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Richmond, Virginia

Hey, y’all. we’re going to swing by Richmond for a little forecast fun today.

At 854PM, ET, Richmond was reporting a temperature of 67 degrees with overcast skies. There was a weak surface wave producing the swath of clouds from northern to southwestern Virginia. The weak wave was embedded within broader high pressure, and is grabbing moisture from the return flow at the back edge of the ridge.
A stronger, reinforcing dome of high pressure will move out of the Great Lakes and overwhelm the surface wave. Unfortunately, the advance of the ridge will not necessarily be frontal, and the lingering moisture will be trapped over Virginia. Despite the high pressure at the surface, the mid level instability will lead to the continued expectation of overcast skies with a very weak undercutting trough developing off shore to insist upon the chance for light rain.
Tomorrow – Mosly cloudy, isolated showers, High 76, Low 60
Saturday – Sunnier, warmer, still some light showers, High 83, Low 60

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy High 76, Low 61
Saturday – Sunny Hgh 82, Low 59

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and nice High 77, Low 61
Saturday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine High 83, Low 59

NWS: Tomorrow – A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, HIgh 77, Low 58
Saturday – Mostly sunny, High 83, Low 58

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy in the morning…then becoming partly sunny. A 20 percent chance of showers. High 78, Low 58
Saturday -Partly sunny. High 82 Low 58

WN: Tomorow – Partly Cloudy High 79, Low 61
Saturday- Partly Cloudy High 81, Low 59

So the threat for showers isn’t great, and that’s reflected by how few people have it show up in their forecast tonight. Here is the satellite, showing off the clouds in the area right this moment.

Richmond, Virginia to Albany, Georgia

We are off on a one day journey through the southeast for our first road trip in about a week and a half. The drive tomorrow is going to be a long one, lasting about 11 ours as we run from Virginia to Georgia. The trip is around 690 miles, which will mean an average speed of about 62.8mph. There will be a decent stretch where we aren’t on an interstate. Let’s cruise!

We’ve been stuck with this elongated trough along the east coast for almost two weeks now, and it’s been producing a daily threat for showers and thunderstorms for the east coast. It’s amplified a bit at the southern end of the upper level trough right now thanks to some gulf warmth and moisture being tapped. Fortunately, most of our route will take us through a bit of a rain shadow through the Carolinas. We won’t stay entirely dry — far from it, in fact — but the heaviest rain will hug the Appalachians and the Coast. The best chances for rain early in the trip will arrive around Fayetteville, but the heaviest of the rain will come after we have made our easterly turn at Savannah, especially after Vidalia. It will be quite damp in Albany upon our arrival.
Albany Georgia

Parity in Richmond

The retreating system that had brought a bundle of rain to Richmond on Wednesday was trailed by some clear air and very similar forecasts. Everybody was tightly bunched at the top, with The Weather Channel having the top forecast, thanks mostly to cooler forecast lows. Last verification of the year!
Actuals: Thursday – High 49, Low 25
Friday – High 59, Low 31

Grade: B

Richmond, Virginia

Yesterday was sort of a miserable day for Richmond residents. Must get better today, right?

At 254PM, ET, Richmond was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 51. A cold front passed through town last night, and after a rainy day, most of Virginia, including Richmond, is in good shape, with clear skies and a brisk westerly flow, presently gusting to 23mph. There was some lee troughing along the Appalachians, but it wasn’t going to be an active contributor to any noticeable weather.
The tail end of a jet trough will pass over Virginia, but that won’t be enough to destabilize the pattern over Richmond. Instead, there will be some mostly cloudy skies in Richmond tomorrow, with a stronger trough moving into the Ohio Valley on Friday, inducing a southerly flow which will introduce some warmer air to end the year off right.
Tomorrow – Partly to mostly cloudy, High 52, Low 28
Friday – Mostly sunny, seasonably warm, High 60, Low 36

TWC: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine High 52, Low 27
Friday – Partly cloudy. High 60, Low 34

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 52, Low 27
Friday – Partly sunny and breezy High 60, Low 36

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 51, Low 30
Friday – Mostly sunny High 59 Low 35

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny. High 51, Low 30
Friday – Partly sunny High 59, Low 36

Everyone seems to have the same idea, no? Hard to see this forecast ever getting to be too far off. That’s nice. Satellite is incredibly inactive.

Richmond, Virginia to Lake Havasu City, Arizona

We are looking at a lengthy 4 and a half day trip that will cover 2359 miles at a rate of 66.7 miles. The first 4 days will average about 533 miles of drive time because of that swift, I-40 rate. Let’s pack up the minivan, there is some driving to do.


The first day will consist of mostly non I-40 driving, but don’t worry, as we will return to it before too much longer. The southeastern US is entering a pattern in which the slightest of irregularities in the atmosphere could trigger showers and thunderstorms, and a trough, coupled with the Smokey Mountains will provide just enough of a trigger, though there won’t be a spillover across the range into our route. The best chance for rain or at the very least a good deal of clouds will be between the Tri-Cities and Knoxville, before we turn west. The day will end perhaps an hour and a half past Knoxville in Cookeville, halfway to Nashville. That’s a lot of ‘villes.

There is a weak little disturbance over the Florida Panhandle that will sap any convective energy before it arrives as far north as I-40. Driving between Nashville and Memphis will be no problem, aside from the heat, nor will the continued voyage through Little Rock, when temperatures may begin to alleviate, given a rising elevation. We will end the day in Ozark, Arkansas which, if you can believe it, is in the Ozarks. It’s more than halfway between Little Rock and Fort Smith.

There is a very slight chance that some thunderstorms may get touched off over the Texas Panhandle by the dry line late in the afternoon between Amarillo and the Oklahoma line. Other than that, it will be hot and humid in the car between Ozark and that point. We will make it just past Amarillo and the lonely outpost of Adrian, Texas before calling it a day. And boy is the Texas Panhandle lonely.

Weather, much like civilization, is pretty much going to cease as we head further west. The drive through New Mexico will be uneventful, save for a few brief moments of Albuquerque. The day will be dusty, how and quiet all the way until we collapse from exhaustion and boredom in Two Guns, Arizona. It’s between Winslow and Flagstaff and only a little less populated than Adrian.

Hey! We’re going to finish the drive today! More of the same, with the heat and humidity, but the dust is going to pick up thanks to some swirling winds around the thermal low that sets up on a daily basis across the region. After 4 and a half long hot days in the car, throw on the bathing suit and head to the Lake!

Warm air advecting

I had mentioned that things would warm up in Richmond over this weekend ahead of a very Springlike system in the southern Plains. Hard to believe, given that it was the culprit for a snow storm in Oklahoma. Well, believe it, because that southerly flow ahead of the system drove temperatures even warmer than anyone was expecting, nearly hitting 80 on Saturday. That’s a pretty spectacular weekend if you were to ask me. The Weather Channel did see the warm up coming, and had the top forecast.
Actuals: Friday – High 74, Low 41
Saturday – High 79, Low 42

Grade: A

Richmond, Virginia

It’s a sad day in Richmond, where the hometown Richmond Spiders lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Bummer dudes.

At 1254AM, ET, Richmond was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 46 degrees. Richmond found itself between two systems, one a weak area of low pressure of the coast that was bringing rain and thunderstorms over the coast, and another, stronger developing low over the central plains that projected to develop further as it emerged into the Great Lakes.
The low off the coach will break apart as the jet shifts off the coast, however a sharp upper trough will emerge into the Great Lakes region to amplify the wet weather over the center of the country. In the next couple of days, the developing low over the Plains will begin to generate southerly flow for the Atlantic Coast, inevitably leading to a warming trend for Richmond.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 71, Low 42
Saturday – Sunny, High 73 Low 44

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies. High 75, Low 40
Saturday – Mainly sunny. High 79, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – Warm with plenty of sunshine High 73, Low 39
Saturday – Mostly sunny and pleasantly warm High 75, Low 43

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 73, Low 42
Saturday – Sunny, High 76, low 43

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny. High 73, Low 42
Saturday – Sunny. High 76, Low 44

Apologies for this coming so late. I’ll try to do better tomorrow. Enjoy some satellite imagery of a quiet night in Richmond.