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A lamb-like Easter weekend

Posted by David Epstein  March 29, 2013 06:00 AM

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The end of March is fast approaching and when it’s over, this month will go down in the record books as a cold and snowy one. The good news is the lamb will indeed lead us into April this year. You probably noticed a lot of clouds around the area the past couple of days and today will continue that trend. A weak bit of energy will rotate through the area during the day and this will produce periods of clouds with just the risk of a shower. Any rain that falls will be light and not last long.

I'll be updating more forecast information on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

The weekend is looking quite nice. When you get up Saturday there may be a few clouds, but the trend will be for increasing amounts of sunshine and mild temperatures. Saturday and Sunday will likely end up being the two of the mildest days of March. Here is an interesting note about this weekend’s weather. While last year was certainly a mild March, the last few days ended up being quite chilly. Temperatures ran below normal as the month ended. This year, while it was quite cold for much of the month, milder air will bring us into April, although it won’t last.

Sunday, we start off with plenty of sunshine, but as our next weather system approaches from the west clouds will increase, the precursor to a round of showers Sunday night. If you are heading to sunrise services in the morning expect temperatures in the 30s around 6:30 AM. It will quickly warm to the lower 40s by 8 AM. I expect afternoon temperatures in the lower and middle 50s. Monday, skies will try to brighten, but clouds will most likely win out and although colder air will be heading for the area, the day will end up quite warm. It’s not out of the question that we could see a 60 degree reading in a few spots in the afternoon. By the end of Monday, much of the snow will be gone, except those big piles and shaded portions of your yard.

April is traditionally a showery month, April showers and all. This year, we look to start off the month in relatively dry and cool fashion. Take a look at the following map. This map shows total precipitation that is forecast to fall through the 5th of April.not much rain.png In the next week, most of New England is only expected to receive about a quarter inch of rain. This would be less rain than average. While I won’t start beating the drought drum yet, we do need to be very cognizant of rainfall this spring. Once plants start growing and the weather turns warmer, it only takes a week or so for top soil to dry out. We want to have adequate rainfall this spring to get us through what is expected to be a very warm summer again.

Temperatures for the first week of April will average cool with a warming trend trying to set up for next weekend.
Gardening this week
I have part of my garden under protective greenhouse plastic so I was able to plant my peas Sunday. Even if you don't have a hoop house or cold frame, I think you will be able to do some work around the yard this week and certainly by the weekend.

I'll be updating gardening tips and weather information on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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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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