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Bloomington, Illinois to Raleigh, North Carolina

Here is a fun thing to do over Halloween weekend: Drive a day and a half to North Carolina! The two cities are 800 miles apart, and the pace we will move along at will be a nice 66mph. That means on Halloween, we will cover 528 miles and get off the road before Trick or Treaters step out onto it.

DAY ONE (Saturday)
A developing cold frotn associated with our next disturbance in central Canada will move very slowly through the Mississippi Valley. We’ll be dealing with some splashes of rain from the outset, but our eastward drive means that we will likely outrun the rain. It will be mostly cloudy with an isolated drop of rain from Indianapolis to Dayton, but a sunny sky and clearer condition will await through the restt of the Buckeye State and across West Virginia. As we just enter Virginia, we will call it a night in the mountain alcove of Bastian, VA.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
Our low will split in two, and the boundary connecting the whole assemblage will fall apart. There might be some drizzle as we cross out of the highest stretch of the Appalachians down towards Wytheville and on to North Carolina. We’ll be skirting the northern edge of the southern area of development, so it will be cloudy through the morning as we head across North Carolina to its capital, but it should be dry when we arrive (though likely not for long after that).

Before and after

A cold front working through the Carolinas on Saturday was essentially the last vestige of organized precipitation for the weekend across the continental US. There was some rain in Raleigh as the boundary was finally fed moisture, but behind the boundary, there was clearing, and even a bit of a warm up. Considering the departing boundary and the rain and all that, the forecasts can only be described as excellent. The Weather Channel had the top forecast overall, and it was quite good, only 1 degree off on the high each day of the weekend.
Actuals: Saturday – .18 inches of rain, High 67, Low 56
Sunday – High 72, Low 52

Grade: A-C

Raleigh, North Carolina

Let’s close the week strong with a quick little jaunt to the Carolinas. Hopefully, we don’t have anything like they experienced earlier this week in the forecast.

At 1151pm, ET, Raleigh was reporting a temperature of 68 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. A sharp trough with weak flow lies aloft over the western Great Lakes to the Mid Mississippi Valley with a weak cold front abutting the Appalachians ahead of it. Some shower activity is seen on radar, and being reported around Winston-Salem.
The trough is going to slow down, and at the base of the trough, a weak eddy will develop over the Piedmont. This will enhance the threat for showers and thunderstorms across the Carolinas tomorrow morning, and will delay the end time of shower activity in the eastern Carolinas. There will be some lingering light showers and drizzle as the eddy at the base of the trough broadens and becomes a cut off low over the Gulf Stream. The wrapped in moisture will make for a gloomy Sunday, but precipitation won’t be remotely significant.
Tomorrow – Showers and storms, particularly in the afternoon. High 68, Low 58
Sunday – Cloudy with some spots of drizzle, High 70, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain, High 68, Low 56
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 71, Low 52

AW: Tomorrow – Cooler with periods of rain High 67, Low 56
Sunday – Mostly cloudy (early rain) High 70, Low 52

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers, mainly after 10am. High 67, Low 53
Sunday – A slight chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly sunny, High 68, Low 50

WB: Tomorrow – Showers, Not as warm, High 67, Low 57
Sunday – Partly sunny, a slight chance of showers in the morning High 68, Low 50

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Light Showers High 66, Low 54
Sunday – Partly Cloudy with Isolated Showers High 68, Low 50

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain starting in the afternoon.High 69, Low 57
Sunday – Partly cloudy until afternoon.High 71, Low 52

Well, that’s disappointing. Temperatures are dropping and rain is coming. You can see some of those showers around Winston-Salem on radar. (Forecast temperatures are not expected to be standard…. the low will come at midnight)

Raleigh, North Carolina to Parkersburg, West Virginia

Hello, we’re going to turn it around again and take another relatively quick trip. It’s a little more than 6 hours from Raleigh to Parkersburg. This drive will be nearly 400 miles at a pace of 62.9mph. Not terrible at all, right? And the scenery will be terrific, so soak it all up.

A cold front will work through the eastern Seaboard tonight, and the light rain on the Outer Banks and in Raleigh will be well out to sea by the time we depart for the day. On the back end of the system, there will be some redevelopment over the eastern Great Lakes which will reinforce the northwesterly flow over the region. As we start to descend the northern exposures of the higher terrain of West Virginia, we will start to see some mountain fog, embedded with a few rain showers. Don’t be surprised if there is a lightning strike in the southern part of the state, where the terrain is highest. Rain might be winding down over the final stretch of the drive, from Mineralwells into Parkersburg. It still may bring some fog to our destination.

Harrisonburg, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina

Here is a nice little trip. It’s only a half a day’s drive from Harrisonburg to Raleigh, and somewhat to my surprise, it’s almost due south. The mileage is about 242 miles, which puts us at a fairly slow pace of 57.5mph. Turns out, there aren’t any major interstates between the two towns. Weird.

This won’t be a great drive, to be perfectly honest. A sharp upper level trough swinging through the lower Ohio Valley will move into the Appalachians, which will help a surface low to develop in the Carolinas and move north towards the mid-Atlantic overnight tonight. By the time we get going, it will be raining, and it may be fairly heavy from Harrisonburg to Lynchburg. The good news is that it won’t be AS heavy south of there! Oh, definitely still raining, but not as heavy! The precipitation will pick up everywhere along our route as the day goes on, so our since departed Harrisonburg will be experiencing the heavier rain all day, but a light to moderate shower with an embedded thunderstorms is going to be possible until we arrive in Raleigh.

Raleigh, North Carolina to Fort Wayne, Indiana

Travelling again! We’re going to be headed from the Carolinas to Indiana, which is a deceptively quick drive. We’re actually going to cover the ground in one long day, averaging about 60mph as we cover the 637 miles over more than 10 hours. What mysteries will the open road have for us today?

High pressure remaines in charge for a good deal of the southeastern US, however there is also a swath of lingering moisture in the southern Great Lakes. It will be translated eastward, towards the Appalachians. There will be a chance for some light rain over southern West Virginia as the moisture intercepts the mountains, from Bluefield right on through Charleston. There ll be a break in he action in southwest Ohio, but there will be heavier rain and thunderstorms with the main batch of precipitation from Sidney, Ohio the rest of the way to Fort Wayne. It won’t be persistent, and actually, the bulk of the rain will be north of Fort Wayne. We can definitely handle this.
Fort Wayne

Raleigh, North Carolina

Hey! A forecast! It’s the first of May, which means a little bit different conditions than what we have contended with so far this year.

At 151PM, ET, Raleigh was reporting a temperature of 77 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The dew point was a refreshing 48 degrees, and happened to be the only sight in the eastern Carolinas that was enduring any hint of overcast conditions. There was a smattering of clouds, produced by Albemarle Sound, to the northeast.
There is little flow aloft over the United States, and as a direct result of the upper level tranquility, there will also be a very stable pattern at the surface, with calm conditions anticipated under high pressure over the eastern Carolinas. Expect the first real warm up of summer next week.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 80, Low 57
Tuesday – Partly cloudy, High 82, Low 58

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 82, Low 56
Tuesday – Partly cloudy, High 84, Low 57

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny to partly cloudy High 80, Low 55
Tuesday – Plenty of sunshine High 81, Low 56

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, high 80, Low 52
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 81, Low 56

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 79, Low 53
Tuesday – Mostly sunny, High 81, Low 55

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 81, Low 52
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy High 81, Low 55

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy until evening.High 82, Low 55
Tuesday – Clear throughout the day. High 83, Low 56

That looks really nice, Raleigh. Enjoy it! Here is the satellite imagery, showing clouds fanned across the region.

Jackson, Michigan to Raleigh, North Carolina

Today we embark on a 692-mile trip from Lower Michigan to the capital of the Tarheel state. Rumor has it that there is a significant winter storm shaping up to hit the heartland of America. Let’s see if it’s coming to fruition!



Well, to start off the day, it’s going to be slow going. Jackson is sitting north of a stationary boundary draped from southern IL through OH up into NY, and tons of Gulf moisture is streaming northward along it. Due to Jackson being on the wrong side of this front, a freezing rain/sleet mix is expected during the leg of the trip to Toledo. By the time we make it into Ohio, luckily, it should start changing over to a rain/snow mix as the temperature inches its way to freezing. Continuing south from Toledo towards Columbus, it will change over to all rain, and will continue as such for pretty much the entire day. It will weaken, however, the closer we get to Charleston, our stop for the night. A few light showers might linger in the evening, but the last part of the day should be a lot easier than how it started.


A couple rain showers might greet us to start the day, but nothing heavy. This could be short-lived, however, as a cold front rapidly approaches the region and spreads heavy rains and possible thunderstorms. We might be able to stay just ahead of the system as we hustle our way to Raleigh, as long as we get a decent start to the day that is. Otherwise, it will be a significantly more trying day if we get caught up in the front and get stuck with the rain all day. Either way, at least we don’t have to deal with freezing rain!


The importance of being yourself

With Saturday’s forecast from Raleigh, two outlets went with the exact same temperature forecast. The Weather Channel went a degree different and were a degree better. Accuweather went cooler by a degree on a high and a low, but were otherwise the same. They tied with Weather Service and Weatherbug. Then, rogue agent Anthony Dunkel was unique in all but one of his temperatures, and ended up taking the top spot for Victoria-Weather.
Actuals: Sunday, High 67, Low 40
Monday, High 76, Low 56

Grade C

Raleigh, North Carolina

Off we head to the North Carolina Plateau region, where we find the lovely capital of Raleigh! Most of the country is fairly quiet right now, but will that continue for the residents of the Tar Heel State?

At 9:53PM EST, the temperature was 51 degrees at Raleigh under partly cloudy skies. A Bermuda High has been keeping the Southeast dry for the last couple of days. Slowly it will start giving way as a system moves through the Northern tier of the US. Clouds will start to increase in the afternoon tomorrow as the low slowly gives way, but dry weather will continue for the day. Southwest flow, along with cloudy skies, will continue throughout the night and into Monday, keeping temperatures significantly higher than they are going to be tonight. Monday will see the cloudy skies continue, but a few isolated showers should remain off to the northwest over the mountains during the day. So while it will probably be a little breezy Monday, it should remain on the dry side of things.

Sunday: Increasing clouds. High 67, Low 39.
Monday: Cloudy. High 71, Low 52.

TWC: Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 68, Low 39.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 72, Low 50.

AW: Sunday: Sunny, breezy and pleasant. High 68, Low 38.
Monday: Partly sunny, breezy and warm. High 72, Low 50.

NWS: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 69, Low 39.
Monday: Partly sunny. High 72, Low 50.

WB: Sunday: Partly sunny. High 69, Low 39.
Monday: Partly sunny. High 72, Low 50.

A batch of clouds is moving through the Southern Appalachians, but not producing any real showers tonight. The Carolinas should be pretty nice for the next couple of days!