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Under the influence

Alberto was about parallel with Spartanburg when we compiled a forecast for the Carolina city on Tuesday, and the storm moved north towards the Great Lakes during the verification period. Over the course of that period, Alberto still exerted his influence along the Atlantic coast, training a great deal of rain fall, especially on the eastern exposures of the Appalachians. In Spartanburg, it rained about half an inch over the two day period, but more sun peeked between the clouds on Thursday to bring temperatures up a few degrees. The Weather Channel had a very good forecast and won the day.
Actuals: Wednesday – .28″ of the rain, High 82, Low 69
Thursday – .25″ of rain, High 86, Low 68

Grade: A-C

Peoria, Illinois to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Are you ready to press for one long day of driving? That’s what we’re in for, headed southeast from northern Illinois to the upstate of South Carolina. The route will cover 739 miles at a pace of 65mph, slowed in large part to the course through Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington, and Knoxville. There aren’t many stretches of unpopulated regions, and those stretches that are will be through the high terrain of the Smokey Mountains. We will have a travel companion – Tropical Storm Alberto. So let’s see if he will make the drive terribly uncomfortable.

When we get going, the center of whatever is left of Alberto will be centered near Evansville, Indiana, but will be fully dissipated into a system moving through the Plains. All that rain pulled in by Alberto needs to go somewhere, though, and without the organizing pull of a tropical feature, it will instead go everywhere. Scattered showers and storms are expected across the extend of our route, but the heaviest activity will be between Indianapolis and Louisville, thanks to the now diminished Alberto. There might be a few more robust downpours during the final stages of our trip, thanks to flow off the Atlantic attempting to climb the Smokey Mountains. You know, I said it was going to be a long drive, but all this rain is only going to make it seem longer. Hopefully there is a good time awaiting in Spartanburg.

Spartanburg, South Carolina

We head to Spartanburg during a sensitive time for the community. Area newspeople Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer were killed when reporting on the recent heavy rains in the area when a tree fell on the vehicle they were traveling in.  Hopefully, the families and the area can find comfort and healing.

At 835PM, ET, Spartanburg was reporting a temperature of 72 degrees with thunderstorms. Tropical Storm Alberto now lies centered over western Tennessee, and a feeding band of showers and storms is draped right over Spartanburg, though there was clearing as near as the Greenville area.
Alberto is going to continue to track mostly northward,  which will unfortunately leave the Carolina Upstate well within the intake track of the storm. A subtropical feature moving through the Plains will intercept Alberto around Michigan, but that will only work to enhance the moisture intake by Thursday evening. Expect rainy days and stormy nights for the next couple of days.
Wednesday – Scattered showers and storms, High 83, Low 71
Thursday – Scattered showers and storms, High 85, Low 70

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 80, Low 69
Thursday – Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 84, Low 68

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, a couple of showers and a heavy thunderstorm, mainly later; humid Higgh 80, Low 70
Thursday – Cloudy most of the time, a couple of showers and a thunderstorm, mainly later; humid High 83, Low 69

NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 3pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy High 81, Low 71
Thursday – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy High 85, Low 70

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. High 79, Low 71
Thursday – Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. High 82, Low 71

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with light showers likely. High 81, Low 71
Thursday – Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely, High 85, Low 70

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain until morning, starting again overnight. High 82, Low 68
Thursday – Light rain starting in the morning, continuing until afternoon. High 82, Low 66

The weather looks rainy and stormy, I’m sorry to report. The region is under a flash flood watch because of the persistent rain, Take a look at the radar, and you can see that band of rain directly over Spartanburg.

Spartanburg, South Carolina to Grand Junction, Colorado

Spartanburg, South Carolina to Grand Junction, CO

Today we embark on a 1,748 mile road trip, from the Southern Appalachians to the Central Rockies! Mountains to mountains! It’ll take 3 days to cover, and we’re gonna leave THIS morning, so we better get a move on!



A stationary boundary continues to sit just north of the area, so it’ll be a cloudy start to the day, but showers should be out of the Spartanburg area. However, we have to trek up into W NC to go through TN, so we’ll see some of those showers during the morning. An upper low is sitting over the Southern Plains/Lower MS River Valley and hasn’t been moving much over last couple of days, which will continue to pump moisture up over the TN/OH Valleys. We’ll continue to see rain showers as we trek through TN and over Western KY and finally into southern IL, where we finish the day in Marion.


The aforementioned upper low lifts north into the area during the overnight hours, bringing it’s swath of rain with it. It’ll be a soggy morning heading towards St. Louis and continuing westward, with rain showers expected through Missouri. We might see an early afternoon thunderstorm in the Kansas City area, but if we get past there, only isolated showers are expected in eastern KS as we move through the afternoon and evening hours. We finish the long day up in Hays, KS to fairly quiet conditions.


High pressure greets us this morning, with pleasant conditions heading west towards the Rockies. Weather should be pretty good all the way until we reach Denver, but a cold front is swinging through the Central Rockies, so we’ll be seeing rain showers as we negotiate our way through the passes. We could see some brief periods of snow in the higher up elevations, but anything significant should remain only in the highest peaks before the temperatures drop enough to make conditions too treacherous. We finish our journey in Grand Junction, where a few light rain showers greet our arrival.

Grand Junction

Athens, Georgia to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Only a short road trip today, barely clocking in at longer than 2 hours! This could barely be considered a road trip, but it must be traveled! What will be happening for this tiny voyage?

Athens, GA

The slow-moving upper-level low over the Central Gulf Coast continues to pump copious amounts of rain over LA/MS, bringing massive flooding to the low lying coastal areas. Thankfully, all this activity should be off to our west today as an area of high pressure sitting off the East Coast is keeping it at bay just enough. Cloudy skies are expected through the day, however, and could be an isolated midday shower near Spartanburg, but nothing to really worry about.



Spartanburg was right in the midst of this week’s storm system as it gathered itself and headed north towards the mid-Atlantic. There was a lot of ice in Virginia, and some thunderstorms brought destructive tornadoes to the southeast. Upstate South Carolina found itself sandwiched between the two features, and got a little bit of everything over the weekend. Thunderstorms, light snow, rain, you name it, they got it. Whaat they also got was a dreadful temperature forecast. It didn’t climb above 30 on Monday, which meant not only problems for the highs on Monday, but also the lows on Tuesday, as temperatures didn’t even start within 8 degrees of what many people expected. Accuweather had the fewest issues, thanks to a recognition of the potential for chilly temperatures in Spartanburg.
Actuals: Monday – Snow, thunderstorms, reported but not measured. High 30, Low 26
Tuesday – Rain, snow, thunderstorm, .01″ measured officially (I’m suspect) High 59, Low 30

Grade: B-D

Spartanburg, South Carolina to Naples, Florida

In theory, this should be a slightly longer trip than the one we had coming into Spartanburg. In practice? It will likley be the shorter of the trips, despite being estmated at nearly 11 hours of driving over the course of 731 miles. This will bring us to a pace of 67.4mph. The interstate in Florida is a race track. Let’s get going!

The churning machinations of a coastal trough and a strong, developing low over the Lower Mississippi Valley will help to generate shower activity across most of South Carolina, but the best chance to see any of the light rain will be in the small area we will be on I-95 over downstate South Carolina until we reach the Georgia border. Driving through east Georgia and into north Florida we will be fine, but the strength of the rotation over the southeastern US, as well as the presence of a jet streak over the Florida Peninsula will introduce the threat for some high clouds laden with scattered showers south of Ocala. The NAM in particular is pinpointing a bullseye around Lakeland late in the day tomorrow, which could lead to some showers on the east side of the Tampa metro. Don’t be surprised if there are some isolated showers or even a rumble of thunder all the way through Sarasota, but it should really start winding down as we approach Naples. Mostly cloudy, but still definitely Florida when we arrive.

Atlantic City, New Jersey to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Hey! This is trip one of two for the day. Both will involve Spartanburg, but one we will be leaving and another, we will be arriving. This time, we are arriving from the north after a 10 hour drive covering 665 miles. IF you couldn’t guess, we will do this drive at a pace of about 66.5mph. I think we can manage. Let’s get on the old dusty trail!

Atlantic City
I wish I had better news for you on this particular journey. The cold end of a feature moving out of the Ohio Valley will be arriving in the Mid Atlantic early on Friday, and it is going to take absolutely forever to get out of the Philadelphia area. Then we get to try Baltimore and Washington, and each will be progressively worse. It may even be a bit snowy or icy early in the day in northern North Carolina. Fortunately, it will probably take us so long to get out of the Megaplex to the north, we won’t be reaching North Carolina until the precipitation begins to wind down. Late in the day as we approach the Piedmont, most of the precipitation in the area will be lingering along the North Carolina border, and may be freezing there, but Spartanburg will be waiting on the heavy precipitation to the west. But lets talk about the earlier part of the trip again. The snow wll be slow going. It won’t be the monster that they saw earlier in the winter, but it should slow things down for the first workday f the week. The real problem will be where precipitation mixes, and that will be from Washington to the North Carolina border. Freezing Rain? Maybe. Sleet? Probably. Rain/snow mix? Almost certainly. That is a mess. It’s difficult to forecast in and even worse to drive in. If you think this trip is ACTUALLY getting done in 10 hours, you will be sorely disappointed. PLan on a night in northern Virginia, then finish it off when the temperature warms up on Tuesday. Good luck getting to Spartanburg!

Spartanburg, South Carolina

It’s not often that we are looking at a site in the teeth of a pending strong system, but here we are, looking at a Spartanburg with some nastiness on the way.

At 855PM, ET, Spartanburg was reporting a temperature of 28 degrees with overcast skies. The chill encompassing the region is a result of a ridge of high pressure over the mid Atlantic cycling unseasonably cool air to the south. Aloft, a sharp Arctc trough is sinking south in a bid to merge with a broader southern trough. The southern trough is helping to generate an off shore trough, which will generate a few showers off the Carolina coast tonight and through most of the day tomorrow.
By tomorrow afternoon, it will be the northern trough that will begin to draw attention to itself. A surface cyclone will begin to develop near Mississippi by midday tomorrow, and will continue to rapidly strengthen through the period. Because of the shortwave aloft associated with this development, it will move quickly eastward. By the end of the day tomorrow, expect some rain for the Piedmont as moisture gets drawn from the coastal trough. A cold front will reach the area in the predawn hours of Tuesday, bringing a helacious round of heavy rain with some thunder. As the boundary clears town, some wet snow may potentially mix in with the rain. With clouds clearing, expect temperatures to jump on Tuesday, despite the recent passage of a very active cold front. A blob of precipitation is expected to chase the primary feature out of town while associated with an inverted trough sliding through the Ohio Valley. Don’t be surprised if there is another round of light rain before midnight on Wednesday.
Tomorrow – Scattered showers possible late, High 40, Low 27
Tuesday – Very heavy rain early, with a wintry mix, then increasing temperatures and a mix late, High 56, Low 38

TWC: Tomorrow – Light freezing rain, Some sleet may mix in. High 40, Low 25
Tuesday – A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny, (late rain) High 58, Low 31

AW: Tomorrow – Periods of rain, freezing on surfaces; cold; roads and sidewalks will be slippery High 35, Low 25
Tuesday – Cloudy and milder (late rain) High 59, Low 33

NWS: Tomorrows – A chance of freezing rain before 11am, then rain likely. Cloudy, High 37, Low 28
Tuesday – A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, High 56, Low 34

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. A chance of freezing rain in the morning, then rain and freezing rain likely in the afternoon. High 37, Low 28
Tuesday – Partly sunny with a chance of rain in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Not as cool, High 56, Low 34

WN: Tomorrow – Cloudy with Chance of Light Rain High 37, Low 28
Tuesday – Partly Cloudy with Scattered Showers High 55, Low 34

FIO: Tomorrow – Mixed precipitation throughout the day. High 40, Low 29
Tuesday – Rain in the morning. High 59, Low 40

Looking pretty ugly out there. Whether or not they get any freezing rain will depend heavily on how fast it can warm up tomorrow. Here is the satellite, which is fairly docile so far.

Spartanburg, South Carolina to Rome, Georgia

It’s not often we get much shorter road trips than this. The trek from Upstate South Carolina to northwest Georgia should take fewer than 4 hours, even with a trip through the north side of Atlanta. The distance between the two cities is a mere 230 miles, which places our average speed of 61.9mph. Imagine how short the trip would be without Atlanta.

There is a swath of rain moving out of the Carolina Piedmont, which is bringing rain to the Spartanburg area tonight and an area of low pressure over the northern Gulf of Mexico. The cold front will be off shore as we depart, while the low will be lifting northward. It won’t bring significant rain to the region while we are driving, but west of Athens to Rome (where is this trip?) clouds will become more widespread and there could be a quick, brief downpour in that same stretch of road. Those spits of rain will continue after we have arrived for the night.