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A washout for Saturday

Posted by David Epstein  June 1, 2012 02:36 PM

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After a spectacular day with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures our weather goes way down hill late night and tomorrow. The good news, about the bad news, the rain will help wash this pollen away. Tomorrow will be the wetter of the two days with clouds all day and on and off periods of rain. Some of the rain Saturday could be heavy at times and you might hear some thunder in the afternoon. It won't rain every minute of the day. If you check the radar periodically, especially in the afternoon, you might be able to sneak outside for a walk or a run and not get wet in far western areas. However, if you have a 8AM tee time, you probably are going to get quite wet during your match.

As high pressure moves away tonight it will leave us with about 12 hours of dry weather in the current stretch. The clouds will lower and thicken overnight. I don't expect any rain to fall this evening so if you have outside plans right through midnight you will not need to plan on any rain falling.

Part, if not all of tomorrow is going to be wet. That said, there will be an area of rain that moves in from the southwest in the morning and crosses the State during the day. In the series of images below, you can see what the radar is suppose to look like during the day Saturday. The trend, is for the heaviest rain to be before noon and for the rain to be more showery as the afternoon progresses. The further west you are, the better chance you have of a few dry hours Saturday afternoon and into the evening. Across eastern areas and up Route 95 into Maine, the rain will continue longest. There are some indications that parts of coastal Maine and New Hampshire could see very heavy amounts of rain on the order of 1-3 inches. flood watch.jpgA flood watch as been issued for much of coastal Maine and New Hampshire into the foothills and lakes of Maine. This is going to be a foul weekend in northern New England.
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For updates during the weekend you can read my blog or Follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at GrowingWisdom.com

Sunday

On Sunday, the system which will have given us the rain the day before will be lifting up through Maine and into Canada. The air mass behind this system is not very stable. In other words, the air, when heated by any sunshine, will easily rise and create showers. There will be many hours of dry weather Sunday and yes you will see some sunshine. However, as I just mentioned, there is the risk for showers especially in the afternoon.
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Unusual June weather
On Monday and into early next week a storm will become stuck over the ocean the east of New England. stormmon.jpg In this image the storm is represented by an L for low pressure. This storm will grow quite large, and could throw a few periods of rain and wind back into coastal areas. The tides next week are astronomically high and there could even be some beach erosion. Astronomically high tides mean that the level which the water comes up on the beaches is at the highest point of the monthly cycle. Unless you live at the beach, you may not realize that how high up the shore the tide rises each day can change by several feet.

North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO)
The NAO is that persistent pressure pattern out in the Atlantic that has a major affect on our weather. Interestingly it is flipping to a negative phase, something we rarely have seen in months. (part of the reason no snow last winter) This flip will, at least in the short-term, turn our weather a bit cooler than normal and somewhat on the damp side as well. How long this lasts is unsure, but as we head into summer this could be a major player in our overall weather.


Gardening Tip of the Week

On of my favorite activities in the summer is watching the hummingbirds or the hummers as some affectionately call them. Hummingbirds are easy to attract to your garden and are a fun way to get kids to explore nature. In this video below I show you everything you need to know to attract these little guys to your garden.

Remember, please 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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