Saturday, March 8, 2014
Our heavy overnight and early morning rain is now departing the area and the sun will make an appearance from southwest towards the northeast later today. If you look at the radar image from this morning below, you can see the twist in the circulation of the storm just east of Portland.
Rainfall hasn’t been that high with most spots less than 2 inches. Some impressive rainfall amounts have fallen from the storm to our south with over 5 inches of rain around West Bridgewater in Massachusetts. As expected, the rainfall totals are quite different from spot to spot much as a winter snowfall map would show.
Maine remained on the cool side of the storm, but as the storm passed near Block Island we clearly saw the two sides any low pressure area has in the northern hemisphere. To the right of the center is the warm and windy side, while to the left it’s cooler and wetter. Check out the reports from 6AM in southern New England this morning. Notice the winds are from the south in places like Falmouth, MA while they are northerly in Boston. That shows how the winds circulate around these storms.
As the morning progresses skies will brighten and I expect some breaks of sunshine this afternoon. As some atmospheric energy crosses the region later today a thunderstorm or shower could pop. If you see these additional showers they could be briefly heavy. Temperatures this afternoon will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s.
A comfortable night with dry conditions and temperatures in the 50s will blend into a very nice Sunday with abundant sunshine and warm air. Highs tomorrow will reach the 70s and with the early sunrise of around 5, it’s a great chance to hit the local beaches for the day.
A few more showers are likely early next week but I am not expecting a washout. The best chance for more rain appears to be Monday night and Tuesday. More details as we get closer. Next weekend is Father’s Day and an early look has partial sunshine and temps in the 70s for the afternoon.
Gardening this week You might not know it, but a disease that is affecting impatiens is going to be a problem again later this summer. This bacteria, which came over from Europe two years ago is now in over 30 states. I recommend not planting impatiens as the spores are airborne and likely will kill your plants later in July and early August just as they are looking great. I did a video on some alternatives to them here. Check it out.
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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.