Clearing with some sunshine today

Our storm is now pulling away to the north and east of the area and the rain is all but done. One of the reasons I didn’t want you to cancel outdoor plans from mid-morning onward is that we have a reasonably nice day for Saturday and even a better one for tomorrow. There are still flood watches and warnings up for some small streams and rivers, but I expect those to come down during the morning and early afternoon. The term “flood” is used even if the water goes 1/2 inch above flood stage and doesn’t mean there will be any real problems.I’ll be updating the forecast throughout the weekend on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

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Some impressive rainfall amounts have fallen from the storm with slightly over 5 inches of rain around West Bridgewater. Boston has had well over 3 inches. As expected, the rainfall totals are quite different from spot to spot much as a winter snowfall map would show. What you see below was the map as of 6AM. It shows several areas that had close to 4 inches of rain, but most spots ended up around 2-3 inches.

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As the storm passed near Block Island we clearly saw the two sides any low pressure area has in the northern hemisphere.
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To the right of the center is the warm and windy side, while to the left it’s cooler and wetter. Check out the reports from 6AM this morning. Notice the winds are from the south in places like Falmouth, MA while they are northerly in Boston. Storms in this hemisphere have winds that blow around them in a counterclockwise manner. If we were in the southern hemisphere Boston would have the southerly wind and it would also be blowing cold air up from the south!
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That image shows how the winds circulate around these storms. This is why the track of low pressure is so critical in the winter and why Cape Cod often has rain while Boston has snow.

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As the morning progresses skies will brighten and I expect some breaks of sunshine this afternoon. As some atmospheric energy crosses the region later today a thunderstorm or shower could pop. If you see these additional showers they could be briefly heavy. Temperatures this afternoon will be in the 70s. The make-up game for the Red Sox should be played as any showers are likely to hold off until after 4 PM and won’t last long if they materialize. The evening turns dry again for the game at 7 PM.
A comfortable night with dry conditions and temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s will blend into a very nice Sunday with abundant sunshine and warm air. Highs tomorrow will reach the upper 70s and lower 80s and with the early sunrise of 5:07 it’s a great chance to hit the local beaches for the day.
A few more showers are likely early next week but I am not expecting a washout. The best chance for more rain appears to be Monday night and Tuesday. More details as we get closer. Next weekend is Father’s Day and an early look has partial sunshine and temps in the 70s for the afternoon.
Gardening this week
You might not know it, but a disease that is affecting impatiens is going to be a problem again later this summer. This bacteria, which came over from Europe two years ago is now in over 30 states. I recommend not planting impatiens as the spores are airborne and likely will kill your plants later in July and early August just as they are looking great. I did a video on some alternatives to them here. Check it out.

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