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Northern California airs out

It’s been pretty damp in northern California lately. The last two days in Napa only produced .02″ of rain, and all of it fell on Monday. That meant temperatures were warmer than almost everyone had in the forecast, hitting 60 on Monday. The top forecast belonged to the Weather Channel who had a dry forecast on Tuesday, and the warmest temperatures overall.
Actuals: Monday – .02 inches of rain, High 60, Low 40
Tuesday – High 54, Low 31

Grade: B

Napa, California to Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Ah yes, the open road. We are off for 4 days from Wine Country to Cheese Country. A perfect complement. It’s a 4 day trip that will cover 2182.68 miles. That will ensure a pace of 67.3mph, and 538 miles a day, with a little spare change on day 4. I think we can manage this rather easily. Well, unless it snows. Will it?

It’s going to be an active week leading up to Christmas for a lot of the country. A weak system moving into the Rockies will generate some showers, both snow and rain from the Sierras eastward. We will see cloudy skies from Napa to Tahoe, but as we climb into the mountains, snow will pick up. When we descend towards Reno, the snow will become lighter and patchier, but we won’t be out of it. Indeed, we will continue east towards Oasis, Nevada, and fight snow flakes the whole way through the Silver State.

The system in Nevada as we drive through will continue to develop overnight as it continues off towards the east and into the central Rockies. We won’t see any snow falling as we drive on Wednesday, but just now that the DOT will probably be out clearing the roads of northern Utah as we pass through. The Wasatch Mountains are going to get dumped upon. Much of southern Wyoming could see a couple of quick inches before we get there too, but fortunately, the winds will be dying down, and the road crews should have an easy time with clearing the way into Laramie, our stop for the night.

After the system clears the Rockies, the system will explode through the Plains and rocket towards the western Great Lakes. It’s really going to be moving quick, much quicker than we are. Again, we won’t be directly impacted by the snow that will fall in Nebraska, but things may or may not be cleared from the roadways by the time we arrive. Snow will long be over and the wind will taper off by the way we make our way anywhere. We will make it to Omaha by the time the day ends. There won’t be any snow or wind, but it will be chilly.

As has been our theme for a few days now, we will be chasing a fairly active system out of town. The drive from Omaha to Sheboygan looks dry on our windshield, but upon arriving in Wisconsin, our tires will not be. Parts of Wisconsin could see over half a foot of snow, which will be plenty, and certainly enough to keep things slow as we weave our way through the state. Still a lot of snow on the ground in Sheboygan when we arrive on Friday!

Napa, California

Off we go to home to some of the best wineries in the country, Napa! Let’s see how the start of their week goes.

At 6:54PM PST, the temperature at Napa, CA was 50 degrees with some light rain falling. Another storm system is pushing onshore over the West Coast, bringing another bout of heavy mountain snows throughout the Cascades and Northern Rockies, with rain in lower elevations. Most of the energy will push over the Western US throughout the day Monday, with the main area pushing over the Great Basin by midday Tuesday. Temperatures will be cooler throughout the afternoon on Tuesday, with conditions pretty steady overnight tonight through Monday afternoon. A few scattered light rain showers are still possible over the area on Tuesday, but with high pressure building in by late evening, they’ll be few and far between.

Monday: Rain showers expected through much of the day, becoming lighter in late evening. High 54, Low 42.
Tuesday: A few lingering showers possible, but mostly dry conditions with peeks of sun in afternoon expected. High 51, Low 31.

TWC: Monday: Rain showers expected through early evening. High 58, Low 41.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 54, Low 37.

AW: Monday: Mostly cloudy, showers around. High 57, Low 44
Tuesday: Cloudy with a few showers. High 51, Low 37.

NWS: Monday: Rain showers in morning, becoming more scattered by evening. High 58, Low 35.
Tuesday: Scattered rain showers. High 52, Low 30.

WB: Monday: Scattered showers. High 48, Low 39.
Tuesday: Few scattered rain showers. High 43, Low 35.

Here we see the storm system pushing over the Northwest US. Luckily Napa won’t see the heaviest of the precip, but they’ll still get some action from it.

Finding a happy medium

The forecast in Napa was for a rapid warm up in the wake of a system that slid through the Pacific Northwest. Some people thought it would warm up too much. Some people didn’t think it would warm up enough. Some people, Victoria-Weather and The Weather Channel were just right, taking down the top spot in Napa.
Actuals: Friday – High 84, Low 51
Saturday – High 86, Low 52

Grade: B

Napa, California to Gainesville, Georgia

It’s going to be a nice, long journey across the country to begin the final week of April. The day will last 5 days and cover 2549 miles. The first 4 days will be full days that net 528 miles. The extensive time spent on I-40 will mean that we can cover ground at nearly 66mph, which is pretty good.


We won’t be able to get out of the state at any point during the day Saturday, instead shuttling from north of San Francisco Bay through the Central Valley and eventually to the Mojave. The day will end in Essex, California, which is sort of a dusty town on the fringes of the Mojave National Preserve. All of this will be accomplished with nary a cloud and increasingly warm temperatures. In fact, by the end of the day, it will be downright hot in southern California.

Another day filled with dust and heat. Fortunately, our elevation will rise, and the temperatures will become much more manageable. It’s going to be terribly lonely, this drive, but at least it might get a little interesting, with a few high elevation rain showers after about 4pm, as we move from Arizona to New Mexico. The day will end in Laguna, New Mexico, which is less than an hour west of Albuquerque.

There may be some morning shower and storm activity over the Texas Panhandle, but it should long be over by the time we arrive on the scene. There may be some fairly scattered clouds over the Panhandle and western Oklahoma, but nothing that will negatively influence the day. We will end our Monday in Hydro, Oklahoma, which is just east of Weatherford.

High pressure will remain entrenched over he south central portion of the United States, which is going to be different than the other days we have gone through so far. Why? Trees. There are actually trees in much of Oklahoma and throughout Arkansas. IT’s going to be a delightful change of pace, though it will be more humid. Still sunny. The day will end in Memphis. The real, live, gigantic city of Memphis.

Just one day left in what will turn out to be a fairly pleasurable road trip from Napa to Gainesville, Georgia. No rain again, only sunshine through the Southeast. The comparatively leisurely day will finish off a trip where our greatest stress will be Atlanta area traffic.

Napa, California

Ahhh the wine country. Some of the best vineyards in the country are found here, will the weather be equally exquisite over the next couple of days? Let’s find out!

At 754pm PDT, the temperature in Napa, CA was 66 degrees under fair skies. Currently a storm system is dumping some heavy rain over the Pacific Northwest as it rides up over a ridge that’s setting up shop over the Great Basin. This ridge will intensify over the next couple of days, bringing sunny skies and warming temperatures throughout the Western US as we head into the weekend. Places like Phoenix could see their first 100-degree reading of the year if it all sets up right for them. Napa won’t be quite as warm, but temps should lift into the 80s. If you’re looking for a weekend to go out and enjoy wine country, make it this one!

Friday: Sunny. High 82, Low 54.
Saturday: Sunny and warmer. High 84, Low 50.

TWC: Friday: Sunny. High 84, Low 56.
Saturday: Sunny. High 85, Low 55.

AW: Friday: Partly sunny. High 79, Low 57.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and very warm. High 80, Low 59.

NWS: Friday: Sunny. High 88, Low 57.
Saturday: Sunny. High 90, Low 57.

WB: Friday: Sunny. High 79, Low 60.
Saturday: Sunny. High 80, Low 65.

Here we see the stream of clouds with the current system affecting the Pacific Northwest. Clear sailing for Central CA into the weekend!

Well, I was right

I said at the time I was forecasting for the beautiful Napa Valley that I wasn’t quite sure why everyone was going so much warmer than models indicated. They had stayed cooler than average, which is what the models were saying again on Sunday when the forecast was issued. Believe it or not, they stayed fairly cool again, which I TRIED to tell you people. It stayed even cooler than what I had thought. Summer will come to California some day.

Actuals: Monday – High 74, Low 54
Tuesday – High 75, low 56

Grade B

Napa, California to Farmington, New Mexico

We’re going to take a delightful road trip from beautiful Napa Valley to the 4 Corners of New Mexico, undoubtedly seeing some beautiful desert landscapes. It’s a two day drive that covers 1061 miles. The second day will be a few miles longer, as our 64.9mph pace will net us 519 miles on the first day, less than half what we want.


Things are rather chilly by the standards of southern California this summer.It’s still plenty warm near Death Valley, which is about as far as we will make it on our first day. We shouldn’t have to worry about too much weather, as we’ll be inland of the coast, which will keep us out of the clouds. Some models seem to think there will be some shower activity along the Mexican border, but we aren’t going that far south. We’ll stop in Fenner, California, which is not the most densely populated area.

We are in the throws of “monsoon” season in the west, and this typically means showers and storms for Arizona and New Mexico in the afternoon and evening. Depending on the flow, it can be fairly widespread, or it can just be an isolated cell or two causing headaches for the resorts of Colorado. New Mexico is almost always active, as wit will be on Wednesday. Actually, models indicate a more organized boundary scooting through the area, so perhaps a few more thunderstorms will be in the Farmington area than we should expect upon our arrival on Wednesday. Expect the threat to pick up pretty soon after we arrive in New Mexico maybe a few miles before that. Then all we have left to do is go out and enjoy the natural splendors of New Mexico. Land of enchantment!

Napa, California

For as warm as it’s been in the east, parts of California are cooler than they were in January. San Diego has reported record low maximum temperatures for the past week. Napa is north of San Francisco though. What are we doing there?

At 1254PM, PT, Napa was reporting a temperature of 69 degrees with clear skies. An unsettled pattered across the United States was demonstrated well by the upper levels which were littered with various eddies and troughs. Over the eastern Pacific a weak cut off low was set up, likely belaboring morning sea fog with the associated southeasterly flow for San Francisco Bay and the surrounding communities.
The low isn’t expected to move much for the next couple of days, which doesn’t bode well for a warm up in the Bay area, as the persistent cool, most flow will continue into the Napa Valley from the southeast. It won’t be as foggy as the cities along the immediate coast in the mornings, and it will likely be cooler than is typically expected this time of year.
Tomorrow – Morning fog and clouds, High 77, Low 53
Tuesday – Morning fog and clouds again, High 76, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies. High 79, Low 56
Tuesday – Plenty of sun. High 81, Low 54

AW: Tomorrow – Areas of low clouds early; otherwise, mostly sunny; breezy in the afternoon High 78, Low 54
Tuesday – Areas of low clouds early; otherwise, mostly sunny High 77, Low 53

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 82, Low 54
Tuesday – Sunny, High 81, Low 54

WB: Tomorrow – Areas of morning low clouds and fog. Otherwise sunny High 81, Low 59
Tuesday – Areas of morning low clouds and fog. Otherwise sunny. High 81, Low 58

Everyone is going warmer than what the models indicate, but that hasn’t born itself out lately, so I’m not sure where their ideas are coming from. We’ll find out soon enough what happens. The satellite is very quiet.