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Heaviest rain over, but some downpours remain

Posted by David Epstein  August 9, 2013 05:08 PM

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Heavy downpours created big puddles on the roads much of the afternoon. Now the main area of rain is to our east, but we still have additional elements of rain and some that will be heavy. The radar image below shows the break in the rain, but also additional pockets of it as well.flooding fri pm.gif 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.

When I predicted a horrible afternoon and evening commute I had no idea it would quite this bad. The truck that closed parts of the main highway out of Boston earlier greatly aggregated what was going to be a bad Friday commute anyway. The rain, the weekend and the truck have again shown how vulnerable we are when it comes to traveling around Boston. From accidents to the weather, it doesn't take much to bring the Hub to a standstill.

As mentioned, flood watches and even some warnings continue widespread areas of the northeast, not just here in Massachusetts. In this situation these types of advisories are issued for mainly for street flooding, not a problem with large rivers.

Humidity levels are going to be very high the rest of the evening and throughout most of the overnight. I have the air conditioner on in the house not so much for cooling, but for drying. While today is basically a summer washout, the weekend is looking stellar.
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As the front pushes east of the region early Saturday drier and eventually cooler air will replace the tropical air of today.

I am bullish on the weekend forecast, but there are a few minor issues to keep in mind. When you get up tomorrow is may still feel somewhat humid. The good news is the amount of moisture in the air will be falling throughout the day so by afternoon you probably won’t even notice the humidity anymore.

Temperatures will reach the 80s in most spots and with a westerly wind, the coast will end up the warmest. While tomorrow won’t be windy per se, there will be a land breeze that will be pushing the warmer water out to sea. This means that although air temperatures will be warm enough to go swimming you will notice the ocean has cooled off a bit.

While tonight will be a bit tough for sleeping due to all the humidity, tomorrow night looks amazing with lows in the 50s accompanies by very dry air.
Sunday is my pick for the weekend only because it will be slightly cooler and dry all day. Highs on Sunday should hit the middle 70s to lower 80s. I will rank Sunday a 10 out of 10 with nearly a cloudless sky. If you haven’t gone to the beach or taken advantage of the weather yet this summer don’t miss out on Sunday.

The peak of the Perseid meteor showers occurs early next week in the predawn hours of August 12th and 13th. There could be an issue with clouds and a few showers during the peak, but don’t worry, the meteors are already putting on a good show that is only getting better each night. Skies look to be clear Saturday night into Sunday morning and this will provide a super opportunity to see the meteors. Park a lawn chair or your blanket and face east. If you are patient I can all but guarantee you will see several meteors within an hour. Further details in an upcoming blog later this weekend about the meteor shower.
Gardening this week
If you have a sunny spot and a good size container, how about planting carrots? Carrots can be successfully grown in containers and you will be surprised how many you will get. One of the most important things is to not over water the soil. Check out the video below showing how I recently planted a container of carrots.

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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