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Santa Barbara, California to Lancaster, Pennsylvania

We embark on a week-long, 2,738 mile, cross-country road trip, right as weather gets busy in the Southwest. Juuuust peachy.


We get an early start on the day as we’re playing a race of sorts on Monday. Tropical Storm Rosa is heading towards Baja California and looks to impact the Desert Southwest over the next couple of days. Rain streaming ahead of the storm is already impacting Arizona. Quiet weather is expected for our departure out of Santa Barbara towards Los Angeles, and continues as we head north on I-15 into the Mojave Desert. We head eastward on I-40 and will be following this interstate for quite a while and we’ll start to see some scattered shower activity in the afternoon as we cross over into Arizona. As the evening progresses, we’ll see an increase in shower activity and perhaps some embedded thunderstorms as we make our way to Flagstaff, our stop after the long day.


The remnants of Rosa are shifting into Arizona this morning, so our start out of Flagstaff will be off to a slow start. On the plus side, the lions share of the heavy rains are getting caught up in the mountains to the south. However, it will still be a messy start to the day as we head out of Flagstaff towards Gallup, NM. The further east we go, the more the weather improves as the rain mostly heads northward into Utah. By the time we reach Albuquerque, the rain should have come to an end. The rest of the afternoon and evening should be fairly quiet as we end the day in Tucumcari, NM.


Today should be a fairly easy day overall! Low pressure intensifying over the Northern Plains will cause much angst to those from Montana to Minnesota, but with a nose of high pressure extending into the Southern Plains, it should be enough to keep the rain chances away. We could probably see some increased southerly winds during the afternoon as southerly flow feeds the low pressure off north. We cruise on by Oklahoma City in the afternoon and settle in Tulsa for the night.


As low pressure continues to explosively develop and shifts into Canada, the cold front trailing this system is dropping into the Mid-MS River Valley and Central Plains. We still expect dry weather as we head out of Tulsa northeastward on I-44, but as we head past Springfield, MO and head further into Missouri, we’ll get closer to encountering showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms along the front. It looks like the activity will hold off to the north of our route long enough to make it to St. Louis, but the threat will remain for the rest of the evening as we head into Effingham, IL for the night.


Today will be an abbreviated day of sorts, as we’re only traveling 350 miles to Columbus, OH. But as a new area of low pressure begins to intensity over the Midwest, scattered shower activity looks to develop over the OH Valley throughout the morning. Heavier activity will remain off to the north of our route, but don’t be surprised if we see a stray thunderstorm over OH before we read our destination for the day.


A cold front will be hot on our heels today as we continue eastward on I-70 then get onto I-76, which will take us the rest of the way. We could see some morning shower activity, but dry weather is expected for much of the day. An approaching cold front will continue to trail us, bringing showers and thunderstorms to OH and NW PA, but luckily it’ll be just slow enough so our final push into Lancaster should be largely an easy task. We’ve made it!

Santa Barbara endures perfect weather.

A week after unseasonably cold weather brought snow to the mountains north of town, and a few months after the region was threatened by wildfires, Santa Barbara was confronted by annother weather phenomenon: The reason nobody ever wants to leave. Not only did the sun shine on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the high temperatures were near 70 in the afternoon, and a terrifically sleepable low 40s overnight. The was even a picturesque morning fog on Wednesday to complete the scene. Victoria – Weather had the top forecast.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 74, Low 37
Wednesday – High 69, Low 41

Grade: B-F

Santa Barbara, California

Here is a strange thing The Weather Service office out of Oxnard has had to place winter storm warnings on the mountains outside of Santa Barbara last week. Will that trickle down to the coast again this week? Probably not, but let’s see what is in store.

At 853AM PT, Santa Barbara was reporting a temperature of 57 degrees with clear skies. Southern California was bouncing back after a few days of well below normal temperatures and mountain snow, though there were some brisk off shore winds closer to the Oxnard area.
Weak high pressure will hang out in the southwestern US for the next couple of days, and without high pressure building in the southern Great Basin, winds will be moderate as well. Low pressure in the north Pacific will move into the Pacific Northwest, and a light onshore flow might encourage morning fog on Wednesday, while temperatures may remain a little on the cool side.
Tomorrow – Sunny skies, High 72, Low 41
Wednesday – Morning fog and a touch cooler, High 68, Low 43

TWC: Tomorrow – Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds.  High 72, Low 42
Wednesday – Cloudy skies. High 67, Low 47

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 70, Low 41
Wednesday – Times of clouds and sun High 67, Low 44

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny,  High 75, Low 46
Wednesday – Partly sunny High 67, Low 47

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 68, Low 44
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy High 63, Low 47

WN: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 72, Low 46
Wednesday – Partly cloudy, High 67, Low 47

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy until night.High 74, Low 59
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 72, Low 62

Forecast.IO has a lo temperature that is nearly as warm as the high temperatures most other outlets have on Wednesday. Interesting gambit. Here is a satellite showing the north Pacific. You can see the big whirl that will drive the onshore flow into Santa Barbara later in the week.

Santa Barbara keeps the beach open

Despite a couple of systems pummeling the Pacific Northwest, it seemed as though Santa Barbara transcended all climatological concerns. The sun was out for the most part, but there were a few clouds to prevent too much sunburn in case anyone forgot the sunscreen.  In general, the flow off the Pacific was less robust than the forecast called for, which resulted in temperatures being a hair warmer than anticipated during the day. Overnight, however, the weaker flow meant clear skies, which are nice, right up until those temperatures start dropping. With no marine layer, overnight lows dropped to the upper 40s, which allowed Victoria-Weather to rise up and take the victory in the very pleasant Santa Barbara.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 72, Low 47
Thursday – High 70, Low 49

Grade: C-D

Santa Barbara, California

We’re on the way to the beach in southern California, which sounds like an altogether wonderful idea.

At 953PM, PT, Santa Barbara was reporting a temperature of 54 degrees with clear skies. The entirety of southern California was seeing a sky full of stars, and satellite indicates that the marine layer is non-existent tonight.
A strong area of low pressure will be moving towards the Pacific Northwest through the day tomorrow, and arrive by late in the day. As it advances eastward, and then lingers over Washington on Friday, a steady onshore flow should bring a few clouds to the higher terrain inland from Santa Barbara, and a refreshingly cool flow to town.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 68, Low 50
Thursday – Sunny, High 68, Low 52

TWC: Tomorrow – Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 70, Low 53
Thursday – Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 70, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny to partly cloudy and pleasant High 71, Low 53
Thursday – Pleasant with periods of clouds and sun High 72, Low 55

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny,  High 72, Low 56
Thursday – A 20 percent chance of rain before 10am. Mostly sunny, High 70, Low 58

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 70, Low 55
Thursday – Partly cloudy, High 69, Low 55

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 72, Low 56
Thursday – Psrtly cloudy with isolated showers, High 70, Low 58

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy starting in the morning. High 69, Low 58
Thursday – Partly cloudy until evening. High 69, Low 58

Temperatures are dropping much faster than guidance had indicated. My forecast reflects an anticipation of that trend continuing. A look at the satellite shows the entire lack of clouds.

Santa Barbara, California to Decatur, Alabama

I like that Google helpfully informs that you can get from city to city in less than 6 hours if you fly. Where is the fun in that? No, we’re looking at a 4 day trip, covering 2070 miles at a pace of 69mph. That means our first three days will be done after 552 miles, with a shorter day to finish things off. The trek is predominantly along I-40, so at least we won’t get lost.

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara will very likely be a bit foggy as we head out for the day, but then when we hit the mountains just inland, we’ll be able to look briefly westward upon the cloud covered shores, before we descend eastward and inland. We’ll spend the rest of the day in the desert, but it won’t be as bad as all that sounds. It won’t be as hot as it could be, and it’s rained recently, so plants may have opened up and flowers will be in bloom. It will be pretty! And the night will end in Flagstaff, which has plenty of options to spend the night, which doesn’t always happen when driving through the desert.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
Low pressure will be moving in waves through the northern United States, but the southern United States will be quite dry. It might be a little breezy, but the warmth won’t be intolerable, especially in the higher terrain along the Arizona-New Mexico border. We’ll make it inside the Texas border by the end of the day, ending the day in Adrian, Texas.

DAY THREE (Monday)
Southerly flow reemerged as we head towards the Ozarks, and this will likely lead to a few questions. There is likely to be an isolated thunderstorm starting in eastern Oklahoma, followed by some more widespread light rain across Arkansas in the higher terrain. One thing seems clear, that when the terrain gets a bit rougher, we should expect a better threat for clouds, drizzle or not. We will make it about an hour into Arkansas with this drizzly threat before we call it a day in Lamar, which I hope people call “Lamarkansas”

DAY FOUR (Tuesday)
Expect a lingering but week warm front to stretch from the Ozarks to the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday, which is a pretty narrow path, but also rather unfortunate. You see, that’s exactly where we intend to drive on Tuesday. Expect things to start off dry before the heat of the day sets off a few showers and storms. There will be a chance for showers and thunderstorms from Corinth, Mississippi right on in to Decatur.

What’s this? No rain?

After a week in which our forecasts took us through a stalled boundary and flooding persistent rain, it was easy to forget that a lot of the country was still dry. Santa Barbara, for example, had some morning fog but not threat of rain. Temperatures were cooler than expected as the marine layer was slower to depart than models anticipated, which resulted in a victory for the Weather Service and Weatherbug.
Actuals: Monday – High 72, Low 61
Tuesday – High 75, Low 60

Grade: A

New Orleans, Louisiana to Santa Barbara, California

From the Gulf Coast (okay, slightly inland from the coast) to the West Coast, our 1,987 mile trip will take us from sea level, through the Rockies, and back down to sea level. Not a moment to waste for this 4-day trek, so let’s get moving!!

New Orleans


Might as well call this the I-10 vacation, since that’s what we’ll be taking for about 95% of the trip. Onshore flow over the western Gulf has been kicking up some early morning showers from the eastern TX coastline through southern LA, and this morning won’t be much different. We’ll have to dodge some activity as we head out of New Orleans and past Baton Rouge, but should be a little less active as we cross the border into Texas by midday. There might be a few stray showers or an isolated thunderstorm as we travel past Houston in the mid-afternoon, but should die off late afternoon/early evening as we pull into San Antonio, our stop for the 1st night.


A quiet start to the day is expected as we head out of San Antonio. A large upper ridge of high pressure continues to sit over the Southwest, keeping most of the storms at bay. In fact, it should be a pretty quiet day all the way into El Paso, our stop for the second night. Driving all day and we’re still in the same state! Egads!


A shorter day in store today, since we’ll be going through some mountains. It’ll be a hot day to be sure, and we’ll be heading right through prime monsoon country! We’ll probably see some storms start to go up as we make our way through far southwestern New Mexico and into Arizona. Our best chance at seeing some storms will be as we negotiate our way by Tucson as they roll off the mountains north of town. Eventually we end our day in Phoenix.


The final leg! Pretty much a straight shot west out of Phoenix on I-10 through the scorching desert, passing Blythe, Indio, Palm Springs, and San Bernardino before finally making it through Los Angeles. Well, as fast as we can given how bad traffic usually is around the city. We’ll be out of Arizona before the monsoon activity kicks up, so it should be a clear and dry day as we finally pull into Santa Barbara!

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

Today we saunter off to the sunny, beachside city of Santa Barbara. Will their proximity to the ocean keep their temperatures down, or will it be a hot start to the week? Let’s find out!

At 707PM PDT, the temperature at Santa Barbara, CA was 72 degrees under fair skies. Loyal readers can probably remember previous posts talking about the intense heat that hit the Southwest over the last week before finally subsiding a tad over the last couple of days. Well the dome of high pressure is still intact over the region, just to a lesser degree and shifted somewhat further to the east. This ridge is expected to shift back towards the west a bit over the next couple of days, but thankfully temperatures should remain shy of their record-setting levels. What this means, however, is that the weather in Southern California should be sunny and dry. Thankfully, for Santa Barbara anyways, the Pacific should keep them fairly pleasant compared to the rest of the region. Enjoy the week!

Monday: Marine layer burns off by mid-morning, then sunny. High 75, Low 59.
Tuesday: Sunny and pleasant. High 77, Low 58.

TWC: Monday: Partly cloudy. High 79, Low 61.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 83, Low 63.

AW: Monday: Areas of low clouds, then sun. High 68, Low 58.
Tuesday: Few morning clouds, then sunny. High 76, Low 57.

NWS: Monday: Patchy AM fog, then sunny. High 75, Low 61.
Tuesday: Sunny. High 77, Low 60.

WB: Monday: Sunny except for some patchy morning clouds/fog. High 75, Low 61.
Tuesday: Sunny. High 77, Low 60.

Here we see a rather uneventful setup for SoCal, with monsoon activity remaining over the Four Corners region.

Santa Barbara, California

There is going to be snow around here this week. I am in no mood to talk about snow quite yet. Off to SoCal!

At 953AM, PT, Santa Barbara was reporting a temperature of 62 degrees with sunny skies. Weak flow was back in Southern California, a return to the typically docile pattern of Santa Barbara.
The trough aloft isn’t very strong, but is quite broad. This indicates little change to the overall pattern for the next couple of days for the entire country, including southern California, where things will remain quite pleasant through the weekend.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy early, then clearing, High 64, Low 43
Sunday – Still warm and sunny, High 67, Low 40

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 68, Low 47
Sunday – Mostly Sunny High 70, Low 47

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny High 65, Low 45
Sunday – Mostly sunny high 64, Low 44

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 66, Low 49
Sunday – Sunny, High 70, Low 51

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 66, Low 49
Sunday – Sunny, High 70, Low 51

Everyone is calling for a bit of a warm up as the marine layer breaks down in Santa Barbara. Well, except Accuweather.