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Wet morning, but drier afternoon and better weekend

Posted by David Epstein  June 14, 2013 07:00 AM

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Happy Flag Day, mid-June is certainly usually much better than this. Our latest nor'easter is now pushing east and the rain will taper off later this morning. This storm has given the area exactly what any nor'easter would: heavy precipitation, wind and cold temperatures. I am expecting some additional periods of rain during the morning commute. Friday commutes tend to be a bit lighter, but with the rain this one might be slow.

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

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The storm is located just east of Cape Cod this morning. If this had been winter, which is what it feels like in my house today, we would have seen 1 to as much as 3 feet of snow in places from this type of set-up. Our pattern from February and early March really hasn't stopped, it just took a break in April.
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The radar loop below shows what appears to be heavy rain pivoting eastward through Massachusetts around Route 2. This area is indeed rain, but it appears to be heavier than it is because the radar beam is actually hitting snow in the clouds! There is an explanation of this above. This area must move through before we can begin the process of drying out.torrential rain boston.gif Most areas are going to end up with about 2 inches of rain and this will bring us close to 8 to 9 inches of rain for the month so far, close to 3 months worth of water in two weeks.

There are a flood warnings up for parts of the area this morning and the map below shows who is under a flood watch and who has a flood warning. Most of the flooding that is occurring are the smaller streams and rivers, basements, and some roads.
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The pattern looks to remain active and more showers are possible from later Sunday and into next week. Temperatures also look to be seasonable, but no big heat is in sight.
The weekend is still looking good, however we might have issues later Sunday. Saturday high pressure will build into the area and give us a very nice day. Highs will be well into the 70s and the ground will begin to dry.

Sunday, all the computer models have a system moving towards New England. The GFS is faster with this system and therefore has showers moving into the area in the afternoon, the ECMWF (Euro) is slower and holds off the showers until nightfall. This area of showers isn't by any means a big rain maker. Rainfall will be scattered and not heavy. Since it's Fathers Day many of you will have outdoor plans including cooking out, heading to the beach or playing a round of golf. There will be sunshine for much of the morning with clouds mixing with the sun in the afternoon. Highs will be in the 70s and that chance of showers will begin first in western New England and then move east. I will refine the timing later today and tomorrow. Hopefully, we can keep any rain away until mid-evening if at all.

If we see showers Sunday night they will push eastward Monday and leave us with a nice warm day. Highs will reach the lower 80s and it will feel downright hot to some of us. Tuesday is a showery day, but Wednesday and Thursday do look dry. Temperatures will be in the 70s much of next week. I am not going to try to predict next weekend, I am nervous enough about telling you this one is going to be mostly rain free.

Finally, all this rain is causing issues in gardens. There are products out there that work to prevent fungus which is the biggest issue. Red thread in lawns is very common and although unsightly, it will grow out. You know you have red thread if you have patches of lawn that look like its dying and there is fuzzy pink or red stuff on the grass. A shot of fertilizer often can help the lawn grow out of this problem. More gardening information is below.

Gardening this week
With all the rain this month your soil might be water logged. Raised beds are a great way to grow flowers, vegetables, even trees and shrubs when you have limited space or need to create a new growing area. In the following video watch how we create a raised bed for a suburban homeowner. You could do the same thing anywhere by just changing the scale to fit your needs.

I'll be updating the details of the rain 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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