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Wet evening commute, foliage nears peak this weekend

Posted by David Epstein  October 2, 2012 05:45 PM

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Wet roads and rain will be with commuters all evening. I expect the commute to be a bit slower than usual with the weather so let whomever is making dinner know you might be a bit late. Additionally, mild temperatures will be with us the next several of days as a wind coming from the southwest moves warm air into the region. Tomorrow also will be mild and even a bit humid. Showers can occur anytime but will not be as numerous as today. Thursday will continue the trend of a lot of clouds and a slight risk of a shower or two. Finally, on Friday our weather looks to be mostly sunny with temperatures into the 70s. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog or any others. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at GrowingWisdom.com You can ask questions or get a forecast through Twitter as well.

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Color continues to come on strong this week across the Berkshires and much of interior northern New England. Sugar maples, ash and birch are turning now with oaks still mostly green. Color appears to be about 7-9 days earlier than usual and I am noticing some of my own trees in metro west turning up to two weeks early. Remember, some trees that turn very early can be a sign that the tree is under stress. It's a good idea to note this somewhere and have the tree evaluated for health issues by an arborist.

We have two weather makers that will move through between now and Columbus Day. The first is a slow moving system that will bring that touch of humidity tomorrow. Clouds and showers will continue overnight. Tomorrow there is the chance for a quick shower, but a mostly cloudy day is the general forecast. Temperatures will reach the lower and even middle 70s during the afternoon and you will definitely notice the humidity in the air tomorrow. Another round of showers moves through Thursday and there is even the risk of a thunderstorm. It will feel more like late August as opposed to early October.

Friday and Saturday will be great days with sunshine and mild conditions. Saturday night a front will cross New England and bring showers. The exact speed of the front will determine if we clear early or late on Sunday and that is the one day that is questionable of the three day weekend. Monday will be cool but sunny and a great day to enjoy the holiday if you have it off.


The holiday weekend

Columbus day weekend is early coming the first full weekend of October. As mentioned, this year the weather looks to cooperate with sunshine Saturday and Monday. Sunday, especially the first part of the day could see a few clouds and showers. I expect the foliage reports to be spectacular this upcoming weekend as well as the following one. (next year Columbus day is a week later)

Gardening tip this week
Leaves are falling and it's time to begin to close down gardens for the season. I am actually starting seeds inside now to plant in my cold frame for the late fall and early winter. You might be surprised how easy it is to continue to grow your own food right through Christmas will just a bit of cover and no electricity. If you want to learn about growing a vegetable garden Mass Hort has a great program called Garden To Table. You can learn about that program and other tips on setting up a garden in the video. This is a great time of year to get your garden ready for spring planting. Don't wait till spring.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog or any others. 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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