Crisscrossing the nation, we are. The trip will cover 2805 miles and will nose into a 6th day again. It’s actually a bit shorter than yesterday’s trip (by an hour) but that’s still really long. We will cover 520 miles a day at a speed of 65mph. This is a seriously long and nasty trip, so we had better get on our way!
An area of low pressure moving trhough Canada is producing a cold front that will strafe the Great Lakes tomorrow. As we head west, the system will head east. We will intersect with this line of showers with embedded thunderstorms around Pittsburgh (or rather, south of Pittsburgh). The heaviest rain will likely be as we drive through the sliver of West Virginia we will encounter, including the city of Wheeling. The rest of our drive through Ohio will be fairly rainy as well, though it will finally begin to taper off as we arrive in Columbus, the destination for day one.
The next system is already going to be moving through Canada on Monday as we make our way west. Lingering moisture after the front moves through will lead to some cloudy skies and drizzle across most of the route on Monday. We will pass through Indianapolis and St. Louis on our way to St. James, Missouri, in the middle of the state. Expect conditions to be very near to clearing up when we arrive. The cold front associated with the second system will be just off to our west when we arrive.
For the first several hours of our drive, likely until we arrive in the Tulsa area, where showers and storms will lurk just off to our southeast. The system will be close enough to us that we may see some drizzle, or at the very least some occasionally breezy winds thanks to the downdrafts of collapsing storms. After Tulsa, however, clear, dry skies will be on the horizon until we reach Elk City in western Oklahoma, where we will call it a night.
Finally, a day with no inclement weather. We will make it from Elk City and across the Panhandle of Texas and through most of New Mexico with no weather problems. Some hill country out west might cause engine problems if we decide to take the ’89 Caravan, but otherwise, we should roll into Prewitt, New Mexico with no issues. (Prewitt is about a third of the way from Grants to Gallup)
We should stay prety dry again on Thursday, finishing our last hour or so in New Mexico, and then 7 more in Arizona. We will cross the state diagonally, cutting through Phoenix and headed towards Yuma, stopping about 30 miles east of town in Wellton. Late in the day, there is a chance to see some light showers north of Phoenix after we get through the city, but it shouldn’t impact us in any way.
Finally an end to our long drive, as we head towards San Diego. We won’t see any real problems, except, perhaps, for some toasty weather in southern California, and some early clouds in Wellton. It may be cloudy as we descend into San Diego, but that’s not really a problem, is it?