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Showers in the forecast, but a better weekend

Posted by David Epstein  July 10, 2013 07:14 AM

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Humidity is back and will get worse today as a southwest flow of tropical air floods into the region. At the same time the air becomes laden with moisture some energy flying by at around 10,000 feet high will help to kick off the chance for showers and storms. jpeg verzion.jpg

The highest risk of storms is west of the coastal plain where a flash flood watch has been issued. The map above shows which areas (colored in green) are under the watch. if flooding occurs, it would be street and basement flooding. This doesn’t mean there won’t be rain in other places, just that the risk is highest there. The showers continue into this evening and some of you could see an isolated strong or even severe thunderstorm. As with the showers, the storms will be scattered and not everyone will see them.

Over the past two weeks, I have not gotten more than a tenth of an inch of rain. My own yard is very dry. At the same time, other areas close to me have seen adequate moisture. This is just the nature of showers in the summer, some folks win and some lose. You can decide which side of the equation you are on.

Our unsettled pattern of high humidity and showers continues into Friday morning. Friday is a transitional day as a front will be pushing or better said inching across southern New England. This front will eventually move east far enough to allow drier air to be here this weekend.

One important aspect of the forecast is how far away the front moves Saturday. IF the front doesn’t move as far east as I am thinking, we could see some clouds and showers, especially over Cape Cod Saturday morning.

Temperatures are going to be in the 80s the next couple of days, the upper 70s Friday and then back the 80s for the weekend.

Next week our good friend Bermuda High comes back for a visit bringing with him hot and humid air. I expect several days of 90 degree or higher heat. It is summer and this is expected.
Gardening this week
Are you growing tomatoes this year? If you haven't gotten a tomato plant yet there is actually still time, you might not have tomatoes until late August or early September, but you can still plant. This week, I have a video about my rescue of a tomato plant and how to grow them in containers.

I'll be updating the details of the weather 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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