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Most of the weekend will be great for being outside

Posted by David Epstein  November 16, 2013 06:30 AM

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It's going to seem like someone pushed the repeat button in the weather office as we go through the weekend and into early next week. Last weekend, you might remember, was sunniest on Saturday with mild air peaking on Monday. Then a cold front came through and temperatures fell dramatically. Wednesday we experienced a day that felt more like December than November.

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

A similar forecast is in the offing with mild air today, peaking Monday followed by colder weather for the mid-week.

Before I get to the daily weather, let's talk about the drought for a bit. We are still in a moderate drought across the eastern 2/3rds of Massachusetts. (see below) Over the past month, the drought area has expanded westward and become more entrenched. Since the first day of September, we have had only 3.21 inches of rain. On a typical year, the number would be between 8 and 10 inches. Last year we had about 7 and a half inches during the period.
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The roots of man plants continue to grow until the ground becomes cold and frozen. In the spring, well before the leaves have come out, roots are doing their thing actively growing and moving nutrients and water into the plant.

When we have several months of dry weather in the fall, plants that are newly put into the ground need moisture for root growth. If the soil has none, the roots will be stunted and the plants chances of surviving the winter decrease dramatically. This is especially true for evergreens and even more so for those evergreens with wide leaves like rhododendron and holly.

Although there are showers in the forecast, I highly recommend giving your landscape plants a good dose of water this weekend, pay particular attention to anything you have moved or was newly planted this year.

There are showers in the forecast, but not until later tomorrow. Today is a super day with sunshine pushing away any morning clouds. Temperatures will reach the upper 50s, a few degrees off yesterday's wonderful 62F. Tonight is quite mild with most areas again staying above freezing.

Sunday brings more in the way of clouds and the chance of an afternoon or evening shower, but mild air in place means highs reach near 60F in the afternoon.

Showers continue Sunday night and Monday morning with a gusty southerly flow of air. There could be the rumble of thunder as a cold front pushes east. This front will bring and end to the showers as it goes by, but also end the mild air.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be cold and more typical of mid-December weather. Highs will struggle to the 40F mark Wednesday after being in the lower and middle 40s the day before.

It does turn milder briefly at the end of the week and for the start of next weekend. Another round of showers happens sometime next weekend or early next week and then another blast of cold air for Thanksgiving. That forecast is very preliminary and the whole thing could change, but that's how I see it at this point. I don't see any snow.
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I know some of you are already thinking about Christmas trees. Did you ever consider there are great trees you can add to the landscape that make great Christmas trees? Even if you don't decorate the tree, it will still be a wonderful addition in the landscape.


I'll be updating the forecast for the week 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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