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The Odessa Odyssey

Never underestimate a clear sky in west Texas. It was fairly clear in Odessa on Monday, as the streams of light rain showers steered clear of our forecast site as the work week began, and temperatures were well above the consensus forecasts.. Sunday was a little bit more solemn, with some spits of rain here and there that not many outlets were entirely prepared for. Accuweather had the only perfect forecast in terms of precipitation, but hey were outdone by the National Weather Service and their shadows at WeatherNation, who knew to expect a temperature spike with the sun shining on Odessa.
Actuals: Sunday – Rain reported, not measured, High 64, Low 48
Monday – High 70, Low 46

Grade: B-D

Odessa, Texas

It’s a very quiet pattern across the country, except the lower Mississippi Valley. Does any of that wet weather spread over towards west Texas? Only one good way to find out.

At 953AM, CT, Odessa was reporting a temperature of 60 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. High pressure over the center of the country stretched its southwestern component to west Texas, though the anti-cyclonic flow was pulling the upper level moisture into the region, which was contributing to the clouds over Odessa this morning, as well as a few showers closer to I-10.
 One area to monitor will be the tropics. With high pressure likely to remain in place over the center of the country through Monday, the continued east to west flow through Texas will work to incorporate tropical moisture into the region. Tropical Storm Willa in the Pacific is expected to become a hurricane over the next few hours, and will aid in the consolidation of wet weather moving through south Texas as it flows towards Willa. It’s unlikely that much, if any rain can reach Odessa through Monday evening, but it will mean more clouds through the forecast period.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 63, Low 45
Monday – Mostly cloudy, High 64, Low 47

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 61, Low 49
Monday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 67, Low 48

AW: Tomorrow – Rather cloudy, a passing shower or two High 63, Low 50
Monday – Times of clouds and sun High 64, Low 49

NWS: Tomorrow – Isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, High 65, Low 48
Monday – Isolated showers. Mostly cloudy, High 68, Low 49

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with isolated showers. High 60, Low 49
Monday – Mostly cloudy with isolated showers, High 65, Low 48

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with isolated showers, High 65, Low 48
Monday – High 68, Low 49

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 59, low 47
Monday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 59, Lo2 46

The ridge in the center of the country is going to be really good for the Ohio Valley, but it will be a bit more interesting on the flanks of that ridge. Here is the radar with some showers over Fort Stockton and Pecos.

State College, Pennsylvania to Odessa, Texas

We’re all set for another road trip, this time covering 3 full days, as we head from Pennsylvania to west Texas. The mileage will be 1676, which we will cover at a pace of 69.8mph, which means we will blast through the Midwest, covering 558.7 miles a day. Thank you, Eisenhower interstate system! Let’s start the week right, with a trip to Texas!

DAY ONE (Monday)
We’re still enjoying the after effects of a strong cold front that moved through the eastern United States, as temperatures are cool and the air is dry. The atmosphere aloft is still in the grips of a massive trough, that is only getting shorter in wavelength, which means increased perturbation of the atmosphere. A weak bundle of energy moving through the Great Lakes will bring the threat of some light, popcorn showers by the time we hit central Indiana, and we may see some light rain through Indianapolis, but certainly nothing severe, and mostly likely with the sun visible, peaking around the clouds as it rains. We’ll make it to Brazil, Indiana, about 15 miles east of Terre Haute, and call it a night.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
Any more consternation that the weak Great Lakes feature wants to prolong will be suppressed by the strong dome of high pressure smothering the region. Expect things to remain mostly sunny and still quite dry as we slice through the center of the country, spending time in Illinois and Missouri, passing through St. Louis on our way to the eastern suburbs of Tulsa, where we will caall it a night, still managing to avoid any particularly inclement weather.

DAY THREE (Wednesday)
Things are going to start returning to normal by mid-week. That is to say, expect much warmer weather as an area of low pressure moved into the northern Plains, beginning to draw that summer time heat northward. Along with heat, don’t forget humidity, which will also be on the rise, especially with thunderstorms beginning to emerge on the Gulf Coast. Our route will take us through Oklahoma and Texas, artfully slicing between both stormy features, and we will instead only enjoy the baking heat of the southern Plains. Get some ice cream in Odessa, as you will certainly want some.

Racine, Wisconsin to Odessa, Texas

Well that was a short stay in Racine! Must have been at the in-laws. I’m kidding! I’m sure they’re swell folk. But anyways, now we must depart for Odessa, TX, a 1,286 mile, 3-day trip away. Away we go!



It’ll be a pleasant start to the day as we head south past Chicago and towards Bloomington-Normal. We can expect an increase in clouds and perhaps a few thundershowers between there and St. Louis, but luckily most of the heavy stuff should be off to the easy by the time we push on by. There might be a few lingering showers in southern Missouri as we make our way to Springfield for the night, but nothing too harrowing.


A boundary lifts north during the overnight hours, and by morning pretty much any precip should be well north of Springfield as we start our day heading towards Tulsa. Not much in the way of storms are expected today and we anticipate fairly sunny skies for the rest of the day as we cruise through Oklahoma City and eventually down into Wichita Falls, our stop for Day 2.


Lots of sun and a few high clouds are expected today on our relatively short leg, just 300 or so miles between Wichita Falls and Odessa. Given the speed limits in the state, we should make it there by lunch, then enjoy the rest of the day roaming the city!


Odessa, Texas

It’s time for the weekend! A summer weekend! What kind of fun will the people of Odessa, TX have when work gets out tomorrow? It all depends on what the skies bring, which being west Texas, means either monsoonal thunderstorms or trillion degree heat. Let’s see which of these in on the docket!

At 1053pm CDT, the temperature in Odessa, TX was 80 degrees under fair skies. The pattern for west Texas… isn’t unlike most other summer days in Western TX. Lately, fronts have stalled out over the Central Plains and don’t make it that far south. Monsoonal thunderstorms kick off most days over the Rockies and some days slide down over the high plains of West Texas. This will be the norm for the next couple of days as well. There’s a slight chance of some thunderstorms meandering into the Odessa area Friday afternoon, but the activity should remain off over New Mexico on Saturday, with temperatures a smidge higher as well.

Friday: Scattered thunderstorms. High 91, Low 71.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 92, Low 71.

TWC: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 91, Low 72.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 94, Low 70.

AW: Friday: Partly sunny and breezy. High 90, Low 72.
Saturday: Partly sunny and breezy. High 93, Low 71.

NWS: Friday: Slight chance of thunderstorms. High 90, Low 71.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 93, Low 71.

WB: Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 91, Low 71.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 93, Low 71.

WN: Friday: Partly cloudy with isolated T-storms. High 90, Low 72.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 93, Low 72.

FIO: Friday: Light rain possible in afternoon/evening. High 86, Low 72.
Saturday: Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 92, Low 69.

Here we see some showers and thunderstorms in the region, but they’re staying off to the north. Could a couple of these sneak into the area tomorrow?


Bouncing back

Saturday was a very wet day for much of west Texas, including the forecast site of Odessa. The temperature only hit the upper 70s, which is fairly cool for this time of year in this part of the world. Well, things cleared out, and temperatures started climbing back, hitting 88 on Sunday and 95 on Monday. Summer isn’t going away yet! A change in temperature as dramatic as the one seen in Odessa is often mishandled by forecasters, but not this time. In fact, Victoria-Weather and Accuweather only missed by 1 degree over the course of the two forecast days.
Sunday – High 88, Low 66
Monday – High 95, Low 71

Grade: A

Colorado Springs, Colorado to Odessa, Texas

It seems like these two towns should be further apart, but Colorado Springs is less than 10 hours from Odessa. They are even closer than that sounds, at 594 miles, but a lot of back road travel puts our pace at a somewhat paltry 62.3mph We had better make this one day, because there sure isn’t much in between!

Colorado Springs

The unusual thing going on right now out west is that all of the moisture in the southwest is coming from a tropical feature in the desert Southwest. Most of the rain and moisture will be unable to ascend and descend the entirety of the Rockies, especially as Norbert spins himself out. As a result, there may be some high clouds in Colorado and northeastern New Mexico, but it will be dry. There will be a bit of lingering shower activity around west Texas, however, but I think there is an 80% chance that we will get to Odessa without seeing a drop. If we DO see any rain, it will come within an hour of our arrival.

Odessa, Texas

After last week’s trip to Midland, we will be just a hair to the southwest in Odessa. Of course, it’s a week later, so the weather might be a hiar different.

At 753PM, CT, Odessa was reporting a temperature of 73 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Lower and mid level flow was from the southwest, where it was tapping into tropical moisture associated with the remnants of Norbert. This far away from the parent system, forcing is generally heating of the day, and the storms near Odessa should be diminishing now that night has fallen.
An upper level trough moving through the northern Rockies will dictate flow as soon as tomorrow morning, however the base of the trough will remain well north of the region. The remnants of Norbert are filtering moisture into the region at present, but the upper level trough will redirect flow from the Pacific Northwest towards lower pressure in the central and northern Rockies. Meanwhile, a weak ridge at the base of the trough will continue to generate northerly upper level flow, drying out the atmosphere in west Texas, as it usually does, when there isn’t tropical moisture polluting the fetch. Mid level flow will reinforce that dry weather, as the ridge bolsters westerly flow, rather than the weak, directionless presence it currently has. It will take a little time to clear out in Odessa, and tomorrow will probably be fairly cloudy, but expect a very nice, dry day on Tuesday.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 88, Low 66
Tuesday – Dry and hot, High 94, Low 71

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 89, Low 67
Tuesday – Sunny High 95, Low 71

AW: Tomorrow – Warmer with plenty of sun High 89, Low 66
Tuesday – Mostly sunny and very warm High 95, Low 71

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 90, Low 67
Tuesday – Sunny, High 95, Low 70

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 90, Low 68
Tuesday – Sunny. High 95, Low 70

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 90, Low 66
Tuesday – Mostly Sunny High 95, Low 70

That trough I referenced is going to bring a pretty significant cold snap to the northern US. No sign of it in Odessa. This was a tough forecast, because it was pretty tough figuring out what was going on currently. I’m not used to having tropical systems affecting the southwestern US. It’s actually a very dry flow right now for west Texas. Well, it usually is, anyway.

Odessa’s Odyssey

All right, it wasn’t that much of an Odyssey in Odessa over the last couple of days. It was warm and dry the last two days, with temperatures hovering around 90. A dry line working through the area meat low temperatures on Sunday morning were cooler than they were on Saturday, which a couple outlets anticipated. Victoria-Weather handled it best, however, and took the top prize.
Actuals: Saturday – High 91, Low 71
Sunday – High 90, Low 64

Grade: A

Odessa, Texas to Grand Junction, Colorado

Get ready for a drive through the back roads of the southern Plains and southern Rockies. It will take us a day and a half to get through this drive because of a 55.9mph rate of speed that allows only 447.5 miles of travel on Sunday. Good thing there will be some pretty good scenery.

Our day will start with sunny skies and increasingly warm weather, and that will continue as we make our way through southeastern New Mexico. We will see some towering cumulonimbus off to our west as we reach Roswell, and by the time we are on I-40 at Clines Corners, we may have to deal with some of those bubbly thunderstorms . Mostly, they will be hail storms, with some brief gusty winds and a lot of rain. We will get northwest of Albuquerque by the end of the day, and reach San Ysidro for the night.

The next wave moving into the central Plains will redirect the energy that had brought storms to New Mexico into the southern Plains and away from our route. Late in the day, some moisture may wrap back into Colorado, but it should really only mean some high clouds as we arrive in Grand Junction.
Grand Junction