Monday, April 21, 2014
A flood watch is up for areas around Rumford and Norway as some rain moves through the area later today and overnight. Mild air will combine with the rani to create enough snow melt for some smaller rivers and streams to reach flood stage. I am not expecting any significant flooding from this event. Drier and colder weather returns for the end of the week after a nice day tomorrow. Temperatures at night will be in the teens reminding us that winter isn't over just yet.
I'll be updating my weather forecast for this week on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.
This week, back in 1993, I was hiking through Big Bend National Park in Texas with Outward Bound. I had no internet, no phone, no computer, and certainly no weather maps. However, on the last night of the trip it became very windy and very cold after being close to 90 earlier in the day. I told our guide that something very big was going on in the weather; little did I know how big it would be.
Gardening this week A very common problem with house plants is aphids. These sucking insects leave a residue on the leaves that can then cause a secondary infection on your plants. If you notice a black shoot-like coating on your houseplants, you probably have black sooty mold. This problem while not generally fatal to a plant can be an indication of an insect infestation. Check out this weeks video on black sooty mold and see if your plants have this issue. I'll be updating my weather forecast for this week on Twitter at @growingwisdom please follow me there. Feel free to comment or ask questions too.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.