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Sunshine today, rain starts Head of the Charles Regatta

Posted by David Epstein  October 18, 2012 08:00 AM

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Today is going to be a beautiful day with sunshine and mild temperatures. If you have a camera it might be a good idea to grab it in case you see a tree or two ablaze in color against the bright blue autumn sky. I suppose a cell phone camera would suffice, but I don't find the pictures they take quite as good. That said, temperatures this afternoon will reach the lower 60s and with light winds this is going to be truly perfect mid-October afternoon. Unfortunately, the weather will go downhill for the end of the week and into the beginning of the weekend. Those folks watching or rowing in the Regatta this weekend should plan on the wettest weather being early Saturday with slow improvement thereafter.For frequent weather updates or to ask a question follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at GrowingWisdom.com

High pressure will keep our area free of most clouds and certainly and rainfall today. While we are enjoying find weather a storm is moving through the center part of the country heading northeast into Canada for the weekend. Although the center of the storm will pass over the Great Lakes, it will bring a strong wind from the south to our area. This wind will transport warm and moist air northward up the coastline. Since the air will contain a lot of moisture, eventually showers, some of them heavy, will push across much of the northeast. The heaviest of the rain will occur later Friday afternoon and overnight before ending Saturday. Although I expect the heaviest rain to end early in the weekend, the skies will not totally clear until Sunday. Temperatures are going to be very mild and may get back to the lower 70s in a few places Saturday afternoon,

The storm that will cause all the rain is still to our west all day. However, by late tonight and during the day Friday, the rain that is over the Midwest now will push eastward. friday.gif The good news with the upcoming rain is that we are going to be on the warm side of the storm. Unlike earlier this month when we had a cold rain, this is going to be more of a tropical rainstorm.

Saturday
The heaviest rain area will move north early in the day and leave us with clouds and some breaks of sunshine. Breezy warm conditions will make it feel a bit like summer. saturday.gif Storms that move by to our west often have their heaviest rain followed by a several hours of mild and even windy weather. The heavy rain will come Friday night with this system. Saturday, the first day of the Head of the Charles Regatta, those rowing earliest may have some rain. However, by 10AM or so, the rain will have ended and clouds may even break for some sunshine. I know the timing on exactly when the rain ends is important. I will be on Twitter updating the rain timing in the morning so check with @growingwisdom for more details.

Sunday
This will be the best day of the weekend with dry weather and a return to sunshine. I expect that the final day of the Regatta will be packed with spectators lining the Charles and enjoying a fine mid October day. Temperatures will reach the lower 60s in the afternoon so you won't have to bundle up at all. As a matter of fact, if you are planning on being outside all day bring the sunscreen, you can still get burned this time of year.
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Foliage
The leaves are peaking across extreme south coastal Maine and down into much of southern New England this weekend. Sunday will be the best viewing day with the most sunshine but Saturday afternoon will also be good for seeing the leaves. The storm Friday with rain and wind will take a good percentage of leaves off the tree so be aware of that, but I expect the show to still be very good.

Apples and pumpkins
Local farms depend on our patronage this time of year for much of their revenue. If you have not yet visited a farm near you please think about doing so this weekend. Whether you are taking the kids or on a first date local farms provide a great venue to enjoy some of New England's best fall offerings.


Gardening tips

This time of year one of the great perennials in the garden are the ornamental grasses. Ornamental grass gives the garden a different texture and brings movement to the garden. The flowers of the grasses come in a variety of shapes, color and textures. Check out the video to learn more about these great plants.

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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