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Not the greatest of Memorial Day weekends

Posted by David Epstein  May 23, 2013 09:16 AM

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Memorial day looks better. That’s about all I got this morning in terms of a nice weekend. Unfortunately a slow patterns is going to get stuck over the area for the next several days. Let me go through the next 5 days and explain what will be happening.

There is a cold front well to our west and a warm front to the south. We are on the cool and damp side of the warm front. The air over us is very moist and has a lot of clouds, but also has the potential to get warm if we see a few hours of sunshine and the front can move by the area. Much of the day will be rain free. As the air warms slowly this afternoon showers and thunderstorms will develop and cross the area. The most likely time for any wet weather is after 3PM. The air is going to feel very heavy and sticky all day. Temperatures will reach the upper 60s to upper 70s with the coolest readings along the northeast coast of Massachusetts and warmest air west of Route 128.

More showers will cross the area, although I don’t expect severe weather, there can be heavy downpours at times. The timing of the showers is difficult to predict since it could be raining hard in say southeastern Massachusetts while it’s just cloudy over metro west.

Tomorrow is going to be a transitional day from muggy air to cool and wet conditions. The cold front that caused all the severe weather a few days ago in the center of the country will creep across New England. Earlier this week it appeared the front would move far enough away to give us a nice weekend. However, now the models are showing this front slowing down quite a bit. When fronts get stuck along our coast it often spells trouble. The front acts like a track for areas of rain to ride along. Until the front moves far enough away the chance of rain continues. Temperatures are going to be cooler tomorrow only in the 60s and during the afternoon they may actually drop a bit.

An area of rain will move through the area at the same time cool air is in place. Temperatures are not only going to be way below normal, some spots might stay in the lower 50s for most of the day. Rainfall could be heavy especially in the morning. The showers that occur in the afternoon could also contain a few downpours. The exact will timing of the showers will be better understood tomorrow, but I can tell you high confidence, the day isn’t going to be a nice one.

More areas of showers and steady rain are forecast to push across the region, primarily in the morning. As the storm pulls away it will brighten in the afternoon, but it will still be very chilly and any sun we get will be limited.

Memorial Day does look better. There should be some sunshine but temperatures will still be cool. It won’t be a beach day, but after two lousy days of weather a vast improvement. Warmer and more typical weather for late May does return for Tuesday, just in time to head back to work.

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.

Gardening this week

After moving plants around my yard the past several years because they keep getting bigger and bigger I decided to do a video about just how big some of those plants you see in the nursery will become. While they may only be a foot or two tall today, just wait a few years. Check out how big some of the more typical garden center trees and shrubs can grow. I would be interested in any stories you have from your own garden. Tweet me @growingwisdom

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.

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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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