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September feel to an August day

Posted by David Epstein  August 5, 2013 09:33 AM

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On usual morning walk today I was almost giddy about the coolness in the air. It’s not often that an early August morning brings temperatures in the 50s and such low humidity with a nearly cloudless sky. All day will be sunny and comfortable with highs never breaking the 80F degree mark. Some of the higher elevations will remain in the 60s today and there will be a chill to the air in the shade. 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.

This time of the year a break from the heat is welcome. In another 8 weeks we will be wishing for a few days of Indian summer to get in another trip to the beach.
One of the things I do when looking at weather maps each day is go straight to the longer range maps to see if the pattern is going to shift at all. Now, with the core of summer heat behind us, I keep checking the models to see if there are any signs it might return.

What I am noticing this morning is a persistent flow of air from the north, rather than the south, over the northeast corner of the United States through mid-month. Patterns always have breaks in them and although our weather feels more like September than August today, a return to some heat and humidity is on tap for later this week.

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For the next two days the weather is picture perfect, and though a bit cooler than you would expect, still nice to be outside. I am planning on doing some planting in the garden. This time of year you can plant lettuce, choys, chard, radish, carrot, turnip and beets for a harvest later in September.

On Wednesday we will begin the transition to more humid air which lasts until the weekend. As the boundary between the humid air and the dry lifts northward later Wednesday night clouds and showers will develop. I expect the daylight hours of Wednesday to be dry, with the bulk of the showers occurring later Thursday and Thursday night.

Friday will still be warm and humid with a pop-up storm. Temperatures will be in the 80s and this will be the warmest day of the next week or so. Another front will usher in cooler and drier air for the weekend. Temperatures return to seasonably cool levels for both Saturday and Sunday with great sleeping weather again.
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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