Thursday, April 17, 2014
This had to be one of the worst May 25ths of weather on record, wouldn’t you agree? A cold rain, a gusty wind and rawness to the air just seemed to go right through your bones. This was certainly a far cry from this day back in 2007 when it was a record 92F! We are nearing the peak of this late May nor’easter and by early afternoon Sunday things will be improving. The rest of the night looks to feature more rain and some of it could be heavy at times.
The rain of the past few days has made a big dent in our precipitation deficit and we are now only about 20% below the normal rainfall as opposed to the nearly 50% of just a week ago. May is most likely going to end up a slightly wetter month than average, which was needed.
As low pressure moves to the north more showers are in the forecast, but it won’t rain all the time. As a matter of fact, the afternoon will see some improvement. The best chance for showers will be in the morning and I expect skies to brighten and even see some sunshine before sunset after 8PM. These are the longest days of the year after all and if we get some clearing around 6PM it still leaves a couple of hours of sunshine.
Memorial Day does look very nice. There should be plenty of sunshine and temperatures will be much warmer as they reach back into the upper 60s to near 70F. For hard core beach goers you could head to the shore and spend some time in the sun. It will be a bit breezy and with dry air in place it might feel a bit cool, but after today, you might think it’s a heat wave.
Heat and humidity
There are early signs of very warm and humid air for later next week. As is often typical in late spring we may go from several days of chilly temperatures to sweltering heat in a short time. Temperatures will be in the 80s for several days next week and maybe even higher. Stay tuned.
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
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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.