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Just a few showers left, sunshine for the afternoon

Posted by David Epstein January 31, 2013 07:40 AM

Howling winds kept temperatures at almost summer-like levels all night. Winds have been stronger than they were in Sandy in many places. Blue Hill in Milton has topped hurricane force winds at 77 MPH this morning. The worst of the winds are over, but it will continue to be windy with scattered power outages this morning. Boston and most of southern New England have seen temperatures in the upper 50s since late yesterday afternoon.1wind gusts.png I was able to not only turn off the heat, but sleep with the windows wide open. This extreme weather in January gets all sorts of mixed reactions for sure, I personally love the break. I actually left several of my plants that were struggling through winter inside on the deck all night. They seem a bit happier this morning. Unfortunately for snow enthusiasts, this warmth has done a lot of damage to local ski areas. Also, do not venture on pond or lake ice as it has been severely weakened by the warm weather. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom where I will be updating the forecast. I would love to hear from you.


Warm night with possible damaging wind and heavy rain

Posted by David Epstein January 30, 2013 11:00 PM

We have a warm and windy night on the way. Temperatures will stay in the 50s the entire night and you can leave your windows open and turn off the heat. While the mild air is welcome, the wind is going to become a problem overnight. Winds will increase and could be strong enough to cause some minor damage and power outages.Wind warns.pngI'll be updating the latest situation with the wind on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at


Most of snow over, spotty precipitation overnight

Posted by David Epstein January 28, 2013 07:00 PM

Most of the accumulating snow is now over and the rest of the night will feature periods of light snow, sleet or freezing drizzle. Untreated surfaces will remain slippery and drivers should be careful on secondary roads. winter weather advisory today.png There will be some minor icing after the snow leaving a crusty coating. Freezing rain is the great equalizer when it comes to driving. You can have the biggest and best four-wheel drive machine in the world, but it’s not going to do you any good on ice. If roads become icy then they lose friction and that is what keeps you from sliding around.I'll be updating the situation on Twitter at @growingwisdom feel free to comment or post a question there.


Unsettled road to warmer weather

Posted by David Epstein January 26, 2013 01:38 PM

Last Sunday, during the Patriot's game, (sorry to open that wound) the temperature fell below 32F after being in the 50s much of the afternoon. Since then we have not gotten anywhere near the freezing mark and we won't surpass 32F until Monday, at the earliest. A week of temperatures below freezing, while certainly not unprecedented, hasn't happened in several years. The cold weather has been difficult for those who need to be outside for work. The frost has gone deep into the ground and should make for a more traditional mud season. There is some good news, many insects and other diseases that affect plants will be knocked back a bit after a cold period like this. While there is a warm-up for Tuesday and Wednesday the cold weather will return by the end of the week and I am expecting several more days of sub-freezing weather ahead. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog or any others. I'll be updating the forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom


Wind chill advisory, storm misses New England Friday night

Posted by David Epstein January 24, 2013 04:44 PM

Quick update to the blog with a wind chill advisory now up for most of New England. The map shows areas that are under this advisory. Frost bite can occur in about 30 minutes if you are outside in these areas tonight. Dress appropriately and you will be fine.
wind chill s. new england.pngThe rest of my blog from earlier today is below. Nothing has really changed and the snow still looks to stay south of New England. There could be a dusting of snow south of the Massachusetts Turnpike tomorrow night.

Everyone is talking about the cold. It's true, it's cold. Yesterday was one of the colder January 23rds on records as well. We didn't set a new record low Wednesday, that will remain -6F set back in 1882. But we did come close to the coldest afternoon high, also set back in 1882. That year, the highest temperature for January 23rd was 13F, yesterday Boston reached 17F. Today's records are even colder. Back in 1907, it never even reached 10F from Boston to Worcester and south to Providence. Today temperatures will be in the mid-teens by 1 PM or 2 PM this afternoon.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


Cold will lessen into the weekend

Posted by David Epstein January 23, 2013 07:54 AM

Frigid, brutal, bone chilling, dangerous, all words we are hearing this morning with regard to the cold. The truth is that the cold the next couple of days is the strongest we have seen in a couple of years, but it’s not record breaking or even that severe. As a matter of fact, after this round of cold we are seeing departs, we still will not have experienced the average number of days below zero we saw in the past. Last year, the USDA redid the growing zones for our area. Even with the new zone map, our current cold is still about ½ a zone warmer than the new map would predict. This means that marginally hardy plants, that are sensitive to the cold, shouldn’t show much if any damage from this cold snap.I''ll be updating the cold and potential snow Friday night on Twitter at @growingwisdom ask me a question or leave a comment there. Hope to hear from you.


What happened to the snow?

Posted by David Epstein January 22, 2013 01:07 PM

We knew this would be a difficult forecast and it proved to be very true. Last night, as the latest computer models were arriving, I quickly noticed a trend to keep the heavy snow offshore. This meant that the heavy snow that was possible for some of you, wasn't going to happen. Across southern New England the heaviest ended up being the outer parts of Cape Cod and some southern areas of the south shore. For example Welleleet will put 4.5 inches of snow in the record books from this storm. The highest amount I have seen reported was West Tisbury on the Vineyard at 5.5 inches.
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I'll was updating throughout the night on Twitter at @growingwisdom I will be updating Friday's storm on Twitter over the next few days.


Mild Sunday, then much colder with two snow events next week

Posted by David Epstein January 19, 2013 06:14 PM

After a nice afternoon with temperatures in the 40s we do it all over again tomorrow with even more sunshine. It will still be quite windy Sunday and that could affect the game in Foxboro. For the second weekend in a row, it feels more like spring than winter. However, there are changes on the way, and the cold you have no doubt been hearing about will arrive Monday. The colder air will filter into the region tomorrow night. Temperatures Sunday will reach the lower 40s, but rapidly fall after dark. I expect it to be in the 30s for the start of the Patriots game Sunday evening, and into the 20s three hours later. Winds will be gusty Sunday, so although it will be in the 40s, it won't feel as mild as readings will show. Sunday will be sunnier than it was today along with that brisk wind. I often update the forecast and other gardening tips on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at


Snow threat for Cape, cold end to work week.

Posted by David Epstein January 17, 2013 08:19 AM

After some snow yesterday, this morning finds us mostly sunny and typically cold for January. Actually, this afternoon temperatures will still be a bit milder than you might expect, rising into the lower 40s. A cold front is to our west right now and I drew a line on the map below to show where this front is located. Like most cold fronts, the weather behind the front gets colder. As the front pushes through the area today colder air will rush in and by tomorrow morning many of you will be 20 degrees colder than this morning. Highs tomorrow, unlike today, will be below average and remain in the 20s. A storm will also threaten Cape Cod and points south overnight riding just ahead of this front. This means some snow is possible in those areas for a few hours late tonight before clearing tomorrow. I will be updating the forecast frequently and I will answer any of your questions on Twitter at @growingwisdom


Light precipitation through evening, Cape snow Friday

Posted by David Epstein January 16, 2013 01:20 PM

This morning's storm was born on the dividing line between cold air to the north and warm air to the south. This frontal boundary is going to be the focus for another storm Thursday night and Friday which will clip the Cape with several inches of snow. Before we get to Friday's storm we have to clear away the precipitation this afternoon. As you may have noticed the snow has mostly stopped and now we have light freezing drizzle, snow or even rain. The trend will be for all of this to end for the rest of the afternoon and towards dark. Next week, the coldest air of the winter moves in to the northeast. I am not expecting record cold at this time but, in a winter that has been quite tame, it will be a shock for many of you.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog or any others. I'll be updating the forecast and would appreciate your observations from the storm via Twitter at @growingwisdom


Snow moves into the area in a few hours

Posted by David Epstein January 15, 2013 10:00 PM

Life is all about timing and so too can that saying be applied to the weather Wednesday. By about 5 AM snow is going to overspread the area even in Boston. This means for the commute anywhere from a coating to 2 inches will have fallen, depending on where you are located. Since the storm is coming up from the south, areas over interior Bristol and Plymouth counties should have the most on the ground during the morning. Let's call it now, a horrible commute Wednesday is in store. I am also expecting many schools to stay open adding to the traffic. Since we aren't getting a major storm and there will only be a few inches of snow during the day, schools and businesses should stay on a regular schedule. However, as you know, the tolerance for bad weather has declined exponentially in recent years and it seems like some towns are close to calling off school for flurries. I feel old lamenting about school not being called unless we woke up to half a foot of snow and the same was expected during the day. I'll save that rant for another blog. Follow me and my forecast during this storm and others on Twitter at @growingwisdom


After a mild day, snow is on the way

Posted by David Epstein January 14, 2013 09:40 PM

Here we go full tilt into winter, well maybe not full tilt yet, but we are headed for big changes. Although this is going to be a small storm, after nearing 60F Monday and now having accumulating snow in the forecast, this will be quite the shock. The front that pushed the warm air out to sea is now south of New England. The problem is that the front, the dividing line between warm and cold air isn't that far away. The two competing air masses are going to spin up a small storm Tuesday night and Wednesday and bring some snow to New England. Right now a general 1-4 inch snowfall is likely. snowfall.png The exceptions to the snow will be the south coast, Cape Cod and perhaps into Boston where the air will too warm for the snow. I'll be updating the forecast and more on Twitter at @growingwisdom


Fog an issue tonight, while winter cold remains elusive this weekend

Posted by David Epstein January 12, 2013 03:15 PM

This afternoon and into the evening, mild air is streaming north. In some places, mostly with snow on the ground, fog is forming. The reason for this is that the air temperature, now above freezing, is moving over that cold snow. As the mild air moves over the snow, it cools the air just above and this is creating fog. The fog, which could be quite thick in places overnight, should move away early tomorrow. fog from snow.jpg Sunday and Monday the core of the mild air arrives before a cool down the rest of the week. The winter of 2012-2013, while not as mild as last year, continues to be quite tame. While winter is far from over, each day that passes without a big storm is another day closer to spring. Any talk of spring is of course premature in January, but since we don't see any significant snow at least until the 20th of the month, it will mean, no matter what happens the second half of winter, the first half will not be very memorable.I'd love to hear your thoughts on this blog get your questions. Please follow me on Twitter at @growingwisdom >


Very mild for the upcoming weekend

Posted by David Epstein January 10, 2013 08:48 AM

A cold front crossed the area last night and ushered in slightly colder air for today and Friday. Winds which gusted over 50 miles per hour in spots this morning, will remain quite busy this afternoon. Although temperatures will be in the lower 40s, it will feel a bit chilly with the wind. A clear night ahead will allow temperatures to fall again to the teens and 20s. Friday sunshine starts the day, but clouds and a few showers move into the region at night. These showers mark the leading edge of mild air that will be here for several days and even possibly break a record Sunday. The record this weekend are in the lower 60s and while I am not forecasting us to break the record Saturday or Sunday, if we got enough sunshine Sunday, we could get well into the 50s, a wonderful treat for the patriots. I'll be updating the forecast for the game and the weekend on Twitter at @growingwisdom


Old Man Winter Goes On Vacation

Posted by David Epstein January 8, 2013 02:37 PM

This old man we call winter must be getting really old because he doesn't have enough energy to give us any cold or snow for a week or longer in what is normally our coldest period of the year. Our weather turns mild today and generally stays this way into next Wednesday. After that, a cold front will move through and we will turn colder, but I am not convinced the cold is going to last for weeks and weeks on end. Also, meteorologists are still not sure if the coldest of the cold air will invade New England or points further west. And, if the arctic does move into New England, the worst could stay to the north. This morning there is a 40 degree difference between temperatures over far northern New England, below zero, and those around Boston, above freezing.


January thaw doesn't mean winter is over

Posted by David Epstein January 7, 2013 08:30 AM

This week, many folks will be talking about the warming trend on the way for tomorrow and continuing right into the weekend. Having such mild air in January is not that unusual nor is it a sign that winter is over. While we have not had a tough winter thus far, this is not last year. Many places in southern New England have seen from half a foot to close to two feet of snow this season. Boston, or more specifically, Logan airport has received just under 4 inches of snow which 75% below what we would expect. Logan sits out in the water and often isn't reflective of the rest of the area. For example, from Newton to Worcester, out to the Berkshires and north into northern New England snowfall is at or above normal for the season thus far. Even Providence, Rhode Island is closing in on a foot of snow for this winter. Let's chat more about the forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom I also update weather information there regularly.


Change in the weather pattern this week

Posted by David Epstein January 6, 2013 02:28 PM

After some light snow overnight and during the early part of the morning, sunshine mixed with clouds will be the dominant weather feature this afternoon. As the snow departs, temperatures will be comfortably chilly reaching for the 40F degree mark. Overnight, any leftover clouds will depart leaving mostly clear skies. Temperatures won't be very cold remaining in the 20s for most all night. Tomorrow, southern New England is on the edge of arctic air so that while it will be cold, it won't be excessive or long lasting. Temperatures will climb to or above freezing for about 4 hours between 11AM and 3PM before falling back as the sun gets lower in the sky. Tuesday begins a warming trend that takes us into the weekend and we will slowly watch the snow cover erode. I'll be updating the weather forecast on Twitter at @growingwisdom and check out my latest videos at


Cold weather won't last very long

Posted by David Epstein January 3, 2013 09:36 AM

You might have noticed the winds picking up yesterday afternoon around 3 PM. That wind, was an arctic front crossing the area and ushering in the coldest air of the winter season. When winter is over, it could be that this morning ends up as the coldest morning of the entire winter, but we won't know that for sure until late February. What we do know is that very dry and very cold air will sit over the northeast for about another day before we return to more typical cold for January. As we head into the weekend, milder conditions will start to move northward and a thaw will set up for several days. This thaw will last into at least the start of next week. 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


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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