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Sacramento, California to Erie, Pennsylvania

One last thing to do tonight. We’re headed on a lengthy trip, 4 1/2 days from the Pacific to Eastern Time Zone. I can assure you that the weather at one end of the trip will be a bit different than the other. Expect a pace of 68.8mph, which will net 550 miles a day in our 2477 mile adventure. There is no time to waste, so pike into the family cruise.

DAY ONE (Wednesday)

The drive from California eastward is always a terrifying hellscape of the western American wilderness. What if you break down? Well, you’re completely hose, because there isn’t anyone for miles. This is how we’ll feel everywhere east of Reno, all the way to the Bonneville Salt Flats of northwest Utah, wheere the day will end. The good news is, a ridge is settling into the region, and dry weather is expected.

DAY TWO (Thursday)
High pressure will still be in control of the western US, which is totally awesome! This will make the arduous drive through a Rockies go much more smoothly. We should make it through the rest of Utah and almost all of Wyoming before the day comes to a close. We’ll stop in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, right on the Nebraska border to end the day. Salt Lake City is going to seem huge when we drive through.

DAY THREE (Friday)
Friday’s drive is going to be just fine, and we’ll have a boundary in the southern Gulf of Mexico to thank for that. You see, there is a weak clipper forecast to move from Alberta towards the Upper Midwest just as we drive through Nebraska, but flow out of the Gulf will be virtually non-existent, thanks to that boundary down by the Yucatan and high pressure along the Gulf Coast. Instead of seeing any inclement weather, we will instead only see warming temperatures and somewhat breezy conditions. The day will end in Dexter, Iowa. I’ve stopped for gas there before in the real world. Nice town.

DAY FOUR (Saturday)
The systems that have been keeping precipitation development at bay on Friday will breakd down for Saturday. Through about LaPorte, Indiana, we will enjoy some pleasant conditions, though with increasing bluster. Starting with light flurries in northern Indiana, the threat for a wet snow will increase as that Clipper picks up stronger Gulf flow. We will be away from the source of moisture and the center of circulation, so we shouldn’t see snow much more intense than nuisance level, but it will still be our nuisance until we arrive in Toledo, calling it a night there.

DAY FIVE (Sunday)
Our little feature is going to be rapidly moving, and a some organization in the southeastern US will ensure it comes down faster than usual in the eastern Great Lakes. Most of the drive in Ohio will be fine, but Ashtabula is always snowy, and some of that flurry activity may stay with us all the way to Erie.

Sacramento, California

A cool front that lives up to its billing

In northern California, a cold front doesn’t necessarily have to arrive in a particular location to bring about an atmospheric change. Sacramento is a good example of that. A cold front moving through the Pacific Northwest, and it never even reached the Sacramento Valley, but the southwesterly flow ahead of the boundary brought low clouds and cooler temperatures to the region, since it was sourced off of the chilly Pacific. The cooler temperatures were even below forecast totals, which meant that those with cooler forecasts ended up with better forecasts. Victoria-Weather, who thought there may have been a touch of rain, tied with Accuweather for the top spot.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 72, Low 48
Wednesday – High 72, Low 48

Grade:B-C

Sacramento, California

Hi friends. Are you ready to see how the weather is in northern California for the middle of the week? I sure am!

At 753PM, ET, Sacramento was reporting a temperature of 64 degrees with clear skies. An upper level trough at the tail end of a strong Pacific jet streak is generating some upper level northwesterly flow across northern California, but clear skies are seen through all layers. Still, there will be a bit of an inversion, and dramatic cooling is not expected overnight.
The upper level trough will help generate a deeper surface low just off the coast of Washington. A cold front will sink south towards Sacramento by late evening tomorrow. Not much cold air will work into the Valley, but there may be a spot of light rain overnight. The system will be chased out quickly as low pressure develops along the stronger jet streak still over the Pacific. That will be a problem for Thursday, as Wednesday will be clear soon after the sun comes up.
Tomorrow – Increasing clouds, a few light showers late, High 73, Low 46
Wednesday – Clearing and pleasant, High 71, Low 47

TWC: Tomorrow – Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies in the afternoon, High 75, Low 46
Wednesday – Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies in the afternoon, High 74, Low 45

AW: Tomorrow – Periods of clouds and sun High 73, Low 43
Wednesday – Partly sunny High 72, Low 47

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 74, Low 46
Wednesday – Mostly sunny, (late rain) High 74, Loe 46

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny, High 74, Low 46
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny High 74, Low 46

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 75, Low 46
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny High 75, Low 46

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy in the morning. High 78, Low 48
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 76, Low 47

The west coast is so difficult. We can’t even pin down a precip forecast, but at least those temperatures are in the same ballpark. Here is the satellite imagery for the night, with most of the activity off to the north of Sacramento.
Sacramento

Brisk Mornings

Californians are notorious for overreacting to any sort of cold weather that seeps into their state, especially most of my friends who live in the Los Angeles basin. Northern Californians are usually a bit more tolerant of it. That mindset was needed the last couple of mornings in Sacramento, as the temperature made it down to around freezing before rebounding into the mid-50s on predominately sunny, fog-free days. Luckily, Sunday morning stayed dry as showers eluded the CA capital. The Weather Channel narrowly took down the top spot.

Sunday: High 55, Low 33.
Monday: High 57, Low 32.
Forecast Grade: C

Sacramento, California

Sacramento is the capital city of California, and setting for Disney Series Even Stevens.

At 853AM, PT, Sacramento was reporting a temperature of 48 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. After a day full of rain on Friday, much of the region was seeing dense fog. Sacramento was one of the first sites to clear, but satellite and observations indicate that much of the region is still soupy. An extended, rainy trough running from Canada to the most active portion over the Desert Southwest is the culprit.
The system doesn’t have much upper level support for a deep, plunging round of cold air to help scour the area out. The strongest jet lies northeast of Sacramento and the most abundant moisture lies in the Southwest, and the two regions won’t phase together until they reach the Front Range. This will lead to a distinct lack of organization on the west coast. The back end of the the trough will still lie over the western Pacific, which will open the west up to some moisture, which will funnel into Sacramento for the next two days, leaving SacTown chilly and bleak into early next week.
Tomorrow – Foggy and drizzly early, then cool and cloudy, High 53, Low 39
Monday – Cloudy, with some fog early, High 54, Low 34

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 57, Low 38
Monday – Mostly Sunny High 58, Low 35

AW: Tomorrow – Variable cloudiness with a shower in spots High 54, Low 38
Monday – Partly sunny, breezy and cold High 55, Low 34

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy High 55, Low 40
Monday – Mostly sunny High 56, Low 35

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the morning…then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. High 55, Low 40
Monday – Partly cloudy. High 57, Low 35

Looks like a fun day in northern California! It should be noted that NorCal is decidedly different than SoCal. Satellite shows the fog lifting.
Sacramento

Just off the record

The Weather Service and Weatherbug each called for record breaking heat in Sacramento over the weekend. The record high on September 30th was 101, and each of those two outlets called for the 2012 edition to match it. Instead, it hit ‘only’ 96, crediting cooler forecasts for a more accurate forecast. Accuweather had a very good, nearly perfect forecast to claim the top spot in California’s capital.
Actuals: Saturday – High 93, Low 56
Sunday – High 96, Low 56

Grade: A

Salem, Oregon to Sacramento, California

The trip between the state capitals of Oregon and California will last just one day, a remarkably brief voyage between large cities in the western US. It’s a 532 mile trip between the two cities, and we will make the trip at about 62.1mph. So let’s see some of I-5, shall we?


The heat will be the real key to the day. It will be warm through Oregon, but the toasty weather will set in after we hit Redding in northern California. The heat will surpass 90, certainly, and we may see a 100 reading on a bank thermometer between Redding and Sacramento. What we won’t see, at last not over the Valley, are clouds. Enoy the trip, and make sure the AC is working!

Sacramento, California

Northern California, and the state’s capital for today’s forecast. Let’s see what’s up in SacTown.

At 253PM, PT, Sacramento was reporting sunny skies and a temperature of 86 degrees. Temperatures were climbing nito the 90s across the northern Valley thanks to dry conditions and westerly flow off of the coastal ranges.
An offshore trough at the upper levels is aiding a southwesterly flow that is leading to the downslope heating in the California Valley. No changes are expected to this flow, and hot weather will continue through the next two days.
Tomorrow – Hot and sunny High 92, Low 53
Saturday – Sunshine continues, High 96, Low 55

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 95, Low 56
Saturday – Sunny High 96, Low 60

AW: Tomorrow – Bright sunshine and very warm High 93, Low 55
Saturday – Mostly sunny and hot High 95, Low 56

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 95, Low 59
Saturday – Sunny and hot, High 101, Low 59

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 96, Low 59
Saturday – Sunny High 101, Low 61

Egads, that’s toasty. That’s why there are heat advisories across the region, especially the Bay Area.