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Mobile, Alabama to Chicago, Illinois

Really, given some of the distances we have driven recently, Chciago isn’t that far from the Gulf Coast. It helps that I-65 runs from Mobile all the way to the Indiana portion of Chicagoland. Because so much of this drive is on interstate, and the same interstate at that, the drive will come at the rapid pace of 69.5mph, which means on our first day of driving, a full day of motoring up 65, we will cover 555.8mph, leaving the rest to cover on a 5 hour day on Sunday.

DAY ONE (Saturday)

The thing about our drive on Saturday is that it will be strongly dictated by what happens today. A very wet, but unusually cold system is setting up for the southeast. There is a threat for up to 6″ of snow, from Mississippi to North Carolina with heavier snow even further east, towards the Carolinas. The sloppiest area along our route will be between Birmingham and the Tennessee border, iwith lower totals potentially as far north as Nashville. The threat for ice will be high south of there, with a glaze possble anywhere from Mobile to Birmingham, with the heaviest icing from Georgiana to Montgomery. Our day will be dictated by how much ALDOT can clean I-65 up tongiht. They’ve struggled with storms like this in the past. If we can get out of Mobile, we should make it to Bonneville in central Kentucky, but there is a realistic chance that our drive is over before it even gets started.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
If we can dig out of Alabama, and we can make it all the way to Bonneville, our little 5 hour trip on Sunday will be a piece of cake. Chilly high pressure wiill be in place over he Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, so the sun will be out and the only thing with any issues will be our car battery. Like I said, it will be chilly in Chicago. Enjoy the sunshine, though!

Mobile, Alabama to Billings, Montana

It’s hard to tell exactly how long one of these diagonal treks will take, but I can tell you that this particular adventure will last about 3 1/2 days. With all the various turns we have to make, it seems like we should have a slower pace, but we will still manage an average speed of 66.1mph. The first three days of our excursion will be through after 529 miles of travel, with a little bit of change for a half day on Sunday.

DAY ONE (Thursday)
It looks like we are clearing out from the Gulf Coast at exactly the right time! Tropical Storm Hermine is going to continue organize, and may actually become the first landfalling American hurricane in over a decade. There will be some spiral bands backing their way into Mobile tomorrow afternoon, but those are coming well after we leave tomorrow morning. The focused flow into the feature will in turn keep showers and storms out of the region we intend to drive through. The nearest to any precipitation we will get is as we pass by Jonesboro, as there will be a few showers and embedded storms filtering into central Arkansas, but we will make it all the way to the Missouri border and the town of Mammoth Springs before we cease our travels for the day.

DAY TWO (Friday)
High pressure! We’re going to be free and easy driving from Mammoth Springs on through Kansas City and Omaha. KC can be a bit of a haggle with traffic, but the Omaha area is a lot more agreeable. We will make it to Little Sioux, which is about half an hour north of Council Bluffs on the Iowa side of the Missouri.

DAY THREE (Saturday)
An area of low pressure moving into the northern Canadian Prairies is being fostered by a strong upper level trough. The jet is crossing the northern Rockies, and will lead to an active lee trough, sliding into the Dakotas. Late in the afternoon and evening, there may be some thunderstorms that pop up through central part of the state. Most of th activity will come late in the day, though, and I like our chances of reaching Belle Fourche, north of Rapid City, before the thunderstorms become a navigational issue.

DAY FOUR (Sunday)
That lee trough will shift further to the east and begin to organize into a legitimate area of low pressure, centered over Goodland, Kansas. Showers and storms will wrap around this circulation, with stratiform showers and storms becoming a fact of life for our little section of highway between Belle Fourche and Billings. Clearing will come soon thereafter.

Precursor to a deluge

Rain is all over the southeast, and is all over the news. The rain has been ongoing for the better part of a week, moving into the region last weekend, and bombarding the Gulf Coast ever since. The real surprise, reflecting on our forecast for Mobile was that there was even a day, Saturday, that they didn’t report a drop of rainfall. Oh, there was plenty of rain that fell on Sunday, but it took an extra day to move in. The verification came down to temperatures as a result, with Accuweather edging out the competition and claiming victory.
Actuals: Saturday – High 93, Low 75
Sunday – .45 inches of rain, High 91, Low 77

Grade B

Kalamazoo, Michigan to Mobile, Alabama

Kalamazoo, Michigan to Mobile, Alabama
It’s a beautiful weekend, that I suspect will be best enjoyed by seeing the open road. We’ll take about 2 days to travel from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, covering 973 miles. This drive will be done at the speedy pace of 71.4mph, thanks to free way driving almost the entire way down. With this blistering pace, our goal will be to cover 571 miles. Shouldn’t be much traffic, given that it is a Sunday.

DAY ONE (Sunday)
There is a cold front moving through the Ohio Valley today, and it’s a good one. Behind this boundary,, cool, dry air is filtering into the Great Lakes, and by the time we leave tomorrow, it will fill into the Ohio Valley as well. There will be a few thunderstorms cropping up in the Appalachians late in the day, and a few of these cells may build towards central Tennessee, but I’m not too worried. I think we will make it all the way to Lewisburg, Tennessee, before we pull off for the night.

DAY TWO (Monday)
A trough draped across the northern part of Florida looks more ominous, even, than what we were expecting yesterday. By Monday morning, there will be a local circulation centered near Dothan, drawing moisture on shore and producing widespread rain and thunderstorms. Expect nearly stratiform, often torrential rain, sometimes embedded with thunder, throughout our day. We won’t be at the eastern end of this feature, so we will avoid any threat of severe weather, but that doesn’t make the drive any nicer.

Mobile, Alabama

Let’s get another forecast under our belt tonight, with a trip down to the Gulf Coast and Mobile Bay.

At 1256AM, CT, Mobile was reporting a temperature of 77 degrees with clear skies. An unseasonably deep area of low pressure over eastern Canada is extending a some what active boundary through the central US, touching off some late night convection well to the north of Mobile.
This slowly advancing boundary will provide a little more energy to a low level trough stretched from the southern Gulfstream southwest across north Florida. Somewhat isolated, that trough will be very active on Saturday, bringing heavy thunderstorms to north Florida, while a few storms will be possible over southeast Louisiana. Some late thunderstorms will develop as the northern boundary continues to work south towards Mobile, and at some point, there will be thunder around Mobile, regardless of the trigger. It will be broader instability on Sunday, with more widespread, though unfocused, showers and storms permeating the region.
Tomorrow – Isolated thunderstorms, High 95, Low 74
Sunday – Heavier rain with embedded thunderstorms, High 92, Low 77

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible High 93, Low 76
Sunday- Thunderstorms. High 90, Low 79

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sun with widely separated thunderstorms this afternoon High 94, Low 76
Sunday – Heavy afternoon thunderstorms; otherwise, a t-storm in spots in the morning; variable clouds High 91, Low 78

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny High 94, Low 78
Sunday – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, High 92, Low 77

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 93, Low 77
Sunday – Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms. High 89, Low 78

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy with isolated storms, High 93, Low 79
Sunday – Mostly cloudy with scattered storms, High 91, Low 77

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain starting in the evening. High 95, Low 78
Sunday – Light rain until evening.High 92, Low 78.

Storms are coming for Mobile, but it’s pretty quiet tonight.  Those lingering clouds are very high based, so no rain tonight.


Nothing changes in Mobile

Generally speaking, the parts of the world that re near coasts, particularly those near southern coasts rarely see any drastic climatological changes. Thus, despite the name “Mobile” nothing really was in motion in Mobile. Temperatures were in the mid to upper 80s during the day and mid to upper 60s at night. Heat and humidity scoffing at the notion of impending fall. Do they even have pumpkin spice in Mobile? The Weather Channel had the top forecast.
Actuals: Friday – High 88, Low 68
Saturday – High 86, Low 66

Grade A-C

Mobile, Alabama to Allentown, Pennsylvania

Well, after long last, it looks like Mapquest is pushing us into using Google Maps. They are releasing a new version that doesn’t include embeddable maps! So, here’s our first shot, trying to figure out how Google will work, and they are pushing us on a 2 day trek, covering 1120 miles, for a pace of 70.5 mph. Holy smokes, Google! At that blistering, Google endorsed pace, we will make it 564 miles on day one. So let’s get going. We’re haulin’

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Mobile Bay is looking good this weekend, but to the north, things won’t be as wonderful. The drive through Alabama will be problem free, fortunately, but there is a chance for a rogue shower of thunderstorm across the Peach State, which could really slow things down around Atlanta. Most of this is general diurnal instability, but when we reach the Charlotte area, we will encounter some heavier storms. High pressure building from the mid-Atlantic is chasing the tail of a cold front, and if you know anything about fronts in the Carolinas, you know that won’t be moving quickly. So neither will we. We’ll stop in Arlington in the Charlotte metro for the night.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
As the ridge over the mid-Atlantic presses east, moisture over North Carolina will be wrapped up the back end of the ridge, bringing more heavy rain north through Virginia. Expect heavy rain until about Winchester, VA, with things clearing out quickly after we hit Maryland. THe little sliver of Mary;amd we drove through? Great. West Virginia? Wonderful. Penssylvania? No problems here, either. Allentown will be in great shape by the time we reach it.

Mobile, Alabama

Today we head off to the Gulf Coast and see how the fine folks of Mobile are doing!

At 953pm CDT, the temperature at Mobile, AL was 79 degrees under mostly clear skies. An area of low pressure is bringing heavy rains to the Carolinas and Georgia and push into the TN Valley somewhat as high pressure over the Northeast keeps it from rushing north too quickly. A couple scattered showers were in the area earlier this evening, but have since died off, and with a weak axis of high pressure shifting in, most of the precip associated with that low pressure should stay off to the north on Friday. Saturday should be dry as well, with precip deflecting up into the Mid-Atlantic states and Gulf moisture remaining suppressed off to the south. Overall, should be a pretty nice start to the weekend for the Central Gulf Coast!

Friday: Partly cloudy. High 86, Low 69.
Saturday: A few more clouds. High 87, Low 68.

TWC: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 87, Low 66.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 87, Low 66.

AW: Friday: Partly sunny and nice. High 86, Low 65.
Saturday: Pleasant with some sun. High 86, Low 66.

NWS: Friday: Mostly sunny. High 86, Low 69.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, slight chance of thunderstorms. High 87, Low 69.

WB: Friday: Mostly sunny. High 84, Low 70.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 83, Low 70.

WN: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 86, Low 68.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with isolated storms. High 88, Low 70.

FIO: Friday: Clear throughout the day. High 87, Low 66.
Saturday: Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 87, Low 67.

Here we see the large low pressure system sitting over the Carolinas/Georgia, with a bit of high pressure lingering over the Central Gulf Coast.


Breaking free

A smothering batch of rain moved in to the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday before it worked through south Georgia and into the Gulf Coast. The storm that never was in the northeast definitely left an impression on Mobile. It accomplished the remarkable task of pinning temperatures to a 2 degree range on Wednesday thanks to clouds and persistent rain, which eventually added up to a half inch. When the rain moved out, before sunrise on Thursday morning, things improved markedly for Mobile. Sunny skies, highs in the 60s and a deep sigh of relief. The rain lasted longer than most expected, which dropped forecast ratings a peg. The Weather Channel secured the top spot.
Actuals: Tuesday .51 inches of rain, High 48, Low 46
Wednesday – .03 inches of rain, High 60, Low 41

Grade: C-D

Mobile, Alabama

Time for a little late night forecasting. We’re off to the Gulf Coast, where we are in for a little bit of rain.

At 153AM, CT, Mobile was reporting a temperature of 49 degrees with overcast skies. A surface wave was showing up quite well with surface observations south of Louisiana. A weak surface warm front was generating rain and clouds that were showing up well on the Mobile radar south of Mobile Bay.
The upper level trough is diminishing and getting folded into a broader jet stream that is moving through the Great Lakes. The upper level process will distort the surface low to become elongated through the day today. Rainfall will stretch northward into Mobile this afternoon, and may be heavy at times. Fortunately, the new upper level structure will also encourage the system to move quickly. While this afternoon will be fairly rainy, it will clear out by the time midnight rolls around. Clouds will linger, as the broader jet will remain over the Ohio Valley and will continue to draw moisture off the Gulf.
Tomorrow – Rain, High 53, Low 42
Thursday – Mostly cloudy through the day, but warmer, High 57, Low 40

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain, High 52, Low 44
Thursday – Sunny, High 57, Low 42

AW: Tomorrow – Periods of rain High 52, Low 40
Thursday – Clouds giving way to some sun High 56, Low 40

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers High 55, Low 40
Thursday – Mostly sunny High 54, Low 42

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. Showers likely.High 55, Low 40
Thursday – Mostly cloudy in the morning becoming partly cloudy. High 54, Low 42

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Showers Likely High 55, Low 43
Thursday – Partly cloudy, rain through 6am High 54, Low 39

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain until evening. High 53, Low 44
Thursday – Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 54, Low 41

WeatherNation went full on NAM, calling for a non standard day with rain continuing through morning. Best of luck to them. HEre is the radar, showing the rain offshore.