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A few showers and milder

Posted by David Epstein  March 28, 2012 08:09 AM

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Lots of clouds will be around today and the air will contain more moisture. This means the fire danger is not as high, but we still have very dry conditions overall. A weather system will move through the area during the day and will produce a few showers. If you are headed out for coffee or lunch, grab the umbrella, you just may need it.

Even with showers in the forecast, I am not expecting much in the way of rain. Some areas will not see any showers while other areas could see up to 1/10th of an inch of rain. That small amount will do nothing to alleviate our moisture issue.

Most of the showers this morning have been concentrated along the Massachusetts, New Hampshire border. I expect as the day goes along these showers will move to the south. This means that areas that are dry now may see some rain this afternoon.

Overnight
There still is the risk for a quick rain shower overnight but most of the night continues to be dry. It will be milder than the past couple of nights with temperatures remaining in the 40s.

Thursday and beyond

Dry weather is to mostly continue for the next 7 days again. The exception to this will be the chance for a few showers Thursday and again Friday night or Saturday. A few snow flakes could even mix in Friday night. None of these rainy periods looks to last long or produce significant rainfall, something we desperately need. Temperatures will be seasonably chilly through the weekend with highs in the lower 50s. Next week it will turn milder but still on the dry side. We should see afternoon temperatures return to the 60s with sunshine.

Rainfall continues to be sparse. We have only had 1.11 inches of rain in March and we should have seen 3.61 inches by this time of the month. March is normally a wet month and gives us a nice springboard for rain as we head into the warmer months.

The lack of snow this winter and now rain this month is already becoming a problem. I would suggest if you planted any evergreens last summer or fall you water them in the next few days. Plants are needed water to grow right now and all this dry weather is not good for the new growth. Larger trees and established plants that have been in the ground for years will be fine, at least for now.

Dry weather continues
I don't see any significant, and barely any insignificant, rain for the next week. Even the long range forecasts keep us dry for much of the next 10-14 days and perhaps beyond. The good news, from this lack of rain, is that for the first time in 4 years, much of the country is not going to experience spring flooding. This lack of flooding will save millions of dollars and spare many folks across the upper Midwest and south the heartache of loosing property and even lives to flooding. (see forecast below)

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Will drought develop?
The latest drought forecast (see below) does not forecast drought to develop across the New England area. This doesn't mean drought won't occur, it just means that in the long term, late April and May rainfall is expected to return to normal. Let's hope that it does, or it's going to be a long dry summer with lots of water bans across the area.

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More gardening tips
The garden centers do have some cold weather flowers and vegetables for sale and it's OK to plant them now. If you want to get a jump start on the vegetable garden you can plant the following seeds in pots or the ground now. Carrots, lettuce, arugula, bok choy, radish, peas, and fava beans. You can also probably put out seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage. If you see the temperature dropping under 27°F, use a sheet to cover the plants. Check out the video below to learn more.


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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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