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US Trip long-range weather forecasts

January 22nd, 2014 at 07:33am

As my US trip gets closer and I’m trying to plan some more of the finer details of the trip, the weather forecast is of some interest to me as I may need to plan around snow, ice, or other inclement weather. As such, AccuWeather‘s 45 day forecast is of some interest to me. As it is such a long-range forecast, I don’t expect it to be perfect, but if it can be somewhat accurate with general weather trends then it could be a useful planning tool. I’ve been keeping an eye on it for a while and haven’t seen any huge movements in the forecasts so I’m willing to give it some credence.

To that end, each week (probably on Mondays as of next week) I plan to post the current forecast, both to see how it changes over time, and compare it to the actual conditions on the day. For my convenience, I will be posting the forecasts using Celsius temperatures.

February 11. Los Angeles, San Francisco. (I will be flying in to L.A. and then flying on to San Francisco). It looks like there might be a bit of light rain, but nothing to worry about.
Los Angeles AccuWeather forecast for February 11, 2014San Francisco AccuWeather forecast for February 11, 2014

After arriving in San Francisco I’ll be driving to Petaluma and staying there for a few days. It looks like some good weather.
Petaluma AccuWeather forecast for February 11-14, 2014

On the 14th I depart Petaluma and drive to Las Vegas. I should pass through or near these places. The weather looks OK.
Coalinga
Coalinga AccuWeather forecast for February 14, 2014

Bakersfield
Bakersfield AccuWeather forecast for February 14, 2014

Barstow
Barstow AccuWeather forecast for February 14, 2014

My time in Las Vegas looks like it should be pretty nice, and similar to Canberra in Autumn
Vegas AccuWeather forecast for February 14-15, 2014
Vegas AccuWeather forecast for February 16-21, 2014

On the 21st I fly from Vegas to Kansas City via Phoenix. The forecast for that is all good.
Phoenix
Phoenix AccuWeather forecast for February 21, 2014

My time in Kansas City looks good too. Positively balmy in fact.
Kansas City AccuWeather forecast for February 21-22, 2014Kansas City AccuWeather forecast for February 23, 2014

But when I drive to Fort Dodge, look how quickly the temperature drops.
Des Moines
Des Moines AccuWeather forecast for February 23, 2014

Fort Dodge looks like it might be a little wet, but still OK.
Fort Dodge AccuWeather forecast for February 23-25, 2014

The drive to South Bend is looking like a slow one. It’s already likely to take all day, but might take a little longer than I expected.
Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids AccuWeather forecast for February 25, 2014

My other main route option bypasses Cedar Rapids and takes me near Rockford, but the forecast is roughly the same.
Rockford
Rockford AccuWeather forecast for February 25, 2014

No matter the route, I have to go through or near Gary.
Gary
Gary AccuWeather forecast for February 25, 2014

South Bend is looking as cold as I would expect, but without the snow I was hoping to see.
South Bend AccuWeather forecast for February 25 - March 1, 2014
South Bend AccuWeather forecast for March 2-3, 2014

On one of the weekdays I plan on going to Hillsdale. I see a chance of snow on the Thursday.
Hillsdale AccuWeather forecast for February 26-28, 2014

The drive to the Washington D.C. area looks very hospitable.
Toledo
Toledo AccuWeather forecast for March 3, 2014

Cleveland
Cleveland AccuWeather forecast for March 3, 2014

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh AccuWeather forecast for March 3, 2014

Hagerstown
Hagerstown AccuWeather forecast for March 3, 2014

AccuWeather’s 45 day forecast does not yet stretch all the way through my Washington D.C. area visit, but the bit it can see looks nice.
DC AccuWeather forecast for March 3-6, 2014

So far it looks like the weather will be nice to me and not be as cold as I had expected, but I have to admit the trip from Fort Dodge to South Bend has me a tad concerned, but if the early-morning ice is minimal then it should be fine.

Samuel

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