Are you tired of the clouds and showers yet? If you are counting the days of wet weather this is day 6 of the past 7. As the day goes on the rain will become steadier and heavier leading to a period of heavy rain overnight. The muggy weather will also continue and the afternoon will be gloomy. Everything at my house feels wet and soggy and the leaves that have fallen are too wet to even pick up. The rain, once it does move in this afternoon will impact the commute home. I expect this to be slow Thursday commute since we are headed into a long holiday weekend. For more weather insight, nature tips or to ask me a question find me on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at GrowingWisdom.com
Rest of Thursday
The driest periods today will be before 4PM. Once we get deeper into the afternoon, the chance of rain increases and the rain become heavy overnight for several hours. The system causing the rain will be offshore by morning and that will set us up for a summer-like day Friday. You can see on the radar loop above that the rain is already into western Massachusetts as of early this afternoon.
Tomorrow is going to be a great day for two reasons. First, after basically a week of lousy weather it's going to feel like a big warm gift from nature. Second, for early October, temperatures are going to be warmer than you would expect and honestly, a few hours at the beach or by the water somewhere would be quite a treat. Temperatures in the afternoon will be in the mid 70s and a few spots will get to 78F or even 79F. Early in the morning there may still be some fog and low clouds, but this will quickly clear leaving us with our October treat.
The holiday weekend
The weekend isn't looking as stellar as some Columbus day weekends but not a total washout. Sunday is the day to plan for indoor activities. Tomorrow will start with some sunshine but clouds will be thickening all day and there is chance for rain later in the afternoon. The rain will continue overnight Saturday and into Sunday evening. While I don't expect it to rain that entire time, it will cool, raw and unpleasant. Temperatures Sunday will not get much above 55F and I suspect a few of you will put the heat on for the first time this season.
A storm moving up the coast on Sunday will bring the rain and cool weather. It appears this will not be a major rain storm, but will provide as much as half an inch of rain. As the storm pulls away Sunday night and Monday clearing will take place and Monday will end up being the pick of the three days. Temperatures Monday afternoon will be cool, mostly in the 50s. Sunshine will make it feel a bit warmer and the bright blue sky should frame the fall colors quite nicely.
Many folks are reporting the color this year is the best in several years. The colors are vibrant and not muted as they were last year. Some of the best time to view the foliage is the middle of the day when the sun is highest and the colors really can shine.
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.
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