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Halloween weather, parade forecast and a sunrise solar eclipse

Posted by David Epstein  October 31, 2013 12:00 PM

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Here comes the wind. We haven't had a real weather event around here in months. We did have some big thunderstorms over the summer or some heavy rain in late August, but in general it has been smooth sailing for a while. Tomorrow is going to be a wild and windy day, but before we get there, let's get the kids out and back safe and dry today.

I'll be updating the forecast for tonight on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

A flow of milder air will keep clouds in place during the day today. You might see a glimpse of sunshine, but in general it's a cloudy day. Temperatures will stay cool the first part of the day, but then get quite mild for the afternoon. It will continue to get milder overnight as that flow of air increases.

Showers will show up on radar after 4 PM, but the bulk of any significant rain is going to stay over western New England. If you are taking the kids out in Vermont, western Massachusetts, the western half of New Hampshire or the hills and mountains of Maine, there is a high risk of shower activity. The driest part of New England will be eastern southern New England where the showers should hold off all evening. The map below shows what the radar should look like around 6 to 8 PM. Take a golf umbrella with you tonight just in case the timing is off by an hour or two.
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Late at night we all get some rainfall and the winds will continue to increase.wind watch.png If you are a light sleeper, you could have trouble sleeping towards morning as the winds increase. There is a high wind watch in effect for parts of southern New England for wind gusts that could exceed 50 miles per hour.

If the winds do materialize tomorrow, scattered power issues are possible as tree limbs and entire trees can fall.

Friday morning will be the wettest and windiest part of the day as showers and perhaps even the rumble of thunder cross the area. Temperatures will be warm nearing 70F and there will be humidity in the air. Friday won't be the day to do any leaf raking, but it will be a day when many of the leaves fall to the ground. The bulk of the rain is over by noon, with clouds and windy conditions thereafter.

Parade Forecast

The parade kicks of at 10AM Saturday and the weather will cooperate. That is going to be a great day with sunshine mixing with clouds and mild air still in place. There is the risk for a quick shower in the afternoon as a front crosses. That front will be ushering in colder air for Sunday. However, I don't expect any shower activity to be major and the winds will be light. How warm will it be Saturday? Temperatures around noon should reach the lower 60s, certainly a great temperature for a parade in November.

Eclipse
Sunday morning brings an earlier sunrise as we will have set the clocks back an hour. The sun comes up Saturday at 7:19 in Boston, the latest sunrise of the year, but is followed by a 6:20 sunrise the following day, much better for those of us who are early risers.

There is a very cool event that takes place Sunday morning and I will be up for it. A partial eclipse will be visible at sunrise — about 6:30 a.m. local time — and last for about 45 minutes. Here in Boston southward to New York we will see the sun more than 50 percent covered by the moon. The best place to see it will be where you have a clear shot of the eastern horizon.

Gardening this week

For me fall is a time of year I tend to cook more. My cooking also changes somewhat as the garden is not producing as much and there are different things available in the stores. With the heat of summer gone, I can make more stews and sauces that need to cook longer without the far of heating up the kitchen. This week, my video shows how to make an easy tomato sauce that is sure to impress.

This blog is not written or edited by Boston.com or the Boston Globe.
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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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