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Sunshine increases throughout the weekend

Posted by David Epstein  October 12, 2013 09:12 AM

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Variable skies are apparent across much of southern New England this morning as a cool easterly flow brings some clouds to the region today. If you are a fortunate to have a three day weekend, today will be the one day when clouds dominate. There is even the chance you could see some light spotty drizzle between the breaks of sunshine.
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Overall the rest of the weekend looks quite nice with a lot of sunshine. A weak cold front passed through the area overnight and brought a light wind off the water and allowed some clouds to move through.

Computer models continue to get better and we now have a product that simulates the cloud cover for various regions and times. The image below shows what the satellite will look like during this afternoon. The exact extent of the clouds won’t be 100% correct, however, the idea of a blob of clouds over southern Maine and eastern Massachusetts should hold.
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The reason for the cloud cover is a weak flow of moist air off the ocean. Unlike yesterday when temperatures got well into the 60s, highs on today will remain in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Even if we break out of the clouds for a period of time and enjoy some sunshine, temperatures will still be on the cool side.

If you are looking for rain you are going to have to wait a bit longer. The jet stream continues to be in a blocking pattern preventing any significant moisture from reaching New England. This block has lasted much of the fall and will continue into next week.

There are signs of a chance of rain sometime late next week or next weekend, but that’s still so far away a lot can change.

After today’s clouds, Sunday and Monday look fantastic with an abundance of sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Highs will reach the 60s and these levels are slightly above what you might expect closing out the first half of October.

Thus far, this has been a mild month averaging several degrees above the long term averages. Additionally, we haven’t had much rain. Since the start of the month there has only been one significant rain event. Prior to that we had gone over 2 weeks without rain, clearly this is a dry spell.

Many areas have yet to see their first frost. Normally, this is the week inland areas get their first frost of the season. Boston can go well into November before a frost hits. Next week a pool of cold air will move southward out of Canada. It may take until the 20th or a few days after to see the core of the cold air reach New England, but I think our frost free days are definitely numbered.
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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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