Christmas Road Trip 2017: Day 11

Today is the eleventh day of our annual Christmas Road Trip.  Yesterday, we stayed around King George county, visiting a few friends up the road, but never traveling far.  It was cold, still and cloudy most of the day.

Today, we will leave Jersey, VA, for Philadelphia, PA, though we haven’t picked a destination in the north yet.  We will drive to Cleveland tomorrow, and visit some folks today, so our hotel will probably be on the PA turnpike somewhere.

The NWS in Sterling, VA, forecasts (for Jersey, VA) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 37 F.  Winds will be from the west at 7 mph.

The NWS in Philadelphia, PA, forecasts (for Philadelphia, PA) a mostly cloudy night, with a low temperature of 19 F, and west winds of 7-13 mph.

The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show cool temperatures and low humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions). The skies are clear and the winds are from the west along our travel route.  There are some clouds drifting east that will show up in Philadelphia this evening.

The HRRR simulated reflectivity doesn’t show a lot of precipitation in our region.  There are a few light returns that develop to our west along our travel route, but I am not anticipating rain or snow.

The temperature will be quite chilly tonight as we enter the Philadelphia metro area.  It will be a cold start tomorrow morning.

Today will be a cold, breezy and mostly sunny along our travel route today.  All of those winter coats we packed and didn’t need in Tampa a few days ago will need to be recovered and ready for the next few days from Philadelphia to Cleveland.

Thank you for reading my post.

Sources:
The forecasts from the National Weather Service are from The NWS Homepage
The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The satellite data, model data, and forecasted soundings are from College of DuPage – SATRAD

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This blog is about my tales in storm chasing. My name is Seth Price and I am an instrumentation instructor at New Mexico Tech. My amateur radio call sign is N3MRA.
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