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Frost advisory for tomorrow for parts of New England

Posted by David Epstein  September 16, 2013 08:13 AM

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A few showers cross the area this morning with clouds hanging tough much of the day. Colder air is on the way with a frost advisory for areas in blue tonight and early Tuesday morning.
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I'll be updating the details of an severe weather today on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

The tropics, while a bit more active, are still pretty quite. We are several days past the peak of the season and in about another 2 weeks, if we have still not see a major hurricane, the chances decrease rapidly it will occur this year.
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As Ingrid weakens from a hurricane to a tropical storm and eventually just a depression it will bring flooding rains to parts of central Mexico. For that part of the world, the storm will cause mudslides and other issues, but there will be no impact to the US mainland.

In the night sky
There is some cool stuff going in the sky this week after dark. The sun is now going down before 7 PM and the full moon will light up the country side Wednesday and Thursday evenings. While the moonlight will be intense, you can still catch two planets in the west-southwestern sky at dusk. The images below show where Saturn and Venus will be located this week. The top image is early this week, the bottom image is towards the weekend. The images are from Sky and Telescopes web site. Click here for more. The best nights for viewing will Tuesday and beyond.
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Daily weather
As a cold front pushes by the area today, a few showers, mostly this morning can occur. During the afternoon skies will brighten west to east. The best chance for seeing sunshine will be far western areas later in the afternoon.

Skies will clear overnight and this begins a great stretch of weather will a few very cold mornings and then some milder afternoons. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are going to be the coolest mornings of the year so far. Northern areas of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont could see a killing freeze, most likely Wednesday morning, but possible Tuesday as well. As I wrote earlier, even parts of southern New England will see some frost the next two mornings.

I suspect a few of you will put the heat on for the first time this week. As the lower sun angle combines with the chilly air, the interior of our homes to cool quite rapidly. I usually wait until sometime in October to put the heat on, but if the temperature inside my house goes much under 58F, it's going on. I don't care what the calendar says.

Tuesday is going to be the coolest day of the early fall/late summer season with highs in the 60s and even staying in the 50s in the mountains. This cool air is right out of northern Canada and while refreshing, is also a bit early.

The good news is it will turn mild for the second part of the week with highs getting back into the 70s and the nights not so chilly. There is no chance for frost after Wednesday morning. Skies will be crystal clear for the end of the week and into the start of the weekend. Sometime Saturday or Sunday another weather system will bring a chance of showers, but until then it's looking just amazing.

Gardening this week

This is a great time of year to garden. You can plant a lawn, move and divide perennials and plants trees and shrubs will less chance of failure than in the spring. I was recently at a local nursery and saw some great conifers for the garden. Check out the unique plants you can add to your own landscape in this week's video.


I'll be updating the details of an severe weather today 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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