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Two days to dry out

Posted by David Epstein  July 30, 2013 10:41 AM

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I made the mistake last night of turning off the air conditioning at around 9PM thinking it would be cool enough for sleeping. Unfortunately, it took several hours for the cooler and drier air to work into the area so it was tough falling asleep for a while.
The air became very humid yesterday ahead of a cold front which is now to our south and east. That humid air helped build some very intense thunderstorms with gusty winds and torrential rain. Some areas had an inch of rain in a short period of time creating more big puddles on the roads.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.

I ended up getting caught in Wellesley during the storm and had to pull into a parking lot because it was so difficult to see the road through the rain. We now have two days to dry out before our next weather event.

The next couple of days look wonderful. There will be abundant, almost 100% sunshine and pleasantly warm temperatures. Humidity will be low and this will help the ground dry. The sun is a bit lower in the sky each afternoon and already we are seeing early May-like sun. Over the next several weeks you will continue to notice the sun getting lower and lower each afternoon. Look at the shadows around lunchtime during August, there is a huge change in how long they will appear. I will focus more on the changing light for next month in an upcoming blog.

After the big heat wave in the middle of the month I wrote about the fact I didn't think we would hit 90F for at least a couple of weeks, if not longer. The pattern that has unfolded since that heat is one that keeps the jet stream very active and close to our area. As I have written before, in many ways this pattern is closer in similarity to what we saw in February and early March as opposed to late June and July.

The extreme heat of mid-July will end up putting this month as one of the warmest Julys on record. The average temperature for the month is made up of taking the high and the low adding them up and dividing by 2. While the average temperature for the month will likely not be a record, the average will be in the top 10 and perhaps top 5 depending on exactly how low temperatures go the next few nights. Years like 1872, 1911, 1952, 1955 and 1983 will likely end up being warmer. We won't know until the final numbers are run later this week.

Speaking of later this week, it does appear more showers and thunderstorms will be around for Thursday night and early Friday as a potent early August weather system gets pushed through the area on a very strong jet stream. There could be torrential rain and even some flooding issues on the roads once again.

The tropics is quiet right now, but we need to be very vigilant and watch how the hurricane season unfolds. Later in August through early October New England is often under the gun for tropical activity. A saturated ground is a recipe for disaster if any tropical activity threatens our area.
Gardening this week
All this wet weather has made growing tomatoes somewhat challenging. There are many diseases that show up when the weather is cloudy and moist. If you are trying to grow tomatoes without chemicals it can be somewhat challenging. The video below shows you several different products to use when growing tomatoes or other crops, without chemicals.


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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