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Palm Coast, Florida to Sioux City, Iowa

It’s March now, which means the winter is almost over, and it’s time to head home before Spring Breakers invade the otherwise tranquil beaches of Palm Coast. Our drive will cover 1483 miles and last for two and a half days, slicing right into the middle of the country, and across an area that has seen some significant severe weather this week. ¬†We’ll spend a lot of time on the interstate system which will help coax 68.9mph out of us, and our first two days of travel will be through after 551 miles per day. Let’s get going!

DAY ONE (Thursday)

The very tail end of this week’s destructive spring system will be strewn across the Florida-Georgia border (or the Florida/Georgia Line if you are a country music fan) but will not have the same cold air reinforcement it did as the system moved through the country, and the showers and storms will be more isolated in nature, and when they do pop up, they will be significantly lighter than what the Ohio Valley, or even the Delaware Valley experienced. The threat for rain will be seen through Cordele, Georgia, but then, we will be in that sweet, sweet post frontal high pressure. The drive through Atlanta and Chattanooga will be sunny and dry, and we’ll make it to Kimball, Tennessee with nary a concern. After we have navigated that initial bout of rain, of course.

DAY TWO (Friday)
We will start the day at the base of a thermal trough and finish by sliding into the leading edge of a thermal ridge. So it will be a bit on the cooler end as we start the day, but as we drive through Missouri, it will start getting warmer. We will avoid any precipitation, and we will enjoy the onset of a warm up in Windsor Place, Missouri, just past Columbia.

DAY THREE (Saturday)
High pressure will still be in place in the center of the country. Even better, it will be warm high pressure, with temperatures in the 70s through Omaha, and perhaps still in the mid to upper 60s in Sioux City. Not bad for early March.

Palm Coast catches a cold front

Unfortunately, Palm Coast doesn’t have any official observations, but Florida is covered in people and small airports. Nearby Daytona Beach can tell us a little bit about the weather to finish the week, even if we don’t have official data on hand. We know that there was a strong cold front that slid through the area on Friday, bringing nearly an inch of rain, as well as winds the gusted over 30mph at times. Of course, this isn’t anything like the weather seen on the northern end of this system, but it was certainly quite the show! Fortunately, there were no severe reports out of the storm, just some ruined afternoons.

Palm Coast, Florida to Idaho Falls, Idaho

We’re packing up for an extended trip from the Atlantic coast of Florida to the eastern part of Idaho. Surely, the landscape will be ever changing as we make our way to the northwest, but how will the weather respond? It’s going to be a 4 day trip, and that last day is going to be a doozy. It’s 2354 miles over the road to cover the ground between the two towns. The first three days should be over after 538 miles, leaving about 740 miles for Monday with the Trucks.

DAY ONE (Friday)
Palm Coast
It won’t be raining as we depart Palm Coast on Friday morning, but it will be very ominous just off to our west. The system forecast to bring multiple feet of snow to the mid-Atlantic will be dangling a cold front through Georgia just as we head north into the Peach State. Depending on how well formed the boundary is by midday, we could see scattered thunderstorms or an active squall line. I’m leaning more towards a coalescing line, with a leading downdraft to rattle the car as we drive into the initial headwind. I would guess we would hit the leading edge somewhere around Adel or Tifton in southern Georgia, but to be safe, I would say there is a chance for strong thunderstorms anywhere from Lake City, Florida to Macon. The incredible part of the system is how much cold air will be dragged into it. There will be a bit of dry air between Macon and Atlanta, but then, it will start precipitating again. From he north side of Atlanta to Guild, Tennessee, jist to the west of Chattanooga, don’t be surprised to see mixed precipitation changing to snow. This is kind of a strange thing on day one, leaving from Florida. Expect roads to be a full on nightmare.

DAY TWO (Saturday)
The further North we had on Saturday, the further we get from the heaviest precipitation. There will be a few flurries lingering through night until we leave Guild on Saturday morning. Light snow will probably tie up the roads as we continue through Tennessee, wrapping up by the time we end up in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Of course, the further away from the heavy snow we get, the more capable of dealing with the snow locals are. After Hopkinsville, it should be dry through southern Illinois and St. Louis. The day will end in Columbia, Missouri, at the leading edge of an unusually warm ridge of high pressure.

DAY THREE (Sunday)
This will be fine. It’s a quick little jaunt through Missouri and up to Nebraska. The Cornhusker State will be well above freezing and mostly sunny. We’ll make it most of the way across the state to Maxwell before calling it a day. An area of low pressure will be formingin the lee of the Rockies just as we arrive in Maxwel, inspiring a change in flow and bringing a bit of a chill to the air.

DAY FOUR (Monday)
The lee trough will move swiftly through the Plains, and by the time we get up, there will just be some light snow throughout the plains of the Nebraska Panhandle. Not a huge issue, and one that won’t last very long. In Wyoming, if we are in the low elevations, there won’t be any concerns. On the other hand, I-80 through Wyoming is fairly undulating. The mountain passes may be a little snowy. After we get off of I-80, it should quiet down a bit, which is good news. Passing south of Yellowstone to Idaho Falls, it will be crisp, but dry. A nice change from the snow in Georgia, for heaven’s sake.
Idaho Falls

Palm Coast, Florida

Today we’re back to Florida! These coast to coast forecasts certainly keep things interesting. What does the Sunshine State have in store for it to finish off the week?

At 350pm EST, the conditions at Palm Coast, Florida were clear, with temperatures somewhere in the mid to upper 50s (The sensor is apparently acting a bit wonky right now). Thursday should be a rather pleasant day as lingering portions of high pressure continue over the region. However, a storm system sitting in the Plains is going to be the major story for this upcoming weekend. It’s expected to swing along the Gulf Coast Thursday night into Friday, then intensify over the Southeast US, swinging out to sea over the Carolinas. What this means is possible heavy snowfall for the Mid-Atlantic states, with some locations measuring it by feet. What does this mean for Florida? The cold front will swing through on Friday evening, bringing a round of thunderstorms to the area. Will these be as strong as the storms that hit Florida earlier this week? Probably not, but the threat for some strong storms is possible.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 66, Low 40.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms in afternoon. High 72, Low 52.

TWC: Thursday: Sunny. High 68, Low 42.
Friday: Thunderstorms. High 69, Low 51.

AW: Thursday: Intervals of clouds and sun. High 68, Low 42.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms. High 70, Low 54.

NWS: Thursday: Sunny. High 66, Low 41.
Friday: Showers likely, some thunderstorms after 1pm. High 72, Low 49.

WB: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 67, Low 39.
Friday: Thunderstorms. High 72, Low 54.

WN: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 66, Low 41.
Friday: mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 72, Low 56.

FIO: Thursday: Clear throughout the day. High 69, Low 45.
Friday: Rain until evenign and breezy starting in the evening. High 71, Low 53.

Florida looks pretty quiet today, but that storm swirling over the Central Plains right now? That’s what is going to give the East Coast its big storm this weekend, as well as some storms to the FL Peninsula as the front swings through.


The Mystery Forecast

The last couple of days haven’t been too bad in the Florida Peninsula, with most of the activity found in the southern part of the state and only some isolated activity further north towards Palm Coast. There were a couple of thunderstorms, both in the morning and later that afternoon, down in Daytona Beach, but couldn’t deduce what happened at Palm Coast since the closest reporting station only reported between 8am and 6pm about 10 miles south. So while I’m sure it was a pleasant start to the week, only the residents will know for sure…

Palm Coast, Florida

Terribly sorry for the late forecast, but I’m playing catch up.

At 358AM, ET, Palm Coast was reporting a temperature of 66 degrees with clear skies. High pressure has moved to encompass most of the eastern US, including north Florida. There was the remnants of a boundary over south Florida producing some clouds and showers, though that was also drawing focus way from Palm Coast.
The ridge is expected to be narrow, with even a dose of upper level troughing riding over the top of the surface feature, especially on Tuesday. The instability aloft could lead to some isolated elevated thunderstorms, but for the most part, sunny skies will prevail in northeast Florida.
Today – Mostly sunny, High 83, Low 65
Tuesday – Isolated afternoon showers and storms, High 83, Low 72

TWC: Today – Partly Cloudy High 85, Low 70
Tuesday – Few Showers High 83, Low 71

AW: Today – Partly sunny High 83, Low 70
Tuesday – Sunshine and some clouds with a shower High 83, Low 73

NWS: Today – Sunny High 83, Low 68
Tuesday – A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny high 81, Low 70

WB: Today – Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy High 81, Low 68
Tuesday – Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. High 84, Low 70

The forecast for Palm Coast isn’t often updated in the wee hours of Monday morning for most people, it appears.

It doesn’t radiate in Florida!

Light off shore winds in Palm Coast over the past couple of days, in addition to clear skies over Florida meant that the affect of the sea, just moments away, was negated. Typically, a 30 degree diurnal variation is confined to the Plains, where the ambient moisture is limited and temperatures changes come much more quickly. Still, with the sea negated by the light flow and the clear skies allowing for day time warmth to be lost to the atmosphere, that’s exactly what happened in Palm Coast, much to the collective surprise of meteorologists everywhere. Victoria-Weather had the top forecast, though it wasn’t great, given that the low temperatures were at least 5 degrees off across the board.
Actuals: Saturday – High 55, Low 33
Sunday – High 60, Low 30

Grade: D

Palm Coast, Florida

I am sick of putting in negative temperatures. Palm Coast came up on the schedule just in time.

At 1250PM, ET, Palm Coast was reporting cloudy skies with a temperature of 53. An area of low pressure off the coast was wrapping moisture into the Atlantic Coast of Florida, keeping temperatures down and dreary conditions in place. Things were beginning to clear out around Jacksonville, however, as the system begins to take shape over the Atlantic.
The system will follow the course of a jet that is clipping south Florida and riding the Gulf Stream. This will take it out to sea, and upper level ridging will try to nose it’s way into the southeast. The tail of the jet will continue to ride over Florida despite the surface high pressure, so expect some high clouds but increasingly typical Floridian weather for the weekend.
Tomorrow – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 60, Low 38
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 63, Low 37

TWC: Tomorrow – A mainly sunny sky. High 61, Low 40
Sunday – Abundant sunshine.High 64, Low 38

AW: Tomorrow – Plenty of sun High 62, low 38
Sunday – Bright sunshine and beautiful High 65, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 60, Low 40
Sunday – Sunny, High 64, Low 39

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny high 60, Low 40
Sunday – Sunny high 64, Low 38

That’s so much nicer than about the past 10 forecasts. Satellite shows clouds trying to pull away from Florida.

Palm Coast, Florida to Punta Gorda, Florida

It’s just a short little intra-state adventure as we head from the Atlantic to Gulf Coasts of Florida, covering 215 miles over 4 hours and change. That means a pace of 52mph, because we’re not exactly taking interstaes on this trip. Let’s see Florida!

The drive across Florida will be beset by a few obstacles. The first will be the sun, which will undoubtedly be in our eyes. The second is the warmth, which will mean the windows should be rolled down, making it difficult to hear the radio. Then, of course, is the drive through Orlando, and the inevitable desire to stop at Disney World. So, pretty tough drive to Punta Gorda.