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Minneapolis, Minnesota to Gulfport, Mississippi

Today we embark on a long 2-day road trip from Minneapolis to the Gulf Coast. It’s nearly 1200 miles, so we have 2 full days ahead of us. Will the weather make it feel even longer? Let’s take a look!

DAY ONE

High pressure sitting over the Great Lakes is keeping the area dry this morning, but there’s some areas of fog expected to last into the mid-morning hours thanks to the increased humidity. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem as we head southward into Iowa. Mostly sunny skies are expected as we push through Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and eventually into Eastern Missouri. Our quiet day will end in the southern outskirts of St. Louis.

DAY TWO

As low pressure continues to push out into the Plains, some spotty activity is expected to develop out ahead of it over the MS River Valley, with some isolated showers possible as we continue into southeast MO on I-55. We’re going to be following this interstate for most of the day, so directions will be fairly easy to follow as we sneak into northeast AR and eventually by Memphis. Some widely scattered thunderstorms are possible from Memphis and continues southward to Jackson, where we veer onto I-49 which will take us the rest of the way. We could run into a couple of stronger afternoon/evening thunderstorms as we push through MS, but most of the activity by this point should already be dissipating and dry weather is expected for the rest of the ride into Gulfport!

Couer d’Alene, Idaho to Minneapolis, Minnesota

We’re on the go again tonight! From far northern Idaho here to VW headquarters, it’ll take 1,346 miles to cover the journey. What kind of weather will we see from the Rockies through the Plains? Let’s explore!

DAY ONE

High pressure is found over southern Alberta building down over portions of the Northern Rockies and ND, keeping the bulk of shower and thunderstorm activity over far southern Montana and into Wyoming. A fairly quiet start to the day is expected as we head eastward out of Couer d’Alene and past Missoula and Butte. Some spotty shower activity is possible once we get to Bozeman, but anything of substance should remain off to the south as we finish the day in Billings.

DAY TWO

High pressure continues to build down over the far northern US, encompassing eastern Montana and North Dakota. This should make for a pretty quiet and sun-filled drive along I-94 as we trek from Billings past Miles city and into ND. We eventually finish our day in Bismarck.

DAY THREE

It’s going to sound like a broken record, but that’s a good thing in this case! Our friendly high pressure system continues keeping us shielded as we finish our tour of I-94 today. Sunny skies will continue to greet us as we push through Jamestown and Fargo into Minnesota. Alexandria and St. Cloud make for good afternoon pit stop locations before we pull into Minneapolis!

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Alright, a forecast for Victoria Weather’s backyard! Certainly we have home-field advantage for this challenge, right? Right?!

At 753pm CDT, the temperature at Minneapolis, MN was 75 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. A vort max is swinging through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest tonight, which is kicking up an area of rain and embedded thunderstorms over eastern SD into western MN. This area could bring us some rain showers during the morning hours as it pushes on through, but the main focus will be during the evening. A cold front pushing into the Dakotas currently will stall out a bit over Central MN into SD tomorrow evening, becoming the focus of another round of possible strong overnight thunderstorms (we’ve had a lot of them recently). Activity continues into Wednesday as a weak low pressure area found along the tail end of this front saunters through the Upper Midwest, keeping the region unstable. The rest of the week looks pretty quiet around here, but unfortunately we have to get through a couple volatile days first.

Tuesday: chance of morning showers, better chance of late evening thunderstorms. High 83, Low 65.
Wednesday: Thunderstorms persist from overnight, regenerate during morning, clears out by late evening. High 82, Low 70.

TWC: Tuesday: AM thunderstorms. High 88, Low 66.
Wednesday: Thundershowers. High 83, Low 73.

AW: Tuesday: Partly sunny and humid, spotty morning thunderstorm. High 86, Low 65.
Wednesday: A couple of thunderstorms. High 78, Low 71.

NWS: Tuesday: Showers likely, then sunny. High 87, Low 71.
Wednesday: Thunderstorms likely. High 81, Low 70.

WB: Tuesday: Partly cloudy, 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in morning. High 87, Low 65.
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning then partly cloudy with chance of storms in afternoon. High 77, Low 71.

WN: Tuesday: Partly cloudy with numerous light showers. High 84, Low 64.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely. High 81, Low 70.

FIO: Tuesday: Light rain in the morning and evening. High 90, Low 69.
Wednesday: Heavy rain until evening. High 82, Low 72.

Here we see some rain with some embedded thunderstorms shifting in from the west. There will be a lot more where that came from over the next 36 hours before things get quiet afterwards.

Home Court

We had a forecast for Minneapolis towards the end of the week last week. This was good, it seems like we get way more forecasts for State College than anywhere else, meaning Accuweather gets to forecast for their home turf, and the rest of us are always looking at locations well away from our homeland. Victoria-Weather wasn’t going to let anyone beat us at home, and indeed, we played up our Minnesota pessimism and earned a victory by having the coolest temperatures of any major outlet. There were 90 degree temperatures in parts of the Twin Cities, but not at Crystal Airport, which is closest to Minneapolis’ City limits. Not to toot our own horn, but we were actually going to leave the threat of rain out of the forecast on Friday, which would only have led to a greater victory. We won regardless (tied with the other locals, the Weather Service), so I guess I can let it go.
Actuals: Friday – High 89, Low 48
Saturday -Thunderstorms reported, not measured, High 87, Low 66

Grade: B-C

Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s a home game for Victoria-Weather, as we are looking at Minneapolis. We will be forecasting for Minneapolis rather than the Twin Cities’ airport, like we usually do.  Let’s see if it matters.

At 653PM, CT, Minneapolis was reporting a temperature of 78 degrees with clear skies. Dew points were around 30, meaning very pleasant conditions for outdoor activities. High pressure over the center of the country is the result of a short waved ridge, so while things look very nice right now, the pattern is going to be rapidly changing.
A trough at the vanguard of an advancing jet streak  will help develop a lee trough in the Canadian Prairies. There is quite a bit of disturbed air over the western Gulf of Mexico, so there will not be open flow to the system as the associated cold front moves through Minnesota.  There may be an isolated thunderstorm late Friday ahead of the feature, and again as the associated boundary moves through early on Saturday morning, bringing a few more clouds.
Tomorrow – Sunny and warm, late showers and storms High 85, Low 55
Saturday – Isolated early showers and storms, High 84, Low 66.

TWC: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray severe thunderstorm is possible High 86, Low 56
Saturday – Partly cloudy. A stray severe thunderstorm is possible High 89, Low 68

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and very warm; a strong thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon High 86, Low 56
Saturday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around High 85, Low 68

NWS: Tomorrow – Isolated showers between 2pm and 5pm, then isolated showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Mostly sunny, High 86, Low56
Saturday – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Partly sunny, High 88, Low 68

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny in the morning then partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, High 87, Low 58
Saturday – Partly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, High 85, Low 69

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with isolated showers, High 86, Low 55
Saturday – Partly cloudy with scattered storms, High 88, Low 68

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain in the evening.High 89, Low 57
Saturday – Light rain until morning, starting again in the afternoon. High 89, Low 70

Look at how empty the satellite is!

Minneapolis, Minnesota to San Antonio, Texas

Today we embark on a 1,251-mile road trip, from our home base here in Minneapolis down to San Antonio. This would be a pretty feasible road trip for me, since I have several relatives that live in San Antonio as well as Austin. Let’s go pay them a visit!

Minneapolis

DAY ONE

As an area of low pressure intensifies over western NE/KS, it extends a potent cold front through the Central and Southern Plains, which will kick off some severe weather in the southern US later. Further north, over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, it’s kicking off a wide swath of showers and embedded thunderstorms. A few light showers or drizzle looks to linger around in the morning when we head on southward out of the Twin Cities down I-35, and it will pick up as we approach Des Moines. Some thunderstorms could pop up as well as we make our way through Central Iowa around noon, but luckily the more severe activity should be much further south. Heavy downpours will still be quite possible as we continue down I-35 which could slow things down for us. By the time we make it to Kansas City for the night, however, things should be settling down as the heavy activity pushes east.

DAY TWO

Conditions should be dry as we head out of Kansas City this morning, but gusty winds will be expected most of the day behind this potent system. After yesterday’s soggy trip for most of the day, our day will be nice and sunny and dry. But keep an eye on those winds, they could get annoying as we continue through Oklahoma and eventually into Texas as we stay in Dallas for the night.

DAY THREE

A nice easy day today, a relatively short jaunt down I-35! Winds should settle down a bit today, and continuing dry weather is expected! Sunny skies for our drive to my relatives! Hooray! Now let’s hope they have dinner ready for us.

SanAntonio

Hinesville, Georgia to Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s time for another road trip, destined for the Victoria-Weather home office in Minneapolis. It will take us two and a half days to cover the necessary ground from southeastern Georgia to the Twin Cities, a distance of 1380 miles. Our average speed, slowed by a good deal of time that won’t be spent on interstates, will be 64.7mph, which means that for the first two days of travel, our goal will be 518 miles in the rearview. It’s time to head for the Twin Cities!

DAY ONE
Hinesville
There is an area of low pressure sweeping out of the central Rockies into the central Plains and looks very springlike. It is expected to generate quite a bit of severe thunderstorm activity, potentially a tornado outbreak later in the week. Starting tomorrow, however, it will bring north only some warm, humid air, which will operate within some sunny skies as we move through Atlanta and most of Nashville before we call it a day in Joelton, Tennessee, on the north side of the Nashville metro.

DAY TWO
In a situation that reminds of a road trip from Savannah to Kennewick earlier this week, the beginning of our day from north central Tennessee will start off just fine. We may encounter some isolated prefrontal showers and storms in southern Illinois, but again, just like earlier this week, the real show will start around Saint Louis. We should start to encounter the strong to severe thunderstorms as we are crossing into downtown and passing through the metro area. We will hit the front and run astride of it as we move through the Mississippi Valley. Windy thunderstorms will be possible from St Louis north through Missouri and right into Iowa. We will end the day in Ainsworth, Iowa, which is south of Iowa City.

DAY THREE
The front will move through overnight while we wait in Ainsworth. The air wrapping into eastern Iowa will actually still be warm and might even be laden with moisture. We won’t have to contend with the strong to severe thunderstorms, but we will likely contend with a few showers and storms even as we make our way north behind the front. The rain could even be heavy at times around Albert Lea, Minnesota, but I expect some drizzle and overcast skies in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis

Oh Those Tricky Storms…

Even with home-field advantage, the forecast for Minneapolis turned out to be a tricky one. A pair of small, rogue thunderstorms developed over southwest MN during Wednesday morning, then slowly continued eastward into the afternoon hours, eventually shifting through the Twin Cities in the mid-afternoon. The leading edge of clouds associated with these cells moved in around 1-2pm, causing the temperature to not quite make it into the 80s as forecast. Yesterday looked a lot more dire as a couple of strong thunderstorms took aim on the West Metro, even causing a couple severe thunderstorm warnings and a tornado warning to get issued, and then completely fell apart. Not very often you get a severe thunderstorm warning issued and only see 0.01″ of rain. However, the winds gusting out of this storm, and another cell that formed off to the south, made for some impressive measurements as a 48mph gust was recorded at MSP in the late evening hours, along with a 61mph gust over in South St. Paul. At my residence, I easily got some 30-40mph gusts as an impressive lightning display took place. All told, The Weather Channel took home the top spot.

Wednesday: 0.04″ of rain in an afternoon thunderstorm. High 79, Low 58.
Thursday: 0.01″ of rain in an evening thunderstorm. High 86, Low 70.
Forecast Grade: C

Janesville, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Minnesota

This road trip is going to be a piece of cake. It’s a 301 mile drive that we will cover in 5 hours flat, or a little north of 60mph. That and I think the weather is going to be rather agreeable.


As I said, the weather will be fairly agreeable, and the trip through Wisconsin will be almost entirely problem free. There is some worry that an isolated storm will begin to crop up over southern Minnesota late in the day tomorrow, but if you made me make a decision, I would say that there will be no rain anywhere on the way to the Twin Cities. Temperatures in the 80s with mostly sunny skies will await our arrival.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s a home game for Victoria-Weather! Sure, we are more on the St. Paul of things, but I still know all about Minneapolis.

At 453PM, CT, Minneapolis was reporting a temperature of 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies. The entire upper Midwest was clear and quiet, with pleasant temperatures.
Flow over the Rockies was generating some developing low pressure over the Northern Plains. Each of the next two days will feature southerly flow across Minnesota with warming temperatures. While it’s hard to say that a warm front will be moving through, given a lack of upper level dynamics, however there will be a chance for a few thunderstorms riding along the advancing northern edge of warm air. Thunderstorms won’t be too widespread, but my gut tells me there could be some strong storms embedded in whatever does develop.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 83, Low 58
Thursday – Mostly sunny, isolated thunderstorms, High 83, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow – Isolated T-Storms High 86, Low 58
Thursday – Scattered T-Storms High 84, Low 68

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sunshine High 82, Low 59
Thursday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm High 85, Low 67

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny,High 85, Low 61
Thursday – A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 86, Low 67

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 85, Low 62
Thursday – Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High 84, Low 66

You will definitely see the temperatures warm up overnight as humidity increases with the wind. Keep an eye out for those storms on Thursday. Gut feeling. here is the satellite, which is a wide view so you can see how far you have to go before you see anything going on.