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Perfect day of weather won't last

Posted by David Epstein  June 5, 2013 01:39 PM

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Are you a morning or night person? Any regular reader of my blog knows what the answer is for yours truly. I have been a morning person most of my life. Except for that weird period post puberty when I use to stay up until 2 or 3 AM, I have always enjoyed the morning. This time of the year is my absolute favorite because of the morning light. It occurred to me on my walk at 5AM, if someone was a night person, and went to be at midnight or later they would only have 4 hours of total darkness before the light started coming in again. When I go to bed around 9, it’s still slightly light on the western horizon.

I'll be updating the forecast for this weekend and the rain situation Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

Sunrise is now at 5:08 in Boston and will only get to be another minute earlier in few days where it will rest until the third week of the month. People that are morning people tend to be all cheery even without a cup of coffee and this is our favorite time of year. What’s fascinating to me is how the added light has moved up my schedule. I know this is the case with others because of that early dog walk. I tend to see the same people every morning. I know the names of the dogs better than their owners. In December when the sun is rising after 7, we are walking at 6:50 or so. Now, I see many of those same people at 5:30

When it rains or is even cloudy in June it bums me out. I feel like there are so few of these super early sunrises that when we lose even one to rainy weather, it’s gone until next year. Looking at the forecast for the next week, I see a lot of cloudy and even damp mornings, not ideal to savoir the morning light.

Today is going to be the nicest day until at least Sunday. We will have plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Highs will reach the lower 70s and with the low humidity and light winds I would classify this at a top 10 day.

Things begin to go downhill tomorrow as clouds increase. It will be a dry day, but with the added cloud cover and a wind off the water it will be quite cool, especially at the coast. Temperatures in Boston will likely stay in the 60s all day.

Rain, which could be quite heavy, moves into the area for late Thursday night, Friday and into Friday night. Friday is likely a washout and has the potential to drop enough rain for some small stream and street flooding.

Next, we get to the weekend. Saturday will be the wettest of the two days. I am not convinced that Saturday is a total washout. What will determine if Saturday is wet or just cloudy is just how fast the storm is able to exit the area. I am leaning towards a few showers in the morning with clouds breaking up a bit in the afternoon. It won’t be very warm and bright, but it may not end up a total loss.

Sunday should be the better of the two days with partial sunshine and temperatures into the 70s. Unfortunately more inclement weather is in store for early next week with additional periods of clouds and showers. It looks like those early sunrises might not be so bright.
Gardening this week
You might not know it, but a disease that is affecting impatiens is going to be a problem again later this summer. This bacteria, which came over from Europe two years ago is now in over 30 states. I recommend not planting impatiens as the spores are airborne and likely will kill your plants later in July and early August just as they are looking great. I did a video on some alternatives to them here. Check it out.

I'll be updating the forecast throughout the week 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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