Thursday, April 24, 2014
The biggest irony of the day has to be the closure of Santa’s Village today as they clean up all the snow. I have had several are you kidding me moments of my own this weekend. First, the temperature in the house was under my turn the heat on threshold of 60F, standing at a chilly 58F this morning. As I sit here in the “sunroom” writing this blog I am bundled up with wool socks, a sweatshirt and a hat. Normally, I reserve hot chocolate for those cold snowy mornings but found myself craving it this morning. A few nights ago I was throwing the covers off the bed because I was so warm at night, last night I found myself reaching for the blanket on the floor. Although I refuse to put the heat on in the house, I gladly turned the blower and heat on high in the car on the way to walk the dogs this morning.
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In New Hampshire and Vermont, some of the mountain areas had over half a foot of snow and there was snow mixed with the rain into western sections of Maine last night.
Our rain deficit continues to shrink and we are much close to normal as this point. Although we have some heat coming at the end of the week, we are ok without any rain for a while.
Showers continue to pinwheel around the low pressure area to our east. These showers are moving north very slowly and will continue on and off this afternoon mostly north and west of Portland. Winds will be brisk and while it is going to be milder than yesterday, it’s anything but a warm spring day.
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
Tuesday looks like another nice day with more sunshine and pleasant temperatures. For me, this is the pick of the week as it will be comfortably warm and not hot. Wednesday is a transitional day between the temperatures in the 70s and temperatures getting into the middle 80s Thursday and Friday. As a warm front approaches the area Wednesday, showers and even some thunderstorms will break out during the afternoon. As the front pushes to the north Thursday heat and moderate levels of humidity will be with us and that weather will close out the month of May and usher in June. The warmth won’t be long lived as next week looks more seasonable in the temperature department.
Check out the chart below which shows how temperatures and rainfall are forecast (using the GFS model) for the next week. It’s interesting how high temperatures are forecast after a cold weekend. While these numbers won’t be exactly right, it does give you an idea of the upcoming trends.
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.