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Mellow in SoCal

Our forecast for Riverside called for more hot air, despite the fact that we are reaching the end of October. Temperatures were warm, but only managed to hit the mid 80s, which was a hair cooler than the forecast suggested, but that is a move in the right direction for a spot that has just been too warm lately. At long last, Victoria-Weather finally came through with another forecast win.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 84, Low 55
Thursday – High 86, Low 55

Grade: A-D

Riverside, California

Riverside is named as such because it lies on the south side of the Santa Ana River, in case you, like me, were incredibly curious about the etymology of the name. There is a river! 

At 1058AM, PT, Riverside was reporting a temperature of 67 degrees with mostly sunny skies. There was some valley haze, particularly around Ontario, but the LA Basin was otherwise in good shape. The marine layer was evident on satellite, with a thick cloud deck observed south of Point Conception.
Hurricane Willa is going to make her landfall near Mazatlan tonight, and through the period will work to pull any moisture away from the west coast as she deteriorates and slides towards Texas. Expect an ease to the marine layer off the coast, and an elimination to the morning haze, at least through Wednesday. Sunny skies will continue inland through Thursday as well.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 86, Low 56
Thursday – High 88, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – A mainly sunny sky High 87, Low 57
Thursday – Sunny skies. High 88, Low 56

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny; warm High 87. Low 58
Thursday – Plenty of sunshine; very warm High 89, Low 57

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 84, low 60
Thursday – Sunny High 87, Low 58

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 86, Low 57
Thursday – Sunny, High 87, Low 57

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 84, Low 60
Thursday – Mostly sunny, High 87, Low 58

FIO Tomorrow – Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 86, Low 60
Thursday – Clear throughout the day. High 91, Low 62

Sunshine and warmth. Soak up these forecasts while you can!

Riverside, California to Oshkosh, Wisconsin

After yesterday’s 6 day marathon, we are on the road for another 4 days. We will re-encounter much of the same route that we saw with Anthony’s trip yesterday, but at different times, and we will be veering towards the north. Totally different! We will zip along at 66mph, which means the first three days will be through after 532 miles. It’s a long trip, but it will feel like nothing to us! let’s get to it!

Hey, we’re going to be in good shape for day one! A ridge of high pressure is pretty much in charge out west. This may mean some blustery wind, even some blowing dust on I-15 as we head north, but we will stay dry! If we are ahead of schedule, stop in Vegas! The goal for Tuesday, however, is Salina, Utah.

An area of low pressure is massing in the north Pacific, gearing up for an assault on the West Coast, and late in the afternoon Wednesday, precipitation will begin to show up in some locations of the Colorado Rockies. Let’s make sure we get to the Plains before that, then. It’s easier to drive in a snow storm on flat ground than it is in the mountains. We likely will avoid the wintry weather all the way to Fort Morgan, Colorado.

A warm front is going to be the first thing that moves into the Plains. As we head into southwestern Nebraska, we will be in good shape, but the warm front will begin to produce a narrow band of precipitation in the eastern part of the state. From about Cozad to Omaha, we will be under a threat for some light rain. After Grand Island, we need to watch our speed, because temperatures could drop below freezing, lending the conditions to freezing drizzle. We will out run the freezing drizzle after we get past Omaha, but as we stop for the night in Casey, Iowa, be sure to flip the wiper blades up. Ice is coming.

The system is going to stall. This is great news! Well, as soon as we get out of the wintry mix of light precipitation. We should be dry after we get through Monticello, Iowa, which is halfway between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque. The drive through Wisconsin will be fine, save for the fact that I have a knack for developing mechanical issues every time I visit that fine state. And really, who wants to see below freezing temperatures in late March? I guess we do. Have fun in Oshkosh, I suppose.

Bangor, Maine to Riverside, California

Yup, you read that right. A 3,177 mile road trip that’ll take 6 days to cover. Wouldn’t it just be easier to fly than drive from coast to coast? We’ll need a new oil change after we’re done with this trip! Well, we better get a move on it, there’s a lot of road to cover…



High pressure sitting over New England will make for an easy start to the day as we head southward along the coast and eventually into central Massachusetts. Clouds will be streaming into the region ahead of an approaching system however. As we make our way into eastern New York, past Albany, snow will start to fall as we continue westward on I-90. Luckily, it won’t be TOO heavy before we finish our day in Syracuse.


Better get up early to brush the snow off the car! It’ll still be snowing as we push westward out of Syracuse towards Buffalo, but luckily we’ll be driving out of the heavier snow the further we go west. By the time we pass Buffalo and head towards Erie, we’ll just see a few snow showers that will come off of Lake Erie, and will probably be pretty windy behind the cold front. Other than that, it should be a quieter finish to the day than we started as we stop for the night just north of Angola, IN.


As we head westward through northern IN towards Chicago, we’ll probably see some lake-effect snow come down as NNW flow continues off of Lake Michigan. Hopefully it’s not too intense of a band, but overall, shouldn’t be anything that we’d be driving through for more than an hour. After that, our trip on I-80 will be fairly uneventful for the rest of the day as high pressure is settling in over the Central US. Our half-way mark for the trip will be spending the night in Des Moines.


Today will be the longest leg of the trip, going 673 miles from Des Moines to Denver. Luckily, most of the day will be quiet as we start off under high pressure and just some high clouds are expected as we pass by Omaha and Lincoln. However, a large trough is digging its way into the western US and by the late afternoon hours, a few snow showers will be falling in western Nebraska. As we push into Colorado, however, temperatures will warm up some and it will change to rain, with some heavier showers possible as we pull into Denver after our long day.


Today will be a scenic day, driving through the Rocky Mountains as we start to enter the home stretch of our marathon road trip. The aforementioned trough will continue to dig into the Great Basin, with snow showers expected in the higher elevations of the Rockies in CO and UT, but not until later in the afternoon. Most of the start of the day should be easy going as we negotiate our way past vail and Grand Junction. We could see some snow showers in the late evening as we move through our final portion of I-70 in central Utah before we get onto I-15, finishing our leg in Beaver.


Finally! Our last day is here! And even better, with high pressure nosing its way over the region, this final leg should be pretty easy! Might even have a little time to stop in Las Vegas (which, coincidentally, on this Day Six I actually WILL be in Las Vegas as part of my annual trip there) for some In-N-Out. After that delicious meal, we continue onwards into CA and finally pull into Riverside to finish our trip! Fun fact, Riverside is home to the winning team to this past year’s Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball champions. Who knew?!


Riverside, California

Off we go to Southern California for today’s forecast! I have a few friends that went to Riverside for college, and went through there en route to Palm Springs for a family weekend back in December. Let’s see how the March weather is treating them!

At 853pm PDT, the temperature in Riverside, CA is 59 degrees under fair skies. A bit of a ridge of high pressure is found over the Desert Southwest currently, keeping the weather relatively calm. A marine layer has been working its way over the LA Basin the last few mornings, leading to some dense fog and patchy drizzle near the coast and overcast mornings further inland. With the main branch of the jet stream remaining off to the north for the next couple of days, don’t expect too much to change over SoCal in terms of the pattern, leading to a fairly consistent couple of days temperature-wise. Wednesday will see things change further north as a large system moves into the Pacific Northwest and NorCal, but for the next couple of days, Riverside will remain fairly pleasa

Monday: Partly cloudy. High 72, Low 47.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds late. High 74, Low 49.

TWC: Monday: Partly cloudy. High 73, Low 46.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High 74, Low 48.

AW: Monday: Partly sunny. High 75, Low 40.
Tuesday: Low clouds, then some sun. High 75, Low 42.

NWS: Monday: Patchy morning fog, then partly sunny. High 75, Low 50.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, continued quiet. High 76, Low 51.

WB: Monday: Partly cloudy. High 74, Low 51.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 75, Low 51.

Here we see a fairly quiet SoCal. Clouds off to the west over the Pacific are lifting to the NNE, and will mostly bypass Riverside for the next couple days.