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    Default WDW Weather Forecast - March 30-April 15, 2009

    Each day in March, I'll update this first post with the forecast, both long and short term. As a general rule, up to 7 days is a pretty accurate forecast, beyond that it's educated guessing and largely dependent upon how well the models are doing at that moment, which is why I call it "voodooland." If you have any specific weather questions or comments, even if it's for an area other than WDW, please post and I'll answer throughout the thread. I'll also post weather tidbits every so often. Without further delay, let's get to the forecast:

    Weather at WDW - Updated Monday pm, March 30, 2009
    A gorgeous day today with a high of 76. Tomorrow also will remain clear with a high of 80-82 and a low around 60. Wednesday remains very iffy. The question is how far south will the rain come? I think you'll see a high 82-84 on Wednesday. The models seem in pretty decent agreement that the front will push south into the I-10 corridor, but not much further so Orlando should stay dry. The problem is a shift of just 75 miles will change everything. We'll see. I think you should keep an eye to the sky Wednesday as there's a possibility of an isolated shower, but not a likelihood. The front moves back north on Thursday so dry and warm will continue with a high of 82-84. Friday will be 80-82 with a potential for showers in the evening. Saturday looks like a better chance of rain, though the showers and thunderstorms will be fairly scattered. Not an all day kind of thing. The high Saturday will be 78-80. Sunday warms back to 82-84 with clear skies, but the next front pushes in on Monday with showers and a high 75-77.

    Long range...We're still looking cooler and wetter than normal on the long range. April 7 is clear with showers south of Orlando and a high 68-70. April 8 warms back into the mid 70s then into the upper 70s for April 9. The next rain chance looks to be April 10 with a high in the low to mid 70s. April 11 could have some isolated morning showers, but then temps warm back into the upper 70s. April 12-15 a pretty strong upper level high builds over Florida which will dry things out and allow highs to be in the mid 80s with lows in the mid 60s.

    Travel Impact
    No major delays as of 1:00 pm CDT. Just minor stuff around the NYC area. For tomorrow, a slight risk of severe weather exists over southern MS (including Jackson), and LA. Other areas that could be impacted by delays include AR, TN, AL, MO, GA, KY, IL and IN.
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    Looks good for us. We arrive on Thursday for the WDW Princess 1/2 Marathon!! The forcast couldnt be better!!
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    Ahh!! I'm crossing my fingers that we won't have too much of a delay on Tuesday when I leave!!
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    Right now I don't see any serious delay issues for Tuesday, though I'll certainly update that tomorrow.
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    We are arriving Friday, staying thru next Wednesday, and the weather sounds perfect!!!
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    Thanks for the great updates!!! I just wish we could wear shorts at the AEP instead of pants oh well.
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    Hope the forcast improves for the week starting the 14th (our arrival date). Doesn't appear to be any waterpark weather yet!
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    Thanks for the weather updates!
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    Is the 26th and 27th still looking like rain ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjstrike View Post
    Is the 26th and 27th still looking like rain ?
    As of this morning, yes. The 26th more than the 27th. We'll see how it looks on the afternoon model runs. However, that's WAY into voodooland so don't put too much stock in the rain on those days just yet.
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    this is super-helpful! thanks so much!!
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    We will be there 4/2-4/5 so all looks pretty good tome. We are headed back home on the 5th so maybe we will beat any storm that moves in. Hopefully, It will be very late in the day!
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    I was wondering if there is anywhere to check to see what the weather is supposed to be like along our drive down I75 this coming Wednesday evening. I would appreciate it if you could maybe tell me where I could find information like that.
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    It seems like the forecast is cooler and rainier than usual. Is it? We are visiting 4/18-4/25 and I feel like in years past it's been in the 80s with very little rain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbell615 View Post
    I was wondering if there is anywhere to check to see what the weather is supposed to be like along our drive down I75 this coming Wednesday evening. I would appreciate it if you could maybe tell me where I could find information like that.
    Ask and you shall receive. You can generally check the Weather Channel or Intellicast for travel forecasts. They'll show you in a very general way what type of weather will be along a specific interstate. As for my thoughts...it's going to be close and timing will mean everything. Right now it looks like a fairly strong front will be moving across the country on Wednesday. However, it should be through Cincinnati early Wednesday morning (the NAM doesn't move the rain out until early afternoon, which is I say timing is everything) and I think you shouldn't have any issues except maybe some light showers or sprinkles all the way through Atlanta. Again, it depends on the speed of the front, but it looks like you will likely hit showers and thunderstorms around Valdosta which will stick with you through into Florida, maybe all the way to Orlando. Depending on when you leave, you actually might be dry all the way. Check each state's DOT website for construction updates and road conditions.

    Quote Originally Posted by merlinmagic4 View Post
    It seems like the forecast is cooler and rainier than usual. Is it? We are visiting 4/18-4/25 and I feel like in years past it's been in the 80s with very little rain.
    Temps have been a little below normal for the last several months. As for rainfall, Orlando has actually been quite dry. We're just in a pretty active pattern right now. That said, Orlando still isn't getting as much rain as other places and temps are starting to move to more seasonal norms. I'd expect 80s while you're down for your trip.
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    Hey, everyone. Just a note...please be sure you have a weather radio in your home. We're hitting prime tornado season and things are being pretty active. The hazardous alert sirens are intended for outdoor use only. You need a weather radio in your home. You can get one for around $30 at Walmart or Publix. Be sure the weather radio you buy has SAME technology. That enables you to program the radio only for your county so that you're not woken in the middle of the night for something 100 miles away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strmchsr View Post
    Ask and you shall receive. You can generally check the Weather Channel or Intellicast for travel forecasts. They'll show you in a very general way what type of weather will be along a specific interstate. As for my thoughts...it's going to be close and timing will mean everything. Right now it looks like a fairly strong front will be moving across the country on Wednesday. However, it should be through Cincinnati early Wednesday morning (the NAM doesn't move the rain out until early afternoon, which is I say timing is everything) and I think you shouldn't have any issues except maybe some light showers or sprinkles all the way through Atlanta. Again, it depends on the speed of the front, but it looks like you will likely hit showers and thunderstorms around Valdosta which will stick with you through into Florida, maybe all the way to Orlando. Depending on when you leave, you actually might be dry all the way. Check each state's DOT website for construction updates and road conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbell615 View Post
    Thanks!!!!!
    Just an update...the forecast I gave you still holds. It looks like you should be mostly rain free, with the exception of a few sprinkles or maybe a light shower, until south of Atlanta. From Atlanta down to I-10 you're running the risk of showers/thunderstorms, but south of I-10 it should clear up again.
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    thanks for providing these updates.
    my Aunts are down there now for a few days & Ill be there on the 12th, so Ill keep an eye on your posts
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