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Oxnard, California to Fort Smith, Arkansas

Hey, who’s ready for a nice road trip through the desert? It’s so cold across so much of the country, but we will be taking our route through part of the world that has been able to avoid the really cold stuff. If anything, it’s still unusually warm in the southwest. Our drive will take three days, covering 1564 miles. Our pace will be about 69mph, and the first two days will be longer, with a goal of 553mph.


DAY ONE (Sunday)

The good news for California is that the high pressure dominating the region right now is centered off shore, so there won’t be any Santa Ana winds whipping up flames through the Santa Barbara mountains. Hopefully, this will mean some rain soon to help neutralize the threat even further. Alas, as we drive through the desert California, we will encounter no such wet weather, and we will barely see any clouds, even in the high elevations where they tend to sneak up on you. Our drive will conclude after we have passed through Flagstaff and end up in the ghost town of Two Guns, Arizona. Sounds like a fun place.

DAY TWO (Monday)
Our second day on the road, and the first day of the year will be just as pleasant as the first day of the drive, and last day of 2017. We’re going to be cruising through New Mexico on the way to the Panhandle of Texas, stopping in the town of Wildorado, west of Amarillo. We’re going to be reaching the western edge of that cold area of high pressure at the end of the day, so while it may be fairly warm on Monday, don’t expect the last day to be as accommodating.

DAY THREE (Tuesday)
As I noted in the description of Monday’s forecast, expect some colder weather on Tuesday. Indeed, Oklahoma and Arkansas especially should expect near record cold as cold air pools along the I-40 corridor from Amarillo to North Carolina. Of course, our entire route falls neatly within that stretch of roadway. Clear skies east of Amarillo, but a very brisk feel to the environment when we get to Fort Smith.

Picture perfect

People often talk of southern California and it’s weather perfection. Those that say that need to be a little bit more specific, in my opinion. It’s far too hot and dry in the desert, and it can rain in the mountains. Right along the coast though? Temperatures around 70 with rarely a drop. Such was the case with Oxnard over the past two days. Accuweather nearly nailed a perfect forecast for this perfect weather.
Actuals: Monday – High 66, Low 52
Tuesday – High 66, Low 55

Grade A-B

Oxnard, California

We’re going to finish this weekend off with a trip to southern California. There is a NWS office in Oxnard, serving the greater Los Angeles area. How focused are they close to home? We will find out!

At 951PM, PT, Oxnard was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 58 degrees. Clear skies and a dew point of 52 suggest that as the night continues to cool off, fog will have no problem settling into the Oxnard area.
A broad but weak upper level trough is going to settle further south and elongate into a more oblong shape through the period. It isn’t necessarily the clash in air mass, which will be minimal, but rather the increased turning in the upper atmosphere that raises the most intrigue. With the increased helicity, there will be a bit of destabilization, which may lead to some light showers, and will definitely lead to some clouds on Tuesday afternoon.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 68, Low 53
Tuesday – Increasing clouds with a spot of drizzle, High 66, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny., High 66, Low 53
Tuesday – Areas of morning fog with some patchy drizzle. Morning clouds will give way to sunshine for the afternoon. High 66, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Low clouds breaking for some sun High 67, Low 53
Tuesday – Low clouds breaking for some sun; breezy in the afternoon High 66, Low 55

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 67, Low 51
Tuesday – Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, High 65, Low 54

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 65, Low 55
Tuesday – Cloudy in the morning, then becoming partly cloudy, High 65, Low 56

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 68, Low 50
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 64, Low 54

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy overnight. High 69, Low 54
Tuesday – Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 65, Low 54

A little bit of weather for the sunny southern Calfornia coast, although there is no evidence of it on satellite, and it’s fishy that only V-W and The Weather Channel (of all entities) have it in the forecast.


Oxnard levels off

While the upper level pattern was active, and there was a bit more rain in northern California than expected, the southern part of the state was a bit different. It was like nothing happened at all in Oxnard. The only change in weather, despite a cold front passing just about 50 miles to the north was a degree change in the high from Thursday to Friday with a bit warmer overnight low into Friday. Accuweather nailed 3 temperatures, and was only a degree off on the Thursday high, and as you might suspect, they won Oxnard easily.
Actuals: Thursday – Hgih 71, Low 52
Friday – High 70, Low 55

Grade: A-B

Oxnard, California

Oxnard, CA

We are headed off to the West Coast for our forecast today. It’s a bit off the beaten path where weather is concerned, but sitting just north of Los Angeles, the actual path is pretty well beaten.

At 1151AM, PT, Oxnard was reporting a temperature of 73 degrees with mostly clear skies. There was a stout southwest wind across southern California which was helping to scour the surface of any potential lower level fog or clouds, despite the onshore flow. A sharp, high amplitude pattern is moving through the western US, allowing for gusty winds across the region.
Expect tomorrow to be largely influenced by a sharp ridge of high pressure straddling the west coast, leading to warm temepratures and continued breezy conditions. As with today, expect Oxnard to see temperatures that are cooler than the higher terrain inland. An equally high amplitude trough is expected to move into the west coast overnight Thursday into Friday morning. The feature won’t carry enough cold air far enough south to produce any rainfall for the coast, but it will tamp down on the breezy conditions in the area, as well reintroduce the threat for morning fog and clouds, with some of those clouds lasting into the afternoon on Friday.
Tomorrow – Mostly clear, with some fog in the morning, High 70, Low 51
Friday – Mostly cloudy, High 65, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow –  Mostly sunny skies, High 70, Low 53
Friday – Some clouds early. Mostly sunny along with windy conditions during the afternoon. High 70, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Sunshine and patchy clouds High 70, Low 52
Friday – Sunshine and patchy clouds High 70, Low 55

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 70, Low 54
Friday – Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, High 67, Low 54

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 70, Low 54
Friday – Cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy, High 67, Low 54

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 70, Low 54
Friday – Partly Cloudy High 68,, Low 54

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 75, Low 56
Friday – Partly cloudy starting in the evening. High 71, Low 55

We all ended up circling the same target. Here is a look at the night time satellite, with not much to see.


Racine, Wisconsin to Oxnard, California

One coast to another for this 4 day trip. We’ll head from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean, covering 2109 miles in the process. We are going to average 70.3mph, which is pretty good. Our first three days will have a goal of 562 miles thanks to that swift rate of speed, leaving the rest for a leisurely Monday.

DAY ONE (Friday)
We’re headed off through the Upper Midwest on Friday, and there is another wave moving into the region. There will be some isolated rain and snow, with a little convection possible in northern Minnesota into the Dakotas. We will be in neither, however, and we will enjoy a pretty nice, relaxed drive through Wisconsin and Iowa. There might be an isolated shower late in the day over northwestern Iowa, or perhaps in northeastern Nebraska, but I have a hunch the drive will be dry throughout the day. We’ll end it for the afternoon in Lincoln.

DAY TWO (Saturday)
Things are going to get a little dicier on Saturday. The system is going to sink further south, and there may be a few showers in Lincoln, but there will be a bit of a rain shadow through western Nebraska, but at the base of the trough producing this system, well, that’s where the real show will be. Don’t be surprised if there are widespread and heavy snowshowers from Fort Morgan to Denver, and then in the mountains west of the Mile High City. The threat for snow will be best south of the Palmer Divide, which is great news for us, as we will be north of that particular geographic feature. Snow will still be possible, and it will make driving… interesting. The day will end at Shiner Pass near Vail.

DAY THREE (Sunday)
It’ll be our time to shine on Easter. Snow will be shifting out of Colorado overnight, so we will simply be able to enjoy the scenery. Utah is vast and empty, so we will be able to really zip through the Beehive State under high pressure. We will pull up short of Las Vegas in the town of Riverside, Nevada for the night. Something squeamish for me about ending a high holiday in Sin City.

DAY FOUR (Monday)
There is a potent system threatening to sink south towards the southwestern United States by the early part of next week, but we will be driving before it can really make an impact along out route. Southern Nevada will be a bit breezy, but by the time we clear the Sierras and start headed towards the LA Basin, it should be pretty great SoCal weather. Not bad in Oxnard.

SoCal Showers

The next system poised to bring problems to the middle of the country has already done its worst in southern California. Of course, for places like Oxnard, that just means that they saw some rain last night. Sure, they saw about a half inch of rain out of the deal, but that’s a lot better than, say, a foot of snow, right? Of course, half an inch of rain in Oxnard is probably just as crippling for residents of Southern California. The Weather Service had the top forecast for Oxnard.
Actuals: Wednesday, High 55, Low 48
Thursday, .54 inches of rain, High 57, Low 48

Grade: B

Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Oxnard, California

Another day, another road trip. We’re headed west from Milwaukee, which narrowly avoided a big snow storm today, to Oxnard, which has gracefully avoided snow storms for eternity. It’s a 4 day trip, which covers 2113 miles at a pace of 66.6mph. Our daily rate will be about 533 miles a day. Let’s see if we can get out of the snow.

Our first day of travel won’t really provide much in the way of significant weather issues. Sure, there will be a lot of left over snow over northern Illinois, but the interstates should be cleared as we drive through them. There is a chance for some isolated flurry activity just as we leave Milwaukee thanks to some onshore flow from Lake Michigan, but then things will clear up nicely, assuming the roads are fine in northern Illinois. Iowa dodged a major bullet, so after the Quad Cities, things should be entirely problem free. We will make it to Ashland, Nebraska, just past Omaha.

A big old area of low pressure will set up over the northern Rockies and the southwesterly flow associated with it will generate some lee troughing. When we approach the Denver area, expect to find some balmy temperatures, particularly when compared to where we just came from. Don’t expect any precipitation on Thursday for our route. Smooth sailing (or driving) to Evergreen, Colorado, just west of Denver.

An area of low pressure is moving into the southwest, and will be causing some issues along our route. As we navigate the mountains of western Colorado, we are going to deal with some snow, with the best chance coming on western exposures after we pass through Grand Junction. The typically desolate, lifeless eastern Utah will… well, it will still be desolate and lifeless, but with a chance for some light rain. The Wasatch will feature some snow again, but it will be rain by the time we return to I-15, which is at a lower elevation. The rainy day will end in Paragonah, Utah, which is just north of Cedar City.

The back edge if the precipitation will be around Saint George, Utah, in the southwest corner of the state. After that, we can get a into a rhythm that we will probably be a little bit more familiar with in the southwest. Actually, one difference will be that the recent wet weather will help scour the atmosphere a bit, so skies will be a little clearer. Also, it’s going to be a lot colder than normal until we hit the Coastal Range. At that point, it’s going to be a nice little California day.

Oxnard, California

Whew. I was not feeling well this afternoon, and now, here I am posting at 1030 local time. At least the forecast is for the west coast!

At 751PM, PT, Oxnard was reporting cloudy skies and a temperature of 53 degrees. There was a thin layer of clouds along the Southern California coast that made it as far inland as the Coastal Range thanks to a light onshore flow.
There is a trough sitting off the coast of the Pacific Northwest helping to generate an area of low pressure that will move inland, and is currently the culprit for the onshore flow in southern California. The low is going to dig south over the next 48 hours. There is a chance for some light drizzle riding the southwesterly flow through the day tomorrow, but as the base of the trough digs to Southern California, rain will become more widespread on Thursday, particularly late in the day. Alas, it is not always sunny in Southern California.
Tomorrow – Cloudy with some drizzle, High 57, Low 46
Thursday – Cloudy with rain, with rain intensifying late in the day, High 57, Low 46

TWC: Tomorrow – Few Showers High 57, Low 45
Thursday – PM Showers High 58, Low 47

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and cool with a little rain High 60, Low 46
Thursday – Cool with variable cloudiness; a passing afternoon shower High 57, Low 47

NWS: Tomorrow – Rain likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy High 54, Low 47
Thursday – A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, High 58, Low 47

WB: Tomorrow – Rain likely in the morning…then a chance of rain in the afternoon.High 55, Low 45
Thursday – Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the morning…then a chance of showers in the afternoon. High 58, Low 45

Even when I am forecasting for California, I get bad weather. What the heck. Satellite just shows the low clouds for now.

Let’s get Oxnarded

With the rain they saw in Oxnard on Tuesday, they received 10 times their monthly total. Of course, they average .01″ in the month of May, so by many other people’s standards, the rain wasn’t too terribly heavy, but in Oxnard, it was quite a bit. Especially on the heels of last months .69″ of rain. It’s a veritable monsoon down there! The Weather Channel had the top forecast.
Actuals: Tuesday – .10 inches of rain, High 66, Low 53
Wednesday – High 63, Low 53

Grade: A