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Sunshine fades as clouds and wind increase

Posted by David Epstein  April 16, 2013 09:42 AM

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The juxtaposition of a beautiful day and what happened in Boston yesterday is always so strange to me. Last evening I was sitting outside watching the birds have a last feeding before they went to sleep. I kept thinking how fortunate I am to live in such a great part of the world during a fantastic time of year and yet keenly aware many families were living in utter dismay as their own lives had been turned upside down in an instant. I often say that I can tell you how everyone’s story ultimately ends, but the manner and timing of that ending are what we don’t know.

The reality of the human condition is that we all go on in spite of and in the presence of tragedy. I want to retreat to my garden and just shut down the world, yet I have things that need to get done, forecasting, grading, and clients with expectations. So onward I go with my day despite yesterday having chipped away something from me that’s hard to express.

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

Today is going to be a mild and breezy day. I think you will notice the wind this afternoon as it increases from the south. A southerly wind this time of year comes off Long Island Sound and Buzzards Bay where the waters are still quite chilly. As the wind rides over the water it cools. That cool air then flows north into southern New England. This is why the south coast will be the coolest part of the area this afternoon while inland areas to the north of the Massachusetts turnpike are warmest. You can expect inland areas to eclipse the 60F mark and head for about 68F around 3PM.

I will be tracking a cold front marching quickly eastward during the day today. The timing of the front is such that it should be offshore tomorrow. This front will provide enough lift to the air (make it go up) to create clouds and a few showers overnight. The best chance for any showers and even the rumble of thunder will be early this evening until a few hours after midnight. The image below shows one model’s radar prediction around 1 AM Wednesday. You can see from the image some areas to the north and west of Boston will have already had a few showers while areas towards Cape Cod have yet to receive any rain. The reds and yellows represent heavier downpours.
radar images 1 AM.png

Wednesday will be a cooler day. Abundant sunshine pushes temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s and with a northwest wind, even the south coast will be mild. Another weather system starts to make a run for southern New England at the end of the week. Right now it looks like a couple of chances for rain. Friday will be mild with a few showers, but much of the day should be dry. A steadier period of rain falls Saturday with the exact timing still up in the air. Sunday looks like the best day of the weekend with sunshine and typical mid-April temperatures.

I'll be updating gardening tips and weather information on Twitter at @growingwisdom Please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.

Gardening this week
For the past several weeks I have been enjoying harvesting claytonia from containers off my deck. Claytonia is a great little plant that can be easily wintered over by covering your containers or putting them in the garage. You can then move them outside in early spring and watch them resume growing.

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David Epstein has been a professional meteorologist and horticulturalist for three decades. David spent 16 years at WCVB in Boston and currently freelances for WGME in Portland, ME. In 2006, More »
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