Monday April 01, 2013 | 06:02 AM
Posted by David Epstein

Last evening spring peepers where reported being heard in parts of Maine for the first time this season.  Peepers are small frogs that will mate in the next few weeks. The chorus of peeping is a sure sign of spring and only lasts a short time. 

Peepers start when overnight temperatures in late March and early April remain above 40F. After a mild night last evening that brought a scattering of showers, we will have a nice and comfortable Monday with highs easily reaching the mid 50s. Another cold front will close the area later this afternoon with another round of rain.  Most of the day will be dry and there will be breaks of sunshine.  When the showers occur they could be briefly heavy.

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A cold-snap of sorts will arrive for the middle of the week with highs only in the lower and middle
40s. Nighttime lows are going to fall in the 20s and this could end up being the last of the truly winter-feeling air for the season. Those peepers will be silenced for now by the cold nights.
 
The pattern that has been locked in place for the past 8 weeks is showing signs of relaxing and a new and milder pattern is going to take hold beginning later this week and into the weekend. Several of the global indices that have an impact on our weather are about to change phase. The arctic oscillation, which has been negative for much of the winter, is starting to lean positive and the north Atlantic oscillation or NAO, which has been negative much of the winter, is trending neutral. With both of these patterns undergoing a significant change, so too will our daily weather.
 
 
Average temperatures this time of year are in the upper 40s. However, this is somewhat meaningless since averages are just a compilation of the year to year fluctuations. Here in New England early April can be very chilly or quite warm. For today, the record high is a balmy 69 and the record low is  a mid-winter like 9F. The range of temperature this time of year is tremendous. Imagine having a 60 degree range in the summer. That would mean record highs in the mid 90s and record lows in the 30s! In summer we find most days with a 35 or 40 degree range between the record high and record low.
 
Towards the second part of the week temperatures will once again recover with highs reaching the upper 40s to near 50F. Abundant sunshine will give a great opportunity to spend some time in the yard after work. Sunset is now after 7PM and we are gaining just shy of 3 minutes of light each day. By the weekend, you will have another 15 minutes of daylight and the light will last a full 13 hours.
 
This weekend marks the 31st anniversary of one of the biggest April snowstorms on record. Back in 1982, a foot or more of snow fell across much of New England. As I look ahead to the next couple of weeks, it doesn’t look likely that we are going to see any more significant snow in the next 10 days. April can bring snow even towards the end of the month. With the pattern trending milder snow becomes less and less likely. 
 
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<strong>Gardening this week</strong>
Many of you have ornamemental grasses in your yard.  These grasses are quite beautiful in the summer and fall, look horrible this time of the year.  There are a few things you can do right now to help get those grasses looking good early in the season.
 
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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.

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