I planned to travel through Memphis and Little Rock for the game. Anyone else still taking this route with potential rain Thurs. and Fri from the storm? I'm more concerned with flooding in these areas. Not sure I should change my route or go for it. One option is to travel via Indy, St. Louis to Dallas and try to avoid some of the weather.
Travel Route to Dallas - Isaac Impact
I'd advise to not go the st. louis route
Leaving from Pitt friday afternoon.. Do they usually fly above or around this stuff? Or do they just cancel and screw my entire weekend
it's the wind shear on takeoff and landing or lightning at the airport.
The airports will close in these cases.
If you destination or departure airport is closed - no flight.
Also, if you flight is coming from a connecting airport that is closed, there will be no plane for you.
Its a straight shot so if all is well in DFW should be ok. Not sure how high in the atmosphere a hurricane goes so hopefully circumventing wont be an issue.
They'll fly around it or over it, depending on the storm itself. I'd guess they'll circumnavigate it to avoid any turbulence, but I don't know that.
Dallas - Fort Worth International won't close, so you should be fine.
Disagree. St Louis won't be hit till Sat A.M. Better to go through there than go to Memphis and cut across Arkansas. The latter route will hit more storm.
Going through Indy is your best bet by Friday and cross before the storm comes through. Then again it's just rain, not truly big winds. I doubt you'll have much trouble that far inland
I was taking this exact route as well. I'm leaving for Nashville Thursday, then Friday leaving from there. Was going through Memphis and Little Rock as well. I'm nervous about it right now, but I'm gonna see how it plays out by tomorrow. That map above has changed so much in the last day. I am thinking of going straight south once in Memphis, hoping I'm driving away from the storms. But I have no clue how bad those areas will get with these types of storms.
I'm leaving from KY and taking the Nashville/Memphis/LR route too.
From what I can see going due south on I-55 is not a smart idea especially if one is concerned with flooding. 55 takes you to Jackson where you get on 20 and you are in an area thats expected to get 6-12in with upwards of 20 closer to Jackson/Gulf.
Sticking to the original plan gets you an expected 2-6in and your skirting the outer fringe of Issac the whole time.
Of course its a fluid situation so who knows what actually will happen.
I guess my thought process is it won't be raining or windy at that point, the storm will have passed by Friday. But flooding could be a major issue. We'll probably just leave early Friday and when we get to Memphis check the radar and see where its best to go. Does anyone know what kind of weather to expect for an inland storm?
Does anyone know what kind of weather to expect for an inland storm?Remember the 2008 Michigan/Notre Dame game at South Bend? That was remnants of a hurricane. Think that, but worse, since you'll be in the remnants with them having less time to lose steam over land. Basically, some wind but nothing you haven't seen before in the midwest, but it will rain, and rain hard, and rain a lot. Going around with some extra mileage isn't the worst idea, since if it's coming down too hard you won't be going the speed limit because you won't be able to see well enough to do so. I'd take Kass's route through IL/Iowa/Kansas City on the way there, then the Memphis route on the way back. Different BBQ stops each way. Both ways are likely to have a lot of boring stretches, so you may as well have it be different on the way back and see some other stuff.
Sadly, I have to go to Nashville to pick up the third member of our party. Otherwise I would not even hesitate with that option.
The issue you're facing if you try to drive south of the storm is not only are you dealing with the immediate aftereffects of any flooding and wind damage (down trees, powerlines, and roadway flooding) that occurred during the storm, you're also going to be dealing with the water flowing downstream from the storm's continued northward path. Even if you have to drive through the forward edge of the storm, you may be better off than driving through the country the storm's already passed through.
Isaac looks pretty weak right now. At most it is going to be CAT 1 when it hits, and it might not be a hurricane.
If you don't like driving in rain, sometimes heavy, drive around. Otherwise, ignore it.
Category 1? Weak sauce. Bring your Michigan windbreaker.
I honestly love using RainX on the car windows..I bet it could give you a clearer windshield even with those heavy rains, but I understand the flooding issue..
Safe travels to all! GO BLUE
Thought this thread was going to be about how we might be able to flip Ty if the team drove to Dallas through Illinois...
I did as well. Wow...we just can't let things go!
Here in South Florida we had around 20 inches of rain and we are probably the best in the country for water management and we are flooded out. Winds were not a big deal its the flooding.
Yup, tons of flooding here in South Florida. It will be stronger by the time it gets to Louisiana and moves north. You should be ok driving, just be ready for LOTS of rain.
Head due west, then south.
From Ann Arbor, head west on 94 until it intersects with I-80 south of Chicago.
Take i-80 west to Des Moines. West of Des Moines, take I-35 south all the way to Dallas.
If you want, you can go several different ways south from Kansas City . . . just google map it and you'll see some options.
This route should pretty completely miss rain, and you can take the other route back from Dallas to Ann Arbor.
It adds a bit more than 100 miles to go through Des Moines and south, vs. the route south through TN. And if you get off the interstate south of KC, it will only add about 90 miles.
Insight that might help:
In 2004, Hurricane Ivan hit the gulf coast, and then came inland after that. I live in Birmingham, AL, so it hit us about 2 days later. It was a CAT 5 at one point as it approached land, and was a tropical storm when it came through B'ham. As it came some 250 miles north, it caused some power outages for a few days, steady constant wind and some rain, but nothing like what you see on the news right before a Hurricane makes land fall.
My point being, be careful, but a CAT 1 that you will be driving through 2 days later several hundred miles north of the coast will not be a big deal. A little windy, a little rainy, but not too bad.
It could be worse?
HAHAHA, thank you for that. +100000 for you.
Mexico really getting fucked
Go West young man. Get to the 'clean' (western) side of the storm as quick as possible. After that you should be fine with no more than some wind/rain similar to any heavy rainstorm.
If you travel through the 'dirty' (eastern) side of the storm, good luck, Cat 1 or not, the 'dirty' side of a hurricane is no fun.
I'm as dissapointed as the next one in losing Ty Isaac to USC, but I think you guys are going a little overboard - changing travel plans to Dallas just because of Ty Isaac?
You guys are crazy.
he chose SC over AA
I'm flying out of Atlanta Thursday night. Really hoping that still works out
United is prepared to shutdown Houston, anyone traveling thursday should fine as long as you get to dallas by mid-day friday your going to be fine. Travel by plane, its hard to fly over these things and everyone is going be going the same route through the weakest part of the storm. This really wont be bad to fly though this im kinda excited. Wind shear blows thats the only problem. Newark is gonna be slowed and ORD just a heads up.
Why do I say this I fly for United, I'm a pilot I know a lot about weather and have better weather prodcuts at my use than the general public.
So Mr. Weather Man, if I'm driving through Memphis and Little Rock on Friday, am I gonna die?
Time of day is important here.....A lot can change within 24hrs...What time do you expect?
We plan on leaving Nashville 6 or 7 in the morning, meaning hopefully we'll be in Little Rock by noon or 1.
Should be starting right around then...
there ... even UM grads. Assuming you are ???
It was a serious question dick head,I would like to know what the weather was gonna be like from an inside source. A pilot sounds like the best source for weather info.
Beware I-40 from Memphis to Little Rock and the return. Live in little rock and that stretch of 40 is worst road ever!! Lots of semis and construction plus with the rain Arkansas drivers are shall we say...not the best! Drive safe and GO BLUE!!
What about flooding?
Tends to flood west of Memphis but with drought here who knows....
good luck driving!! take some pics along the way.
this is my 100th post!!!