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Fort Walton Beach, Florida to Portland, Oregon

After a couple of short, single day trips, we’re headed off for a 5 day trip from the southeast to the northwest. It doesn’t get much longer than this. It does, but not much. The drive will cover 2741 miles, which we will cover at a pace of 68.5mph, and will evenly distribute 548 miles on each of the 5 days.

DAY ONE (Thursday)
With troughing across the east coast and an area of low pressure over the northern Plains, there is a pocket of dry air between those regions. We’ll see sunny skies with above average temperatures from Fort Walton Beach all the way to Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, where we will stop for the night.

DAY TWO (Friday)
Low pressure will deepen rapidly in the Colorado Plains, with southerly flow producing hot, humid air over the central Plains. While driving in our air conditioned vehicle, this won’t mean a whole lot, so what actually is relevant to our road tripping is the continued clear skies through Oklahoma and much if Kansas. We’re going to pull in to Brewster, Kansas to polish off our Tuesday.

DAY THREE (Saturday)
Low pressure will shift north towards the Dakotas and Canadian Prairies. There will be some weak, morning thunderstorms as we leave Brewster in western Kansas, but we will be in the stable cold sector by the time we hit the Colorado line. We’ll make it to Laramie without any problems, but on the back end of the low, temperatures might be cool enough for some mountain snows as we head west through southern Wyoming. Be careful in the Passes! We’ll stop for the night in Purple Sage, Wyoming, near Rock Springs.

DAY FOUR (Sunday)
By Sunday, we will be well west of any action, embedded within high pressure over the Rockies. We’ll make it through northern Utah, southern Idaho and right up to the Oregon border in Huntington, on the Oregon side of the Snake River.

DAY FIVE (Monday)
There is going to be another heat wave out west. We’re headed to Portland in the face of another bout of late season warmth. It won’t be anything like we would expect in the Pacific Northwest. Expect sunny skies, and not even a hint of rain.

Not far inland enough

I had suspected that temperatures at the airport in Portland would end up being fairly warm, more so than those forecasting for other outlets anticipated, especially on Wednesday when a southerly flow was expected to fill into downstate Maine. It did, but it brought with it much more cool ocean air than V-W expected. We were well off the pace as a result, but The Weather Channel was definitely on point, earning the victory.
Actuals: Tuesday, High 86, Low 57
Wednesday – High 82, Low 59

Grade: A-C

Portland, Maine

This isn’t going to be your typical Maine forecast. Not with temperatures all the way up in the 90s across New England, it won’t be. How long will the heat last?

At 951 PM, ET, Portland was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 63 degrees. There are clear skies across the region ahead of an upper level ridge moving into the area. Dew points are close to 60, so given the clear skies and low temperature spread even before midnight, a foggy night is expected.
A deep area of low pressure over the Upper Midwest will be forced north towards western Ontario by the ridge advancing into New England. The flow at the leading edge of the low will drive hot humid air into New England through the middle of the week. The upper 80s to 90 degrees are not out of the question. There will be a few showers and storms in the higher inland terrain, but Portland, nearer the coast, will be left to swelter.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, with morning fog High 88, Low 58
Wednesday – Increasing clouds and warmth, High 90, Low 65

TWC: tomorrow- Partly cloudy. High 86, Low 58
Wednesday – Mostly sunny. High 82 Low 61

AW: Tomorrow – Seasonably warm with periods of clouds and sunshine High 80, Low 59
Wednesday – Partly sunny, seasonably warm and more humid High 79, Low 62

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 85, Low 58
Wednesday – Sunny, High 85, Low 64

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny, High 83, Low 58
Wednesday – Mostly sunny, High 82, Low 61

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 86, Low 59
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny High 84, Low 64

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting in the evening. High 81, Low 58
Wednesday – Partly cloudy overnight. High 77, Low 63

I think I am at a distinct advantage here. You see, the airport in Portland, the official ASOS station, is inland of the coast, where many other outlets are forecasting for. Here is a look at the crystal clear satellite.


Corvallis, Oregon to Portland, Maine

This should have been up last night, but real-life intervened. And by that I mean Fall Season Premiere Week (seriously, go watch The Blacklist after you finish reading this post!!!) This road trip will actually cover an entire week, as we’ll need 7 days to cover the 3,270 miles between these two cities. Will we make it to Portland in time for the premiere of Amazing Race? This trip will seem like it’s own race!



A trough is swinging through the Pacific Northwest, bringing plentiful rains to the Cascades and even our first winter storm to portions of Montana and northwest Wyoming. Luckily, it’ll just be scattered showers along our trip past Salem and heading east out of Portland. It will be a showery, gloomy day as we head east on I-84 for the entire day, but the showers won’t give us any breaks as we head southeastward over eastern OR and into western ID. We finish our soggy day in Boise.


Our storm system kinda stalls out over the Northern Rockies down to the Great Basin, but we’ll still be encountering rain showers at the start of our day as we continue eastward out of Boise. The heaviest activity will be found over northwest WY, which is luckily north of our route, so we’ll be subject to more scattered showers just like the first day. We end our day in Rock Springs, WY to regroup for day 3.


The storm system will start lifting out of the Dakotas and into southern Canada during the day today, taking with it most of the precip associated with the system. While a boundary will continue to linger down into the Four Corners region, precip will be found mostly back over the Rockies and leave the Plains windy, but mainly dry. We might see a couple lingering rain showers as we head eastward through WY on I-80 during the day and continue into Nebraska with dry weather for the afternoon and evening. One thing to keep an eye on, however, is flooding along the South Platte, which is a product of the epic CO flooding the other week. We finish the day in Lexington, NE.


Well, during the night the frontal system caught up to us. It’ll be an overcast start to the day with a few possible showers as the front is draped from the Central Dakotas down to the TX Panhandle. We’ll once again encounter a few showers as we continue our eastward jaunt on I-80, but should taper off as we pass by Omaha. The remainder of the day should be dry as we finish up in Davenport.


Finally, a quiet day! A large area of high pressure had taken hold over the Northeast and Eastern Great Lakes, flexing its muscles over pretty much everywhere east of the Mississippi River. Luckily, 99% of our trip today is east of said river, so clouds will decrease through the day and we’ll get plenty of sun as we cruise on south of Chicago and through northern Indiana before settling in Cleveland for the end of the day.


Another day, more high pressure! Not much to really say for today, other than enjoy the scenery as we push eastward through NY and finish the day in Albany. Almost there!


A tiny sliver of high pressure remains over New England, sandwiched between the remains of the oncoming front and an area of low pressure developing off the coast. Thankfully, today’s leg is a pretty short one, and we cruise into Portland safe and sound!

Portland Aerial

Maine’ly cloudy

I think this is a good example of bad puns. But really, if you can decipher my not so clever word play, you can certainly infer that there were some clouds in Portland. There were, along with some pretty thick fog. Temperatures were able to climb above 60 despite the clouds and the flow off the sea on Monday (The ended up 1 degree off the record high). Accuweather had the top temperature forecast, but were waylaid by the drizzle that was squeezed out on Tuesday. This split the forecast, with Accuweather and Victoria-Weather claiming the top forecast, if not top Maine related weather joke.
Actuals: Monday, High 63, Low 44
Tuesday, .02 inches of rain, High 57, Low 48

Grade: C

Portland, Maine

Off to the east coast, which I can promise you will be a decidedly unpleasant forecast. Well, the forecast will be pleasant, the weather will not be.

At 551PM, ET, Portland was reporting a temperature of 50 degrees with overcast skies and a developing bank of fog across the area. A warm front over central New England was allowing moisture to pool in the area, however the real culprit is a sharp trough in the eastern third of the United States that is drawing easterly flow and fog across the Eastern Seaboard. There will be dense fog tonight, and perhaps through most of the day tomorrow.
At the base of the aforementioned trough, there is a great deal of cycologenesis. The new low developing along the trough will rob the cold front of it’s moisture, and it will wither away. That said, a vigorous easterly flow will continue even as the low draws moisture away from downstate Maine. Nearly day long fog will be possible in Portland on Monday and Tuesday. The low that does develop will almost resemble a hurricane on satellite, and begin to bring some light rain to Portland very late on Tuesday.
Tomorrow – Cloudy and foggy, High 57, Low 45
Tuesday – Very cloudy and foggy, with some light rain late, High 55, low 45

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy. Near record high temperatures. High 63, Low 46
Tuesday – Overcast High 54, Low 43

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and not as cool (PM rain) High 59, Low 44
Tuesday – Variable cloudiness High 57, Low 45

NWS: Tomorrow – Areas of fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy High 58, Low 46
Tuesday – A chance of rain, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, High 53, Low 45

WB: Tomorrow – Areas of fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times in the morning. High 56, Low 43
Tuesday – Highs in the lower 50s. Light and variable winds… high 55, Low 45

I just think it will be too cloudy for radiative warming, and drawing moisture off the sea, at least to the 60 degree mark, simply seems…. unlikely. Here is the radar, showing a blip of rain over Maine. That’s where the lingering warm front is.

Portland, Maine to Elmira, New York

We’re taking one day to travel through interior New England, driving from beautiful downstate Maine to beautiful downstate New York. The 462 miles of the trip are mostly not on major interstates, and we won’t move terribly swiftly. We will only inch along at 60mph, but it’s all right, given the scenery.

There is a cold front setting itself up through the mid Atlantic, kind of following an arcing path through that area. It’s going to set off some thunderstorms over eastern New York this afternoon, but will slowly drift out of our route tonight. We’re going to have to deal with some trailing showers, probably after we reach the Oneonta, New York area lasting into Elmira, but the rest of the drive will be quiet and very easily manageable. Enjoy the drive!