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More torrential rain in many areas

Posted by David Epstein  September 2, 2013 05:05 PM

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Let me start this afternoon’s blog with the fact that the second half of the week will feel like you might expect in September with cool mornings and low humidity. Our road to that great weather is filled with big puddles, humidity and thunderstorms.
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.

There have been scattered storms and heavier showers during the day today as low pressure to our west moves into Canada. The winds that are carrying these storms are blowing stronger today so we won’t see the same sort of lingering rains that some areas saw Sunday. Nonetheless, if you do experience a shower or thunderstorm rainfall rates can reach levels similar to yesterday. This means some of you could see more street and basement flooding.

It’s going to remain very humid this afternoon with the tropical air mass firmly entrenched across the area. You could see a few glimpses of sunshine which will only service to help produce a few more showers and storms. I always recommend checking basement sump pumps in these patterns. After the dry spell of August they should be looked at to be sure they are running smoothly as we go through a period of heavy rains.

The radar image below from the early part of the afternoon shows elements of heavier showers rotating northeastward through the area. These storms will tend to die down later this afternoon as a lull in the action moves in.

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Overnight it will be muggy and uncomfortable again. I am always reluctant to use the air conditioning in September, but I don’t think I would get much sleep without it tonight.

Tomorrow a cold front approaches from the west. This front marks a huge change in the weather from tropical summer to crisp fall conditions. With such a strong contrast you can be sure more showers and thunderstorms will build and move over us. This means more heavy rain, more potentially flooding and one last sticky day.
Temperatures Tuesday will range from the mid 70s to near 80, but that humidity will continue to drive the discomfort level higher and higher.

Tuesday night, as the front pushes eastward drier and more comfortable conditions will move into the area. As the showers end, humidity levels will drop and by morning temperatures will fall to the 50s by morning.

Wednesday begins a nice stretch of weather where there will be sunshine during the day with mild temperatures and clear cool conditions at night. Highs will range between 70 and 78 for the balance of the week with the warmest day Friday.

Temperatures should moderate further into the weekend with some humidity making a comeback to the region, however it doesn’t look to be as prolonged or intense as our latest round.
Gardening this week
Not that long ago I was fortunate to take a trip to Ecuador. The country is very beautiful and known for a wonderful growing climate. In this video I show you some of my visit to a farm that grows roses for markets all over the world.

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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