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Everyone wins!

To end the week, the weather in New Orleans was immaculate: not a cloud to be seen, while temperatures only climbed to the mid 80s, which is very comfortable for this time of year down in the Bayous. So the residents of New Orleans were big winners, but so were the forecasters. There was a 5 way tie atop the leaderboard, leaving only the NWS and FIO out of the spoils. A cool morning low on Friday was a big enough hiccup that despite the tranquility, this tie wasn’t because everyone had an excellent showing.
Actuals: Thursday – High 84, Low 73
Friday – High 84, Low 64

Grade: C

Terre Haute, Indiana to New Orleans, Louisiana

If you stuck around after our initial forecast, you will know that the weather in New Orleans for the next day and a half of this drive will be in excellent shape, but what about the 783 miles in between? We’ll cover that mileage at a pace of 68.5,mph, at which pace we will cover 548 miles on Thursday’s drive.

 
DAY ONE (Thursday)

Indeed, warm weather and sunny skies have come to the Mississippi Valley after a long stretch of busy weather in the area. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of people just outside and enjoying it at any stop that is made. Maybe have lunch by the river in Memphis. It’s going to be nice day, is what I’m saying. We’ll make it to Mississippi and the town of Richland, which is about 75 miles northeast of Jackson.

DAY TWO (Friday)
Like I said in the intro, New Orleans is going to be very nice to drive through. So too, will Jackson and all parts in between. It will even be tolerably cool. Not quite to the dog days yet, but they are coming soon.

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Big Easy… Let’s go find out if the weather will be easy to forecast. – Most obvious intro pun possible.

At 953PM, CT, New Orleans was reporting a temperature of 78 degrees with clear skies. After a rough weekend, a boundary has swept through the area, providing New Orleans with northerly flow, importing drier, stable air to the city. High pressure in the center of the country is inhibiting convective development across the center of the country.
The trough that brought the boundary through the region is shortwaved, but the high pressure in place behind it is broad and strong. There might be a few isolated showers or storms floating around the south end of the high pressure feature, but that will mean only some thunder around Corpus Christi. The next real threat for significant weather in the Big Easy will be with a few isolated storms over the weekend.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 85, Low 71
Friday – Sun High 85, Low 71

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies High 85, Low 69
Friday – Sunshine – High 85, Low 69

AW: Tomorrow – Sunshine High 85, Low 70
Friday – Sunny to partly cloudy and pleasant High 85, Low 70

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 85, Low 70
Friday – Sunny, High 85, Low 71

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 83, Low 69
Friday – Sunny, High 83, Low 69

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 84, Low 70
Friday – Sunny, High 84, Low 72

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 87, Low 72
Friday – Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening. High 85, Low 73

This is incredible weather for New Orleans  for this time of year. Not too hot and dry.

New Orleans, Louisiana to Pueblo, Colorado

Today we’re traveling from one vacation destination to another, albeit for entire different reasons. New Orleans for their lovely warm weather and rich culture, Pueblo for their plethora of nearby winter activities in the Rockies. It’s 1,188 miles between the two, so it’ll take a couple days to complete the trek

New Orleans

DAY ONE

High pressure controls most of the Eastern US, but a weak lingering boundary along the central Gulf Coast continues to keep moisture hovering in the region. Some low clouds and fog are expected in the New Orleans area as we depart in the morning, and can’t rule out an isolated shower either. As we continue through Northern Louisiana and towards Dallas, showers should remain to the south of our route, but clouds are expected to linger over much of the area. Increased southerly gusts are anticipated as well as an area of low pressure continues to intensify over the Central Rockies. Eventually we end our day in Wichita Falls, TX.

DAY TWO

The aforementioned low pressure system pushes out over the Central Plains during the morning hours, with quite gusty winds anticipated as we depart Wichita Falls. A few scattered showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm are possible in the area as we make our way northwest towards Amarillo, as a strong cold front is pushing through the region. Lucky for us, the worst of it will develop well after we’re out of the area, moving out of Texas and into far northeastern New Mexico. Strong westerly winds could slow us down some as the fill in behind the front, but at least we’ll avoid the severe weather that’ll pop up over the Plains. We might see some very light precip starting up over Pueblo as we pull in for the night, but nothing that we can’t handle.

Pueblo

Storm stifled

Strong storms developed over the southern US on Thursday, though the densest severe activity was found over southern Alabama, New Orleans was covered by heavy rain and cloud through most of the day. Temperatures fell off the forecast highs because of all the clouds, which meant otherwise good forecasts were reduced to rubbish. OK, that was overstating it. They just weren’t as close to perfect as they could have been. WeatherNation claimed the top spot for the day.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 78, Low 61
Thursday – .20 inches of rain, High 72

Grade B-C

New Orleans, Louisiana to Racine, Wisconsin

Well, Spring Break is over, so time to head on back. Looks like it’ll take 2 days to get back from our Gulf Coast soiree to Racine, WI. It’s just over 1000 miles so it will take two days to return. Party’s over folks!

New Orleans

DAY ONE

As alluded to in my forecast for New Orleans yesterday, an intensifying area of low pressure is shifting through the Mid-MS River Valley and trailing a strong cold front through the Southern Plains. Numerous thunderstorms developed today from MO down into central TX, stirring up cells capable of strong winds and large hail. This front will continue moving into the direct path of our route northward in the morning, but luckily the worst of the cells should have died off a while ago. We can expect showers and thunderstorms as we go northward through western MS, passing Jackson and continuing towards Memphis. By early afternoon, the cold front should be west of our route, so outside of a couple straggling showers, no more precip is expected on this leg, just some gusty northwest winds as we progress through extreme northeast Arkansas and eventually into Sikeston, MO, our destination for the night.

DAY TWO

Today’s weather will be MUCH nicer for the final leg of the trip, as high pressure settled into the area overnight. Relatively light winds are expected and some sun is anticipated, but we can expect some increasing clouds as we make our way past Chicago and eventually into Racine for the night, as low pressure developing over the Upper Midwest will muck things up, but remain dry.

Racine

New Orleans, Louisiana

We’re in the throes of Spring Break! I’m heading to Vegas later this week, another coworker is making his way to Florida the same day. While nobody I know is heading to New Orleans, it’s quite a popular destination as well. Let’s see what it’ll be along the Gulf Coast for the next couple days!

At 1053pm CDT, the temperature at New Orleans, LA was 63 degrees under overcast skies. A patch of stratus is keeping the light of the full moon at bay tonight, but should break up some late Wednesday morning. An area of low pressure is getting revved up over the Central Plains, which looks to give plenty of snow in the Upper Midwest over the next 36 hours. Meanwhile, on the southern end, a cold front is pushing its way into the Southern High Plains of OK/TX. As the low shifts into the Mid-MS River Valley on Thursday, the cold front will swing through TX into LA, kicking up a few isolated morning showers in the area, but scattered thunderstorms are anticipated to develop during the day along the front. A few could be strong as they slide through, with most of the activity shifting east of New Orleans by sunset.

Wednesday: Increasing clouds. High 77, Low 60.
Thursday: Thunderstorms, possibly strong, clears out late evening. High 78, Low 63.

TWC: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 77, Low 61.
Thursday: Thunderstorms. High 76, Low 62.

AW: Wednesday: Breezy with partial sunshine. Isolated showers possible. High 77, Low 61.
Thursday: A strong afternoon thunderstorm. High 74, Low 60.

NWS: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 76, Low 59.
Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms start early morning, possible through afternoon. High 75, Low 59.

WB: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 76, Low 59.
Thursday: Thunderstorms. High 75, Low 63.

WN: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High 77, Low 59.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High 75, Low 64.

FIO: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 75, Low 60.
Thursday: Light rain until afternoon, starting again in evening. High 78, Low 62.

While the Gulf Coast is fairly quiet overall (we can still see some stratus hanging around Southeastern LA), we see a mass of clouds stirring up over WY and into the Northern Plains. This will be the system that produces an early Spring snowstorm up this way, meanwhile the developing front will affect the Gulf on Thursday.

MSYsat

Sultry temperature suppression

It looked like we were in for some warm, albeit dry days to begin the 4th of July weekend in New Orleans. Make no mistake, the temperatures were quite warm. Dew points in the 60s (a little cooler than usual, actually) did a pretty good job of holding the temperatures back, despite abundant sunshine. It didn’t reach 90 once over the entire weekend in New Orleans (at least not through Saturday), which was the primary flaw in everyone’s forecast. Weatherbug ended up having the best forecast in town, though everyone was clustered just behind them.
Actuals: Friday – High 89, Low 78
Saturday – High 88, Low 75

Grade: B

New Orleans, Louisiana

The US won the battle of New Orleans in the midst of the War of 1812. Well, actually, they won it after the war had been resolved. But that’s how I am tying this into Independence Day.

At 353PM, CT, New Orleans was reporting a temperature of 89 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. High pressure dominates the center of the country, and is even strong enough to prevent any formidable sea breeze or on shore flow, with only some high overcast across the region.
Hurricane Arthur will become extratropical through the weekend A moist feeding flow out of the Gulf will be pulled east across the northern Florida Peninsula, with a northerly flow continuing in Louisiana. A lower level ridge will continue to be in place in the Big Easy, suppressing clouds and precipitation, but allowing for some warm temperatures.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, a little breezy, High 90, Low 75
Saturday – Warm and sticky, but dry, High 91, Low 73

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 92, Low 77
Saturday – Sunny High 92, Low 73

AW: Tomorrow – A shower or thunderstorm in spots in the morning; otherwise, times of clouds and sun High 91, Low 77
Saturday – Times of clouds and sun High 92, Low 76

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 92, Low 77
Saturday – Mostly sunny High 91, Low 75

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. High 92, Low 78
Saturday – Partly cloudy. High 91, Low 77

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy, High 91, Low 79
Saturday – Partly Cloudy, High 91, Low 77

Hot, but a rare couple of days without the threat for thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast in the summertime.
New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana to Iowa City, Iowa

Back to back road trips for us. While the trek from New York to Louisiana will have to deal with some general rain showers, our journey north along the Mississippi will contend with some more sinister conditions. The drive is going to take almost two full days and cover 920 miles at a pace of 64.8mph, which means our first day’s mileage will be 518. Into the teeth of the tiger we go!

DAY ONE
New Orleans
Our charge upstream along Old Muddy will be warm and humid. Expect some very dense fog as we leave New Orleans, but otherwise fair conditions. A vast system organizing in the northern Plains will make our Sunday drive even more intimidating, but for Saturday, it will mean only an influx of summerlike air. The day will end in Kewanee, Missouri, which is just north of the Bootheel.

DAY TWO
Sunday is where the crap hits the fan. The cold front associated with this low will stretch from southern Iowa to northern Kansas, but an undercutting trough associated with the upper level low will light up fairly early in the day. We will dodge rain drops and embedded thunderstorms as soon as we start out, though the coverage won’t be comprehensive.. The strongest storms we encounter will be on the west and north side of St. Louis. When we get north of this line, we start moving into the stalled boundary over Iowa. Somewhere between Hannibal and the state line into Iowa, we will run into a wall of water. Not just rain for the rest of the trip to Iowa City, torrential, unrelenting rain. Areas like Mount Pleasant in southeastern Iowa will see maybe even 3 inches of rain. That reminds me. Maybe we should check our windshield wipers before we go.
iowa city