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Portland, Maine to Reno, Nevada

We’re not quite crossing the country, technically, but driving from Maine to western Nevada qualifies as “almost”. It’s a 5 ½ day trip from Portland to Reno, covering almost 3000 miles, putting us at a pace of 67.6mph. we’ll lose most of that time in New England, because I-80 will be very forgiving through the center of the country. Expect 541 a day, which will be pushing it on Day One, but easy in subsequent days.

DAY ONE (Wednesday)

Cool high pressure has infiltrated New England, but that’s only going to last today. Expect a little post frontal trough to rotate through the eastern Great Lakes into tomorrow, and intercept our course in the mid afternoon. The particular concern this time, is that temperatures are going to be chilly enough that snow flurries aren’t out of the question, and starting in Herkimer, New York and continuing west through the Finger Lakes, there will be a chance for some light flurries until we arrive in Dunkirk, south of Buffalo. We’ll potentially have snow on the ground as we call it a night in western New York.

DAY TWO (Thursday)
The nice thing about our burst of snow on Wednesday is that it will move very quickly to the east. We’ll be in clear skies by the time the sun rises on Dunkirk, and high pressure is going to set up across the Great Lakes and central Plains by the end of the week. There won’t be a threat for any showers, storms, or maybe even clouds throughout the day. We’ll make t to Ottawa, Illinois by day’s end.

DAY THREE (Friday)
The drive west on Friday will be a bit more tenuous. There are the early indications of a cold front developing just west of the Mississippi, though nobody is completely sold on the precipitable impact for our route. If we see any wet weather, it will come quickly between the Quad Cities and Des Moines. After Des Moines, expect blustery conditions and a noticeable drop in temperature. We’ll stop between Lincoln and Kearney, in Shelton, Nebraska, where it will be cooler but dry.

DAY FOUR (Saturday)
If we thought we had high pressure on Thursday, well, the ridge setting up on Saturday will really knock our socks off. It’s going to be so stable in Nebraska and Wyoming as the weekend gets underway. We’ll reach Table Rock in south central Wyoming to end the day. Good luck finding a spot to stay, but it’s going to be extremely tranquil, wherever we go.

DAY FIVE (Sunday)
The monsoon season isn”t quite over in the southwest, but it is seriously slowed down. Showers are going to work their way north into Nevada, but a large part of the activity will stay down around Las Vegas. Still, don’t be completely surprised if there is a dark cloud on the southern horizon between Wells and our destination for Sunday night, Valmy, Nevada.

DAY SIX (Monday)
Monday looks like a pretty good day for driving to Reno, so long as you stay out of the mountains. You are staying on the route, and out of the mountains, right? Because there will be some high elevation snow up in those things. Reno? Reno looks real nice. 

Reno, Nevada to Elizabethtown, Kentucky

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.

Reno, Nevada to Greeley, Colorado

Now this, this seems like a trucker route. Through the Great Basin and the Rockies, with only Salt Lake City in betweem. All interstate, all the time. It’s 1006 miles between the cities, and will take us about 2 full days to cover the drive. Actually, day #1, Thursday, will be a hair longer, covering 519 of the miles at nearly 65mph. Let’s roll out. Over and out.

DAY ONE (Thursday)
An upper level wave over the Great Basin is going to be far more problematic this weekend, as it moves into the Plains, and tomorrow, it will bring most of its issues to the southern Rockies. That being said, it comes from the remnants of a massive Pacific storm that slammed into the west coast earlier in the week, and there is bound to be some detritus. It won’t be organized and it won’t be widespread, but still, expect some light rain throughout northern Nevada as well as northern Utah. As luck would have it, Salt Lake City is about the halfway mark, and we will end up in that very city Thursday night.

DAY TWO (Friday)
Flow behind the system as it moves into the Plains will be generally westerly, with a bit of a northwest bent to it. We will enjoy some mostly cloudy conditions through the higher terrain of Wyoming because of this flow, but any precipitation coming from orographic forcing will be confined to the Colorado Rockies, of which we will not avail ourselves. It should be mild and sunny when we turn south and finish the drive from Cheyenne to Greeley.

Reno, Nevada to Jefferson City, Missouri

Three days, a trip that will take us to Missouri by Christmas. It’s a 1749 mile trip that we will cover at a pace of nearly 70mph. Our days will be through after a whopping 559 miles. We really want to get to Missouri on Christmas, am I right?

We will head out of Reno with a new storm system getting ready to cross the Sierras. We may see a few clouds begin to find their way into northern Nevada after we hit Battle Mountain, but I don’t think we will have any problems with precipitation, at least not on the first day. We should have enough of a head start that when we reach the Great Salt Lake we will see the sun again. After passing through Salt Lake City, we will reach Coalville, Utah for the night. Christmas Eve Eve!

Christmas Eve will be a snowy one for much of the day. For the first 5 hours or so, from Coalville to about Laramie, Wyoming, we will be dodging flurries, particularly in the passes and northern exposures along our route. We will clear the mountains and get out of the snow as we descend towards Cheyenne, and should be problem free on our approach to Ogallala, Nebraska, which is near the crook in the state.

The system that has been following us the whole way will begin to dive south overnight. There will be a white Christmas in places like Oklahoma. But what does it mean to us? Well, expect some snow between Ogallala and Grand Island. After Grand Island, passing through Kansas City and Columbia to Jefferson City will be cloudy, but dry. Time to see what Santa left us in Jefferson City!
Jefferson City

Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Reno, Nevada

We’re backtracking on a lengthy trip from Williamsport, instead of to Williamsport. We’ll be on our way to Reno, on the far end of northern Nevada. Unless you live in California, every part of Nevada worth visiting is on the far end. It will be a 5 day trip, but day 5 will be shorter than the rest. It’s about 2516 miles, and we will manage a swift 67.8mph clip, allowing us 543.1 miles a day. Let’s be on our way then, yes?


High pressure is the name of the game (it’s a boring game) for the first leg of our westward adventure. Good thing too, as a big, nasty, snowy system is welling up in the southeast, getting ready to crash into the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic. I-80 will be north of the path of this system, and we will move into LaPorte, Indiana, stop number one, with no problems.

High pressure will continue to be the main feature along our route as we continue west, but a system developing in the plains will intercept us as we cross the Missouri into Omaha. Fortunately, we won’t be traveling much past Omaha, only into Ashland which is at the midpoint to Lincoln, because this precipitation could be a sleety nightmare.

The sleet will change to snow overnight, and move through before we have a chance to watch it fall in the morning. Assuming the roads are treated and plowed, our west ward voyage through Nebraska shouldn’t give us problems. There might be some snow as we encounter the Laramie Pass in Wyoming, but our arrival in Rock River, Wyoming, should be fairly uneventful.

This will be the diciest day of travel, over all. Every time we surpass a ridge, we could see some snow, every time we sink back into a valley, conditions will clear out. Our downhill drives will actually be the snowiest, owing to oragraphic forcing, and thanks to the route that I-80 takes, the best bet for any precip, which might actually be light rain, will be around Salt Lake City. After we get west of the Lake, and into the Bonneville Flats and northern Nevada, expect some really lonely, dry driving. The day will end in the Starr Valley, which is just a desolate wasteland, but good enough to sleep in the back of the van in.

Finally, the last gasp of the trip. Nevada will have nothing to offer us in terms of weather or… anything, really. We arrive in Reno with the Sierras in the background and sunny skies all around us.

Anthony’s well thought out fantasy comes to fruition

IF you recall in the forecast for Reno, Anthony spent a good deal of time discussing a dance in the street after hitting a parlay while in Reno or something like that. There wasn’t much actual forecast in the forecast. Luckily, there wasn’t much weather, and the sun dappled dance in Reno was entirely possible. We can let Anthony’s daydreaming slide this time, as his forecast was far and away the best.
Actuals: Sunday – High 52, Low 24
Monday – High 55, Low 26

Grade: A

Reno, Nevada

A combination of two things I love most, weather and gambling. With the NFL conference title games tomorrow, wouldn’t it be nice if the weather was dreary so we have one more reason to stay inside and enjoy football? Well, if you are staying indoors, it’ll either be the slot machines or the football game, because it sure won’t be the weather’s fault.

At 4:55PM PST, the temperature at Reno was 50 degrees under fair skies. A strong low-level ridge has been building over the Western US, pushing from the Pacific Northwest southward into the Great Basin and Intermountain West. This dome of high pressure is steering a couple of storm systems up into British Colombia and Washington before continuing into the Northern Rockies. This is going to keep the Reno/Lake Tahoe area pretty quiet under mostly cloud-free and sun-filled skies. A few more clouds are expected on Monday than Sunday with a system dropping from the Northern Rockies towards the Four Corners region, but that’ll be far enough to the east to be of no major consequence for Reno. So if your parlay hits on Sunday and pays out big, go out and dance in the streets, the sunshine will make that trip to the cashier’s window even better, just as long as you don’t wait until the sun goes down, as it will be on the chilly side in the evening.

Sunday: Sunny. High 52, Low 23.
Monday: A few clouds. High 55, Low 24.

TWC: Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 56, Low 22.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 56, Low 25.

AW: Sunday: Full day of sunshine. (I like that forecast) High 52, Low 21.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 56, Low 23.

NWS: Sunday: Sunny. High 49, Low 21.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 53, Low 22.

WB: Sunday: Sunny. High 50, Low 20.
Monday: Partly cloudy. High 53, Low 23.

Here’s the infrared satellite for the region, and we see the Sierra Nevada peaks just off to the west then the Central Valley of CA. Otherwise, not much going on once again.


Fun facts: The two highs I had forecast in Reno matched the highs I had forecast in Naples. They also matched what happened over the weekend in Reno. Nice! The low Saturday was also a perfect match, and the Sunday low was off by only a degree. That’s a quality forecast for a quality town from Victoria Weather. (Had it been a bad forecast, the headline would have been ‘Reno 911’)
Actuals: Saturday – High 92, Low 58
Sunday – High 91, Low 55

Grade: A

Reno, Nevada

When I just started doing this forecasting thing, mostly for friends and my own benefit, Reno came up with stunning regularity. It was a distinct pain to forecast for.

At 1055AM, PT, Reno was reporting a temperature of 82 degrees with clear skies and very dry air. The dry weather was leading to red flag advisories for the area. High pressure was parked over the Great Basin, and overall jet flow was well to the north of Nevada.
A weak jet trough will move into the Pacific Northwest tomorrow and won’t really diminish through the period. Still, the monsoon in the Rockies will prevent any moisture from filtering into the Great Basin, and Nevada will be dry. Even if a boundary does swing past Reno, they will stay dry.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 92, Low 56
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 91, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – Mainly sunny. High 92, Low 58
Sunday – Sunny. High 93, Low 58

AW: Tomorrow – Brilliant sunshine High 92, Low 58
Sunday – Bright and sunny High 92, Low 56

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 90, Low 58
Sunday – Sunny High 90, Low 57

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 90, Low 57
Sunday – Sunny 90, Low 56

Pretty boring stuff out of Reno.