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Lawton, Oklahoma to Tucson, Arizona

That was fun, let’s do it again! This time, the trip will route out of Lawton and head towards Arizona. This is a lonely drive, but at least it will only last a day and a half. Lawton and Tucson are only 867 miles apart, which we will cover at a pace of 63.1mph. This is what happens when there isn’t a major freeway between a couple towns. We’ll call it a night after the standard 8 hours of driving, which in this case will equate to 505 hours of driving. This should be less rainy than this afternoon’s drive, that’s for sure.

DAY ONE (Sunday)

There is a pool of cool air settling into the Plains behind the current cold front running west of the Appalachians, and it will keep the drive mostly dry on Sunday. Later in the day, there is some suggestion that a dry line will set up through west Texas, but I don’t think it is unstable enough that the thunderstorms will be terribly widespread, and the turning in the lower levels of the atmosphere will cause some rganization around the Big Bend. Long story short, as we drive between Lubbock and Amarillo, on towards Clovis, we will stay dry. It will continue to be dusty and dry in Tularosa, New Mexico, which is just north of Alamogordo.

DAY TWO (Monday)
After the little feature in southern Texas organizes a bit, it will shift into the Mississippi Valley and pull away any area moisture along with it, leaving our drive to be exactly what we would expect a drive through southern New Mexico annd Arizona to be like. Dry, sunny, pretty warm. Oh, and terribly empty. We won’t see much in the way of life between Alamogordo annd Tucson, so enjoy it when we get there.

Binghamton, New York to Tucson, Arizona

Check it out guys, we’re back on the road, ready for a 4 1/2 day trek, covering 2429 miles at an average pace of 65mph. The first 4 days through the middle of the country will be through after 520 miles, leaving a little bit of change at the end of the trip on Sunday. It’s a long trip, so let’s get moving!

DAY ONE (Wednesday)
An area of low pressure if going to make for a rainy day today in the Mid Atlantic and eastern Great Lakes, but the complex is getting fairly organized, and because of this, the mass will be pulled northeast into eastern Canada. Cold air will be driven into our route area, and certainly in the morning, we will have some dry air and sunny skies from Binghamton to Buffalo. Inverted troughing is going to develop with this low, just like it was a winter or early spring system, but with this system, we can only expect some light and clouds. Unfortunately, these sprinkles will be a possibility all the way from Dunkirk, New York through Erie and Cleveland and on to Polaris, a small town in the northern part of the Columbus metropolitan area.

DAY TWO (Thursday)
There is a little bit of a difference in model guidance for Thursday, but it could have a significant impact on our drive Thursday. The drive through Illinois and Indiana, as well as western Ohio, will be pleasant and mostly sunny, with temperatures climbing back to something a little bit more seasonable. What is clear for the tail end of the day, though, is that there will be a wave moving out of the southern Plains and will be bringing showers and thunderstorms… somewhere. The NAM model is the most ominous for us, as it has strong afternoon thunderstorms throughout Missouri, but the GFS takes the complex further south, towards Arkansas and north Texas. The NAM starts to lose its mind a bit as you get further into the future, so the SPC and other important resources anticipate the GFS ending up closer to the truth. This means severe weather in Tulsa and Fort Smith on Thursday, but smooth sailing (they don’t even have ANY storms in the St. Louis area) in eastern Missouri. I will say that there is definitely still a chance for some rain or thunder from St. Louis to Rolla, but the NAM is out to lunch. Our day will end in Rolla. I can say that with a little bit more confidence than I can about where the storms will develop.

DAY THREE (Friday)
Our area of low pressure kicking up the strong thunderstorms will be south of our route on Friday regardless of what model you want to believe. There is also a pretty decent chance, however, that we will be driving through the back end of the system, where there could be a little bit of low level moisture and shower activity. The wave will deteriorate upon moving further away from the southern Rockies, and will merge with Gulf breeze effects, which means the whole area of showers and storms will stall in Louisiana and the northern Gulf. Some moisture will wrap around the low and linger in the middle layers from Missouri to Oklahoma for the entire day, which leads the GFS to leave a swath of light green throughout our route. I do find it hard to believe that there will be much rain through Oklahoma where the summer is typically quite dry, so even though there is available moisture in the lower and middle layers, I will officially say that it will be in the form of clouds, with rain chances drying up after we pass through Springfield, Missouri. Expect mostly cloudy conditions through Oklahoma to Elk City in the far western part of the state.

DAY FOUR (Saturday)
The easy part of the drive on Saturday is that we should be out of the thunderstorms and will be able to contend with a dry weather day. The tough part will be finding a place to stay in southern New Mexico as the day ends. We will try to get to SAn Marcial lake, but there isn’t much going on south of Socorro.

DAY FIVE (Sunday)
Forecasting gets tougher the further into the future you look, but I think the Sunday forecast between San Marcial, New Mexico and Tucson Arizona is easier than any other part of the forecast. Hot, dry and sunny. Take it to the bank.

Tucson, AZ to Danville, VA

March Madness is kicking off tomorrow, and you’re all ready to relax and take in the dozens of games about to be played. But wait, you have to do a surprise 2,108-mile, 4-day long trip to visit the in-laws?! What were they thinking?! Better hit the road quickly, so we can catch some of the late-game action at the hotels!


We start steaming eastward out of Tucson along I-10, making quick work of Arizona before we make it into New Mexico. A large trough is pushing its way through the West Coast today, bringing plentiful rains and high mountain snows to the Northern Rockies and portions of the Great Basin. Luckily, only some higher clouds will affect our travel past Las Cruces and into the westernmost part of Texas. A system developing over the Northern Plains has a strong southerly flow feeding into it. Western Texas is prone to some very high winds, with Guadalupe Pass experiencing many events a year where the wind blows over 50mph. We won’t see anything like that, but could see a few gusts as we make our way onto I-20 and into Monahans for the evening. Ideally we would have stopped 20-30 miles further back at Pecos, but sadly, it looks like there’s nowhere to stay there for the night!


We can call this the I-20 day, since all 515 miles we’ll travel today en route to Longview will be along this stretch of interstate. An area of high pressure is parked over the Gulf Coast, and is deflecting a frontal system over the Northern US away from the region. An area of low pressure is developing over the Central Plains along the tail end of the front that’s draped from the Great Lakes down to the KS/OK area. Luckily for us, this area of low pressure won’t really be able to develop fully and fizzles out. There could be a low deck of clouds over portions of Central TX in that flow feeding the aforementioned system, but should lift by the afternoon hours. The biggest issue as we drive past Midland and continue on by Abeline, will continue to be gusty winds, to the tune of 20-30mph at times from the southwest. There’s a slight chance of a scattered shower or two, but these should be few and far between, with mostly cloudy skies continuing through a good portion of the day. Winds will die down by evening as we make our way past Dallas and into far eastern TX, winding down the day about 30-40 miles from the LA border


Today we head eastward into Louisiana, with some cloudy skies greeting the start of our day. While the high pressure that’s been sitting over the Southeast the last couple of days is shrinking, it continues to dominate the weather over the area. Clouds should burn off fairly quickly this morning as we pass Shreveport and Monroe and continue into southwest Mississippi. Winds shouldn’t be a problem today, as it looks like light winds and mostly sunny skies will entertain us as we drive past Jackson by midday, then continue back Meridian and take a northeast jog into Alabama, finally winding down the evening in Birmingham, covering 513 miles today.


Last day of the trip! Some patchy fog is possible as we start the day off, but should burn off shortly after sunrise. While high pressure is now controlling much of the Eastern US, the weak end of a cold front is dropping through the Carolinas into Georgia today. Clouds will increase as we progress east out of Birmingham towards Atlanta, with perhaps a brief, light shower between Atlanta and the South Carolina border. While clouds will continue to last overhead as we make our way past Greenville, SC and into North Carolina, our remainder of day should be dry. A system towards the northwest will bring rain showers to the OH Valley, but won’t be able to get far enough south to affect the final push our day past Greensboro and into Danville.