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Morning “Chill” Surprises

As expected, it was plenty warm and dry at Punta Gorda during the day over the last couple of days. What wasn’t expected, however, was the temperature dropping off into the upper 50s each of the last two days. Forecasts had the area only dropping into the mid 60s overnight, which lead to some pretty bad scores. Pretty sure nobody really minded though, considering it got into the 90s in the afternoon. Accuweather took home the win.

Wednesday: High 91, Low 57.
Thursday: High 93, Low 57.
Forecast Grade: C

Punta Gorda, Florida

As thunderstorms roll through VW HQ here, let’s take a peek at the Sunshine State and see if any storms are greeting them this fine evening!

At 1053pm EDT, the temperature at Punta Gorda, FL was 72 degrees under fair skies. Strong high pressure is controlling much of the Eastern Seaboard, keeping everywhere from Cape Cod to Cape Canaveral dry. Some isolated showers have popped up from time to time around the Miami area, as precip rides along the southern periphery of the high pressure. This activity isn’t expected to really make it across the Peninsula to the Punta Gorda area, so dry weather looks to be in store for the next couple of days! Thursday will warm up a couple of degrees as the cloud cover decreases, but still another pleasant day!

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 89, Low 62.
Thursday: Sunny and slightly warmer. High 91, Low 64.

TWC: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 90, Low 62.
Thursday: Sunny. High 93, Low 63.

AW: Wednesday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High 91, Low 61.
Thursday: Warm with plenty of sun. High 92, Low 63.

NWS: Wednesday: Sunny and breezy. High 88, Low 64.
Thursday: Sunny. High 88, Low 67.

WB: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 89, Low 63.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 92, Low 66.

WN: Wednesday: SITE DOWN.
Thursday: SITE DOWN.

FIO: Wednesday: Partly cloudy starting in afternoon. High 89, Low 64.
Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning. High 91, Low 68.

Not much going on in the Southeast currently thanks to that high pressure. Clouds off the Southeast FL coastline might bring some isolated showers to Miami, but not to Punta Gorda.

Rockford, Illinois to Punta Gorda, Florida

Hey, it’s time to get road trippin’! We’re headed from Northern Illinois to South Florida in a road trip most Rockfordians can only dream of. We’ll take 2 1/2 days to cover the miles that need to be covered, which are all told 1,352. Our first two days will be pretty intense, covering 541.25 miles, but that’s thanks to some pretty stark terrain in Illinois and a speed of 67.7mph.

DAY ONE (Friday)

Sunset in Rockford, Illinois, USA.

Thanks to the fact that a route straight south of Rockford to the very bottom of the state takes a big jaunt to the east, towards Champaign, we will stay in the Land of Lincoln for at least 3/4ths of the day Friday, and then blow right through western Kentucky. There will be snow falling in northern Illinois thanks to a stalled boundary extending from the southern Great Lakes into the Plains. It could be breezy, but the light snow will only stack up a few inches, albeit those inches will be falling on a half a foot or so that is falling overnight tonight.. We’ll be out of it somewhere around Bloomington, and it won’t be chasing us on Friday, so conditions will be markedly warmer, and definitely drier as we make it all the way to the outskirts of Nashville.

DAY TWO (Saturday)

As we sleep in Nashville, a vorticity maximum will be gathering organization in the southeastern US, getting ready to mass an assault on Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. It will likely be pouring when we set forth from Nashville. The weather will only get nastier in the higher terrain between Murfreesboro and Chattanooga, with some thunder possible as well, but then, somewhere between Chattanooga and Rome, it will let up. Georgia is a hilly, verdant state, and there may be some haze or fog all the way to Warner Robins before it relents. Then, enjoy some good old fashioned humidity south on to Lake City in north Florida.

DAY THREE (Sunday)

That little vort max I mentioned is really going to haul in the moisture and really latch on to the original cold front that brought problems to us near Rockford. Remember that bugger? So as it sinks south, expect quite a bit of rain and wind, and ultimately a bit of snow and ice through Georgia, the Carolinas and the rest of the southeast. Except Florida. A vigorous flow across the peninsula will likely lead to some stray pop up showers, bot those will diminish towards the coasts. Punta Gorda is on a coast. It won’t be so bad!

Punta Gorda, Florida to Syracuse, New York

We’re going to retrace some of the same ground today, as we move up the Eastern Seaboard once again. Today, we wll be taking a 2 1/2 day trek from south Florida to western New York, a distance of 1362 miles.  That will be a pace of 68.2mph, which means the two full days will be account for 546 miles apiece. Hopefully the weather holds out as we reach the end of the year.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

As someone who himself left Florida just yesterday, this trip is going to hurt. The weather as we drive through the Peninsula will be relentlessly sunny, mocking us as we leave the Sunshine State for the Great Lakes. Tuesday will be generally manageable, with a spit of rain here and there in south Georgia and downstate South Carolina associated with onshore flow directed towards a boundary in the Appalachians. It will be unseasonably warm, but a bit gray after we exit Florida. Our drive will end in Gable, South Carolina.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
The cold front that triggered the light rain in our region Tuesday night will pass unannounced overnight, giving way to clear crisp conditions in Gable. We won’t have any weather to contend with as we head north, temperatures will steadily be cooling off and reminding us that we aren’t in Florida anymore. Sub-freezing temperatures are expected overnight in Harrisburg, our stop for the night, so be sure that there aren’t any cans of soda or anything left in the car when we go into the hotel!

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Yet another round of wet weather will be moving through the Great Lakes into the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday. Really, the associated precipitation will crop up directly over eastern Pennsylvania on Thursday morning after a quiet passage to the west. A rain-sleet mix will start things off, with rain/snow falling by Scranton and a change to snow by Binghamton in New York. Flurries will then continue through the rest of the drive into Syracuse. It won’t be the pounding a lake effect snow can bring, but it will definitely be more snow than we would have received in Punta Gorda. Welcome to Syracuse, I guess.

Clouds put off forecasts

It’s been mildly cloudy in Florida the last several days, thanks in large part to a disturbance south of Miami. There hasn’t been much rain, truly, for areas outside of Miami-Dade County, but clouds were enough to affect temperatures ever so slightly in places like Punta Gorda. Furthermore, the instability was really only brought to the fore during the day. Clearing overnight allowed temperatures to plummet into the 50s, not only Tuesday, which was expected, but also Monday, which was earlier than foreseen. For a Florida forecast, it wasn’t very good, let’s just say. Victoria-Weather and The Weather Channel ended up on top.
Actuals: Monday – High 77, Low 57
Tuesday – High 78, Low 55

Grade C

Punta Gorda, Florida to Madera, California

It’s a few weeks before Christmas. Why not take a 5 day road trip across the southern US? To be honest, it’s the best place to take a trip this time of year, regardless of forecast. It’s 2775 miles between the two cities, which we will cover at a pace of 67.7mph, which will put us on a pace of 541 miles a day. That’s a lot of driving. Let’s make it happen.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)
Punta Gorda
We’re not even going to leave the state of Florida on day one, but we’ll get awful close. We’ll follow the Gulf Coast all the way around to Milton, on Blackwater Bay northeast of Pensacola. The skies will become increasingly sunny, to full sun north of Tampa. Expect a nice night in Milton upon our arrival.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
There is going to be a southerly flow off the Gulf on the back end of a waning ridge. This will mean a bit of shower and thunderstorm activity over far southern Louisiana, but we should be far enough north that we will only see some of the blow off as we pass between Vicksburg and Ruston on I-20. Sunny skies and moderate temperatures will await us in Liberty City, Texas, between Longview and Tyler.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
A weak ridge is going to develop over the state of Texas by Thursday. This will bring a return of some dry, dusty conditions. It will mean some easy driving for us though, when you ignore the impact of driving through DFW. The day will take us all the way to Glenrio, on the Texas-New Mexico border.

DAY FOUR (Friday)
We’ll finally start to see some inclement weather on Friday. A dissipating round of showers and high elevation snow will be the latest in a series of features battering the west coast. It will bring a threat of moisture mostly to the higher terrain, and we could see some showers from Grants to Gallup in New Mexico. Moisture will fill in further in northern Arizona. A steadier threat of rain will follow us all the way to Monte Carlo, west of Williams in northern Ariona. Don’t be surprised if there is a snowflake or two as we skirt some higher elevation around Flagstaff. I don’t think we will see any white stuff, but don’t be surprised is all I’m saying.

DAY FIVE (Saturday)
Things will clean out by the time we head out of town on Saturday morning, but the next, more daunting round is getting ready to bear down on the San Joaquin Valley. It will make it only about as far south as Tulare. Of course, Tulare is further south of Madera, so the last hour or two of the drive will be plenty damp. It’s going to be abruptly rainy, so be prepared for that, and expect some unusual rainfall in Madera when we finally arrive.

Punta Gorda, Florida

More Florida! Let’s do it.

At 1053PM, ET, Punta Gorda was reporting overcast skies and a temperature of 69 degrees. A light northeast wind was seen across far southern Florida, riding the northwestern quadrant of a weak wave southeast of the Florida Keys. It lies embedded within a stream of moisture from near Bermuda to the west end of Cuba, and there is quite a bit of rain around Marathon.
A more well defined wave is moving though the Tennessee Valley at the upper levels. While this wave will produce some inclement weather well to the north, it will also eventually drag in some drier air. Northwesterly flow will enter the picture early on Tuesday morning, and end the threat for overcast skies and bring about a slightly cool morning, but definitely Floridian sunshine in the afternoon.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy High 79, Low 64
Tuesday – Sunny, High 80, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy skies, High 79, Low 63
Tuesday – Sun and a few passing clouds, High 78, Low 58

AW: Tomorrow – Variable cloudiness High 79, Low 64
Tuesday – Partly sunny and beautiful High 78, Low 58

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy High 85, Low 60
Tuesday – Mostly sunny High 78, Low 58

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy in the morning then becoming partly sunny, High 80, Low 64
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 79, Low 58

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy, High 81, Low 64
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 79, Low 59

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 80, Low 64
Tuesday – Partly cloudy in the morning. High 79, Low 58

Here is the radar, showing all those showers at the south end of the Florida Peninsula.
warm thickness

Toasty and mostly dry

Punta Gorda was warm for the past two days. That is to be suspected in August. There were thunderstorms all across Florida during the afternoon, also not irregular in August. Still, over the two days, only .05 inches of rain accumulated. In fact, they didn’t report any rain yesterday, but thunderstorms were near enough to show up in the report. There was a three way tie at the top between Accuweather, the Weather Service and Weatherbug.
Actuals: Saturday – .05 inches of rain, High 93, Low 77
Sunday – Thunderstorms reported but not measured, High 91, Low 77

Grade: B

Punta Gorda, Florida

We’re off to south Florida for our forecast this afternoon. It’s almost time for hurricane season, so there is a little bit of intrigue with our forecast today!

At 1253PM, ET, Punta Gorda was reporting a temperature of 89 degrees with clear skies. An area of low pressure offshore of Miami was being monitored for tropical development, and was producing a broad swath of rain over the northern Bahamas, but sea breezes were dotting the western coast of Florida with a few isolated storms as well.
The low is not likely to develop into a named system, but will rather be caught up by the Gulf Stream and be sheared apart as it moves northeast along the coast, and subsequently be absorbed into a broader upper level system. While it is going through this transitional phase, the low will pull in moisture across the Florida Peninsula, and a few scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop across the Peninsula tomorrow afternoon, and will be a bit more organized and stronger than the typical summertime fare in Florida. As the system pulls away, south Florida will return to a more typical summertime pattern, and it looks like the majority of the activity will remain inland, away from Punta Gorda.
Tomorrow – Widespread showers and thunderstorms, High 92, Low 73
Sunday – Mostly sunny, High 93, Low 74

TWC: Tomorrow – PM T-Storms High 87, Low 76
Sunday – Scattered T-Storms High 89, Low 76

AW: Tomorrow – Periods of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon High 91, Low 74
Sunday – Partial sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around from late morning on High 92, Low 75

NWS: Tomorrow – Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, High 92, Low 75
Sunday – Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, High 92, Low 73

WB: Tomorrow – Partly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 91, Low 75
Sunday – Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon High 92, Low 74

So Punta Gorda will be a little stormy this weekend. I hope you don’t have any plans for the beach tomorrow. Radar gives a rainy picture for the northern Bahamas.
Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda, Florida to St. Petersburg, Florida

Today’s is a short little jaunt up the Gulf Coast in Florida. It’s only an hour and a half between the season, covering 90 miles which puts us at about 61.8 miles per hour. It’s a brief trip, so let’s rock and roll.

Our little road trip likely won’t be influenced by the weather. I mean, we may end up rolling the windows down as we enjoy the temperature, but the isolated rain showers in the center of the state won’t reach our route while we are in the car, headed towards a different location along the Gulf Coast