You might have noticed your car was quite warm inside if you parked in the sun this weekend. The sun drives the weather and the sun is getting stronger this time of the year, really fast. Since the beginning on the month the sun has risen about 10 degrees higher at noon. To put that in context, the sun is now a full 25 degrees higher around lunch than it was back in December. If you don’t remember your geometry, a sun directly overhead at noon would be at 90 degrees, today the sun will reach 50 degrees above the horizon. (Due to daylight saving time it’s actually 1 PM). Besides the fact this is why it is getting warmer, it’s also why any snow that falls during the day this time of year is almost impossible to stick.I’ll be updating my weather forecast with any changes to the coastal storm on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.
Some of you will see a bit of sunshine today, mostly north of Boston and that is where temperatures will reach well into the 40s. Further south clouds will keep it cooler only in the lower 40s. If you are traveling to New York or into the mid-Atlantic region there could be delays from the storm.
We have one storm this morning moving out of the Ohio valley region and eventually transferring its energy to a new storm off the coast. In the past two months storms in this position have often moved northward and clobbered us with snow and wind. However, there is a big blocking weather system to our north and this block is strong enough to force the coastal storm safely out to see. The biggest affect from the storm will be some gusty winds along the coast.
The storm is quite large and a slight wobble north could provide parts of Cape Cod or the Islands with a quick dusting to inch of snow, but I really think that this is a total miss.
Tonight marks the start of Passover for those of us in the Jewish faith. I don’t expect any travel issues if you are headed to friends or family for your Seder. Passover has a lot of symbolic foods including many greens that represent spring. This weekend you might have said it smells like spring. As the ground continues to warm microbial activity combined with the increase in plant growth releases some wonderful scents that we associate with the arrival of spring. The air truly does have totally different aura about it this time of year.
The rest of the week looks quite nice with a blend of clouds and sunshine. At times the sky will be nearly clear with bright, warm March sunshine only to see clouds fill back in again. When the sun is out it will feel quite comfortable, but when the clouds come back, there will be a chill to the air.
Easter Weekend looks dry and actually quite typical for late March with sunshine and a few clouds and highs making it into the 50s. Hopefully, a slow melt to the snow this week will give you back your lawn for an Easter egg hunt.
I’ll be updating my weather forecast for this week on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.
Gardening this week
I have part of my garden under protective greenhouse plastic so I was able to plant my peas Sunday. Even if you don’t have a hoop house or cold frame, I think you will be able to do some work around the yard this week and certainly by the weekend.