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Wet and muggy today, much cooler Tuesday

Posted by David Epstein  June 3, 2013 10:01 AM

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Yesterday’s severe weather that occurred over northern and western New England is not history. Marine air just around ground level helped to knock the stuffing out of the storms as they moved to the coast. This not only preventing any big storms, it basically caused the storms to fall apart in their entirety before reaching the coast. Often I would personally be upset we missed the rain, but it’s not going to matter. Let me explain.

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.

After today, the rest of the week is going to be quite cool. If you made it through the weekend without putting in the window air conditioning it won’t be needed for at least a week or more. The dividing line between the cool air for tomorrow and the muggy air over us now is just to the west of the area. This cold front is moving exceedingly slowly and allowing numerous showers and some thunderstorms to form along it.

All day long, especially before dark, periods of rain will occur, especially east of Route 495. At times the rain will completely stop. When it does rain, the rain might come down quite hard and there could be some brief ponding of water on the roads.

While it is going to be much cooler than yesterday, the air will feel muggy all day. After the front finally goes by, the dew points, a measure of the moisture in the air, will fall. By morning temperatures will be in the upper 40s and 50s around the area, much more comfortable for sleeping. You can see the cooler temperatures that are on the way below.
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Tuesday through Thursday looks beautiful with lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. It will be in the 70s during the day and 40s and 50s at night. The coolest spots early in the morning will be the more rural areas. I would not be at all surprised to see some spots in northern New England into the upper 30s, which is quite chilly for early June.

These are our longest days and the sun is very strong. By 10AM, the sun is already over twice as high in the sky as it is in December. The sun’s strength peaks between June 18th and June 23rd. Remember, the days unfortunately begin getting shorter in less than 3 weeks as well.

At the end of the week there is forecast to be a coastal storm. Coastal storms in June bring wind and heavy rain, not snow. Nonetheless, it is still a nor’easter and will create less than ideal conditions for being outside. The weekend may be a 50/50 split with the storm lingering into Saturday, but Sunday looks better. The details of the storm are not yet known, but I will update it throughout the week.
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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