According to the Maine Turnpike Authority, in 2013, on the Friday before Columbus day, 31,674 vehicles northbound through the York toll from noon to midnight. That was less than the 34,502 during the same time Labor Day Weekend that year, but still a lot of cars.
While it’s only Tuesday, the holiday weekend is rapidly approaching and planning is critical. If you are headed to northern New England or the Berkshires this weekend the weather will cooperate. With light winds and brilliant blue skies, you pictures should look great. The morning and evening light is best for taking pictures although some people like the brighter midday sun.
The sunrises are occurring about 10 to 15 minutes before 7AM this time of year while the sunsets are around 6:15. The former are getting later and the latter are of course getting earlier. Because of when we move the clocks around and where we sit in the time zone, the earliest sunrise on the clock is the Saturday morning just before we go back to standard time. This year, that is Halloween morning. On Sunday November 1st, the sun will rise about 6:17, about an hour earlier than the day before. If you are a morning person, it gives us a few weeks of morning light before those late sunrises return by Thanksgiving and continue through January.
This coming weekend, I expect near peak conditions across much of central New Hampshire, Vermont and Western Maine, with some nice colors in the Berkshires. The maples tend to turn early so don’t wait until you see the foliage is “peaking” to see some of the deeper reds and oranges in the landscape.
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Around Boston, it’s usually about the third week of October when the color will be peaking , just in time for the Head of the Charles Regatta. Peak foliage also brings about a certain percentage of leaf drop. It’s amazing to me to think about all this biomass that’s about to come crashing down to earth in the next 4 weeks.
High pressure to our north and west will slowly move east over the next few days. As it does so a return flow of warm air will bring back temperature readings near 70. Today and tomorrow are certainly going to be the warmest and nicest days of the week.
Thursday is still sunny, but cooler by nearly 10 degrees. As the mornings cool off, more and more of us are going to start putting on the heat. I had the heat on in early June when it was so cold, so for many of us it’s only 3 months completely free of heating.
A cold front will bring showers on Friday, but the speed of the front should take the clouds and showers out to sea for the weekend leaving us with a sunny weekend perfect for all fall outdoor activities. It won’t be very warm, but it will be bright.
Temperatures this weekend will be running below average by about 7 to 10 degrees in the afternoon. Jackets and sweaters will be needed, especially early in the morning and towards sunset. Remember, to support your local farm this weekend. Try to arrive just as they open to avoid the midday crowds.