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Cool wet Friday, still unsettled this weekend.

Posted by David Epstein September 28, 2012 08:15 AM

Much needed rain is falling across the area this morning and will continue into the early afternoon and evening before tapering off overnight. A second area of rain will move along the coastline late tonight and clip eastern areas with another round of showers. Saturday will not be a washout although there will be some showers early in the day. Thereafter the trend will be for cloudy but dry weather in the afternoon. A new area of rain will move through late Sunday evening and into Monday before some sunshine returns for the rest of next week. Temperatures will be coolest today as they remain in the 50s and lower 60s. A return to 70F degree afternoons is likely for much of next week. Have a weather question or just want to comment you can follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at


Fall and early winter predictions- October to December 2012

Posted by David Epstein September 27, 2012 01:03 PM

As we close out the month of September our weather year thus far will be remembered for its unusual warmth, dry spring and mid-summer conditions and lack of snowfall. You may already be wondering, what will the rest of the year bring for weather? Long range predictions have gotten much better over the past decade and will continue improve in the coming years. That said, meteorologists are still not perfect at predicting the state of the overall climate months into the future. What I can say with confidence is that we will have a snowier and colder winter than last year and that the likelihood of another major October snowstorm is slim. In today's blog I will discuss what goes into making a long range forecast as well as what some of the predictions are forecasting for the upcoming months. For more insight on the weather find me on Twitter at @growingwisdom


Great weekend weather will have a minor interuption

Posted by David Epstein September 21, 2012 09:41 AM

A few clouds this morning will move east and out to sea leaving most New Englanders with a sunny mild afternoon. There will be some clouds and a brief chance for an evening shower over Cape Cod. Winds will be light and temperatures will near the 70F. If you took all the September 21sts for the past three decades and averaged their high temperatures together you would get to about 70F so today is right in line with what we expect. Clear skies will continue for much of the upcoming weekend with brief period of clouds and showers late Saturday night and early Sunday. The timing on this is such that the showers should not impact any weekend plans.Follow me on Twitter for more updates and insight about the weather at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at


Cooler weather brings bright fall foliage colors

Posted by David Epstein September 20, 2012 06:14 AM

Sparkling sunshine and cool temperatures will be on the weather menu for the rest of the week. High temperatures today will remain in the 60s and if you are in the shadows of a building or trees this afternoon there will be a chill to air. The sun this time of the year is about as strong as it is in March. September is one of those transitional months between the heat of summer and the cooler weather of fall. We can still experience heat, but the trend is for cooler weather to win. This weekend our weather looks mostly dry Saturday with a chance for a shower towards the Cape. As a cold front moves through New England Saturday night and Sunday there is a better chance for showers. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s to near 70 during the afternoons and in the 40s and 50s at night. For weather updates and gardening tips find me on Twitter at @growingwisdom nd check out my latest videos at


Wind advisories, tornado watches and more make for rough night ahead

Posted by David Epstein September 18, 2012 04:00 PM

Severe weather affecting much of the East Coast this afternoon and will continue overnight. Currently, the heavy rain across the mid-Atlantic region where 1-4" of rain will fall is moving towards the north. This evening, that area will likely see some flooding issues. Locally, winds will continue to increase this afternoon and become gusty from the south overnight. This strong wind will transport very warm and humid air into the region. Temperatures remain around 70F much of the night. You might need to put on the air conditioning again if you don't like sleeping in muggy weather. A tornado watch has just been issued for Berkshire county here in southern New England, and thunderstorms are a distinct possibility in other areas.I'll be updating information about this storm and others in the future on Twitter at @growingwisdom
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Stormy weather headed for New England

Posted by David Epstein September 17, 2012 07:20 AM

For many today starts as the coolest morning of the late summer season with several spots from Springfield to Taunton in the 30s. There is a frost advisory up for northern sections of Maine, and New Hampshire as the growing season nears its end. Sunshine will boost temperatures quickly today as highs reach the middle 70s under a cloud free sky. A large and fairly intense storm will move through the Ohio valley Tuesday and into Canada on Wednesday. This storm will bring wind, rain, humidity and warm temperatures to the area before we cool off and dry out for later in the week. For frequent weather updates or to ask questions you can follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom


Warm sunny weather turns cooler for the weekend

Posted by David Epstein September 13, 2012 08:47 AM

The amazing week of September weather continues today with more sunshine, light winds and highs reaching for the 80F this afternoon. As humidity levels continue to be low this will be another flawless day. More of the same is predicted for tomorrow. As temperatures cool each night there could be some patchy ground fog each morning but that will quickly burn away an hour or so after sunrise. A cold front will cross the region in the early morning hours of Saturday and usher in more fall-like temperatures for the weekend and early next week. I'd love to hear your thoughts and your questions about this blog or any others. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at


Fall foliage 2012-What will the leaves be like this year?

Posted by David Epstein September 11, 2012 08:50 AM

A crisp clear September morning and a bright blue sky will certainly evoke memories of a similar meteorological day eleven years ago. The weather will continue to be flawless much of the week with a warming trend. Today, I will blog about the foliage and the beauty of the colors that are soon to show up all across New England and much of the country. Many folks have already booked their trips to the Berkshires or northern New England and may be wondering if the colors will vibrant or muted this season. foliage map.gif The good news, the leaves always change and there will be some wonderful pictures to be had from late September through much of October across the area. There are many factors that help created a spectacular year versus a muted year of color. This year, if the weather cooperates, we are looking at a good chance of a better than average year of color. For more foliage and weather updates follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom


A flawless week of weather

Posted by David Epstein September 10, 2012 08:04 AM

A taste of fall is in the air this morning across all of New England. Some spots in New York State have frost advisories early today as temperatures there dip into the 30s. We all know what lies ahead in the next few months and I can guarantee you we will not get off virtually snow free this winter. However, what I am excited about this week is the nearly clear skies that will great us each day and continue into the start of the upcoming weekend. Today will be the one day with some clouds, so maybe I should have titled this "a nearly flawless week", but I am not expecting any showers. Temperatures will be cool for the time of year through Tuesday before warming up back to summertime levels at the end of the week. To ask a weather or gardening question or just get my latest thinking on the weather find me on Twitter at @growingwisdom


Hurricane Leslie creates rip currents and big waves for the weekend

Posted by David Epstein September 7, 2012 02:48 PM

Humidity levels continue to run quite high with another uncomfortable night for sleeping ahead after a very warm day. Bigger heat continues across the south with Little Rock, Arkansas forecast to hit 100 today. I am also watching Leslie and Michael, two hurricanes that are churning up the Atlantic but pose no immediate threat to land. Leslie will head towards Newfoundland early next week. mariners rule.gifEventually, Michael and Leslie may actually merge into one dying storm over eastern Canada or the north Atlantic. Sometimes, these storms can even continue further east to eventually affect England or Ireland. The biggest affect to our weather from these storms will be large swells affecting the coast. There will also be dangerous rip currents. Late in the weekend our seas will subside, temperatures will fall and a touch of autumn will great New Englanders Monday morning.


Hurricane Leslie to affect Bermuda, New England and Canada

Posted by David Epstein September 6, 2012 06:15 AM

September is the peak of hurricane season and right now we have two storms in the Atlantic with perhaps a third later today. Hurricane Michael sits halfway between the United States and Africa and is forecast to move north and not affect any land. Hurricane Leslie is in the Atlantic far east of Florida but headed towards Bermuda. Already the waves from Leslie are reaching parts of the east coast, but I expect those waves to build later this weekend and early next week as she makes her closest pass by New England Monday or Tuesday. Big waves will be the only concern we have about Leslie. Before bypassing our area and the US mainland, Leslie will take a swipe at Bermuda as a category two storm. It appears the worst of the storm should stay to the right of Bermuda, but if you have interests in that Island, you should listen to latest forecast and advisories very closely. Eventually, the storm will move into eastern Canada near Sable Island.
I'll be updating more on Leslie and the weekend weather on Twitter at @growingwisdom
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Flooding rain over south shore, clouds elsewhere

Posted by David Epstein September 5, 2012 01:01 PM

After a really great Labor Day weekend our weather has soured quite a bit. On and off showers yesterday turned into torrential downpours today. Flooding along many roads was evident early this afternoon in places like Taunton and Fall River, Massachusetts. Humidity is very oppressive and there has even been the rumble of thunder and dangerous lightning with some of the showers. The rain will taper to scattered showers the rest of the afternoon and evening. The reason for all the wet weather is due to a low pressure area and the associated fronts trailing from the low. A southwest wind is also propelling very warm tropical like conditions into the area. It's so humid out my windows in the house are foggy this morning. I often "tweet" additional weather thoughts on Twitter and you can find them there at @growingwisdom


About the author

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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