Sunshine fading for Dad’s day

Happy Father’s Day! Our weather today will be going downhill, but in a slow, not dramatic fashion. A frontal system is going to pass through the area late today and with it comes the chance for showers. Dry conditions overall will continue through the morning with the chance of showers increasing after 4 PM. It’s going to be a warm day and even with fading sunshine.


Any showers that fall with end overnight. While early today was cool, tomorrow morning won’t be as chilly. By morning temperatures will fall to around 60F under partly cloudy skies. Monday is a mostly sunny day. There is a renewed chance of showers in the afternoon and evening, but like today, many of us will stay dry.
You will notice a bit of humidity in the air Monday as dew points, a measure of moisture in the air, creep upward. This isn’t going to be a long lasting or particularly intense bout of sticky conditions, just a change from the dry air of the past couple of days.
As a new weather system tries to cross through the area Tuesday showers continue in the forecast. Tuesday has the best chance of showers this week, but even that day isn’t a washout. Model data is a bit conflicted for how fast weather moves along on Tuesday. The Euro is going with a slower moving system and keeping clouds and the chance for showers going much of the day. I tend to favor the European’s slower solution to Tuesday’s weather. Humidity will be high in the morning before falling back to drier levels in the evening and overnight. Highs on Tuesday reach the upper 70s in spite of the lack of full sunshine.
The rest of the week is looking mighty fine. As the jet stream remains positioned in such a way to keep any heat and humidity away from New England cool and dry air will rule. During the summer air that comes from the northwest provides us with some of the most comfortable conditions. Because there are no large bodies of water in Canada air in that region doesn’t contain much moisture. We call this continental polar air (cP). You can contrast cP air with maritime tropical air (mT). That is the sticky warm stuff many of us don’t like. There are two other basic types of air masses affecting the lower 48 and these are continental tropical (cT) or dry warm air and maritime polar (mP) cool moist air. Most of our weather is caused by these air masses each fighting for domination and bumping into one another.

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Astronomical summer begins later this week which means the longest day of the year is upon us. I put a chart for sunrise and sunset below. As you can see we will still gain a tiny bit of time this week, but this weekend we lose a few seconds of time, don’t worry you won’t notice it just yet.

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Gardening this week
With all the rain this month your soil might be water logged. Raised beds are a great way to grow flowers, vegetables, even trees and shrubs when you have limited space or need to create a new growing area. In the following video watch how we create a raised bed for a suburban homeowner. You could do the same thing anywhere by just changing the scale to fit your needs.

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

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