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Buffalo, New York to Yakima, Washington

It’s been a while since I drew a cross country road trip, but here we are. It will take 4 1/2 days to get from Buffalo to Yakima at a pace of 65.9mph. Those first 4 days will be through after about 527.1 miles a day. Can we manage all this? I think we can.

No matter where you live in the country, save for the southwest, you know about the system that will cause us problems on day one. It brought rain and snow to the northwest, severe weather to the southeast, snow to the Midwest and torrential rain to the northeast. As we leave Buffalo on Saturday morning, the remaining influence of this system will be an inverted trough stretching from Maine to the Dakotas. The rotation through the Great Lakes will bring about the possibility of a few broken ceilings and some isolated snow showers, but considering the tumult this storm has wrought, I think we should count our blessings. We will end the day in Chicago, right off the Dan Ryan in the center of town.

The next system moving through the country will move into the Northern Plains as we sleep Wednesday night, and essentially , we will be following the warm front until we get to Tomah Wisconsin. I hope that it will be warm enough the whole day, and we deal only with rain through the period. There is an above average chance that we see some mixed or even freezing precipitation through southern Wisconsin. Moving through southeastern Minnesota, there is a good chance that there will be enough energy with the system that we hear a rumble of thunder or even a report of a cold air funnel. That won’t last long, though. Not far west of Rochester, the cold front will have passed us by and we will see another round of cold northwest wind infiltrating Minnesota. Chilly with another wintry mix by the time we reach Adrian, Minnesota, in the southwestern corner of that state. No freezing rain, just a rain/snow mix, though, so it’s a marginal improvement.

South Dakota is in the dry slot! The dry slot, for those that don’t know, involves a well wound system pulling in a plume of dry air that wedges between an inverted trough and a cold front. In this case, Monday it will lie over South Dakota in a west-east fashion, which is fairly unusual. We’ll take it! We will make it to the southeastern corner of Montana and the town of Alzada just as the spectre of a flurry fill night fills the Prairie sky. Ooh, poetic.

We are In for a cloudy day across Montana. An inverted trough will lie draped over he state. It will be light precipitation and it will be fairly intermittent and unobtrusive, but still, come on. It’s April. We will get to Drummond, Montana, within the Rockies, with fairly little delay to end our day on Tuesday.

Wednesday looks good in the northern Rockies! Our drive through the remainder of Montana, northern Idaho and Washington will be mercifully uneventful. About time.

Yakima, Washington

Happy Friday, everyone! Off to the Pacific Northwest to see what kind of weather there is to be anticipated.

At 953AM, PT, Yakima was reporting a temperature of 46 degrees with mostly sunny skies. Satellite showed that disturbed weather over the north Pacific was pumping moisture into the Puget Sound area, but it was struggling to transcend the Cascades, leaving the Yakima Valley in good shape.
The source of the inclement weather along the coast was a developing, digging jet streak that lied off the British Columbian coast. A surface low centered over coastal British Columbia is expected to advance southeastward with the progression of the support aloft. Most of Washington will be within the realm of influence of this system, however Yakima looks to be well protected within its rain shadow between the Cascades and the Rattlesnake Hills, and only after the system reaches the Upper Midwest, an inverted trough will allow for a little easterly flow and perhaps some light rain on Sunday evening.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 59, Low 33
Sunday – Increasing clouds, light rain late, High 54, Low 29

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy / Wind igh 60, Low 37
Sunday – Partly Cloudy High 58, Low 33

AW: Tomorrow – Strong winds; times of clouds and sun High 60, Low 37
Sunday – Mostly cloudy and breezy High 56, Low 32

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 58, Low 35
Sunday – A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, High 52, Low 30

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy. Windy. High 49, Low 34
Sunday – Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. high 47, Low 29

There is certainly a chance tomorrow could be blustery with the surface low snaking through western Canada just north of Washington state. No idea why Weatherbug is forecasting such chilly conditions.

Yakima, Washington to Saint Cloud, Minnesota

We are reversing yesterday’s trip and headed from Washington to the upper Midwest. The trip will have a more northerly route as one of the terminuses is further to the north. It will also be shorter, stretching not quite three days and covering 1516 miles. A large swath of the trip will be through Montana and North Dakota, which means we will average 69.7mph, which in road trip terms is lightspeed. At that pace, we will be done with the first two days after 557 miles. Holy smokes.

With an upper level wave riding down the Rockies, and the Pacific Ocean just right next to Washington, there will be an ample supply of disturbed weather on our first day of driving. Sure, the Yakima Valley will be fine, but by Spokane, clouds will be filling in and as we reach the border with Idaho, snow will pick up. Heavier snow will continue to build as we reach the higher elevations of western Montana. It will be quite snowy in Missoula and Butte as we drive through. Fortunately, though, the heaviest snow will develop after we have passed through those areas. We will end the day at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park outside of Bozeman.

With the remaining areas of clouds in the northern Rockies and a clipper moving through the Upper Midwest, our route will be wedged between snowy little bursts. From the State Park to about Billings we should actually be mostly OK, but when we head towards the northeast, clouds and a few flurries will pick up. When we cross the border into North Dakota, more persistent flurries will be possible. It will be snow of the light, fluffy variety, so rather than concern with accumulation or slippery roads, the real problem will be drifting and some brief issues with visibility. There won’t be anything to see anyway. We will stop in Almont before we reach Saint Cloud.

Behind those flurries, we can expect another push of cold air. It’s not the arctic blasts that we saw earlier this winter, but it’s going to be awfully chilly in North Dakota, and even in northern and central Minnesota. It will be clear and sunny, and freshly coated in white, but it’s going to be a bit nippy.
Saint Cloud

Janesville, Wisconsin to Yakima, Washington

After yesterday’s brief trip through the Upper Midwest, we are saddling up for a more robust excursion. It’s 3 1/2 days from southern Wisconsin to southern Washington, in which we will hope to cover 1867 miles at a pace of 67.7mph. The first three days will be through after we have driven 541 miles. Who wants to see some of Montana?

It’s going to be chilly as we depart Janesville, but the good news is that it will be dry. Most of the interstate we will take through about eastern Minnesota won’t have snow to clear, and in western Minnesota and the chunk of South Dakota we pass through, clean up will likely be over after the weekend storm. Winds will be calm, so no blowing snow to worry about either. We will make it to Mount Vernon, South Dakota, just past Mitchell.

A little bit of a clipper will be moving from the Canadian Prairies towards northern Minnesota. When we encounter a system like this, the Dakotas tend to warm up markedly. We will indeed see that in South Dakota on Wednesday. Ther precipitation will stay in North Dakota and Minnesota, however, so we can instead concentrate on what surely will be heavy traffic in Rapid City. The day will end before we reach Billings, in Hardin, Montana.

It won’t be long after we pass through Billings that we encounter some inclement weather. Moisture backing into the Rockies will lead to some up slope clouds and snow showers for a good deal of western Montana. The snow will be heaviest at the various peaks and along the eastern slopes of the various mountains in the area. When we drive through valleys and are descending to the west, the snow won’t be quite as widespread. We will end the day in the 4th of July Recreation Area in the Idaho Panhandle. How is that for a misnomer?

The little disturbance that moved through the Northern Rockies as we drove through them, and subsequently settled in for a night of camping in the woods, will taper off by the time we leave on Friday morning. There might be a little bit of fog around Spokane, but I sincerely doubt it. It looks like a dry arrival in Yakima, so take in the view!

Mediocre beginning to June in Yakima

Things were rather unpleasant for the last two days in Yakima. The temperatures were off of almost everyone’s pace on Sunday, and definitely cooler than expected on Monday across the board. There has been a great deal of rain in Yakima as a storm system developed off to their south. There was a trace of rain on Sunday, and about a third of an inch on Monday. Almost everyone bombed the forecast, but the NWS was able to sneak out something reputable.
Actuals: Sunday, Trace of rain, High 73, Low 51
Monday – .33 inches of rain, High 60, Low 53

Grade: B

Yakima, Washington

As we learned in our least forecast, Yakima(see comments) is on the dry side of the Cascades. Will the forecast stay on the dry side?

At 753PM, PT Yakima was reporting a temperature of 66 degrees with clear skies and a light west wind. There was some light rain on the Puget Sound, but the west, downsloping wind dried out Yakima quite nicely.
A sharp upper level trough is developing over the eastern Pacific, with the base well south of where is seasonably normal. An area of low pressure will develop over northern California and begin to work to the northeast. This will circumvent the Cascades and bring some rain to the Yakima Valley for Monday after a fairly pleasant Sunday.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 74, Low 44
Monday – Rain likely, particularly in the afternoon, High 66, Low 50

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 76, Low 50
Monday – Showers High 67, Low 54

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy high 74, Low 47
Monday – Rain and a thunderstorm High 69, Low 51

NWS: Tomorrow – Partly sunny (late rain), High 73, Low 45
Monday – Showers likely High 62, Low 51

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy (PM showers) High 71, Low 43
Monday – Showers likely. Cooler. High 63, Low 48

So, it looks like rain is on it’s way to Yakima. Satellite is pretty quiet right now.

Yakima doesn’t fit in

There are two ways to say that Yakima stood out from the crowd yesterday. First, the fact that it rained on Sunday meant that it was different from what almost anyone had in their forecast. Second, the fact that they only got a little splash of rain, rather than a constant, steady rain meant that they separated themselves from the rest of western Washington. Isn’t this place supposed to be rainy? The NWS had the top forecast.
Actuals: Sunday – .01 inches of rain, High 75, Low 51
Monday – Trace of rain, High 68, Low 54

Grade: B

Yakima, Washington

We are spending a lot of time out west this month, aren’t we? But this time we are in Washington, on the east side of the Cascades.

At 1053AM, PT, Yakima was already reporting a temperature of 68 degrees with clear skies. Low dew points and sunny skies seemed to suggest a warm day in Yakima today. A few clouds caused by the topography of the Cascades would be the only issue today.
Satellite shows a moister flow for Oregon, and that will filter north into Washington over the next two days as an area of low pressure develops off the Pacific Coast. The Cascades and the prevailing south-southwest flow will allay the rain fall moving into the Yakima Valley tomorrow, however as the cold front moves ashore, rain becomes much more likely on Monday.
Tomorrow – Partly cloudy, High 74, Low 45
Monday – Mostly cloudy, with rain late. High 70, Low 54

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy, High 76, Low 49
Monday – Showers, High 60, Low 55

AW: Tomorrow – More clouds than sun High 76, Low 43
Monday – Considerable cloudiness with a shower in the area High 72, Low 48

NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, High 75, Low 45
Monday – A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, High 69, Low 53

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy (late rain). high 65, Low 42
Monday – Cloudy. A chance of rain in the morning…then a chance of showers in the afternoon High 64, Low 55

Wow, chilly according to Weatherbug. It’s a cool looking satellite image for Yakima, with the mountains and associated clouds easily picked out.