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Frigid February Flakes

Reading saw a few flurries kick up in the afternoon on Thursday, but otherwise all they saw was cold. And lots of it. Temperatures were 25-30 degrees below normal, and low temps came within serious striking distance of breaking records but fell just short. The NWS narrowly edged out a victory.

Thursday: Trace of snow. High 17, Low 3.
Friday: High 14, Low -1
Forecast Grade: B

Carson City, Nevada to Reading, Pennsylvania

We’re on the road again, this time it’s a massive 2647.75 mile, 5 day journey. We’ll cover ground at a pace of 65.3, which will mean our days will require coverage of 522 miles. There is a lot of driving to do, so we better start doing it.

DAY ONE (Thursday)
Carson City
It’s going to be pretty chilly in the open basin of northern Nevada, particularly as night begins to fall over the eastern portion of the state. That should be the only issue we have to deal with, however, as a broad upper level ridge remains in place, smothering any hint at instability. The day will take us to Lake Point, Utah, just south of the Great Salt Lake.

DAY TWO (Friday)
A ridge moving out of western Canada into the northern Rockies will bring some snow showers to the western half of Wyoming. If we leave early enough in the day, we might be able to avoid much of the activity. Still, I think by the time we reach the highest points of Wyoming, between Laramie and Rock Springs, and particularly around Rawlins, we may see some flakes. There will be a chance for some snow after we pass Laramie, as precipitation will be filling in across the region. It won’t be as efficient in the low lands as it was in the higher terrain, so the stretch from Cheyenne to Kimball, Nebraska, our destination for Friday night, may in fact be dry. I wouldn’t count on it being completely dry, though.

DAY THREE (Saturday)
An inverted trough and very strong cold air moving into the Plains will join forces to make for a particularly dangerous drive through western Nebraska on Saturday. The worst of the day will be from Big Spring, right northeast of Colorado, to Grand Isle, where white out conditions will be possible. There will be a trend towards improving conditions later in the, but even eastern Nebraska and Iowa will have seen snow and will be enduring the post-storm winds. Visibility will be low, and we will be white knuckling it the whole way through. The day will end in Menlo, Iowa, west f Des Moines, and it will likely be much later than we intend.

DAY FOUR (Sunday)
After Saturday’s nightmare of a drive, tehre was nowhere to go but up on Sunday. The system that wrought such nastiness on Saturday will be forming a more frontal orienation by the end of the weekend, with the focal point setting up to our southeast. Of course, behind this boundary, we will be well within the cold sector of the advancing system, and a cold north wind will push us around I-80 through eastern Iowa, northern Illinois and northern Indiana. Traffic is always a nightmare in Chicago, and will be done no favors by lake effect snow south of Lake Michigan in the southeastern Chicagoland area. The good news is, when we arrive in Angola, Indiana, the snow will be done. Present and on the ground, but done.

DAY FIVE (Monday)
As with the drive on Sunday, the drive on Monday will be free of significant snowfall, outside of the northwind induced lake effect snow. We are at the mercy of a different lake this time around. North winds of of Lake Erie mised with the hills of western Pennsylvania will lead to some flurries around Pittsburgh. In the end,when we descend the Appalachians towards Reading, we will find an area of the country recovering from another nor-easter (except we will have been dealing it since it was a mid-wester). This round will have been warmer, with rain changing to snow in Reading. Keep an eye out for some slick spots as we slide into our final destination.

Reading, Pennsylvania

We’re going for a a nice sojourn into the mid-Atlantic. There’s a lot of cold air and a few flurries through the area. What will we see through the end of the week?

At 354PM, ET, Reading was reporting a temperature of 28 degrees with overcast skies. There was a wind chill advisory out as cold air and breezy conditions are expected to move through overnight. A secondary cold front lies southeast of Binghamton to south of Williamsport and on towards the eastern West Virginia Panhandle. There were a few snow showers in the Appalachians, but they won’t make much impact southeast of the hill country.
The associated area of low pressure will rotate towards the Gulf of Maine as it amplifies overnight tonight. There will be a threat for a few flurries in Reading, but the bigger impact will be increasing winds, carrying Arctic air towards the coast. The low will continue to pinwheel towards the Canadian Maritimes, and eventually, dry air will prevail in the mid-Atlantic. Flurries will be very large, snow-globe type activity, and will continue through the day Thursday, but will cease Thursday night as subzero temperatures move in.
Tomorrow – Flurries through the day, then dangerous wind chills, High 14, Low 0
Friday – Clearing and even colder, with brisk winds and continued wind chill issues, High 14, Low -4

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy/wind, High 18, Low 1
Friday – Sunny, High 17, Low -6

AW: Tomorrow – Clouds and breaks of sun, windy and colder with a couple of flurries High 21, Low 5
Friday – Breezy in the morning; mostly sunny, very cold; extreme cold can be dangerous in the morning High 18, Low -1

NWS: Tomorrow – A slight chance of snow showers between 7am and 1pm, and then a chance for flurries. Partly sunny through mid morning, then becoming sunny, High 19, Low 3
Friday – Sunny High 12, Low -4

WB: Back to back days with no forecast. I’ve changed my mind. This is their error, they will get last place finishes when they don’t issue forecasts. Grades are about reliability, and they aren’t reliable.

WN: Tomorrow – Windy with Isolated Snow Showers High 16, Low 1
Friday – Mostly Sunny High 12, Low -4

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy overnight.High 18, Low 3
Friday – Partly cloudy overnight. High 11, Low -7

Forecast.io is beginning to bug me. Their expanded highs and lows don’t match their little blurb at the top of their forecast bar. Weatherbug, on the other hand, frankly pisses me off. The NAM is much colder than the GFS. It’s interesting to see some of the models remaining a slave to the GFS and not even hedging towards the very cold. Here is the adar with flurries in the higher terrain.

Combo verification!

Because I am a delinquent, I didn’t remember to do a verification for Reading, so I am lumping that in with the Fort Walton Beach verification. Could you think of two more similar towns? Both tended towards the quiet. Reading allowed for some solid end of week forecasting, and the Weather Service took full advantage of that allowance, picking up the top forecast there.
Actuals: Thursday, High 61, Low 33
Friday, High 54, Low 39

Grade: A

In Fort Walton Beach, the forecasting was a little bit less successful. The gusty northerly winds tapered off, but the wind and clear skies were both products of air from the north. That meant chilly nights. Both Friday and Saturday saw morning lows of 42, which didn’t bode well for anyone’s forecast. The chilly day Friday, that didn’t get warmer than 62 didn’t help either. Accuweather somehow had the best numbers in the Florida Panhandle
Actuals: Friday, High 62, Low 42
Saturday – High 70, Low 42

Grade: B

Reading, Pennsylvania

Important note. Reading is pronounced “Redding” not “Reeding”. Now, off with the forecast.

At the time of forecast, the sensor at Reading was not operational, though the region was generally reporting sunny skies with temperatures in the low 50s, with some patchy fog hanging on in the valleys west of town. High pressure was dominating the mid-Atlantic, with the nearest wet weather in the Upper Midwest.
A sharp trough was prognosticated to aid in the development of a surface low over the southern Plains, which would then rocket east through the next two days, ending up over the Carolinas by Friday. The exiting portion of the trough right now runs through the Great Lakes and will detach from the sharper trough base and form a broader trough to the north. Reading will lie between each area of jet influence and should stay dry all the way through the week.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 60, Low 35
Friday – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 55, Low 41

TWC: Tomorrow – Mainly cloudy. High 59, Low 35
Friday – Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun High 55, Low 40

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny to partly cloudy and pleasant High 60, Low 35
Friday – Breezy with sunshine and patchy clouds High 58, Low 39

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 60, Low 33
Friday – Mostly sunny High 56, Low 40

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 59, Low 34
Friday – Partly sunny. High 55, Low 40

A look at satellite shows a fairly emphatic system in the center of the country that is going to get torn asunder like a Hollywood marriage.

Reading, Pennsylvania to Dubuque, Iowa

From the Northeast to the Central US we go. I hear if a trip is 900 miles long, kids are allowed to go to any fast-food place they want to during the trip. Imagine their disappointment when they found out this trip is 899 miles. In any event, this jaunt will cover 2 days, so let’s get going!

We head out of Reading on I-80, which we’ll take all the way out of PA, already with a roasting start to the day. Temperatures should be in the 80s by the time we head out in the morning, with much of the area ensconced in an Excessive Heat Warning. Reading looks to crack the mercury at 101 degrees today, and most of our trip in PA will see temps well into the 90s in the afternoon. Clouds will be on the increase in the afternoon as we make our way into Ohio and bypass Cleveland, with some scattered showers and thunderstorms possible in NW Ohio. There’s a slight chance we could encounter this activity as we pull into Perryville for the night, just SW of Toledo.

Some lower clouds and perhaps a hint of fog might greet us for the start of Day 2, but the sun should break out as the main frontal boundary continues to lift north over the Great Lakes today. Some scattered activity is expected to fire off during the afternoon hours over Wisconsin and Michigan, with more activity festering southward over our route in northern Indiana and northern Illinois. While most of the day’s trip will be seeing sunshine, we will have to dodge some thunderstorms roaming the region. And once again, it’s going to be a very hot day over the area, so let’s hope the AC in the car is fired. Hopefully there isn’t one overhead in the late afternoon as we make our way into Dubuque for our arrival.

Lafayette, Indiana to Reading, Pennsylvania

We’re looking at a shorter, less snowy drive for our road trip today. We’ll be departing Lafayette and heading east for a day and a half until we arrive in Reading. The mileage on this trip is 662 miles, and the first day will cover 480 of those miles, because the eastern interstates tend to run slower. For example, our speed will be about 60.1mph, which is a far cry from yesterday’s trip.


This certainly WILL be the exact opposite of yesterday’s trip. We will be south of the track for nasty weather that is presently established through Canada. This will mean nothing but smooth sailing from Lafayette to Somerset, Pennsylvania. There aren’t many places to stop along the PA Turnpike, so we end up stopping in Somerset a lot, it seems.

The rest of the little trip through Pennsylvania will probably be cloudy, what with the Appalachians and a storm system sneaking into New England. I don’t expect any rain or snow or anything like that, but perhaps just enough to keep the sunglasses in their case. Reading will be at the very southern fringe of every system that comes through the Northern US over the next several days, so enjoy that.