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Iowa City, Iowa to Phoenix, Arizona

Two road trips in one day today. This one will see us take a southwesterly voyage, where as the other, later tonight, well, that will be southwesterly as well. Our drive will cover 1514 miles and will last for nearly 3 complete days. At this pace, our average speed will be 64.6mph. The third day will be slightly shorter, but in general, we will cover about 516.5 miles per full day of travel. It’s snowing in Minnesota today, so a trip down to Phoenix from nearby Iowa City certainly doesn’t sound so bad right now.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

A cold front is moving through the Mississippi Valley as we speak tonight. Flow aloft in support of the trough and behind it is fairly weak, and broadly ridging behind the initial front. What does this mean to the average traveler? It means sunny skies and light winds. We’ll make it through the most well populated part of our drive, and end up in Goddard, Kansas, just west of Wchita.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Westerly flow and the mid-April time of year means we are in prime time for lee troughing and dry lines. Weak low pressure will indeed develop in eastern Colorado, with a dry line dangled south along the Texas/New Mexico border. We may see some storms touched off from Guymon, Oklahoma to Tucamcari, New Mexico, meaning that the Texas Panhandle will be a ripe environment for a few showers and thunderstorms. On either side of this area of thundertorms, we will be in pretty good shape. We won’t see a soul for miles at a time, but the weather will be most agreeable. The day will end in Clines Corners, New Mexico, which we will reach about an hour ahead of Alburquerque.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Hot high pressure is sliding into the intermountain west, and will be in place by Thursday. It’s not a huge stretch that Arizona and New Mexico are dry and warm, but the set up is more reassurance that we are out of the woods in terms of thunderstorms. Phoenix will be warm and dry upon our arrival, which is pretty much what one looks forward to when they go to Phoenix.

Phoenix Falls Flat

When you think if Phoenix, I think you naturally think of a blistering dry heat. I know that I failed to publish the forecast from a couple of days ago, but if I HAD done that on time, you would know that this was not what we were expecting to end the week. Indeed, the massive system presently bringing tornadoes to the Tennessee Valley and snow to the Great Lakes started by touching off a few showers even in Phoenix. That’s a strong system. Sorry I didn’t give you the advanced warning. Most did not have rain in their forecast both days of the forecast, and for their pessimism, the NWS was rewarded with the top forecast.
Actuals: Thursday – .01 inches of rain, High 73, Low 54
Friday – .08 inches of rain, High 73, Low 57

Grade: B-D

Phoenix, Arizona

I sit in the Twin Cities with temperatures already below 0, with a forecast for Phoenix in my future. Cruel, really.

At 851PM, PT, Phoenix was reporting mostly cloudy skies and a temperature of 6 degrees. Phoenix was the only site in the region reporting clouds, and coincidentally, was the warmest spot in the area. The region is currently under a very weak ridge that will soon be shoved out of the region.
The day on Thursday will remain palatable to most, with mostly cloudy skies continuing through the day, however with an upper level trough arriving on the West Coast, winds will begin to increase through the western US. Precipitation will begin through central Arizona before sunrise on Friday as low pressure becomes centrally organized over southern Idaho. Heavier rain and thunderstorms will pop up over the higher terrain northeast of Phoenix as southwesterly flow chases the low for the rest of the day, but the region will be disturbed enough that there may be a stray shower or storm in Phoenix at any point during the day. Don’t be surprised if there is a bit of dust on Friday as well.
Tomorrow – Increasingly cloudy, High 78, Low 50
Friday – Mostly cloudy, with isolated showers and dust, High 71, Low 56

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. High 78, Low 51
Friday – Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 76, Low 58

AW: Tomorrow – Warm with the temperature approaching the record of 79 set in 1969 with periods of clouds and sun High 77, Low 49
Friday – Mostly cloudy, windy and not as warm with a shower in the area High 71, Low 58

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, (late rain) High 75, Low 52
Friday – A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, High 68, Low 57

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 76, Low 51
Friday – Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Cooler. High 71, Low 60

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 75, Low 52
Friday – Mostly cloudy with scattered showers, High 68, Low 57

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 82, Low 50
Friday – Light rain starting overnight. High 73, Low, 57

Not often we get to see rain in Phoenix, but that’s where we are tonight. Take a look at the satellite and how active it is north of Arizona. It’s coming to Phoenix, in some degree or another.

Summer Scorcher

It’s Summer. It’s Phoenix. 99% of the time, you could probably say “it’s ridiculously hot” and you’d be spot on. The Phoenix forecast didn’t disappoint as the LOWEST the temperature got at any point was 85 degrees. Even today, it’s incredibly hot even for Phoenix’s standards, as this morning’s low temperature… the LOW temperature was 94 degrees, which broke the record of 91 set back in 2006. In other words.. just stay inside, it’s stupid hot out there. The Weather Channel brought home the win with their incendiary forecast.

Monday: High 107, Low 85.
Tuesday: High 113, Low 89.
Forecast Grade: B

Boise, Idaho to Phoenix, Arizona

I’m surprised to find out that our journey from Idaho to Phoenix will only take two days. It seems longer than that. The two towns are 908 miles apart, and in fact, the primary connector is a US highway, so speeds will be limited to 60.5mph, and our first day will only net us 483 miles. This is going to be a fairly barren drive, but what will the weather hold?

DAY ONE (Monday)
Boy, there isn’t much going on between Boise and Phoenix, is there? Beautiful drive, but make sure you hit the restroom whenever you have a chance. As for significant weather, it should remain confined to the first few hours of the trip. There could be a splash of rain or an isolated thunderstorms around the Sun Valley. I think our best bet, however, will be for showers or storms between Twin Falls, Idaho and Wells, Nevada. Rain is highly unlikely south of Wells, but will be possible from Boise to Twin Falls as well. I wish there was a better place for us to stop, but we’re just going to call it a day in, oh, I don’t know Seaman Range HP? What he heck is an HP? Maybe the Highest point? Just plan on camping off by the side of Nevada 318 in southern Nevada.

DAY TWO (Tuesday)
It’s going to be CRAZY hot driving from southern Nevada to Phoenix. Like, don’t slow down, because your tires will melt to the road if we slow down hot. Sunny skies, a quick trip through Vegas and maybe a cactus at the side of the road, but nothing in terms of climate for our drive on Tuesday. Find some air conditioning though, seriously.

Phoenix, Arizona

I almost called it Phoenix, Missouri, which would have been wrong. So much Missouri on the brain.

At 851AM, PT, Phoenix was reporting a temperature of 91 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Before 9am and with clouds, all with temperatures already in the 90s, today will be a very warm one, and little change is in order going forward.
Thermal low pressure looks to be the most significant feature with monsoonal thunderstorms remaining in the higher terrain. Extra sun will mean even warmer temperatures as the weekend continues.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 106, Low 81
Tuesday – Even hotter. High 109, Low 82

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 107, Low 83
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 112, Low 84

AW: Tomorrow – Very warm with intervals of clouds and sunshine High 106, Low 84
Tuesday – Partly sunny and hot High 110, Low 85

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 106, Low 82
Tuesday – Partly Sunny High 109, Low 84

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. HIgh 107, Low 83
Tuesday – Partly cloudy. High 108, Low 85

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 106, Low 82
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 109, Low 84

I can’t even imagine that. We have heat advisories here in the Twin Cities and it’s 20 degrees warmer in Phoenix.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania to Phoenix, Arizona

We are on our way from Pennsylvania to Phoenix on what is a surprisingly short trip. By “surprisingly” I mean only 4 days, which is a full day shorter than I expected. So there’s that. It’s 2187 miles between the two cities, and our average speed is expected to be 65.8mph, getting us 526 miles a day and leaving ourselves with a long day 4 to finish things off. Let’s get to Arizona before winter gets here!


We are looking for a beautiful day across the country tomorrow (unless you live in the Pacific Northwest… sorry) and our drive will be a problem only if you don’t like awesome scenery. The northern Appalachians are beautiful, even without fully leaved trees. We will make it out of the high country into the flat lands, crossing Ohio and Indiana, stopping just across the border in Marshall, Illinois.

High pressure will still the be boss over the center of the country, giving us a clear view of the Arch as we pass through St. Louis and a good look at a bunch of cornfields. The corn should be out though, so I’m sorry, you will miss that. We will end the day in Verdigris, Oklahoma, which lies northeast of Tulsa.

Things are finally about to get interesting. A strong, deep area of low pressure moving into the Pacific Northwest will help induce a lee trough east of the Rockies. At the southern end of that trough, the threat for showers and storms will emerge. Storms likely won’t develop until the afternoon, but we may get winged by an isolated storms after we get west of Weatherford, Oklahoma, but by the time we hit Amarillo, things should already be clearing up. Well, no, that’s not accurate. Storms will still be building, but by this point, they will be in our rearview mirror. We will make it to Newkirk, New Mexico, west of Tucumcari by day’s end. I wonder if there is a Kirk, Mexico?

Well, that bout of potential storms was exciting, wasn’t it? That’s it though. No mountain rain to contend with as we cross the border into Arizona, no crazy cold snaps in Arizona, nothing. By the time we reach Phoenix, the nasty weather will be well to our north, and Phoenix will be experiencing some seriously toasty temperatures. Compared to Johnstown, anyways.

Sure, this is where Accuweather shines

Accuweather has showed fairly poorly of late with regard to our forecast verifications. Of course, now in Phoenix, where there is very little weather to speak of, Accuweather came within one degree of a perfect forecast, angling a little warm on the morning low yesterday. Go figure.
Actuals: Tuesday, High 91, Low 63
Wednesday, High 96, Low 65

Grade: A

San Angelo, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona

This is going to be a dry forecast. To me, the geography is about as interesting as the weather, and in this case, the geography definitely wins out. It will be an 845 mile journey that covers a day and a half of the timeline. We won’t have any company, really, except for satellite radio and scorpions. The drive will be at a pace of 68.8mph, which is pretty good, if I do say so myself. This means our first day will cover a whopping 550 miles. LEt’s get the sun block and start on our way.


This is the time of year for the second severe weather maximum. Deep digging troughs are setting up some dry air in New Mexico, and a nice dry line should develop daily in west Texas. Tomorrow, it looks like it will do just that, but it’s influence won’t quite be felt far enough south by the time we pass through the Midland-Odessa area, the southernmost point for thunderstorms. We will get through there by around noon. From that point forward, smooth sailing all the way into Bowie, Arizona, which is right off I-10 across the border from New Mexico.

We just have a handful of hours of driving on Wednesday to get to Phoenix, and it is going to be hot. Tucson doesn’t tend to be quite as warm as Phoenix, but neither location is going to be terribly comfortable if you don’t have air conditioning. We will grow increasingly warm as we head from Bowie to Tucson to Phoenix, where it will be in the mid 90s when we pull into town.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is just as much a candidate for interesting weather as anywhere this time of year. Let’s see what transpires today.

At 951AM, PT, Phoenix was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 73 degrees. After last weeks trough dug all the way into the desert southwest, the upper level flow has broken down. Still, the construct of an upper level trough is in place, and a very strong jet streak is angling into the Pacific Northwest, and will, to some degree, follow the framework already established, especially with the strength of the ridge in the east.
Flow will get too contorted to work its way into Phoenix effectively. There will be a brief cool down the next couple of days, but it will be almost imperceptible, and likely not accompanied by any rain, before the jet is forced into a more laminar flow north of Phoenix. All told, it doesn’t look like too bad a forecast for Phoenix, but perhaps a little warm.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 91, Low 61
Wednesday – Sunny and warmer High 96, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies High 92, Low 64
Wednesday – Mainly sunny High 99, Low 67

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny and warm High 91, Low 63
Wednesday – Warm with bright sunshine High 96, Low 66

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 93, Low 62
Wednesday – Sunny, High 97, Low 66

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny. High 93, Low 63
Wednesday = Sunny and warmer high 98, Low 67

A pretty barren satellite here in Arizona, and it doesn’t look like business is going to pick up any time soon.