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Another mostly dry week, problems grow

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

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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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A great week of weather is in store with lots of sunshine and a warming trend as we head into the holiday weekend. For much of this week high pressure will build from Canada. Since there are no large bodies of water to our north, when the air comes from Canada it is usually quite dry. This will be the case this week.

Temperatures will start off seasonably cool today with the highs reaching for the lower 50s. It will warm to the upper 50s much of the rest of the week and even into the 60s to near 70°F as we head into the second part of the weekend and the Easter/Passover holidays.

Over the next 7 days, sunshine will be abundant and with dry air, I expect fire danger conditions to increase further, especially late week and into the weekend.

One small chance for showers
Late Tuesday and early Wednesday a very weak weather system will move through the area. This could produce a quick shower and there will be more clouds Wednesday, but no general rainfall is in sight. The air will be a bit cooler Thursday behind this system, but not excessively cool by any means.

Long range forecast
As I review the maps this morning for the next 10 days I see no chance for any extended period of rainfall. Take a look at the loop below. This series of maps shows where precipitation is expected the next 10 days. The dates for the maps are on the top. You can see most of the rain does not fall over our area. The next time we even have a chance for significant rain isn't until next week. The models are not very accurate that far in advance either. We need several days of light rain to begin to make a dent in our rainfall deficit. The jet stream continues to pull dry air in from Canada and this will not allow moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific, or even Atlantic to make to our region. City and town managers are no doubt already planning water bans.

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March recap
Last month was warm and dry, that is the bottom line. A few statistics for you. We had only just over 1/2 inch of snow recorded in Boston. Normally, we see around 8" of snow. We only got 1.21 inches of rain which is 3.11 inches below normal. That is a whooping 72% below normal. Temperatures ran about 8°F above normal for the month. Between the 18th and 25th of the month, our week of July in March, temperatures topped out at over 20°F above normal.

Gardening tip of the week

I planted my garlic in the ground last fall, it's growing quite well now and will be ready for harvest this summer. You can plant garlic in the spring but it tends to not grow as big as those planted in the fall. If you don't have much space, try growing garlic in a pot. You can use organic garlic you would buy at the store to plant or get it as your local nursery.

Follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at GrowingWisdom.com

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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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