It’s time for a road trip. We’ll head for that other town in Nevada for Elizabethtown, which is definitely not a suburb of Louisville. It will take us 4 days to cover the 2118 miles of flyover country. The benefit of such a trip is that we will move fairly swiftly, at a pace of 68.3mph, which means the average day will see us cover 546.6 miles, though our day will be about an hour shorter on Day 4. Let’s hit the dusty trail, shall we?
DAY ONE (Sunday)
Low pressure off the coast of the Pacific Northwest is going to spend most of the day getting stronger and stronger, and consolidating it’s energy in the Northern Rockies and just off the coast from Oregon and California. This will leave us safely within the warm sector of the system as we slice across some of the loneliest countryside the United States has to offer. We’ll make it into the Wasatch, stopping for the day in Winship, Utah, east of Salt Lake City.
DAY TWO (Monday)
The Pacific Monster will be moving inland through the night as we recline in Winship, and we will be in the throes of a rain storm when we get going for the day. The rain will mix with snow at higher elevations, and the heaviest of the activity will be before the Wyoming line. Lighter precipitation will continue to the Rock Springs area in Wyoming. After we have crossed that threshold, the rest of the day will be a piece of boring cake. We’ll make it to Big Springs, Nebraska, which is right at that crook in the state.
DAY THREE (Tuesday)
The energy that has been producing that system that has been chasing us will overtake us and move into the Mississippi Valley on Tuesday. It won’t be able to tap into any Gulf moisture until it reaches east of Big Muddy, which means the drive through Nebraska will be well within the warm sector, and may see temperatures climb all the way to the 60s. We won’t see a drop of rain as everything gets fired up to our east, and we will finish the day in Concordia, Missouri, which is about a half an hour outside of the Kansas City metro.
DAY FOUR (Wednesday)
We will be tailing the last remnants of precipitation organized by the feature that will plague us through the entire trip. By Wednesday, it will be tugging on the Canadian Arctic air, introducing a bit cooler temperatures across the Plains. We won’t be moving quite fast enough to reach the precipitation in Elizabethtown, but we will be the coldest we’ve been on any night on the trip to this point.