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Risk of showers throughout the weekend

Posted by David Epstein  August 31, 2013 10:12 AM

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After a long dry stretch of weather, clouds and a few periods of showers will dominate through the holiday weekend. While it won’t rain anything close to the entire weekend, the risk of showers will be ever present, especially in the afternoon.
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.

Humidity is running high and this will make for a stretch of uncomfortable nights for sleeping if you don’t like the muggy conditions. The reason for the pattern is a flow of air from the south that is transporting the warm and tropical conditions into southern New England.

Tides will be lowest during the middle part of the afternoon this weekend which means your walk to the water after lunch will take a bit longer. Water temperatures have cooled since they peaked back in July. I checked the water temperature in Boston harbor and it was running at 62F. While this might be a shock to someone from South Carolina, but for a New Englander, it’s still swimmable.

If you are sailing this weekend you can expect a south/southwesterly wind that will not be very busy running up to about 15kts during the afternoon before falling back closer to calm at night and during the early morning.

Rainfall will be sporadic today and Sunday, yet any showers that do occur could potentially have heavier downpours. Plan on it being dry, but don’t be surprised if you see a quick hitting shower. Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 80s and with the added moisture in the air, it will certainly still feel like summer.
If you are up in the mountains or over northern or central New England there is also a risk of showers, although I expect more sunshine there. There is also the chance of a few thunderstorms with some heavier downpours so if you are hiking or camping in the western mountains this weekend, bring the rain gear and the extra tarp.

Labor Day appears to bring the greatest chance of showers of the next three days. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s with that risk of seeing a shower being greater than not getting wet.

The reason for the showers in the forecast is due to several fronts that will cross or be near us through the first part of the upcoming week. The exact placement of the fronts and the timing of their passage if it occurs will determine exactly who gets what in terms of rainfall.
So while this won’t be as nice as last weekend, we certainly could do worse for a holiday weekend. Sunset is going to be about 7:15 this weekend so if you are having a barbeque you might want to start it a bit earlier so you don’t have to worry about the dark.

Gardening this week
Tomatoes have been slow to mature this month. I believe the heat of July stunted the formation of fruit and this is one reason we are seeing fewer tomatoes than expected. In this video below, shot on my own camera, I show you what was going on with my own garden a few weeks ago. Not much has changed although I have been able to make a few jars of sauce.

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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