I found a lot crazy things because of the weather the past two days. First, the temperature in the house was under my turn the heat on threshold of 60F, standing at a chilly 58F this morning. As I sit here in the “sunroom” writing this blog I am bundled up with wool socks, a sweatshirt and a hat. Normally, I reserve hot chocolate for those cold snowy mornings but found myself craving it this morning. A few nights ago I was throwing the covers off the bed because I was so warm at night, last night I found myself reaching for the blanket on the floor. Although I refuse to put the heat on in the house, I gladly turned the blower and heat on high in the car on the way to walk the dogs this morning.
The picture above is from northern New Hampshire. Some of the mountain areas had over half a foot of snow and there was snow mixed with the rain into northern sections of Massachusetts last night.
The rain of the past few days has made a significant dent in our precipitation deficit and we are now only about 20% below the normal rainfall for May as opposed to the 50% of just a week ago. We will still end up with a dry month and as much as you don’t want to hear it, I would still like to see more rain.
As low pressure moves to the north the chance of showers will start to move towards zero. Sunshine will become more prevalent by days end and temperatures will be close to 10 degrees warmer than yesterday. That still means it’s a chilly day, but not as bad as Saturday. Winds are quite gusty which is adding to the chill.
Memorial Day does look very nice. There should be plenty of sunshine and temperatures will be much warmer as they reach back into the upper 60s to near 70F. For hard core beach goers you could head to the shore and spend some time in the sun. It will be a bit breezy and with dry air in place it might feel a bit cool, but after today, you might think it’s a heat wave.
Heat and humidity
Tuesday looks like another nice day with more sunshine and pleasant temperatures. For me, this is the pick of the week as it will be comfortably warm and not hot. Wednesday is a transitional day between the temperatures in the 70s and temperatures getting near 90F. As a warm front approaches the area showers and even some thunderstorms will break out during the afternoon. As the front pushes to the north Thursday heat and moderate levels of humidity will be with us and that weather will close out the month of May and usher in June. The heat won’t be long lived as next week looks more seasonable in the temperature department.
Check out the chart below which shows how temperatures and rainfall are forecast (using the GFS model) for the next week. It’s interesting how high temperatures are forecast after a cold weekend. While these numbers won’t be exactly right, it does give you an idea of the upcoming trends.
Gardening this week
After moving plants around my yard the past several years because they keep getting bigger and bigger I decided to do a video about just how big some of those plants you see in the nursery will become. While they may only be a foot or two tall today, just wait a few years. Check out how big some of the more typical garden center trees and shrubs can grow. I would be interested in any stories you have from your own garden. Tweet me @growingwisdom
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