Saturday, December 7, 2013
Rain and snow is rapidly pushing through southern Maine with rain at the coast and wet snow inland. Latest radar trends show the precipitation moving north and there will be some big puddles developing as the rain has trouble finding its way to the sewer system.
It’s school vacation week and this should be music to the ears of those who depend on snow to make a living. Winter in Maine after all, does mean snow. Our economy relies heavily of there being snow. Skiers and boarders want snow, snowmobilers want it and even hunters want some of it for tracking. I have been a skier since I was about 4 years old. I started at Lost Valley, moved on to Mount Abram, Pleasant Mountain (Shawnee Peak) and for the past couple of decades have been skiing Sunday River and Sugarloaf. I still love skiing too. I remember my Dad bemoaning about the snow, as he was on the road a lot. Not driving as a kid, I didn’t understand the problems snow could create. Now, as an adult I have a love-hate relationship with it. Ideally, the snow would fall in those places that depend on it, and rain would fall around the city. I know this wouldn’t be great for folks that plow, but think of the money the cities would save on their budgets for snow removal. The weather the next twenty-four hours will resemble, just a bit, my meteorological fantasy.
A storm system is going to bring some snow to western and northern sections of the area. However, east of the Turnpike and south of Lewiston most of the precipitation will fall as rain. The cause of our latest bout of inclement weather is a storm that will move to our west, and up over the Great Lakes. Normally this would bring rain to the entire area. However, a piece of that storm will reform over the area and not allow the warm air to penetrate west of the coastal plain and north into the capitol district.
David Epstein has been a meteorologist for more than 25 years. He spent 16 years in Boston and currently freelances at WGME13 in Portland.
In 2006, David founded GrowingWisdom.com, a business producing educational and marketing videos for the green industry. He currently is a professor at Framingham State College, teaches Jan Plan at Colby College and owns Bloomscapes Inc., a landscape design business.
David authored "Gardens Of New England" and his work has been published in Grolier's Science Annual for 10 years. He lives in South Natick, Mass., and has a summer home in Harpswell.