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Temperatures on the rise

Today, this Thanksgiving, it is raining in South Bend. Yesterday, however, there was a vigorous southerly flow that allowed temperatures to climb from their lowest depths on Tuesday morning, when it was only 20 degrees all the way to 51 degrees yesterday. That’s definitely something to be thankful for, right? I mean, even if today is a bit of a washout, at least there was one last good day to be outside before winter comes charging in. The Weatehr Channel had a victory, narrowly defeating Victoria-Weather. Happy Thanksgiving, all!
Actuals: Tuesday – High 40, Low 20
Wednesday – High 51, Low 32

Grade: B-D

South Bend, Indiana

As I’ve noted several times, I went to Purdue, and our biggest rival was Notre Dame, located in South Bend. I’m aching for a victory in South Bend.

At 1054PM, ET, South Bend was reporting a temperature of 28 degrees, with fog filling in near by. There is a very good chance that, with mostly clear skies, there will be some fog come sunrise in South Bend. Light flow and generally little threat for clouds overnight is a trend that will continue, which means fog is going to be possible again tomorrow.
Aloft, there is a weak, long waved ridge, which suggests no significantly abnormal weather. Simply some slightly above average temperatures and partly cloudy skies, but no dramatic warm ups. Wednesday will be a hair warmer than Tuesday as a weak system organizes in the Plains. Keep an eye on this system, as though it will be fairly weak on Wednesday, it will only get stronger as the week wears on.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 40, Low 25
Wednesday – A bit warmer, partly cloudy, High 47, Low 33

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy, High 39 Low 25
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny, High 50, Low 30

AW: Tomorrow – Partial sunshine High 40, Low 27
Wednesday – Areas of fog in the morning; otherwise, times of clouds and sun High 47, Low 28

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 40, Low 28
Wednesday – Mostly sunny, High 46, Low 30

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy, High 39, Low 28
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny, High 46, Low 30

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy HIgh 41, Low 28
Wednesday – Mostly Sunny High 46, Low 30

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 42, Low 27
Wednesday – Foggy in the morning. High 48, Low 34

Pretty similar forecasts across the board. Here’s a look at a very quiet satellite image.
South Bend

Drizzle Disaster

In the wake of a cold front, an upper level trough brought a swath of showers through the Great Lake. At the surface, it looked like there would be persistent high pressure, which perhaps scared so many forecasters off of putting rain in the forecast for South Bend. Unfortunately for so many forecasters, the drizzle hung on as moisture moved through surface high pressure and brought nearly a tenth of an inch of precipitation between Friday and Saturday. Victoria-Weather was the only outlet to have rain in the forecast both Friday and Saturday, while some didn’t have any at all. Even if we hadn’t had the top precipitation forecast, we would have done pretty well with our temperature forecasts — at least compared to other outlets. The real problem this time out were the overnight lows, which, despite the drizzly overcast, bottomed out in the low 40s, which was significantly lower than anyone expected. Like I said, though, Victoria Weather was top on precipitation and near the top for temperatures, ultimately grabbing the top overall spot as well.
Actuals: Friday – .03 inches of rain, High 59, Low 43
Saturday – .04 inches of rain, High 61, Low 43

Grade: C

South Bend, Indiana

Apologies for the late post, but today (tonight?) we head off to South Bend, IN to see what will be going on there for the weekend!

At 11:53pm EDT, the temperature at South Bend, IN was 53 degrees under overcast skies. A strong area of high pressure continues to take hold over the Central US bringing some very unseasonable cold air down from Canada. Early season cold weather records have been set in portions of the Northern/Central Plains, including the earliest inch of snow on record in Rapid City. Brrr! Temperatures around South Bend sure won’t feel like the end of summer as we head into the weekend, more like summer has ended and Fall wants to make an abrupt appearance. A mid-level disturbance that’s bringing the precip to the Plains will shift towards the Great Lakes Friday night into Saturday. A few light rain showers will be possible as we shift through the overnight hours tomorrow, but nothing significant should come from it. After the system’s departure Saturday morning, clouds will decrease as temperatures light back into the low 60s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, a late evening shower possible. High 62, Low 47.
Saturday: Showers trail off in early morning, then decreasing clouds. High 60, Low 50.

TWC: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 64, Low 47.
Saturday: Morning rain showers. High 62, Low 50.

AW: Friday: Rather cloudy and cool. High 63, Low 49.
Saturday: Clouds breaking and cool. High 62, Low 52.

NWS: Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 62, Low 47.
Saturday: Early morning rain showers, partly sunny in afternoon. High 62, Low 49.

WB: Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 62, Low 47.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, an early AM shower possible. High 62, Low 50.

WN: Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 63, Low 50.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with light rain showers likely. High 63, Low 52.

We see a system pushing into the Central Plains, bringing snows to the Denver area. High pressure should keep the area dry as we start to head into the weekend, but showers could hamper overnight plans to start Saturday.


Greenville, North Carolina to South Bend, Indiana

We’re back on the road, friends! This is another two day trek, covering 894 miles. Because of a swifter than normal 63.4mph speed, we will cover 506 miles on day one. We will enjoy, therefore, a shorter drive on Monday, so that’s nice.

We have a fairly healthy cold front moving through the eastern seaboard this weekend. It’s probably ruined most weekend plans out east. Fortunately, the boundary will mostly be through North Carolina as we head out for the day on Sunday. There will be a chance for some scattered showers as far west as Greensboro, but we should come into clearer skies as we hit the Appalachians. We can enjoy the scenery, as sunny skies will take hold the entire length of West Virginia, and cool, pleasant conditions can be expected as we arrive in Macksburg, in the far southeastern corner of Ohio.

High pressure will be back in command over the Great Lakes as we head out on Monday. The relatively short drive will be sunny and pleasant, from Macksburg all the way to South Bend.
South Bend

Sludge dominates

The weather in South Bend was as it has been for most of the eastern third of the country the past week. Dreary, rainy, and cool. I had a typo in my forecast, wanting to punch in a low of 50 2 days ago. Don’t worry, however, even the correct typing skills would not have netted me the victory, as the Weather Channel easily had the top forecast. Typical Purdue grad, unable to win in South Bend.
Actuals: Wednesday – .01 inches of rain, High 68, Low 51
Thursday – .12 inches of rain, High 67, Low 50

Grade: B

Vineland, New Jersey to South Bend, Indiana

This is my first road trip in a while, and it isn’t going to be terribly pleasant. First off, I can’t figure out why anyone would actually want to go TOO South Bend (truth time.. I am a Purdue grad, fierce rival of Notre Dame and those in South Bend) and second, it will rain lots. The trip will be a day and a half covering 710 miles. The rate will be 61.4mph. and 491 miles on that first day. Change the wiper blades, and let’s be on our way.


I suspect tomorrow will be very similar to what we had today, several bands of rain streaming across Pennsylvania, where we will spend most of our day. It may at times be a bit heavier, especially on the western slopes of ridges, and will certainly be overcast for most of the day. The really heavy rain will develop after we get into Ohio, and will fall near Harrisburg, but even as we stop in Vermillion, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie, there will be a chance for light rain, and it will certainly be overcast.
One thing is for sure. The threat for heavy rain will be gone on our second day of driving, but the overcast will continue and drizzle will be an ever present threat. But come on, you’re going to South Bend, shouldn’t the weather be daunting?

South Bend, Indiana

South Bend lies in the northern part of the state, along an east-west border with Michigan. Up is down, left is right, cats living with dogs.

At 1154PM, ET, South Bend was reporting cloudy skies with a temperature of 55 degrees. A gigantic, retrograding low over the Mid-Atlantic had pushed a band of showers as far west as Angola, just across the Ohio line.
The upper trough is very weak, and being pushed west thanks to a strong Bermuda high. A stronger upper trough is developing over the Plains, and the associated southerly flow with this system will be enough to break the hold the weaker low and may provide some clearing on Thursday.
Tomorrow – Rain showers possible, High 60, Low 40
Thursday – Areas of drizzle, but clearing, High 64, Low 49

TWC: Tomorrow – Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. High 63, Low 50
Thursday – Afternoon showers High 67, Low 51

AW: Tomorrow – Rather cloudy and warmer with a couple of showers High 66, Low 46
Thursday – Times of sun and clouds with a shower High 69, Low 53

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of light rain before 8am, then a chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, High 63, Low 48
Thursday – A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy High 66, Low 51

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning…then chance of showers in the afternoon High 63, Low 49
Thursday – Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers High 66, Low 51

A little bit of drizzle coming RIGHT for South Bend.