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Cold Turkey

A cold front moving through the country towed a big swath of cold temperatures through the Plains, and that chilly air was able to sink as far south as Wichita Falls. The most apparent time of day for those chilly temperatures was overnight, when low temperatures plummeted into the low to mid 30s. Brr! The clear skies allowed for those chilly temperatures overnight, but let temperatures climb back into the 60s as well. Victoria-Weather and surprising WeatherNation came together to get the tie.
Actuals: Sunday – High 61, Low 35
Monday – High 66, Low 33

Grade: B-C

Flagstaff, Arizona to Wichita Falls, Texas

Two cities that tend to find themselves along the way for other, longer trips are the beginning and end of this evening’s trek. It is a day and a half between the two towns, covering 829 miles of very empty roads.  We’ll move at the brisk pace of 68.5mph, which means our Sunday drive will cover 548 miles, certainly a decent chunk of this voyage. The weather is probably going to be ok, but why don’t we find out for sure?


DAY ONE (Sunday)

Things look very good as we start this whole “road trip through the southwest” thing. A ridge is building in the western US, but not one of those obnoxiously strong ones that oppressive heat or gusty wind builds under. Instead, it will just be a nice cool-ish, perfectly sunny drive through the Rockies, past Albuquerque and into Cuervas, New Mexico, which is between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari. I don’t believe it is named after the tequila, but you can find out!

DAY TWO (Monday)
A very weak little vortex is now being forecast to develop in the southern High Plains, expected to swing through the Panhandle towards Wichita Falls on Monday. What does this mean? Probably nothing. Maybe temperatures won’t be as warm as the forecast originally had this morning, and probably a few clouds, especially up around Amarillo. Wichita Falls is going to be dry when we pull in though, and looking good as Thanksgiving approaches.

Wichita Falls, Texas

Seems weird actually writing up a forecast, rather than having a video for it. I think it would be a pretty dull video though, so here we are, left with this.

At 252PM, CT, Wichita Falls was reporting a temperature of 50 degrees with sunny skies and a brisk north wind, gusting to 35mph. The entire region, from Oklahoma to north Texas, was experiencing similar conditions, mostly sunny and with a strong northerly breeze. A surface cold front was evident in the observed wind field off the coast near Houston, but the line of associated clouds still hung out inland north of the Houston area.
The sharp upper level trough, as a function of its strength, will rotate quickly towards New England, with a sharp thermal trough clearing out with it. Clear skies and stiller air will move into the region by tomorrow, though the temperatures will be cooler than they were last week, thanks to another undercutting trough moving in from the Southern Rockies.
Tomorrow – Calmer, sunny, High 60, Low 34
Monday – Sunny, High 65, Low 36

TWC – Sunny skies, High 62, Low 35
Monday – Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon.  High 67, Low 39

AW: Tomorrow – Clear, High 62, Low 35
Monday – Clear and breezy High 67. Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 60, Low 34
Monday – Sunny High 65, Low 38

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 61, Low 37
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 64, Low 40

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 60, Low 34
Monday – Mostly sunny, High 66, Low 37

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy overnight. High 59, Low 36
Monday – Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 62, Low 39

So here is the satellite, showing that thin band of clouds now south of the Dallas area. They are too far up to be picked up by ASOS sensors on the ground.

Wichita Falls, Texas to Morristown, Tennessee

This is an interesting drive. It’s not exactly urban, but there are good benchmarks, passing through Little Rock, Memphis and Nashville in our journey of nearly two full days. We will cover 984 miles, and will camp for the night at the 539.8 mile point because of a pace of 67.5mph. I think it will be fun.

DAY ONE (Saturday)
Wichita Falls
A nascent area of low pressure over southern Louisiana will extend an inverted trough into the Piney Woods of east Texas, and there is a pretty good chance we will encounter some rain in a narrow band from Paris to Texarkana. We will be well ahead and away from any other development through Arkansas, however, and will call it a day in West Memphis. I will leave it to you to figure out where that is.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
It’s a long drive end to end across Tennessee, and very different from Memphis to Morristown, and the Mississippi to the Smokey Mountains. Of course, one thing that will be consistent will be the weather. It should be just fine all the way across the Volunteer State.
morristown

Wichita Falls, Texas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We are returning to the open road, as we set forth on a three day trip from north Texas to the City of Brotherly Love. It’s going to be almost exactly 3 days, actually, covering 1520 miles, but day three will be just a hair under a full day, and the average speed will be 64.8mph, which means the daily goal is 518.5 miles.

DAY ONE
We are going to head northeast through Oklahoma in simply wonderful conditions, with cool crisp Prairie air moving into the region behind that vast area of low pressure in the Great Lakes. This will change ever so slightly in Missouri, in the Springfield area, when some overcast with a shot for a little bit of drizzle for the rest of the day, which will end in the Bohigian Consevation area, west of Rolla.

DAY TWO
It’s going to be a similar day, essentially, on Friday, as it was on Saturday. The drizzly garbage will have shifted east by the time we get moving, and our drive through St. Louis and Illinois will be quite pleasant. It’s when we cross the border into Indiana that things will start to get a little bit dreary. The same overcast, light rain pattern will move in as we head through the Hoosier State and into Ohio. The day will end in Lake Darby, which is just to the west of Columbus.

DAY THREE
The low will begin to reorganize as it moves into Canada. We’re not going to start out as dry as it was on Thursday and Friday, and in fact, in western Pennsylvania, the rain will get much heavier through Pittsburgh and Bedford, and then steadily diminish until we get to Harrisburg, after which point, it will be dry on into Philly.
philadelphia

Little Rock, Arkansas to Wichita Falls, Texas

We have a 1 day trip from Arkansas to north Texas. The state of Arkansas, of course was devastated by tornadoes on Sunday evening, notably a large tornado that hit the west and north metro of Little Rock. Our route won’t be taking us through any of these impacted areas, but that doesn’t mean, it won’t be any less on our mind. It’s under 7 hours between the two terminuses of our route, and 411 miles. This will result in a 61mph average speed.

littlerock

The weather for our Wednesday drive will end up being quite nice. Expect very dry air to be cycled into the route from the southern Plains. Temepratures will be a little bit cooler than seasonable, but with the sunny skies, it will likey feel pretty warm in the car. Expect a need to roll down the windows, and good conditions to hang out outdoors in Wichita Falls.
Wichita Falls

Avoiding the mess

There is a fairly decent winter storm moving through the northern Plains, and a rainy mess out in the Carolinas. Wichita Falls bypassed it all with temperatures comfortable and skies clear. Those temperatures did rise 10 degrees from Monday to Tuesday, which is not what you expect in December. The Weather Channel had the top forecast for this particular Texas town, but only narrowly.
Actuals: Monday – High 68, Low 35
Tuesday – High 78, Low 38

Grade: B

Anchorage, Alaska to Wichita Falls, Texas

We are on a very, very long road trip, crossing into and out of Canada. This is a great idea in December. 8 days in the car, covering 3851 miles. Thanks to Alaska and Canada, we will only move at a 59mph pace. That’s a lot of travel, but only about 472.6 miles a day. Let’s go, I guess.

DAY ONE
anchorage
The good news is that our stretch through Alaska will be under high pressure, and there won’t be any freshly fallen snow as we head first to the northeast and then eventually back to the southeast through the Yukon. We won’t see a lot of civilization as we make our way through the wilderness, so be sure to gas up whenever possible. The day will end near the Burwash Landing in the Yukon. If we have any issues wit will be with the wind, but the valley we drive through may protect us.

DAY TWO
This is such a weird trip. Be prepared to do some camping, not only in the Yukon but here on the second day of travel. Cool high pressure will continue to build into the western parts of Canada. As long as our hypothetical RV is working, our night will be just fine along the northern border of British Columbia, near Swan Lake. Hopefully soon, we will start staying in towns!

DAY THREE
OK, so day three isn’t the day that we will find a hotel to stay in. We are just going to stop about 60 kilometers south of Fort Nelson, which is on the east side of the Rockies. This can qualify as progress. High pressure is going to be fully in charge over British Columbia at this point, so just watch out for bears.

DAY FOUR
We still won’t be in terribly heavily populated areas by Thursday, but there will be a little bit more traffic. In fact, we will be travelling along a 4 lane highway through Alberta, which will be nice. We won’t be hitting too many towns but we are going to make a point of stopping in Fox Creek for a real bed and a shower though. This should all go to tell you how vast the dome of high pressure is. We’re talking about places to stay instead of the weather. Let’s keep plugging away.

DAY FIVE
I suppose I should point out that this week is going to be chilly. I just wanted to make that clear. Canadian high pressure usually means some cold, subzero temperatures in the prairies. It may actually be warmer in the mountains than it will be in Alberta. Our day Friday will include trips through Edmonton and Calgary, and will stop in Lethbridge, which is also a real town. Finally.

DAY SIX
That Arctic ridge is going to continue building into the northern high Plains of the United States, brining the cold air from Canada right south with us. The good news is, we have finally reached the United States, and there aren’t any more camping stops. Of course, we have to navigate the entire state of Montana for our first day in the States. We will make it to the Gerryowen travel plaza by the end of the day.

DAY SEVEN
The instability moving over the Rockies will lead to some snow showers across Colorado. Expect cold but dry weather through Wyoming, but overcast and snow showers will encroach shortly after we pass Fort Collins. Expect the snow showers to continue until we reach the Denver suburb of Henderson, where we will stop for the day.

DAY EIGHT
We did it! We’re in America and we are finishing the trip on Sunday, the 8th! The sharp back edge of cold weather will continue to crank out a few snow showers from eastern Colorado to west Texas. It will likely be overcast as we arrive in Wichita Falls, but significantly warmer than it was in Canada. No promises though. This is an EIGHT DAY FORECAST.
Wichita Falls

Wichita Falls, Texas

We are going to make a move south to the Lone Star State in our first make-up forecast.

At 1252PM, CT, Wichita Falls was reporting a temperature of 51 degrees with sunny skies. Jet flow was generally overhead, and laminar. There was a decent area of upper level instability, but not a lot of action at the surface. This meant some mid level clouds in the area, but as noted by the current observation, it certainly wasn’t overcast.
There won’t be a lot of change in Wichita Falls over the next several days, despite an increasingly turbulent pattern over the northern Plains. A southerly jet, the one presently cousing the higher clouds will first dip through the southeast, then begin to arc over the region, both helping to amplify a system moving through the northern US and helping build a ridge in the Red River Valley. There may be a few clouds the next few days, but there will also be comfortable temperatures and dry weather.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 73, Low 39
Tuesday – Partly cloudy, warmer, High 77, Low 41

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 68, Low 38
Tuesday – Mostly Sunny High 75 Low 40

AW: Mostly sunny and mild High 69, Low 40
Tuesday – Breezy with sunshine mixing with some clouds High 75, Low 41

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 69, Low 39
Tuesday – Sunny High 76, Low 41

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny. High 69, Low 40
Tuesday – Sunny. High 76, Low 41

So it looks pretty decent in north Texas. It’s certainly not the type of December weather I am used to. The satellite shows the jet stream pretty well. Weather nerd stuff.
Wichita Falls

It’s Wichita Falls. The “Falls” is important

A massive snow storm moved through the middle of the country this week. It was notable Wichita, Kansas, where 14 inches of snow fell, setting a new record. In Wichita FALLS, which is in Texas, there was no snow. They did see thunderstorms, which were well anticipated all across the board. So well anticipated, in fact, that we ended up with a 3 way tie at the top between Victoria-Weather, the National Weather Service and Weatherbug.
Actuals: Thursday – .37 inches of rain with thunderstorms, High 60, Low 32
Friday – High 42, Low 28

Grade: C