forecast Grade: C

Longview, Texas

Time to head down to the Lone Star State and see what weather is in store for Longview! Will they dodge the thunderstorms or will they take a direct hit?

At 9:53pm CST, the temperature at Longview, TX was 69 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Quiet conditions this evening, albeit windy, are found over Eastern Texas, but conditions will be quickly changing! A strong cold front is pushing its way through the Central US and will make its way toward Longview by the evening. A few afternoon showers are possible out ahead of the front, but by late evening a line of thunderstorms is expected to develop along the front and sweep through the region. Better chances of some strong to severe storms will be further to the north, but still cant rule out the chance of a couple of cells that far south becoming intense. The front will move through by midnight, taking the showers and storms with it off into LA. High pressure builds in behind the front, making for a rather pleasant, though noticeably cooler, Monday.

Sunday: Thunderstorms expected, some possibly severe. High 79, Low 53.
Monday: Decreasing clouds, sunny by midday. High 62, Low 40.

TWC: Sunday: Scattered thunderstorms likely. High 76, Low 56.
Monday: Mostly cloudy in morning, then clearing. High 63, Low 41.

AW: Sunday: Strong thunderstorms, mainly in afternoon/evening. High 80, Low 57.
Monday: Cloudy in early morning, clearing out by midday, and cooler. High 63, Low 43.

NWS: Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms, some possibly severe. High 78, Low 55.
Monday: Slight chance of morning showers/thunderstorms, then becoming sunny. High 60, Low 40.

WB: Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms expected. High 76, Low 56.
Monday: Early morning showers, then partly cloudy. High 60, Low 42.

Here we see the thunderstorms firing off over the Central Plains, will they make a southern trek tomorrow?

Feeling more like spring

In the Midwest and east coast, the Memorial Day weekend was sweltering. In the Columbia River Gorge, places like Longview, Washington, were pretty quiet. They never saw rain on Memorial Day, and also never saw temperatures climb higher than 64. Good weather to perhaps have a campfire by, yes? If you are the Weather Channel, it’s especially good weather for verifying your forecast. They won the day.
Actuals: Monday – High 60, Low 46
Tuesday – High 64, Low 39

Grade: B

Athens, Georgia to Longview, Washington

Well, it’s time to head home from Memorial Day weekend, and to do so, we will be taking a five day trip from northern Georgia to southwestern Washington. It’s such a long distance that we will be able to cover ground fairly quickly. We will be moving at a 66.5mph pace, and our 5 days will see us cover 531.7 miles a day. Lot’s of driving, but it will be worth it, I promise.

DAY ONE

It will certainly FEEL like we are making good time on out first day of travel, as we will head through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and into southern Illinois and the first day’s destination, Goreville, Illinois. The remnants of Beryl and a strong system in the northern Plains will put the squeeze on this route through Memorial Day. There is going to be a bit of moisture in Athens, and the day will start cloudy, and our drive through western Tennessee will be increasingly sunny. By the time we hit Nashville, however, some scattered isolated thunderstorms will begin to crop up. Don’t expect the storms to persist too long, however, and we should be in an area of subsidence ahead of the front in southern Illinois. Enjoy the night in Goreville, becuase it’s going to get loud.

DAY TWO
We will be in the sweet spot between the front that will roll through Monday night and a post frontal trough found in the Upper Midwest. It will be dry skies until we reach Nebraska City, Nebraska, on the Iowa border south of Omaha. Temperatures will be surprisingly cool, so drive with the windows down!

DAY THREE
A ripple will move through the High Plains on Wednesday, and touch off some scattered showers and storms over a fairly wide swath of Nebraska. Expect a chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorms west of Lincoln. Heavier thunderstorms may be possible later in the afternoon between North Platte and Sidney, but should begin to taper off as we reach Wyoming. We will make it to Laramie for the end of the days’ travels.

DAY FOUR
A drive through Wyoming, northern Utah and part of Idaho will dazzle us only with it’s beauty. Expect sunny skies, pleasant temperatures and a lot of empty roadway between Laramie and Burley, Idaho, the destination for Thursday. It’s in south central Idaho, not quite to Twins Falls.

DAY FIVE
Driving through the Sun Valley and the Columbia River Gorge will be scenic and not challenging through the day on Friday…. right up until we reach Gresham on the east side of the Portland metro. After that, a front moving into the Pacific Northwest will start to bring us some rain and clouds. Drivers in Portland and areas to the west are certainly used to it, so don’t expect traffic to slow down on the way in to Longview.

Longview, Washington

Longview, apparently, is the name of the primary city in this particular metro area, though the city I had heard of right next door is Kelso. Anyways, it’s northwest of Portland, and is due for a forecast.

At 935AM, PT, Longview was reporting cloudy skies with a temperature of 53 degrees. Easterly flow was feeding a cold front off the coast, but for the time being, western Washington is dry. A little bit of moisture simply found itself trapped in the Cowitz River Valley, leading to the ceilings.
The sharp upper level trough off the coast of Vancouver Island producing the front is going to recede back north up the British Columbian Coast, and the front will weaken. Instead, a trough will move into town, and only clouds and lighter rain will be an issue tomorrow. As the trough lifts north, a surface ridge will develop over the Pacific Northwest. Expect some clearer conditions in the afternoon, though morning clouds are still going to be likely.
Tomorrow – Cloudy with some light rain, High 62, Low 49
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy early, then clearing late, High 67, Low 43

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 61, Low 49
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 65, Low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Variable clouds with a shower High 61, Low 51
Tuesday – Partial sunshine High 69, Low 40

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, High 61, Low 50
Tuesday – Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, High 65, Low 46

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers in the morning… Then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. High 61, Low 48
Tuesday – Partly sunny. Patchy morning fog High 66, Low 44

The look at the Longview satellite shows that there are some abundant clouds in western Washington, but they have sunk lower in the Cowitz Valley, something you can’t really tell here.

Correct on the clouds

Most forecasters for Longview tried to claim that the city would be pleasant and clear through the forecast period. One forecaster, we at Victoria-Weather, forecast the cloudy days correctly and our cooler temperature forecasts benefit. The Weather Service was cool as well, however, despite their partly sunny sky forecasts, and narrowly edged u out.
Actuals: Monday – High 73, Low 56
Tuesday – High 73, Low 53

Grade: A

Longview, Washington

This is definitely a rare occasion. A city we are forecasting for that I had literally never heard of before the forecast. It’s across the river from Portland, and closer to the Pacific, if you forget Friday’s map.

At 1155AM, PT, Longview was reporting mostly cloudy skies with a temperature of 68 degrees. There was little in the way of synoptic systems, though the marine layer was still reluctant to move out of the area, with low clouds being seen across the Pacific Coast. Longview’s position inland prevented them from being mired in low conditions still at this late hour.
A weak upper level trough will push quickly through the Pacific Northwest, mostly failoing to generate precipitation for the region, but successfully bringing cloudy skies, even east of the Cascades which usually avoids such conditions. Precipitation will stay confined to a strong low off the coast, and places like Longview will be cloudy the next couple of days.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy to overcast, High 74, Low 55
Tuesday – Increasing clouds , High 76, Low 53

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 76, Low 55
Tuesday – Mostly sunny. High 78, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 77, Low 51
Tuesday – Mostly sunny and pleasant High 79, Low 53

NWS: Mostly sunny High 72, Low 54
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 74, Low 53

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy, High 71, Low 51
Tuesday – Partly Sunny, High 72, Low 51

A look at the satellite shows the generally clear conditions, but the low clouds are mostly just not showing up on satellite.