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Elkhart, Indiana to Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Today’s road trip will be just under 700-miles and take 2 days to cover, as we venture from N Indiana to the heart of Alabama


A stationary front is sitting over Northern Indiana, keeping chances of rain in the area as we depart southward in the morning. Conditions should improve as we pass Indianapolis, with drier conditions expected over the southern half of the state but cloudy skies remain. We’ll be fine as we pass by Louisville but additional showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon as we continue southward through Kentucky. Chances for inclement weather continues into the evening as we make way for Nashville, our stop for the night.


Chances for some morning showers are possible in the Nashville area as we continue our southward trek. Conditions should improve by the time we make it to Alabama, but a few spotty early afternoon thundershowers are possible as we make our way past Birmingham and eventually into Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Today we take a look at what the weather will be like in Tuscaloosa, home of one of the best college football programs of the last decade. Will the weekend be nice for the Crimson Tide?

At 1053pm CDT, the temperature at Tuscaloosa, AL was 74 degrees under fair skies. Weak high pressure is found over much of the Southeast US/Deep South as a storm system shuffles through the Upper Midwest and the Plains. Some afternoon shower/thunderstorm activity could develop over the TN Valley Friday afternoon, but activity should stay off to the north before it dissipates in the evening. Saturday looks to be quiet once again over the region with shower activity shunting off a bit further north to the OH Valley. Looks like a couple of enjoyable days!

Friday: Increasing clouds in afternoon then clears overnight. High 89, Low 71.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 90, Low 68.

TWC: Friday: Partly cloudy, isolated shower possible. High 92, Low 71.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 92, Low 69.

AW: Friday: Mostly sunny; warm and humid. High 91, Low 70.
Saturday: Partly sunny; hot, humid. High 91, Low 68.

NWS: Friday: Patchy fog then mostly sunny. High 91, Low 71.
Saturday: Sunny. High 92, Low 70.

WB: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 91, Low 71.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 91, Low 71.

WN: Friday: Partly cloudy. High 91, Low 71.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 92, Low 70.

FIO: Friday: Clear throughout the day. High 90, Low 69.
Saturday: Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening. High 89, Low 69.

The Southeast is extremely quiet this evening, with just some thunderstorms waaaaay out over the Gulf of Mexico. Quiet weather looks to be in store for much of the weekend!

Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Lewiston, Idaho

Today we depart on a lengthy road trip, from Tuscalosa, AL to Lewiston, AL. It’s a 2,258-mile trek that will take 5 days to cover. Hope you’re not tired from all the Thanksgiving weekend activities, we have quite the drive ahead of us!


High pressure is found throughout the Deep South, keeping conditions in the entire region very quiet. We can expect mostly sunny skies and perhaps some increasing winds later in the day as an area of low pressure intensifies out over the Northern Plains. We’ll get a good view of the Memphis skyline as we drive on by then continue through Jonesboro, AR as we head into southern Missouri and end our day in Springfield, MO.


A cold front has pushed over today’s route during the overnight hours, but we shouldn’t fret too much about it. Temperatures behind it will be somewhat cooler, but not as bad as we’d imagine as we approach December. The front will be lingering around the Kansas City area as we pass northward through the metro and we MIGHT see a couple of rain showers, but shouldn’t be anything that’ll slow us down. The rest of the day should be a fairly quiet trip northwards up I-29 past Omaha and Sioux City before ending the day in Sioux Falls, SD


High pressure shifted through the Northern Plains overnight and as we head westward out of Sioux Falls towards Rapid City, a new cold front is pushing its way into the region. Once again, luckily, as we traverse it, it will be a dry frontal passage. Some spotty snow showers are likelier over ND, but our trip on I-90 through SD should be void of such precip, and while it’ll be colder as we push into southeast Montana, it’ll still be dry as high pressure builds in behind the front. We finish our day in Broadus, MT


It’s going to be a day full of Montana sights and sounds as we make our way back to I-90 and continue westward the entire way. High pressure is found over the Northern Rockies so it will be a quiet and calm day past Bozeman and Butte before finishing the day in Missoula.


A short day today! We’ll be cutting through the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests en route to our final destination of Lewistown. A front is sliding its way into the Pacific Northwest, but isn’t expected to make much headway towards our neck of the woods. Mostly cloudy skies are anticipated throughout the day, but should overall be dry and fairly quiet as we push into our destination around midday!

Taking the edge off summer

Summers in TuscaloosaTuscaloosa, Alabama come early, but they seem to slow everything way down. The heat is usually capped in the low 90s, but the number is both kept low numerically and augmented in effect by oppressive humidity. Neither the heat nor the humidity were able to show up this weekend, as a strong cold front swept all that junk out to sea. An unseasonably pleasant dome of high pressure kept temperatures in the 80s, with lows dipping to a sleepable 64 degrees on Sunday morning. The stifling heat was kept at bay following some early rain on Saturday, but it will surely come soon enough. Victoria-Weather had the top forecast for the weekend.
Actuals: Saturday – .34 inches of rain in thunderstorms, high 86, Low 73
Sunday – High 81, Low 64

Grade: B-C

Tuscaloosa, Alabama to State College, Pennsylvania

It’s truly not on purpose, but once again, it appears that we have avoided terrible weather for our road trip. We will cover a day and a half, straddling the Appalachians as we move from Alabama to Pennsylvania. The mileage on this trek is 896 miles, which we will proceed at a pace of 64.7mph, which means our first, longer day will necessitate 517.5 miles on day one. Let’s see if we can find State College.

DAY ONE (Sunday)

Now that a cold front has reached the coast, and a nice pool of cool, dry air has settled in over the interior southeast, there isn’t much more you could ask for as a motorist. We should reach the southern end of the Appalachians without any problems, and will enjoy the view through eastern Tennessee and on into western Virginia with a few little dabs of puffy white clouds painted across the sky. We’ll nearly make it to Blacksburg, but will stop for the night in Pulaski.

DAY TWO (Monday)
An upper level trough is rotating its way into the eastern part of North America, a small pool of energy moving through the Great Lakes has, and will continue to kick up some light rain showers. The batch of energy isn’t strong enough to really threaten to overcome any elevated terrain, looking almost like a batch of lake effect snow. At the very end of our day Monday, we might encounter a spot of light rain in State College, but before that, expect mostly sunny skies and perfect temperatures for rolling down the windows.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

All right gang, let’s head down to Alabama, where they have recently been battered by Tropical Storm Cindy. Will it be just as problematic at the back end of the storm? Certainly not, but how will it be in Tuscaloosa?

At 120AM, CT, Tuscaloosa was reporting a temperature of 73 degrees with light rain. A stronger round of thunderstorms has just shifted through Tuscaloosa, leaving a smattering of rain from Tuscaloosa westward. The remnants of Cindy have been absorbed by a broad upper level trough that has swept into the eastern United States, and a ranging cold front is sweeping from the Eastern Seaboard to the Carolinas and west towards the Red River Valley. Unlike what is typically seen with similar features, this boundary is ultimately progressive, so the training shower activity presently seen in Alabama is also drifting south. Expect rain to end around midday.
The upper level trough is very strong, almost springlike in its structure. The cold pool is strong enough that it is going to force the cold front all the way south to the Gulf Coast, and bring a stabilizing area of high pressure over the northern half of Alabama when the rain clears out this afternoon. Expect a much more pleasant weekend in Tuscaloosa than most residents of the south are used to in late June, with cooler, drier air prepared to allow all manner of outdoor activities this weekend.
Tomorrow – Early showers,  then clearing and pleasant, High 86, Low 73
Sunday – Sunny and unseasonably cool, High 83, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 84, Low 72
Sunday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine.High 84, Low 67

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around; humid High 83, Low 73
Sunday – Some sunshine High 84, Low 68

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between noon and 5pm. Mostly cloudy High 85, Low 72
Sunday – Partly sunny, High 84, Low 68

WB: Tomorrow – Thunderstorms likely, High 81, Low 74
Sunday – Partly cloudy, HIgh 82, Low 69

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely, High 82, Low 73
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 84, Low 66

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain until afternoon. High 85, Low 74
Sunday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 82, Low 68

Here is a look at the rain, showing the last of the really heavy activity shifting away from Tuscaloosa for the time being. Good days to be outside for the next couple of days.

The Arctic comes to Alabama

The trend in western Alabama during the end of the week was progressively cooler air marching in from the northwest. We saw that, in Tuscaloosa, where dense cold air moved in much more swiftly than any outlet had really bargained for. Low temperatures were at midnight, and since the cool down came faster and stronger than expected, everyone was far too warm on the overnight lows. Weatherbug ultimately earned the top forecast by having the coldest combined low forecasts for Thursday and Friday.
Actuals: Thursday .03 inches of rain, High 57,, Low 44
Friday – High 54, Low 31

Grac: C-D

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Tuscaloosa was the home of one of the most devastating tornadoes of recent history. The sincere hope, of course, is that this won’t be a worry for today’s forecast.

At 753PM, CT, Tuscaloosa was reporting a temperature of 53 degrees with fair skies. Dew points in the upper 40s were indicative of the threat for fog by tomorrow morning, particularly given the clearing skies. A weak boundary is being analyzed over the Tennessee Valley at the moment, and as it moves towards the Gulf overnight into tomorrow,  there is a chance some of that fogginess turns into low clouds, producing a bit of drizzle on Thursday night into the wee hours Friday morning.
High pressure in the Midwest will build south quickly on Friday. The threat for the light rain will move to southern Alabama, while Tuscaloosa will be left with sunny skies and unseasonably cool temperatures as they prepare for the weekend.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, foggy early with some light rain late. High  61, Low 49
Friday – Early AM showers, then clear with cooler temperatures, High 53, Low 34

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 61, Low 46
Friday – Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 52, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and cooler with a passing shower or two High 60, Low 45
Friday – Mostly cloudy with a stray shower High 53, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, High 59, Low 48
Friday – A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, High 54, Low 42

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers, high 59, Low 44
Friday – Cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers, High 51, Low 36

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with isolated showers, High 57, Low 45
Friday – Partly cloudy, High 50, Low 45

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 60, Low 47
Friday – Mostly cloudy until evening. High 54, Low 39

Low temperatures will come at the midnights of our forecast period. The front shows nary a trace on the satellite below, but it will have a big enough impact on temperature after it passes by.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Fayetteville, North Carolina

This afternoon we will be planning for a little trip from Alabama to North Carolina. It’s a 578 mile drive between the two cities that we can cover in a day at the meager pace of 62.8 miles per hour.

It’s surprisingly cool in the Southeast today, as it will be tomorrow. Everything is postfrontal at this point, so we aren’t going to have to deal with any weather. There may be some fog when we get to southern North Carolina in the wake of the rain, but it seems unlikely. After all, a stiff west wind and an arrival at about 7pm makes it seem unlikely that haze would still be an issue. So get out and enjoy Fayetteville!

York, Pennsylvania to Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Our day and a half trip from Pennsylvania to Alabama will follow the course of the Appalachians until the high country ends in northeastern Alabama. This is a 876 mile trek, and our ground speed is going to be 63.9mph, so on that first day, we will cover 511 miles. Hopefully the rain can end for us, because driving through the rain in the mountains is no fun.

There may be a little bit of snow falling in York as we try to get out of town tomorrow, with temperatures dropping precipitously behind the very strong cold front moving through the eastern US. A formidable westerly flow behind this system will bring about some snow showers on the western exposures of the Appalachians in West Virginia, but we will instead spend most of our day in western Virginia. The difference is subtle, but very real. Our threat for snow will end around the time we cross into Maryland, so we shouldn’t have many problems as we head south to Morristown, Tennessee, where we will pack it in for the night.

Overnight, a finishing blow with this deep trough will wrap south from the Ohio Valley, and the Smokeys, as well as I-40 just off to the west of the mountains will see a quick coating of snow before we leave for the day. After we pass through Chattanooga and continue on our trek to the southwest, we should be AOK, with no precipitation issues. It will be a bit cooler than you might expect for a trip to Alabama, but if we stick around, it will eventually warm up!