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At least it’s cool at night

Make no doubt about it, Washington has been very hot recently, and that will continue at least for a couple of days this week. The high temperatures in Yakima (and elsewhere) have been very high, but there is some good news, again, at least in Yakima. Temperatures cooled off to near 60 both Friday and Saturday morning, which means, despite sweltering temperatures during the day, it seems likely the population of Yakima was well rested. The National Weather Service and WeatherNation joined to put together the best forecast for the day.
Actuals: Friday – High 103, Low 59
Saturday – High 98, Low 62

Grade: B-D

Muncie, Indiana to Yakima, Washington

While neither scity at the end points of this road trip are typically through of as tourist destinations, a late summer drive along this route would be quite interesting. There will be praries and mountains and valleys and national parks all along the way for us to stretch our legs and enjoy. We are in for a 4 day trek covering 2187 miles. We’ll just be quartering up the days, so our approximately 68mph pace will mean a daily goal of about 547 miles.

DAY ONE (Saturday)

Unusually cool air is expected to develop behind a cold front moving out of the Great Lakes, setting up the terrible pattern of being cool when you get into the car, but too warm after driving with the sun beating down on you. Do you turn on the AC? Roll down a window? Heaven for bid you try to take off a layer while driving through central Illinois. A developing system in the central Plains will kick some clouds and warmer air north late in the day, but we will stay dry to start the weekend, stopping in Rudd in northeastern Iowa to finish our first of four days.

DAY TWO (Sunday)
That developing system in the central Plains is going to be a heck of a rain maker in Missouri and southern Iowa this weekend. As we get going, some of that might bleed into Rudd, and stay with us during the first leg of Sunday’s drive to Mason City. Unlike driving in the wake of the feature on Saturday, we will not be blessed with dry air and clear skies. Instead, expect moisture to wrap into the still developing upper level trough behind the leading edge of the feature, leading to cooling clouds and rain showers. This is a broad, open trough, and these clouds and showers will stay with us all the way to Wicksville, South Dakota, between Wall and Rapid City. This will be our stop to conclude the weekend. Hope the sleeping bag is warm!

DAY THREE (Monday)
One other difference between the Day One Great Lakes low and the Day two Plains low, is that the high pressure behind the trough will be much stronger in the northern High Plains. Expect it to settle in and keep things mostly sunny, dry and increasingly warm from Wicksville to Whitehall in southwestern Montana.

DAY FOUR (Tuesday)
There was a lot of rain in the High Plains this week, but the Pacific Northwest will remain completely dry through the 4 days we are headed out towards Yakima. The central Valley will remain very hot as we move in, and it will continue to be quite smoky throughout the region, as there is a continue threat for wildfire initiation to go along with the fires that are already raging. It will be hot and smoky in Yakima, so maybe find a spot with a good air filtration system.

Yakima, Washington

Without getting too deep into things right away, I can tell you one thing for sure about Yakima for the ext couple of days: it’s going to be hot.

At 953PM, PT, Yakima was reporting a temperature of 75 degrees with clear skies and smoke, thanks to some wildfires in the area, born of the near record breaking heat of the last several days. The most notable fire upwind from Yakima was in the Cascades outside of Portland.
Over the next few days, the thermal ridge doesn’t look like it is going to deteriorate any time soon, however the ridge aloft looks to dampen slightly over the next couple of days. This will lead to some increased westerly flow, which may bring a dose of mid level moisture, and a little bit of relief during the heating of the day.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 102, Low 66
Saturday – Partly cloudy, HIgh 99, Low 66

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny skies. High 105, Low 68
Saturday – Sunny skies. High 100, Low 68

AW: Tomorrow – Very hot and smoky with hazy sun; extreme heat may be dangerous for outdoor activities High 104, Low 64
Saturday – Hazy sunshine and very hot; extreme heat may be dangerous for outdoor activities High 99, Low 65

NWS: Tomorrow – Widespread haze. Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, High 103, Low 61
Saturday – Widespread haze after 11am. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot,  High 100, Low 65

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny. Haze with patchy smoke High 102, Low 66
Saturday – Mostly sunny, Areas of smoke through the day, High 98, Low 67

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny with haze. High 102, Low 61
Saturday – Partly cloudy with areas of smoke, High 100, Low 64

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 99, Low 70
Saturday – Clear throughout the day. High 94, Low 66

So it’s not much relief, but it is a little bit cooler this weekend. Still, I think heavy use of the air conditioner is in order. Satellite shows a big area of subsidence over the Pacific Northwest.

Not as toasty as advertised

The heat was expected to roast the Yakima Valley at the end of the most recent work week. Forecast highs for Yakima on Thursday and Friday were universally in the 90s, but thanks to the spurious winds of the inter-mountain west, that potential was only barely reached. It remained in the 80s on Thursday, and climbed up to 93 on Friday, but with temperatures dropping all the way to the mid 50s on both days of the forecast period, it never seemed as warm as had been feared. Weatherbug had the coolest forecast of all outlets, and won the forecast.
Actuals: Thursday – High 88, Low 55
Friday – High 93, Low 55

Grade: B-D

Yakima, Washington

All right, pals, let’s go to the Pacific Northwest and see if we can’t stir up some weather.

At 953PM, PT, Yakima was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 72 degrees. Winds were brisk through the Yakima Valley, but that was simply the bluster of undulating terrain and not a sign of any significant weather to come.
A sharp, short waved ridge is moving through the Pacific Northwest over the next couple of days, and it will keep Yakima in the sun and warmth.  An upper level trough will inch into the region late on Friday and may take a bit of the edge off the heat late in the day, but won’t significantly impact the weather otherwise.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 90, Low 60
Friday – A few clouds, High 92, Low 64

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny. High 91 Low 60
Friday – Sunny. High 95, Low 60

AW: Tomorrow – Periods of clouds and sunshine High 91, Low 54
Friday – Mostly sunny and hot High 96, Low 58

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 91, Low 57
Friday – Sunny, High 94, Low 61

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 89, Low 57
Friday – Mostly sunny, High 93, Low 58

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 91, Low 57
Friday – Mostly sunny, High 93, Low 61

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. Highh 85, Low 59
Friday – Clear throughout the day. Hiigh 88, Low 63

More hot weather in Washington, but the fire danger is waning. Here is the national satellite, because the local imagery is just a map of Washington.

Weather Wayback… A happier time

The second weekend of the year in eastern Washington may have seemed like a rough weekend, as temperatures were not anticipated to climb out of the lower 20s. In fact, those temperatures couldn’t even clear the mid teens in Yakima, where we issued a forecast on January 14th. Unanticipated was an overcast that brought some light snow all the way down to the Yakima Valley both Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th. The forecasts were calamitous, all across the board, with The Weather Channel narrowly winning the day on a particularly awful forecast. Now, this past week, however, the warm weather has led to rapid snowmelt, accompanied with heavy rain earlier this week has led to some significant flooding in the city of Yakima. Fortunately waters are receding quickly, and after this post, we won’t have to worry about the other disaster – the forecast from January 14th.
Actuals: Saturday, January 15th, snow reported and not measured, High 15, Low 1
Sunday, January 16th – Snow reported and not measured, High 16, Low 12

Grade F

Yakima, Washington

Today we head off to the valleys of the Pacific Northwest! Specifically, Yakima Valley, where over 3/4 of the hops grown in the US are located. Who knew?!

At 853pm PST, the temperature at Yakima, WA was 7 degrees under fair skies. High pressure is sitting over the Pacific Northwest/Northern Rockies, and really isn’t budging much over the next few days. One area of low pressure attempts to make a run at the region, but gets deflected southward by the dome of high pressure. This lack of activity has lead to an Air Stagnation Advisory for the region all the way through Monday. So unfortunately, while it’ll be fairly dry for the next couple of days, it still won’t be very pleasant outside, especially with morning lows dipping into the single digits.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 20, Low 5.
Sunday: Cloudy. High 25, Low 9.

TWC: Saturday: A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 19, Low 7.
Sunday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 21, Low 9.

AW: Saturday: Mostly cloudy, freezing fog. High 23, Low 4.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, freezing fog. High 22, Low 6.

NWS: Saturday: Patchy freezing fog. High 22, Low 4.
Sunday: Chance of light snow and patchy freezing fog. High 23, Low 5.

WB: Saturday: Cloudy. High 22, Low 10.
Sunday: Cloudy. High 20, Low 10.

WN: Saturday: Mostly cloudy with patchy freezing fog. High 21, Low 3.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with chance of very light snow. High 23, Low 5.

FIO: Saturday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 25, Low 7.
Sunday: Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 29, Low 14.

Here we see a very active western US and also the system spewing ice all over the Central US. Most of what is moving over the Pac NW though is mainly high-level clouds, so Yakima will be spared through the weekend.

No relief

June finished off very warm in Yakima, with the high temperature peaking at 100 degrees on Wednesday, and cooling off a bit to 96 degrees on Thursday. Cooling off to the mid 90s. Yikes. The nice thing about this part of the country is that things usually do cool off nicely overnight thanks to low dew points and clear skies. Not this time. Heat struggled to radiate, and lows didn’t stray too far from 70. Oppressive. The National Weather Service had the top forecast for the day m but everyone had forecast lows in the low to mid 60s, meaning there weren’t any all stars in Yakima.
Actuals: Wednesday – High 100, Low 72
Thursday – High 96, Low 69

Grade: C-D

Yakima, Washington

So much of our attention has been on the center and eastern portion of the country, we will swing out west for this forecast trip.

At 553PM, PT, Yakima was reporting mostly sunny skies with a temperature of 97 degrees. Much of the Yakima Valley and inland Washington and Oregon was baking, while temperatures on the other side of the Cascades were nearly 40 degrees cooler. Regionally, the city of Yakima was the hot spot, thanks to its position in a bowl, susceptible to downsloping from all directions.
High pressure lies under an upper ridge over the western United States, with the monsoon active in the Rockies and semipermanent low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska very weak at the moment. Hot weather is expected again through the day tomorrow and on into Thursday. There will be a little bit of organization over the North Pacific through the day on Thursday, which may bring about a bit more pertinent of a southerly flow, which may actually ebb the temperature by a degree or two.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 98, Low 63
Thursday  – Mostly sunny, a touch breezy, High 95, Low 62

TWC: Tomorrow — Sunny skies High 99, Low 64
Thursday – A mainly sunny sky. High 94, Low 63

AW: Tomorrow – Very hot with the temperature approaching the record of 103 set in 1948 with sizzling sunshine High 99, Low 62
Thursday – Very hot with a full day of sunshine High 93, Low 61

NWS:: Tomorrow – Sunny High 96, Low 66
Thursday – Sunny, High 94, Low 66

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 98, Low 63
Thursday – Sunny,Sunny, High 91, Low 64

WN: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 95, Low 66
Thursday – Sunny, High 93, Low 66

FIO: Tomorrow – Clear throughout the day. High 99, Low 64
Thursday – Clear throughout the day.High 91, Low 61

Whoo, is that going to be hot. Here is a look at the satellite, showing onlya few isolated storms popping up over the Cascades.

Yakima, Washington to Modesto, California

Today we embark on a tour of sorts of the West Coast! This is a 728-mile trip that will be split up into two days. Perhaps a hearty family could make the trip in a single day, but that would be a LONG day, and who really wants to only spend one day looking at the beauty of the mountains?!



A cloudy start to the day is expected as a frontal system approaches the Pacific Northwest, bringing rain to the coastal areas and the Cascades, but isn’t quite able to make it over the mountains to our route southwards out of Yakima down into Central Oregon. That will kind of be the theme for today: cloudy, but dry. Not too many problems are anticipated as we make our way into CA and finish our day In Redding.


Some rain showers are possible as we start our day as the front from yesterday pushes further inland. A surge of moisture could be strong enough to bring some rain showers to far northern CA, but as the morning continues, it’ll dry out and we’ll be left to deal with just some mostly cloudy skies as we head towards Sacramento. Clouds will break up a bit as we make our way through the capital and eventually into Modesto!