In response to yesterday’s 2 hour road trip, we are taking a 5 day trek, slicing through the country for about as long a distance as geography allows. It’s 2754 miles between the two cities, which we will cover at a pace of about 65mph thanks to some freeways through the central Plains. This rapid rate means day one through 4 will tick 520 miles off the odometer, while the 5th day will be even longer. Let’s hit the road, because we have a lot of driving to do.
We’re off! The departure from Savannah will be quite pleasant. The light rain in southeast Georgia will be off shore, and sunny skies a pretty dry, calm day is in store for Georgia and Tennessee, the two states we will spend time in on Wednesday. The biggest issue will be traffic in Atlanta and Nashville, and our day will end in Pleasant View, Tennessee, between Nashville and Clarksville.
Thursday promises to start well, with warm air continuing through Tennessee and Kentucky. A cold front will be moving through Missouri, however, and somewhere between Marion and Mount Vernon in southern Illinois we will see our first bouts of rain and thunder. We will hit the front right around St. Louis, with some strong, potentially severe storms between Maryland Heights and Wentzville in the northwest St. Louis Metro. Heavy rain will continue throughout a large chunk of Missouri. We will finally get out of the rain around the US 66 exit (Sedalia and Marshall) so we should see dry, cooler weather by the time we arrive in Kansas City, where we will stop in the east side of town.
High pressure again. We will be in perfect tornado chasing country, but instead, there will be nothing but sunny skies. The sun will likely make it a little warm, especially as we pass into Colorado, but if that’s our biggest problem, then we should be just fine. The day will end in Limon in eastern Colorado.
The next round of nasty weather will be coming out of the Rockies as we ourselves approach them. We should be fine as we make our way through the rest of Colorado, and even Cheyenne. As we head into the higher terrain of southern Wyoming, we will start to encounter the rain. The strong storms will develop around Cheyenne after we have passed through, but with the wave moving through aloft, there will still be heavy rain to be found in the Rockies. We will find most likely after we have slipped through Rock Springs. Our day will end in rural southwest Wyoming. Reppin’ Exit 28, yo.
Low pressure is still going to be getting organized over the front Range, while low pressure will linger over the Gulf of Alaska. There won’t necessarily be anything going on directly over the Pacific Northwest, but there will be a decent level of instability. Our drive through northern Utah, including Salt Lake City, should be dry, but as we pass through southern Idaho, expect to see clouds gathering on the higher terrain around the Sun Valley. By Boise, and then on through northeastern Oregon into Kennewick, unfortunately, we will probably be dealing with chances for light rain. But hey, 5 days in the car are finally over!