Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The news has been filled with stories of the big coastal storm that has caused weather problems from the Midwest to southern New England. As this storm continues to move out to sea it will just graze southern Maine. There is winter weather advisory in effect for York County, and there can be several inches of snow in that area overnight. Tonight the snow will spread north and should reach Portland later this evening. Roads will become slippery and plows may need to be called out, especially south of Portland. By tomorrow morning a general 1 to 3 inch snowfall will be on the ground across much of southern Maine. There can be up to 4 or 5 inches near York and Elliot.
I'll be updating my weather forecasts on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there.
There is a coastal flood warning for coastal York and Cumberland Counties with flood advisories for the mid-coast. High tide in Portland is just before 8 AM tomorrow and there can be flooding of shore roads, some basements and severe beach erosion. The high tides will continue into Saturday morning, but Friday morning's tide looks to be the worst.
During the morning Friday the snow will end and some sunshine will start to break through the clouds around August and Waterville later in the morning and then move south. Further south, there won’t be much if any sun for tomorrow.
Gardening this week Depending on how aggressive you want to be in the garden, March does begin planting season. Fava beans, peas, lettuce, radish, carrots, and other cold weather crops can be planted by the end of the month. Inside, you can start many of your seedlings this month. I generally start my tomatoes in the first couple of weeks of March, which is about 8 weeks before they will go into the ground. Early this month is also the time to prune your blueberry bushes. In this week’s video I show you how to keep your blueberry bushes healthy and yielding big, juicy berries. I'll be updating my weather forecasts on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there.Tweet
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.