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Pueblo, Colorado

Today we’re off to the mountains of Colorado! Well, the foothills anyways. A significant storm has been brewing in the Northern Rockies, will this affect the area as we head into the final days of 2014?

At 7:53pm MST, the temperature in Pueblo, CO is 31 degrees under fair skies. Hopefully the residents of Pueblo enjoy these near freezing temperatures right now, because they’re about to plummet in a big way. A system pushing its way southward through the Rockies brought heavy snows to the Northern Rockies and continues moving through the Central Rockies currently. The higher elevations will see higher accumulations from this system while the foothills shouldn’t get more than an inch or two throughout the day Monday and Tuesday morning. The worst of this system coincides with a MASSIVE area of high pressure moving over the Northern Rockies. One US computer model has it as strong as 1060mb! What this means is a significant push of arctic air will be spilling through the region Monday night into Tuesday, causing for a rather weak diurnal rebound Tuesday afternoon before the bottom drops out overnight into Wednesday morning. Brrrr. Be sure to wear a couple extra layers to start the week off!

Monday: Light but persistent snow during the afternoon and evening. Temperature dropping through much of the afternoon/evening. High 23, Low 4.
Tuesday: Light snow tapers off early, significantly colder. High 8, Low -10.

TWC: Monday: Afternoon snow. High 27, Low 11.
Tuesday: Few snow showers. High 15, Low -4.

AW: Monday: A little snow, significantly colder in evening. High 24, Low 7.
Tuesday: Colder with a little snow. High 9, Low -5.

NWS: Monday: Snow likely, mainly after 11am. High 22, Low 0.
Tuesday: Light snow chances continue. High 7, Low -5.

WB: Monday: Snow expected. High 20, Low 3.
Tuesday: 30% chance of snow, mainly in morning. High 8, Low -6.

WN: Monday: Cloudy with light snow likely. High 21, Low 0.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. High 9, Low -6.

Here we see a large, scattered cloud system associated with this storm dropping through the Western US. It’s gonna be a chilly couple of days!


Off to a cool start

The cooler weather that has been in place across the Midwest this summer filtered its way into Pueblo as July drew to a close and August sprang forth. The typically very warm and dry weather late July and August bring to Pueblo was nowhere to be found. It didn’t even reach 80 this week, and a wave moving out of the Rockies brought in a little bit of rain on Friday. That’s unexpected! Not for our meteorologists, though, who generally did a good job forecasting the cooler temperatures. Accuweather even came in too cool on every forecast point. The Weather Channel was closest to the mark, and despite missing on the precipitation forecast, ended up with the best forecast.
Actuals: Thursday – High 75, Low 59
Friday – .03 inches of rain, High 79, Low 60

Grade: C

Columbus, Georgia to Pueblo, Colorado

Time to hit the road, jack, for a 3 day trip across the southern Plains. It’s a 1422.29 mile drive between the two cities, which will be covered at a pace of 63.2mph, which is bogged down by a lack of interstates and some travel through the Ozarks. Still, we will be able to cover 505.7miles a day on Thursday and Friday, with a little bit shorter jaunt to begin the weekend.

DAY ONE (Thursday)
Columbus is in the clear tomorrow with warming temperatures and increasing humidity, but no destabilizing flow. The morning and early afternoon through northern Alabama should be just as peasant, but somewhere in northern Mississippi between Tupelo and Memphis, but closer to Tupelo, a massive blob of rain moving through the Southern Plains tonight will intersect us tomorrow. From that point, it will quickly turn from light to heavy rain, as we will be inundated across Memphis and into Arkansas, where we will stop in North Little Rock for the night.

DAY TWO (Friday)
After a bit of a dreary morning, it won’t take us too long to find the sun, which will break out before we reach Fort Smith. It won’t be as oppressively hot as it can be in the Southern Plains this time of year, but it will be completely sun drenched and wonderful. The day will end in Shamrock, Texas, in the Texas Panhandle.

DAY THREE (Saturday)
We will see some towering clouds to our west pretty much the entire day. The high based, high topped clouds around the Rockies won’t be much of a threat until we get right next to Pueblo, at which point a shower seems pretty darn likely. Don’t worry, but this point, it’s a lot wetter in Columbus than it is in Pueblo.

Pueblo, Colorado

We’re circling back to Colorado for our third forecast day in a row. What can we xpect from this southern Colorado town?

At 853AM, MT, Pueblo was reporting a temperature of 62 degrees with light rain. An area of low pressure over the Texas Panhandle is ejecting heavy rain through Kansas and Oklahoma, but some lower level moisture is being pressed into the Rockies, with low ceilings and fog accompanying some light rain along the entirety of the Colorado Front Range, though Pueblo wasn’t as murky as Denver or Colorado Springs.
Aloft, the pattern will remain stagnant, with Pueblo lying on the eastern edge of a ridge, and the low level disturbance in the Panhandle will unravel and shift to the east southeast. By tomorrow morning, Pueblo and the rest of Colorado will be back in a monsoonal pattern, with showers and thunderstorms cropping up in the higher terrain of the central Rockies. North of Pueblo, low conditions will linger, but it Pueblo has been socked in a bit less than other parts of the region, and a recovery will come quicker. Some blow off might lead to afternoon showers, but for the most part, expect a return to a generally quiet summer time pattern.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a few afternoon showers, High 80, Low 58
Friday – Isolated afternoon showers, High 85, Low 57

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy High 76, Low 57
Friday – Partly Cloudy, high 80, Low 58

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny with a couple of afternoon and evening thunderstorms High 74. Low 57
Friday – Periods of clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm, mainly later High 76, Low 56

NWS: Tomororw – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, High 81, Low 59
Friday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny High 81, Low 57

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms High 79, Low 57
Friday – Mostly cloudy with a 10 percent chance of thunderstorms. High 80, Low 57

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Storms High 81. Low 73
Friday – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Storms High 81, Low 57

Obviously, there is dissent on how long moisture will linger over Colorado. I am not impressed and think, quite apparently, that Pueblo stands towarm up fairly quickly. I’m buying the NAM which usually isn’t a popular seller with many outlets. Here is the radar that looks a little more active over the Colorado Front Range.

Heat wave comes crashing to an end

Pueblo was in the mid 90s on Saturday, but cold air started to dig south into the Plains, and some of that cold air was able to back it’s way into the Front Range. The high temperature was 10 degrees colder on Sunday than it was on Monday (though it’s tough to find many people complaining about 80 degrees in the dead of summer. There were a few thunderstorms in the area, which everyone had, leading to some solid forecasts all the way around. Accuweather continues a strong month, and they had the top forecast in town.
Actuals: Saturday, High 93, Low 64
Sunday – High 83, Low 63

Grade: A

Pueblo, Colorado

It’s the monsoon season in the mountains of Colorado. Does that extend to the Front Range and High Plains as well?

At 253PM, MT, Pueblo was reporting a temperature 95 degrees with clear skies. There was a clear boundary along the Palmer Divide, as temperatures in Colorado Springs were 13 degrees cooler, and they were reporting a thunderstorm at this hour. There are a few returns on radar around the Pueblo area as well, but with the latest terminal observation seems to suggest that this may be ground clutter. There is quite a bit of activity ongoing in the mountains, however thanks to a monsoonal fetch.
The biggest problem with this forecast will be poor resolution of the available models. There is certain to be convection across the Rockies, particularly those just west of Pueblo, and a boundary at the leading edge of Canadian high pressure will invade from the north, but will more than likely get hung up in the Palmer Divide. It seems fairly likely that Pueblo will see little, if any, thunder over the next two days, but models want to paint the region in green, particularly in the PM.
Tomorrow – Isolated thunderstorms, High 94, Low 64
Sunday – IIsolated thunderstorms, High 87, Low 65

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered T-Storms High 94, Low 66
Sunday – Scattered T-Storms High 84, Low 64

AW: Tomorrow – Clouds and sun, a strong t-storm in the afternoon; storms can bring downpours and damaging winds High 93, Low 65
Sunday – Some sun with a thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon High 82, Low 65

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, High 90, low 65
Sunday – A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny High 85, Low 64

WB: Tomorrow = A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny High 92, Low 65
Sunday – Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. High 86, Low 62

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Storms High 90, Low 66
Sunday – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Storms High 84, Low 63

I am pretty confident that Pueblo will be clearer and less impacted by the cold pool digging south than it appears most of my fellow meteorologists believe. Here is the radar, which looks a bit more active around Pueblo than it actually is.

A precursor

Downsloping wind in Pueblo helped elevate temperatures into the upper 60s, but along with a change in winds and an increase in clouds, temperatures struggled to warm up on Wednesday. A trough was moving out of the central Rockies, and while it will only bring those clouds and a drop in temperatures for our forecast site, snow has picked up across the northern Plains. Still, we were only asked to forecast for Pueblo, and generally speaking, the model guidance, and therefore the forecasters who agreed with it, had a pretty good bead on the conditions in southern Colorado. Accuweather and Victoria-Weather netted the top forecast.
Tuesday – High 68, Low 22
Wednesday – High 58, Low 29

Grade: A

Pueblo, Colorado

I haven’t had to put together one of these bad boys in a while. Let’s see if I am out of practice.

At 1253PM, MT, Pueblo was reporting a temperature of 51 degrees with clear skies. An upper level ridge and weak flow over the Rockies is making for a pleasant, slightly cool afternoon in Pueblo. Expect the pattern to continue into tomorrow.
The overriding jet will move into the central Rockies by Wednesday afternoon. There will be some surface troughing, and a bit of an upslope for Pueblo on Wednesday afternoon, but thanks to the upper level flow moving over the mountains, expect a chance for some mid to high level clouds.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 68, Low 23
Wednesday – Increasingly cloudy, High 60, Low 27

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy High 68, Low 30
Wednesday – Partly Cloudy High 61, Low 33

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and breezy High 67, Low 24
Wednesday – Partly sunny high 57, Low 28

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 67, Low 25
Wednesday – Mostly sunny High 59, Low 31

WB: Tomorrow -Mostly sunny. High 67, Low 26
Wednesday – Partly sunny. High 59, Low 33

Both The Weather Channel and Weatherbug have undergone recent updates. The Weatherbug needed them. Here is a pretty docile satellite. The clouds in Texas are mostly high clouds.

Mother Nature on Vacation

As mentioned in the Pueblo forecast, there is NOTHING going on out west. The dry forecasts continue to pile up for the western cities, with high temperatures as well. Accuweather took home the top spot for this lovely Colorado city, based on their low temperature forecasts.

Tuesday: High 91, Low 45.
Wednesday: High 94, Low 47.
Forecast grade: A

Pueblo, Colorado to Springfield, Illinois

I think this would be one of those drives that people would be willing to attempt in one day, but per our rules, we’ll break it down into two wonderful days. We’ll cover the 938 miles at a pace of 64.9mph. That means the first day will mean we can cover 518 miles. It’s going to be a solid drive, good opportunities to stop at road side attractions, because there won’t be any rain.


There will be literally nothing exciting about this drive. well, nothing foreseeable anyways. There will be no rain, and the terrain will flatten to pancake like proportions. It’s a lot of empty countryside for our Wednesday route, which will take us into Manhattan…. Kansas.

I would like to say Thursday will be better, and in a way it will be. We get to cross the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, as well as pass through Kansas City and St. Louis. But really, in terms of weather, we couldn’t ask for a better trip. Sunny skies, temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s. As close to perfect as you get. Springfield will be just as pleasant when we arrive.