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Weakening storms move through overnight

Posted by David Epstein  May 29, 2012 09:00 PM

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The severe weather across far western areas of Massachusetts and into New Hampshire has diminished. These storms, what remains will produce heavy rain overnight as they head east and pass offshore after midnight. A cool maritime air mass will prevent any severe weather within 40-50 miles of the coast. Earlier today there were tornado watches and warnings up for parts of New England. Some areas around Keene, NH saw over 1/2 a foot of rain. Trees went down and roads got washed out, there was also many reports of hail as well.
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The cool ocean air has caused the strong to severe storm to fall apart as they move eastward. This doesn't mean there won't be thunder and lightning, it just means that there will not be severe weather. The reason for this is that thunderstorms are really just a collection of bubbles of warm air rapidity rising. When you add a pool of cool heavy dense ocean air to these storms, they not only stop rising, they fall to the ground. They could fall apart so fast that by the time they reach eastern Cape Cod, there are only a few showers left. For more updates, you can always follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom

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Severe weather is categorized by strong winds, hail and lightning. Specifically, hail that is 3/4 of an inch or greater in diameter, winds 58 miles per hour or greater and/or tornadoes. The reason for the severe warnings earlier today was for a combination of all of those variables. Temperatures across western New England reached into the 90s and it felt over 100F in many places from Hartford to Springfield.

When it does start to rain later tonight, I expect 1/10th to 1/2 of an inch of rain to fall from Worcester east with some areas getting more if a storm lasts for a bit longer. By morning, the rain will be over and there will be a few breaks of sunshine. Temperatures Wednesday will be warmer than Tuesday in the east,and a bit cooler in the west. Many places on Wednesday will hit or exceed 80F. Boston stayed in the 60s all day Tuesday. Hartford, CT hit a record high of 93F.

Wednesday, we watch a second cold front moving in from the west, as this front moves through, more showers and thunderstorms will pop up in the afternoon. The day will be humid, especially though sunset. After dark, drier air will start to move into the region and our air will become more comfortable. This will translate into great days Thursday and Friday, my picks of the week.

Thursday and Friday look amazing with sunshine, dry conditions and warm temperatures. If you can start your weekend early, I would do it as there may be a few showers by Saturday.


Gardening this week
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Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable to grow for many of you and there are so many varieties that are out there. Check out this video on a few of my favorites. Maybe you have a container or one last spot in the garden to try one.

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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