Yesterday, we had a pleasant drive from Westminster, CO, to Gillette, WY. It was cloudy for part of the trip, and we did go through some light rain, but overall, it was pleasant. Once we arrived in Gillette, it was cool and windy.
This morning has been cool, smoky and still.
The NWS in Rapid City, SD, forecasts (for Gillette, WY) a sunny day, with a high temperature of 81 F. The winds will be from the west at 8-11 mph, gusting to 16 mph and becoming northerly in the afternoon.
The NWS in Rapid City, SD, forecasts (for Gillette, WY) a clear night, with a low temperature of 58 F. Winds will be from the west at 8-15 mph, gusting as high as 22 mph.
Visible satellite imagery shows clear skies over our entire route this morning. This image has been excluded from today’s post.
The water vapor imagery shows dry air along our travel route. There are a few patches of moisture, but it should be a dry day for us.
The surface observations (from the SPC Mesoscale Analysis Map) show mild temperatures and low humidity (based on the surface dewpoint depressions). The skies are clear and sunny over our route. Winds are light and variable.
The surface pressure chart shows there are no strong pressure systems or gradients, and none are expected to develop over the next six hours.
The HRRR simulated reflectivity shows no storms along our travel path today. This image has been excluded from today’s post.
We will see our high temperatures in northeastern Wyoming or northwestern South Dakota, depending on when we leave and how much time we spend at different places. According to the HRRR, temperatures will reach the upper 80’s in the afternoon.
It looks like a warm and sunny drive today. We will stop by Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, and I think it will be great weather to do so.
Thank you for reading my post.
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