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Pocatello, Idaho

Off to the Northern Rockies to see how the start of this week will fare!

At 815pm MDT, the temperature at Pocatello, ID was 67 degrees (that sensor seems a bit off). An area of low pressure found over WY is connected to a cold front that runs up into Central Canada and trails a boundary over northern UT/NV. This area of low pressure will shift out towards the Northern Plains during the day Monday, keeping a healthy amount of precip over Southern MT (with some hefty snow totals up in the mountains) and rain/spotty thunderstorm activity over south-central ID tonight. This activity will continue pushing eastward with the low overnight, bringing some precip to the Pocatello area before dawn. After sunrise, the precip should have shifted off to the east of the Pocatello area, drying them out for the rest of the day with decreasing clouds. High pressure builds down over the region behind the low, making for a pretty nice midweek period.

Monday: Some early morning rain shower/isolated thunderstorm activity. Drying out by dawn with decreasing clouds during afternoon. High 55, Low 38.
Tuesday: Sunny and warmer. High 63, Low 30.

TWC: Monday: Rain in early morning hours, then becoming mostly sunny. High 57, Low 41.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 64, Low 32.

AW: Monday: Breezy with clouds and sun, an isolated morning thundershower possible. High 57, Low 42.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 65, Low 32.

NWS: Monday: Chance of showers, thunderstorm possible after noon. High 57, Low 44.
Tuesday: Sunny. High 64, Low 35.

WB: Monday: Chance of morning storms. High 54, Low 44.
Tuesday: Sunny. High 62, Low 32.

WN: Monday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. High 57, Low 44.
Tuesday: Sunny. High 64, Low 35.

FIO: Monday: Rain until morning, then clearing. High 57, Low 42.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy until evening. High 64, Low 36.

There’s a bunch of ground clutter around the Pocatello area, but the echoes found off near Twin Falls and Jackpot are indeed real. This spotty activity will affect the region into midday tomorrow before making way to pleasant conditions the next few days.

Baked potatoes

In case you were wondering, yes, every Idaho related story requires a potato pun. This time, the verification for Pocatello just made it too easy. Temperatures climbed all the way to 90 on Saturday, which will leave anyone french fried. The strange thing that I noticed was how warm the overnight lows were forecast to be by several outlets. With clear skies and dry air, the warm air radiated out overnight, and despite the afternoon heat, it was bound to be fairly chilly in the morning. Accuweather and Victoria-Weather saw this coming, but there were those who simply didn’t get the memo. I think this shows that we have an eye for this, and they are simply tater tots.
Actuals: Friday – High 85, Low 48
Saturday – High 90, Low 52

Grade: A

Pocatello, Idaho

Today we visit Idaho! The state with the least amount of land border with Canada! Let’s see how the fine folks of Pocatello are doing and if their weekend will be as beautiful as the Rockies…

At 9pm MDT, the temperature in Pocatello, ID is 66 degrees under fair skies. A ridge of high pressure is pushing over the Pacific Northwest and into the Northern Rockies behind a cold front that’s shifting through Montana/Wyoming. The front connects up to an area of low pressure sitting over central Alberta/Saskatchewan. The low remains mostly stationary over the next 24 hrs before it shifts towards the Dakotas and the high pressure builds in a bit further over the Northwest US. What does all this mean for our friends in Pocatello? It means sunny skies and warm temps as an upper ridge continues to build throughout the Western US. Could be some hot potato weather for the weekend! Anybody? Anybody? Yeah i know, it was bad…

Friday: Sunny. High 85, Low 51.
Saturday: Continued sunny, warmer. High 89, Low 52

TWC: Friday: Sunny. High 87, Low 52.
Saturday: Sunny. High 90, Low 55.

AW: Friday: Plenty of sunshine. High 85, Low 48.
Saturday: Plenty of sunshine. High 88, Low 50.

NWS: Friday: Sunny. High 83, Low 57.
Saturday: Sunny. High 87, Low 57.

WB: Friday: Sunny. High 79, Low 55.
Saturday: Sunny. High 83, Low 54.

WN: Friday: Sunny. High 82, Low 57.
Saturday: Sunny. High 88, Low 61.

Here we see the storm system sitting up in central Alberta, with the Northwest US fairly quiet. It’ll stay that way for the next couple of days as temperatures increase.

Dry Mountain Days

With the deluge continuing over the Central US and another possible severe outbreak in the Lower MS Valley, it was nice to see a fairly quiet forecast for Pocatello. It was slightly cooler, however, than most people had anticipated. Not for our crack team here at V-W though, as we took home the top spot with ease.

Friday: High 46, Low 25.
Saturday: High 52, Low 21.
Forecast Grade: A

Pocatello, Idaho

With all the thunderstorms ravaging the eastern third of the country, it can be easy to forget, meteorologically the Rockies and the western US. Not us though. On to eastern Idaho!

At 1053AM, MT, Pocatello was reporting a temperature of 53 degrees with partly cloudy skies. A broad upper level trough was manifesting itself as widespread valley rain and mountain snow across the northern Rockies. Hailey to the northwest was reporting snow, while Twin Falls to the west was reporting rain.
Precipitation is expected to continue throughout the area for the rest of the evening as the next strong area of low pressure develops over the northern Plains. A weak ridge will build over the Rockies, but there will be little flow through the jet, so warm air likely won’t follow the ridge’s advance. Additionally, the ridge will have a tough time pushing far enough north to really protect Pocatello from inverted troughing from the developing low. Another large scale trough will develop by Saturday, but any inclement weather will be well south of Idaho, indicating a cool down for the weekend.
Tomorrow – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 45, Low 28
Saturday – Mostly cloudy, High 51, Low 21

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 48, Low 28
Saturday – More clouds than sun High 54, Low 25

AW: Tomorrow – A blend of sun and clouds High 52, Low 28
Saturday – Clouds and breaks of sun High 58, Low 25

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 44, Low 26
Saturday – Mostly sunny High 52, Low

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 41, Low 25
Saturday – Mostly sunny. Not as cool High 49, Low 25

Some pretty different forecasts out there for Pocatello, and we find ourselves right in the middle, which has to be a good sign. Radar probably doesn’t do justice to the precip falling in the Idaho mountains right now.

Pocatello, Idaho to Little Rock, Arkansas

Today’s trip takes us 1,555 miles from the lovely Rocky Mountains to the Land of the Ozarks. Off we go!


We begin out trip traveling east out of southern Idaho, watching a beautiful sunrise over the mountains. Well, if we’re lucky. A cold front is making its way through the Northern Rockies, streaming some high clouds out ahead of it with showers pushing their way through the Pacific Northwest. While we should stay dry during the morning as we make our way into southern Wyoming, the skies should remain mostly cloudy out ahead of the front. With the flow increasing ahead of the system, our main issue throughout the day will be gusty south-southwesterly winds of 25-35mph at times, especially in western Wyoming through some of the mountain passes. While we won’t get the worst of it, it’ll still be breezy as we travel through Cheyenne southward into Fort Collins, CO, the stop for our first night.

A fairly quiet start to the day as we travel southbound towards Denver, some partly cloudy skies greeting us. Our area of low pressure over the Northern Rockies is continuing to shift east and intensify some, increasing the southerly flow over the Plains. By midday, some showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop over KS as a remnant boundary kicks up activity. Most of this activity is expected to be off to our north, however, making for some picturesque scenery as we travel eastbound through Hays towards Salina. Some southerly wind gusts might catch us off guard as the low shifts towards the Northern Plains, and maybe a stray thunderstorm or two, but otherwise the evening shall end on a quite note as we roll into Wichita, KS.

Our friendly low pressure system is now shifting fully into the Northern Plains and deepening. The old frontal boundary that was lingering over the Central Plains yesterday has disintegrated as strong southerly flow continues to stream up through the Plains to the low. Also, broad high pressure is found from the Great Lakes down to the Lower MS River Valley, quelling much of the activity through the morning hours. With the low level jet feeding northward, our trip out of Wichita through Tulsa will be rather windy, but dry and sunny. Winds should die down as we cruise across the Arkansas state line at Fort Smith. While we may see some thunderstorms off in the distance, east of Little Rock, we should remain dry as we pull into the state capital.