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Warmer Wednesday Messes Up Forecasts

Much like Florence a couple days ago, most of the forecasts for Yakima wound up being fairly off, at least as our standards go. However, I doubt anybody cared, as temperatures were a good 5degrees warmer for both the high and low on Wednesday, peaking into the upper 60s. Thursday was more in line with predictions. The National Weather Service took home the narrow victory over the Weather Channel

Wednesday: High 67, Low 38.
Thursday: High 61, Low 31.
Forecast Grade: C

Yakima, Washington to Winston-Salem, North Carolina

This is one doozy of a road-trip. 2,694 miles from Yakima to Winston-Salem. Why can’t we fly again?



Are we there yet?! Just kidding. It might seem like that in a couple of days though. Luckily, it’s a fairly quiet day today, as a weak area of high pressure is found over the Northern Rockies. Just some high clouds are expected as we make our way through eastern WA, the stovepipe of Idaho, and into western Montana where we eventually wind up at Missoula, MT for the night.


We continue our jaunt down I-90 today that will take us through mainly southern portions of the state. Unfortunately, 490 miles of driving won’t get us out of Montana. On the bright side, the weather should mostly cooperate once again as we stay ahead of a system working its way through the Northwest. We can expect some increasing clouds through the afternoon and evening, but at least it’ll be dry. We finish the day in Miles City.


It’s going to be a whole lot of nothing to look at out the window today. We’ll travel from Miles City to Fargo, covering about 460 miles. Once again, we’ll luck out as a cold front will tail off north of ND, with precip staying north of the border as we head due east on I-94. Some southerly winds might kick up and give us a fit, but once again, a relatively easy day weather-wise.


Today’s leg takes us from Fargo down I-94 all the way through the Land of 10,000 lakes. Today, weather finally catches up with us! A weak boundary is lingering from southern MN through northern WI and into Upper MI, so during the afternoon we can expected some light rain/snow showers to affect our drive between the Twin Cities and the Wisconsin Dells. Nothing too terrible though and shouldn’t slow us down before we finish our night in Madison


Well, our luck has finally run out. An area of low pressure developed over the Lower MS River Valley and lifted up into the OH Valley throughout the morning. Our day starts off innocently enough between Madison and Chicago, but as we push into northwest IN, we’re going to run into a pretty healthy slug of rain all the way to Indianapolis. It will let up a bit once we make it into eastern Indiana, but still will slow us down a bit. Our soggy day finally ends in Dayton, OH.


The rain changed to snow overnight, so we’ll have a couple of inches we need to brush off the car before we head on towards the Virginias. We’ll actually see some persistent light snow throughout the morning as we head into West Virginia, where upslope snow showers and road construction could slow us down some into the afternoon. Once we finally make our way into Virginia, the snow showers wind down and it’ll be clear sailing the rest of the evening into Winston-Salem!


Yakima, Washington

Our forecast takes us to the Yakima Valley of southern Washington. No foolin!

At 1053AM, PT, Yakima was reporting a temperature of 53 degrees with clear skies. There is an upper level trough preparing to move through the Great Basin. There is a little bit of rain through the Columbia Gorge, but as the trough swings southeast into the 4 Corners, energy and moisture will be pulled away from the region, and central Washington is expected to stabilize through the day.
With an absence of upper level flow of any significance, a surface ridge will develop across Yakima, leading to sunny, albeit a little cool, days ahead. The next cold front will move to the west coast late in the day on Thursday, which will bring some late clouds to Yakima, but fortunately, precipitation is not anticipated, as the Cascades will shield the forecast city.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 62, Low 32
Thursday – Mostly sunny, with some clouds late, High 61, Low 27

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 64, Low 33
Thursday – Partly Cloudy High 62, Low 35

AW: Tomorrow – Times of clouds and sun High 62, Low 30
Thursday – Mostly cloudy High 62, Low 30

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny High 63, Low 31
Thursday – Partly sunny (late rain), High 62, Low 31

WB: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy High 59, Low 32
Thursday – Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. High 58, Low 31

WN: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy Hig 63, Low 30
Thursday – Scattered ShowersHigh 63, Low 32

Looks like some people either think the low off shore is moving faster than I do, or they don’t trust the Cascades. Here is a look at the satellite showing clouds that are associated with the rain over the Columbia Gorge.

Nice weekend in Yakima

I say it was a nice weekend, but that is all relative to what we are getting in the Upper Midwest. Temperatures were in the upper 50s throughout the forecast period in Yakima, which is certainly nicer than most anticipated, though the Weather Channel did put together a good forecast with their highs. They whiffed on the chilly overnight lows (good sleeping weather!) and missed out on the trace of rain that snuck in under the wire on Sunday. As a result, your big winner in Yakima was Victoria-Weather
Actuals: Saturday – High 59, Low 32
Sunday – Trace of rain, High 58, Low 24

Grade: B

Yakima, Washington to Kingston, New York

Seriously, who wants to drive 2,814 miles between central Washington and eastern New York? A plane ride seems far more efficient to me. But i guess people like to see the sights, so away we go, for a trip that will span 11 states.



Heading out of Yakima, we’ll be cruising through the lovely Northern Rockies during our leg that will end in Butte, MT. Scattered snow showers, especially over the mountains, will be lingering around during the morning hours as an intensifying low pressure system over the Daktoas trails a trough through MT up into Alberta. These snow showers should be fairly light but persistent, and not very intense either besides our portion on I-90 between Spokane and Missoula, which could see some moderate snow bursts at times. Could be a long day if the roads are messy in the mountains, but should get into Butte without too many issues


The aforementioned low pressure system continues to push eastward, so while we’re escaping the worst of the system, we’re still stuck in scattered snow showers on the backside of the system. They won’t accumulate to much, but will be a nuisance when they do occur. Overall though, shouldn’t be too bad of a day as we end the second day in Dickinson, ND.


Over this day and next, I’ve driven this part of I-94 many times! High pressure is starting to build down into the Northern Plains and the Upper Midwest behind the low pressure system we’ve been chasing. No mountains to deal with today, 3/4 of the leg is pretty much as flat as can be. After we pass Alexandria, we’ll finally get some more hills in the terrain to enjoy. A weak trough is going to linger along the ND/MN/Canada border, so a few scattered snow showers (I know, mid-April and we’re still talking about snow!) could make us turn on the wipers, but otherwise should be an uneventful day as we pull into our home city here at VW of Minneapolis to end the day. Swing on by and we’ll have a late-night drink with you!


Today we’ll drive from Minneapolis to South Bend, IN, around 500 miles. A large storm system is starting to develop over the Southern Plains, with a boundary continuing to linger through the Ohio Valley as well. It will be a cloudy day, so put away those sunglasses! As we continue along I-94/90 throughout the day, we’ll be sneaking ahead of most of the precip that’s revving up from this developing storm. We will probably see some light rain showers once we pass Milwaukee and eventually past Chicago, but nothing that will cause undue stress. Unless you make it to Chicago right at rush hour, but really that’s your own fault if you hit that traffic nightmare.


Today… won’t be a pretty day. That storm system intensifies and shifts up through the MS River Valley, bringing widespread rain throughout the entire Great Lakes region. Stronger thunderstorms are also possible from this system, but will most likely stay south of where we’ll be traveling. It’s going to be a soggy day, as rain is expected for the entire day as we make our way through Ohio and into Central PA, staying at Bellefonte, PA for the night.


Finally, our last day! Sadly, it’s not going to be much better than yesterday. Low clouds, fog, and some scattered showers are expected throughout the day ahead the front mentioned yesterday. Thankfully, we’ll make it to Kingston around midday, before the main part of the front swings through and gives us a good soaking rain, and perhaps even a clap of thunder to end the trip.


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