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Some showers, but not a lot of rain today

Posted by David Epstein  August 13, 2013 12:00 PM

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Every summer there is a week or two that end up the perfect week for vacationing. For me, the perfect vacation week is sunny all but one day. The reasonI like to have one day of rain is it give me a chance to sit around, reading, surfing the net or doing things inside like a museum or two and I don't feel so guilty about wasting a day inside. If you are on vacation this week, I think it will end up as one of the nicer weeks of the entire summer, although it might be cool for some of you at the beach.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.

Summer is flying by with just two more weekends until Labor Day. If you are like most adults, you feel time moves exponentially faster with each passing year. If you read my blog regularly you know I am fascinated by light and time. One of the reasons I think time goes by so fast as we age is because of simple math. Days, weeks, and years are forever becoming a much smaller percentage of our lives with each moment.

When we are 5, a year seems like an eternity, and it’s actually a whopping 20% of our lives. Summer itself is about 5% of a first graders life up to that point. Fast forward to being 30, 40 or 50 years old and the percentages drop rapidly. At 50 when a year is now just 2% of your life and the three months of summer a fraction of that. It’s no wonder the days fly by so fast, they are such a small part of what we have already experienced.

Our day today will be cloudy and periods of showers will continue. Some of the rain could be quite heavy at times as maybe an inch of water falls across the south coast and towards Long Island. Other areas of heavier showers are also north of Massachusetts. However, on balance the rainfall will be light with some areas seeing wet ground, others up to half an inch.

Humidity will be higher than the past several days, but the oppressive levels of moisture in the air will be confined to the south coast and mid-Atlantic.
Wednesday is a transitional day from the rain of today to sparkling sunshine Thursday. Tomorrow will be a blustery day of sorts with clouds and sunshine mixed. Temperatures will be in the 70s and humidity levels quite low. I would not call tomorrow a beach day, rather just a great day to be outside and enjoy the weather. The biggest weather variable tomorrow you will notice will be those gusty winds.

Sunshine, dry air and warm temperatures continue for the rest of the week and well past the weekend. Highs will reach the lower 80s inland, but you can shave a few degrees off those numbers if you are at the beach. At night Boston‘s temperatures will fall to the lower 60s while inland readings dip well into the 50s. You shouldn’t need the air conditioning at all to sleep for the foreseeable future.

Looking into the weather crystal ball we continue to see fine August weather for the next 10-14 days. The tropics also look quiet which is a good thing since the Atlantic continues to run warm and New England’s prime target time for hurricane and tropical activity in New England is late August through mid-September.

Gardening this week
Tomato and corn season is upon us here in New England and the produce is wonderful. My own tomatoes are now coming to maturity and the video below is an update to one tomato plant I rescued last fall from a sidewalk at Framingham State. The plant was growing in the crack of the concrete and I kept it alive all winter.

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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