This is the second road trip in a row that will take us to Nebraska. That’s unusual. It’s another two day journey, covering about 968 miles. Our pace will be a disappointing 63.7mph (disappointing when compared to the 67 we got on the last trip. Our first day, then, will see 510 miles tick by on the odometer. It’s time to be on our way.
It’s something of a mess across the country where it concerns the weather. Southerly Gulf air has been able to make it’s way as far north as the Tennessee before it is getting wrung out over the Ohio Valley. Through most of the day tomorrow, showers and thunderstorms will be a possibility across Tennessee, particularly east of Clarksville, but still, this will include a good two or three hours of our travel, including the drive through our largest metropolitan area of the day, Nashville. The threat for rain will lessen in Kentucky and southern Illinois, and the threat for thunderstorms will be gone almost entirely. Instead, our arrival into Lebanon, Illinois, on the eastern fringe of the St. Louis metropolitan area will be met with chances for some light, popcorn rain showers.
Models indicate a squall line developing late in the night along the Missouri river north of Kansas City. These MCS’s can be fairly fickle, but I think the track will be the further north, faster of two tracks being indicated, which will mean a beeline from near St. Joseph, Missouri due east to just north of where we are staying in Lebanon, and into Illinois by the time we will be departing. This will certainly mean some showers and storms for the drive early, and lingering post-squall showers the rest of the way to Omaha, but it will certainly be better than it could have been. The other option would be for the storms to angle southeast and head for the eastern Kansas City metro after midday, about the time we would arrive. That would be a nightmare. Instead, I think the showers will be moderate until we are in Omaha (though a weak cold front could make it a little more interesting after we arrive).