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More rain for several hours today

Posted by David Epstein April 30, 2012 09:21 AM

After a period of rain overnight we saw a lull in the rainfall this morning. However, a new area of rain is currently moving through the area and will continue for several hours this morning and into the afternoon. We still desperately need the rain so this is great news.


Freeze warning tonight, cool all weekend

Posted by David Epstein April 27, 2012 08:00 PM

Chilly air for the time of year continues to flow into the region overnight on a strong northwesterly wind. That means the winds are coming from the northwest and these winds carry the cold dry air. After a few clouds melt away tonight, temperatures will fall rapidly and by morning most of the area will be below freezing. The impact to people tonight is just that you have to wear a heavier coat an probably will have to put the heat back on. Plants on the other had can be killed.


Frost advisory for many, chilly for all

Posted by David Epstein April 25, 2012 07:27 PM

Tonight will turn mostly clear and quite chilly as any evening showers and clouds disappear. The day Thursday will dawn bright, sunny and cold with many places into the 30s. We have a weak weather system that will move just to our north Thursday night and bring with it a few showers.


Cool day with some clouds, quick shower.

Posted by David Epstein April 25, 2012 08:56 AM

A clear start to the day means lots of sunshine for a few hours this morning. This afternoon, clouds will form and some areas could see a bit of rain. Any rain that falls will be light and quite brief. Most areas will stay dry. Another system will provide a more general period of rain later Thursday and Thursday night. Behind that system, cooler air will move in for the weekend.


Nice afternoon with a gusty wind

Posted by David Epstein April 24, 2012 12:30 PM

The storm that gave New England some very beneficial rain has now moved into Canada and is spinning itself out over Ontario. The storm is so large, that winds from the storm will continue to blow today. It's interesting that the same storm gave western NY a significant snowstorm, almost 6 months to the day after the October snowstorm. Each of those storms is unusual in their own right, but two such storms in six months, wow!


Heavy rain now, improving later today

Posted by David Epstein April 23, 2012 08:30 AM

After heavy rain and some wind overnight one last area of heavy rain is moving through the eastern Massachusetts now. The weather will improve slowly during the day today after this area moves through. The storm that gave us a much needed dose of rain is now moving into Canada and will sit stalled out for the next several days. As this storms spins to our north, it will occasionally produce a few showers. However, the bulk of the next several days will be dry with sunshine mixed with clouds.


Heavy rain throughout the overnight, flood watch up

Posted by David Epstein April 22, 2012 07:00 PM

Rain has overspread the area and will continue overnight. The rain will be heaviest from now through early morning Monday. The Cape and the Islands will not get as much steady rain, but rain of a more sporadic and showery nature. Winds will increase throughout the night and be quite gusty along the coast. There is a flood watch up for the area. Any flooding that occurs will be confined to small stream and street flooding.


A few showers but, most rain Sunday night.

Posted by David Epstein April 21, 2012 08:27 PM

After a spectacular afternoon Saturday conditions will slowly go downhill for Sunday and especially Monday morning. The commute on Monday will be slower due to heavy rain and gusty winds. By evening Monday, the rain will be over and conditions will be improving rapidly. With the possibility of heavy rain a flood watch has been issued. Any flooding will be of localized nature and this watch is not for major rivers.


Major changes to weather pattern on the way

Posted by David Epstein April 19, 2012 09:37 AM

You knew all this nice weather couldn't last forever. After one of the longest stretches of dry and warm weather in early spring on record, we are about to become cloudy, cooler and most importantly, wetter. Our rain deficit remains over 50% below normal. Between late Saturday and early Tuesday, if all the meteorological gods line things up for us, we could see some significant amounts of rain.


Dry through Saturday, then much needed rain

Posted by David Epstein April 18, 2012 09:14 AM

Our 80 degree days are now behind us for a while, but the dry weather will continue the rest of the week. Cooler air has moved into New England overnight and this will keep temperatures in the lower 60s. One of the other reasons for the cooler temperatures, winds are coming from the northeast. Since there is a big cool ocean northeast of the area, those winds bring us cool temperatures.


Perfect days continue drought, but changes for weekend

Posted by David Epstein April 17, 2012 02:31 PM

Another spectacular April day continues. Temperatures will remain in the upper 70s and low 80s this afternoon. While we will not break any records today, (Boston hit 87 yesterday breaking the old record of 84), we will see temperatures far above normal. It's becoming routine to have warm dry weather. I tend to think that just when it seems that a weather extreme is never going to break, that is about the time it does break, in a big way. As we head into the weekend, after weeks and weeks of dry mild weather, significant rain is becoming a distinct possibility.


Summer heat for Marathon, cooler by Wednesday

Posted by David Epstein April 15, 2012 09:38 AM

Temperatures are continuing towards their highs in the upper 70s today. This will be a great day to be outside and enjoy the spring weather. Occasionally, a few clouds will cross the sky but this will be close to a perfect 10 weather-wise.


Warming this weekend, dangerous heat for Boston Marathon

Posted by David Epstein April 13, 2012 06:26 PM

A nice night with clear skies is ahead. Temperatures will fall rapidly after sunset to be in the 30s in many places early Saturday morning. Sunshine will help to boost temperatures well into the 60s and lower 70s for the afternoon tomorrow. Very warm to hot air will head for southern New England Saturday night and Sunday. The transition between the warm air this weekend and the heat Monday could bring a few showers Saturday night through Sunday. However, I expect plenty of sunshine Sunday as well.


A few afternoon showers today and tomorrow

Posted by David Epstein April 11, 2012 01:30 PM

A very weak weather system will pass through the area the next 24 hours. This system, while not strong, may allow the atmosphere to produce a few showers. Most of the shower activity, if it occurred will be in the afternoon hours. The showers will be light and do little to alleviate the moderate drought now present over much of the area. The cooler, less dry air over us today means that the high fire danger is a notch lower. However, it is still dangerous out there so be careful if you are burning and no ciggies out the window, that's how these brush fires often start.


Windy and dry today and a look ahead through the weekend

Posted by David Epstein April 9, 2012 02:20 PM

Another Monday, another dry week and more fire danger. This morning high fire danger alerts or red flag warnings, are up from Kentucky to New Hampshire. (see below) The major lack of rain continues to leave the ground tinder dry. There is the chance for a few light showers at the start of the week, but nothing significant in terms of rain is on the horizon.
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Super overnight weather for Passover with full moon rising

Posted by David Epstein April 6, 2012 06:34 PM

One of my favorite times of the year is the early spring season and the Jewish and Christian holidays that take place. The first Seder of Passover begins tonight. For Jews across the globe, the holiday represents a time of renewal with the spring season. Sunday, Christians celebrate Easter and this holiday marks the resurrection of Jesus. The weekend weather will be dry and cool for these holidays and the traditions that take place with each family gathering and celebration.


Sunshine from Boston to Detroit

Posted by David Epstein April 5, 2012 12:44 PM

A bright and cooler afternoon is on the menu for the rest of the day. Clouds will continue billow up and block the sun at times making it feel chilly. Temperatures will be cooler this afternoon than they were yesterday by as much as 10 degrees. Highs around 3pm this afternoon will be in the lower and middle 50s. Winds will be brisk and moisture levels will continue to be low. The weather in Detroit looks similar with bright sunshine and dry conditions.


Great afternoon, pollen count increasing, no rain

Posted by David Epstein April 4, 2012 01:50 PM

Another afternoon of sunshine and mild temperatures. Winds are going to be brisk this afternoon but it will still be a nearly perfect April day. Now that the trees are leafing out, pollen is increasing each day. Pollen tends to be highest in the morning, but with a steady breeze this afternoon it will remain high. It's a great day to take a walk or bring the coffee outside, you just might need to take your allergy medicine with that afternoon java.


Sunshine for the afternoon, drought worsens, fire danger high

Posted by David Epstein April 3, 2012 01:51 PM

In any other year I would be thrilled to be giving a forecast like the one I see developing for the next 10 days. However, this has been anything but a normal period of time in our weather. Sunshine will be abundant the rest of the week with just a slight risk for a passing shower late tonight. Otherwise I don't see any significant rain through the 12th of April and that is going to be a big problem. We have another red flag warning across the area today meaning fire danger is exceedingly high once again.


Another mostly dry week, problems grow

Posted by David Epstein April 2, 2012 08:59 AM

After a few rain showers early this morning, it will turn mostly sunny for the afternoon with seasonable temperatures. Winds will be brisk, but not strong. Temperatures will reach for the lower 50s this afternoon. April is synonymous with showers, but the week ahead is going to be anything but wet.


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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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